6.27.12 Nine Winds Festival Part 4 [Vinny Golia Medium Ensemble]
Nine Winds Records 35th Anniversary Festival Part 4
Vinny Golia Medium Ensemble
In 1977, the multi-instrumentalist, composer and band leader Vinny Golia formed Nine Winds Records. Since that time Nine Winds has grown substantially, presenting New Jazz, Contempory Classical, and Improvised music from the West Coast of North America.
The catalogue includes selections from kindred spirits such as: pianists Paul Plimley, Richard Grossman,Bob Rodriquez, Tad Weed, Dave Ferris and Wayne Peet, percussionists Dick Berk, Brad Dutz, and Alex Cline, bassists Bertram Turetzky, Ken Filiano, Lyle Ellis, Steuart Liebig, and Eric von Essen, guitaristsLarry Koonse and Nels Cline, saxophonists Kim Richmond, John Gross, Bert Wilson, Rich Halley,Tony Malaby and Steve Adams, trombonists George Lewis, John Rapson, Joey Sellers, and Michael Vlatkovich, vocalist Bonnie Barnett and the Barnett Band, the electric groups of flugelhorn/trumpet playerJohn Fumo, Doppler Funk, Continuum, Lunar Adventures, Quartetto Stig, and Sub-Media, along with many others, such as the New Klezmer Trio, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Harvey’s 20 piece Jazz Ensemble Aardvark, The New Orchestra Workshop, and Big World. All these groups are from North America’s West coast.
Today, over 120 releases later, the Nine Winds label is known for both its high quality recording values as well as its consistently intelligent and adventurous music. The albums have garnered critical acclaim in diverse publications throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan. In addition, Golia’s album, Solo (NW 0104), received an award of merit from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturers. Almost every year records from the Nine Winds catalog have been picked by critics and readers of journals for their “years ten best” lists. Nine Winds has become quite a special label representing the under-valued musicians from North America’s West coast. The label’s recent releases have documented the new music scene from Vancouver B.C. to San Diego, California.
A brief overview of the other musicians appearing on the label in various roles includes John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Bobby Shew, Chuck Metcalf, Michael Formanek, Phil Sparks, Rob Blakeslee, Bruce Fowler,Kendall Kay, Stuebig, Billy Mintz, Mike Fahn, BobSheppherd, Kate Hammet Vaughn, Claude Ranger, TimBerne, Ricky Kelly, Roberto Miranda, John Gross,Tootie Heath, Herman Riley, Clay Jenkins, Mike Fahn,Ben Goldberg, Kenny Wollesen, Sam Most, Jeff Kaiser,Baikida Carroll, and Kei Akagi to name only a few.
As a composer Vinny Golia fuses the rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. Also a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand 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 50 piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber orchestra and jazz ensembles.
A multi-woodwind performer, Vinny’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 the Cadence Magazine Writers & Readers Poll and has continually placed in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for Baritone & Soprano Saxophone. In 1999 Vinny 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. In 2006 The Jazz Journalists Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Golia has also contributed original compositions and scores to Ballet and Modern Dance works, video, theatrical productions, and film. As an educator Vinny has lectured on music & painting composition, improvisation, Jazz History, The History of Music in Film, CD & record manufacturing and self-production throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand 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. In 2009 Vinny Golia was appointed the first holder of the Michel Colombier Performer Composer Chair at Cal Arts.
Vinny 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 Chadburne, Kevin Ayers, Peter Kowald, John Bergamo, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennick, Lydia Lunch, Harry Sparrney and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra amongst many others.
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