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“…haunting multi dimensional feel…and easily lets us know that Orissa has conquered their own unique style and release music that stands out in today’s scene.” (Metal Nexus)


Orissa was created in 2010  by Dodini, a virtuoso singer, guitarist and bassist, who writes, arranges and performs all the parts on Orissa’s records.

Born out the of desire to explore inner creative space and create a distinctive, cathartic, deeply personal and therapeutic art, Dodini abandoned the strictly classical background and delved into his own songwriting, fusing his classical training with his love for jazz, balkan and other ancient rhythmic traditions; these styles translated into Dodini’s immersion into metal and progressive music, as the genres carry numerous parallels. Orissa released its debut EP, Omens in 2012; on which Dodini played all the instruments and was backed by Dan Walsh (drums).

Omens was mixed by Stacey O’Dell, (Killcode, Panzie, Awaken), and mastered by Chris Muth of Taloowa. Orissa launched two additional singles in 2013 as, The Musical Offering. They were mixed and mastered by Patrick Derivaz, (Jon Scofield, Jeff Buckley, Meshell Ndegeocello), and released to support a Kickstarter Campaign. In turn, the Kickstarter raised over $20K to fund the  upcoming album, Resurrection, which features Dodini’s vocal and instrumental arrangements and performances as well as drummer Jason Gianni, (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Neal Morse, Book Of Mormon). In 2016, Orissa brought the music from the studio to the stage when Dodini attracted the best musicians from NYC’s progressive, metal and rock communities.

The album received rave features from Alternative Press, Prog Sphere, Metal Nexus, Guitar World, among other tastemaker blogs, and now, Orissa welcomes a eye-catching video that breathes life into the album, “that defies routine mundane labeling as it blazes its own fusion-derived  trail.” (Riff Relevant) Orissa “has conquered their own unique style and release music that stands out in today’s scene.” (Metal Nexus)

Central figure, songwriter and instrumentalist, David Dodini explains:

‘Resurrection’  is a song about self-awareness and understanding that one is the source of one’s own suffering. It is not some external force one must confront and overcome. At the song’s core lies the optimistic realization that our shadows are not to be avoided in fear or shame. Rather they prove the existence of our great light within. The climactic line in the song being: ‘All shadows live feeding on lights that glow. Your shadow proves there is a light below.’ My songs and poetry are long and dense. My songs tend to have a narrative progression – a story told in poetry, and I wanted the viewer to be able to read and digest each chapter in full. So that is why we don’t see a single line at a time…Seeing our own potential and that we are responsible for unleashing it and then actually doing it is a truly heroic act.”

Dodini continues:

“For the video, I let  director Xavier Bottet ( La Suite Studios )have free reign in designing the imagery. While the lyrics are full of imagery, I wanted him to interpret the visual representation of the lyrics in his own way rather than try to depict the inner dialogue and imagery verbatim.”

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Mixed by Sahaj Ticotin, (RA; Meytal Cohen; Adekain; September Mourning) and mastered by Paul Logus, (Stone Sour; Steel Panther; Shadows Fall) the LP showcases, “progressive metal that demonstrates remarkable mastery.” (Codifiers) Dodini, graduated with honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and completed his masters at the Biella Conservatory’s Scuola Niccolo Paganini in Biella, Italy. Orissa’s live band is a roster of NYC’s finest musicians from Trans Siberian Orchestra, Neal Morse Band, Stratospheerius, Book Of Mormon, Dyed In Grey, Haakons Fault, Emergence and Astronaut Down.



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