The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble

The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble

World Premieres

"Tremendous music, great vibrating blocks of sound that you could stack right up against the more intense moments of Messiaen or Ives." L.A. Weekly

Creative music on a grand scale from the celebrated composer, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader and his 40-member orchestra. Featuring some of the most daring musicmakers in Los Angeles, the ensemble plays Golia's meticulously structured compositions laced with accompanied and unaccompanied solos and group improvisations. Performers include Jessica Catron, Brad Dutz, Bruce Fowler, John Fumo, David Johnson, Ronit Kirchman, Marc Lowenstein, Wayne Peet, William Roper, Sara Schoenbeck, and Kris Tiner.

Special Guests Friday, March 31: Jeremy Drake and Nels Cline, guitars.

Special Guests Saturday, April 1: Harris Eisenstadt, Randy Gloss, Andrew Grueschow, Alfred Ladzekpo, and Austin Wrinkle

The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble: Bill Plake, Alan Lechusza, Steve Adams, Andrew Pask, Cory Wright, Vinny Golia, woodwinds; Christine Tavolacci, piccolo, flute, alto flute; Brian Walsh, Bb, bass clarinets; Kathleen Pisaro, oboe, English horn; Sara Schoenbeck, Tara Speiser, bassoon; Daniel Rosenboom, piccolo trumpet, trumpet; John Fumo, Jeff Kaiser, Kris Tiner, trumpet, flugelhorn; Bruce Fowler, George McMullen, Mike Vlatkovich, trombone; Phil Teele, bass trombone; Jennifer Jester, euphonium; William Roper, tuba; David Johnson, mallets; Brad Dutz, percussion; Ches Smith, drums; Wayne Peet, piano, keyboards; Johnny Chang, Eric km Clark, Ronit Kirchman, James Mark, Melinda Rice, Harry Scorzo, Harris Wulfson, violins; Cat Lamb, Cassia Streb, viola; Rachel Arnold, Jessica Catron, Jonathan Golove, Aniela Perry, cello; Ken Filiano, Joe McNalley, bass; Vinny Golia, Marc Lowenstein, conductors 

Artist BIO
Vinny Golia (Nine Winds Records) is a composer who fuses the rich heritage of jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. As a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Mr. Golia has won numerous awards as a composer, including grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, The Lila Wallace Commissioning Program, The California Arts Council, Meet the Composer, Clausen Foundation of the Arts, Funds for U.S. Artists and the American Composers Forum. In 1982 he created the on-going 37 piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber group and jazz orchestra.

A multi-woodwind performer, Golia’s recordings have been consistently picked by critics and readers of music journals for their yearly “ten best” lists. In 1990 he was the winner of the Jazz Times TDWR award for Bass Saxophone. In 1998 he ranked 1st in theCadence Magazine Writers & Readers Poll and has continually placed in the DownbeatCritic’s Poll for Baritone Saxophone. In 1999, he won the LA Weekly’s Award for “Best Jazz Musician”. Jazziz Magazine has also named him as one of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century.

Golia has also contributed original compositions and scores to ballet and modern dance works, video, theatrical productions, and film. As an educator, he has lectured on music and painting, composition, improvisation, jazz history, the history of music in film, CD and record manufacturing and self-production throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. He currently teaches at California Institute of the Arts. In 1998 Golia was appointed Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California at San Diego.

Golia has been a featured performer with Anthony Braxton, Henry Grimes, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Joelle Leandre, Leo Smith, Horace Tapscott, John Zorn, Tim Berne, Bertram Turetzky, George Lewis, Barre Phillips, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, Patti Smith, Harry “the Hipster” Gibson, Eugene Chadbourne, Kevin Ayers, Peter Kowald, John Bergamo, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennick, Lydia Lunch, Harry Sparnaay and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra among many others.

Instruments : Ab, Eb, Bb, C, A, Alto, Bass, Contra-Alto and Contra-Bass Clarinets, Piccolo, G, C, Alto, and Bass Flutes, Sopranino, Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, and Bass Saxophones, English Horn, Bassoon, Contra-Bassoon, Strich, Taragoto, and various ethnic aerophones.

Golia founded the Large Ensemble in 1982 to perform his original compositions for chamber orchestra. His style of composition strongly based in the jazz tradition, blends heavily notated contemporary chamber music with improvisation, incorporating various extended instrumental techniques and 20th-century idioms, as well as world music concepts. Golia’s music demands a talented and exceptional group of dedicated musicians, adept at both reading and improvising, and at home in a wide variety of styles. For the past seventeen years he has kept the ensemble going through his own financial resources, while continuing to compose prolifically for the ensemble, which has grown from its original size of fourteen to its current size of twenty-eight musicians. The ensemble includes; eight woodwinds (with doubles), three to four trumpets, four to five trombones, one tuba, two orchestral percussionists (mallets, chimes timpani, hand drums, etc.), one drums and percussion, one piano and keyboards, two violins, one viola, two cellos, two contrabasses, and a conductor. The repertoire for the Large Ensemble now consists of over one hundred and fifty compositions, yet unfortunately most works have received only one live performance.

Despite the difficulties in funding live performance, Golia’s compositions for the Large Ensemble have received both critical and popular acclaim through recordings. The first of these, “Compositions for Large Ensemble” on Golia’s Nine Winds label, is a three-record set recorded at the 1982 Schoenberg Hall concert. This recording, as well as the second album, “Facts of Their Own Lives”, have been ranked in the “10 Best” lists by both critics and readers in journals across the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. These vinyl record sets have become much-sought-after collector’s items. A third recording, “Pilgrimage to Obscurity”, was released as a CD in March of 1990 and received heavy airplay and very favorable reviews. “Pilgrimage” was listed as a 1990 top 10 recording in Coda magazine by a number of critics. It also received a four-star review in the July 1991 issue of Downbeat Magazine. The Ensemble’s second Nine Winds CD release, “Decennium Dans Axlan” was voted one of the best recordings of 1993 by the Los Angeles Times. “Commemoration”, a 2-CD tribute to the late clarinetist John Carter, contains music from a 21-part suite, A Moment of Truth, written by Vinny Golia. Reviews called this tribute Golia’s “most fascinatingly complex and richest work to date.” Tutti Conte, a recording of pieces for dance troupe and large ensemble was released Spring 1996. Cadence Magazine called it “some of the most creative and compelling music done in the United States today.” The Large Ensemble’s current recordings include “Portland 1996”, which was recorded live on the 1996 Large Ensemble Spring tour and released in Spring 1997. An audio/video documentation of this tour is expected to be released on video and CD-Rom. 1999 was a great year for the Large Ensemble with festival performances in Vancouver, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles and other cities on the West Coast. Look for an upcoming release of Oakland 1999 from this tour.

DVD: The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble: 20th Anniversary Concert, Nine Winds NWDVD 250 

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Date/Time G ST CA
Fri 3.31.06, 8:30 pm
$22 $14 $10
Sat 4.1.06, 8:30 pm$22$14$10

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M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff