Bass guitar and keyboard player Gino Foti is a world fusion musician on Net Dot Music - an independent record label specializing in instrumental fusion: all-instrumental music that blends several styles and genres.
His music explores the relationships between diverse musical traditions, and the dichotomy of rhythm and melody of the bass guitar, by integrating ethnic sonorities into his jazz-rock palette. If you are an avid listener of jazz fusion, world music, progressive rock, or related instrumental music hybrids like: world jazz, world beat, and ethnic fusion -- even European classical and new age -- you will probably connect with the music in his catalog.
As a solo artist:
- Conceptual album exploring the contrast between design and chance by using aleatory music elements via geomantic devices, including: I Ching coins & hexagrams, dice, runes, and a tarot deck. A confluence of earth divination and a unique musical vision retaining the passion, power, and precision of his past releases.
- Bass guitar is the prominent instrument in an integration of traditional ethnic music and modern jazz fusion influences into new experiments of cultural hybridity. An amalgam of the sacred and secular, the mystical and the accessible.
- A terminal point for the previous four albums, his musical compass points in all directions of the globe, with the arrangements both charted and improvised. For this release, genres & styles, like: ambient, downtempo, electronica, techno, trance, et al. are incorporated into his unique fusion of jazz, rock, and world music to navigate through exotic domains, and explore new sonic topographies.
- Exploring the relationships between diverse musical traditions and the dichotomy of rhythm and melody of the bass guitar, this aural travelogue blends intricate ethnic rhythms, spacious melodies, and flowing solos with the passion, intensity, romanticism, and introspection usually associated with first-generation jazz-rock and world fusion artists.
- Centered around the universal "Union Of Opposites" concept, the compositions contain a dynamic balance of rhythm, melody, and harmony by integrating ethnic sonorities into his jazz-rock fusion palette. Merging diffractive musical arrangements with cohesive ensemble playing, dense percussive layers with ethereal instrumental textures, this release is imbued with both vibrancy and sensitivity, all spearheaded by his bass guitars.
- Inspired by the Buddhist "Wheel Of Life", this collection of ambient soundscapes, acoustic and electric textures with Asian and Indian influences, and synthesized exotic atmospheres is meant to direct the listener through all the guideposts of transmigratory existence, evoking myriad memories and emotions along the way.
- Traditional Vedic chanting is combined with modern instrumentation and elements of jazz, rock, and European classical music in a variant of East-meets-West fusion. Featuring the Taittiriya Upanishad, one of the most important writings of ancient Indian philosophy, the arrangements were carefully constructed to retain the devotional mood and integrity of the sacred texts while creating a multi-genre sonic palette.
- Like the universal Yin-Yang concept, balance, dynamism, and inner harmony are the primary features of this release. The vast cultural and geographic expanse of the continent is encompassed into fourteen compositions that fuse exotic instruments, Taoist mysticism, and Dharmic philosophy with the forms and tonality of Western music.
- Carnatic and Hindustani traditions, Vedic mantras, Hindu philosophy, and additional indigenous influences are intermingled with jazz, rock, ambient, trance, electronica, and other Western genres in a fourteen-piece collection that spans the long history and rich culture of the subcontinent.
- The infectious pulses and unbridled passion of the diverse rhythms, styles, and sounds of Latino music are blended in twelve contemporary jazz-rock fusion contexts that feature improvised melodies and solos, unconventional song forms, and an emphasis on its African roots and Iberian heritage.
- Twelve compositions reflecting the multicultural diversity of the lands that surround its sea. Folk and traditional music - featuring flamenco - from the western shores, and tonal systems & rhythmic forms from the eastern region are enriched with modern jazz, creating a new form of ethnic fusion that resonates beyond its boundaries.
As bass guitarist/keyboardist for Electrum:
- Electrum's second release features their eclectic blend of instrumental progressive rock and jazz fusion in seven compositions, mostly rhapsodic in form, laced with orchestral keyboard arrangements, discursive melodies, complex rhythms, abundant time signature changes, and more solo sections than its predecessor.
- Recorded less than a year after the band was completed, on only eight tracks, their debut album features nine compositions with an emphasis on rhythmic ensemble playing, concise lead/solo parts, and odd time signatures, arranged to be performed in real-time with the personnel adding synthesizers, MIDI pedals, and electronic percussion to their power trio format.
Marc Anderson, Ralphe Armstrong, Johann Sebastian Bach, Bustan Abraham, Chick Corea, Cream, Miles Davis, Al Di Meola, Jonas Hellborg, Zakir Hussein, Anthony Jackson, King Crimson, Shawn Lane, Lifetime, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Lyle Mays, John McLaughlin, Todd Milne, Ozric Tentacles, Jaco Pastorius, Jean-Luc Ponty, Hossam Ramzy, Return To Forever, Robert Rich, Rush, Carlos Santana, Alex Spurkel, Tangerine Dream, Glen Velez, Weather Report, etc...