Influences: Failure, King Crimson, Olivier Messiaen, Miles Davis, Devin Townsend, George Crumb, Opeth, Gyorgy Ligeti, Meshuggah, Igor Stravinsky, Scott Walker, Béla Bartók, Ulver, Steve Reich, Radiohead, John Coltrane, John Adams, John Zorn and all his bands, Claude Debussy, Arditti Quartet, Thelonious Monk, Maurice Ravel, Henri Dutilleux, Dmitri Shostakovich, Gustav Mahler, Krzysztof Penderecki, Modest Mussorgsky, Gerald Levinson, Bang on a Can, So Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, Frank Zappa, Enslaved, Alice in Chains, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Esoteric, Between the Buried and Me, The Dillinger Escape Plan, ISIS, Cynic, Gorguts, Mr. Bungle and all associated projects, Tears for Fears, Yes, Genesis, UK, The Mars Volta, dredg, Oceansize, Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Tool, Aphex Twin, DJ Shadow, Massive Attack, Portishead, Björk, El-P, Aesop Rock, Busdriver, Saul Williams, Akira Yamaoka, Eric Dolphy, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus, Ravi Shankar, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Balinese Gamelan, Traditional Arabic Music, Barbershop quartets, Sci-fi/horror film soundtracks, and more.
The Gabriel Construct is the avant-prog solo project of Gabriel Lucas Riccio, a vocalist, composer and performer from Salisbury, MD. His debut album, ‘Interior City’, is a dark and atmospheric concept album featuring Travis Orbin (Darkest Hour, ex-Periphery, Of Legends) on drums, Thomas Murphy (ex-Periphery) on bass, David Stivelman (ex-Debbie Does Dallas) on guitar, Soren Larson on saxophone, and frequent collaborator Sophia Uddin on violin. The album unites players from rock, metal, classical, and jazz backgrounds to create a sound which incorporates influences from a wide variety of genres, including progressive rock, 20th century classical music, extreme metal, drum-n-bass, jazz, ’90s grunge and space rock, ’80s pop and more. The album’s densely layered vocal harmonies, distorted pianos, dissonant chords, and complex rhythms envelop the listener in a hallucinatory wall of sound.
Gabriel currently resides in Chicago, IL, where he’s been working on sheet music books for King Crimson and performing live with The Gabriel Construct and Sacha Mullin. His live band features players drawn from the local Chicago scene, including members of CHEER-ACCIDENT, Lovely Little Girls, and more.