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Balligomingo

Garrett Schwarz was working as a business consultant for IBM when he'd finally had enough. He was no longer interested in corporate business, since the repetitive routine wasn't creative enough for this musician in the making. He had a hidden agenda and Balligomingo was it.

Schwarz grew up in the Chicago suburb of Romeoville, later moving to Minneapolis during his senior year of high school. He was already fond of the electronic sounds of Jean Michel Jarre and Pink Floyd thanks to his father's interests. Still, music wasn't a tangible idea, let alone a sensible career move. He graduated from Arizona State University with a business degree, later earning additional graduate credits in business. Having a typical nine-to-five job in Los Angeles was secure for awhile, but Schwarz wasn't satisfied. He was too enthralled by the musical beauty of Enya, Massive Attack, Sunscreem, and mesmerized by the intensity of Nine Inch Nails and the Prodigy. By the late '90s, he threw caution to the wind and began making music on his computer. After talking with Delerium's Kristy Thirsk, he left for Vancouver, BC, to work with programmer Vic Levak. There, the exotic sounds of Balligomingo were born.

In 1999, Schwarz scored a deal with RCA Victor. He, Levak, and Delerium's Bill Leeb and Chris Peterson honed Balligomingo's atmospheric instrumentals for the next year.

Seven female vocalists from the U.S. and Canada were also brought in to capture Balligomingo's artistic expression and emotion. He made his first introduction with "Lost" being included on the ambient techno compilation Elevation, Vol. 3, while "Heat" appeared on Under Water, Vol. 1. Balligomingo's lush soundscapes were finally spooled into a daydream trip for a debut album. In June 2002, Beneath the Surface was released worldwide. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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brennank73
Love Falling!
Spacey...... .
Beyond is one of the best songs I've ever heard. -MJ
The Beneath the Surface album restores magic and wonder to life. Falling has to be heard to be believed.
Heard this piece the first time on a commercial for an Asian Airline
jjrice.2010
This sounds really nice on my BOSE system
erichafiz
Beneath The Surface goes to a unique and ecstatic place. Always fresh, always new.
Luv it!
regenia.osmi t h
The album art is slammin'!
pain1stcm
Love this
This songs goes no where it's the same all the way thru. There is no flucuation in the composition. Nice melody but it becomes montonous and the vocals are bland and unwavering.
His music sounds almost like a carbon copy of the newer "Delerium", except it seems to have a little more emphasis on danceable rhythms.
So what has happened in the last 8 - 9 years? Is he still doing music?
sweet
lovely...voc a l i s t sounds suspiciously like kate bush.
Wow. Beneath the Surface will always hold a special place in my heart, along with Delerium's Semantic Spaces and Karma. But the new sound that Balligomingo went with is NOTHING like it. I don't know if that's a good thing or not. To be fair, Beneath the Surface wasn't completely Garrett's work, as he had a lot of help from established musicians. Maybe this new album is more "him?"
Heat is a good track, will search for more online to see if they carry the same vibe
I went to the artist's myspace page. Lots of acoustic guitar and it doesn't move nearly as nicely as Heat does. I guess they decided to go another direction and want to go up against Coldplay?
greggcellent
Lots of good songs on Beneath the Surface CD. They have a newer CD Under an Endless Sky which is good also. Been a fan of Balli since 2003.
jwynn913
Very Cool! Looking forward to downloading from ITunes!
mgg10
Bad A**
Found him after hearing the music for a promo of the Al Ceilo Hotel in Cancun where I am going for a wedding in May...awesom e .
karen.todisc o
Their music is great! I have never heard of them, but I will hear more of them now~!
heat is beautiful...
arathael
Balligomingo
(From Wikipedia)
Balligomingo is an electronic music project by Garrett Schwarz and Vic Levak. Their music has been compared to that of Delerium (the lead vocalist, Kristy Thirsk, sings in a few of their songs), Massive Attack, Mythos, Nitin Sawhney and Enigma.

Next Album Under an Endless Sky will be released on 2009.
ebiondo32_9
We'll I wonder how he is paying his bills these days since his one and only CD came out in 2002. I'm sure he didn't retire off of the royalties so what gives? Did it not sell well and he went back to corporate life? I hope not, I hate seeing dreams broken and besides we can always use more good music but who needs another 9-5er...
oh, btw, this track (Heat) came up on my Massive Attack station
kudos dude, i hear the Pink Floyd influence
The music perfectly reflects the inspiring transformati o n / g r o w t h the artist experienced to get to this point of creating music. Lovely!

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