Moments of Grace
Artist Description: Charlie's offerings are infused with a rigorous keyboard technique that ranges from soft and soulful acoustic to jumpin' and jivin' electric. His original compositions as well as improvisations often give musical nods to jazz greats such as Sun Ra, Ralph Towner, Miles Davis and Chick Corea. At the same time, Bommarito's palette includes a raw, expressive grounding in percussion that echoes the uninhibited nature of world music from Africa, India, Jamaica, the Mideast, China and the Americas. Education: At fifteen, Charlie made a habit of slipping into the oldest jazz club in Detroit, Baker's Keyboard Lounge, to hear innovators like Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Pharoah Sanders, Leon Thomas, Dizzy Gillespie and many others. In the late '70's, Charlie studied piano with private jazz instructors in the Detroit area, and music history and ear training at Oakland University. Eager to be immersed in original sounds, Charlie then moved west and sought out Ralph Towner, Collin Walcott, Paul McCandless and Glen Moore of Oregon along with Art Lande as teachers and mentors. With these foundations, Charlie went on to develop a unique improvisational style that expresses the depth of human experience. Instrumentation: Charlie's studio near Seattle (which his son dubbed the 'Bright Room') features a modified Yamaha Concert Grand, and is otherwise adorned with upwards of 100 handmade instruments from around the globe that Bommarito often includes in his musical creations. The studio is also home for the Korg Triton Pro88 Workstation/Sampler that provides ample opportunity for Bommarito to delve into the electronic world. Spectrum Presently, Charlie's music is called upon to accompany experiences that range from meditation and relaxation to energetic parties, dramatic dance performances and ritual.