Nick Vasallo’s music reveals an eclectic array of influences and his compositions have been internationally performed. His ongoing goal is to hybridize extreme metal with modern classical music. Vasallo often designs sound worlds using acoustic instruments with electronic/digital manipulations. Vasallo earned his DMA from UC Santa Cruz and is currently Director of Music Industry Studies at Diablo Valley College and Artistic Director for Composers, Inc. He also composes, does lead vocals and plays bass for the modern extreme metal band Oblivion. His music is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishers and released by Innova Recordings and Unique Leader.
LISTEN: Surrounding the Earth Part I for guitar, vocals, drums, clarinet
For The Living Earth Show’s 2016-17 season, the ensemble commissioned Nick Vasallo to create Surrounding The Earth, integrating classical experimentalism and doom metal to create a maximal music that exists in a space of euphoric or utopian excess. The project will exist in the form of a full-length recording and a staged production presented in spaces not traditionally friendly to classical music: the punk and metal clubs in which Vasallo originally spawned his musical language.
Composed from February 13th-21st 2016. Originally titled East-West Doom Test as a project involving The Living Earth Show and virtuoso clarinetists from each coast: Gleb Kanesevich from the East Coast and John McCowen from the West. Both well versed in the art of extreme metal. The clarinetists would each interpret the music in their own way on their respective coasts and come together for a studio recording. Surrounding the Earth is an homage to the beautiful simplicity of early sludge and doom metal. Simple materials and complex sonic results; deep, heavy, and permeating.
Released on No Clean Singing: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2016/05/20/an-ncs-video-premiere-surrounding-the-earth-part-i/