VINNY GOLIA, the internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader has become an important contributor to the vanguard of creative music. As a composer he fuses the rich heritage of jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. As a performer, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Putting down the paint brushes of a visual artist in 1971, Golia devoted himself full-time to music and has since evolved into one of the the world's most celebrated creative jazz artists. At the forefront of improvised music, he plays nineteen different woodwinds, plays various ethnic aerophones, Golia currently performs in the following context: Solos, Duo's with Bass, Piano, Percussion, or Guitar, Trio with either Bass and Drums, or Piano and Bass, Quintet, Septet, (Tuba, Trombone, Trumpet, Woodwinds, Piano, Bass & drums), Woodwind Ensemble and Large Ensemble (19 to 30 Pieces).
In 1977 he formed NINEWINDS RECORDS, since then his label has specialized in music from the West Coast of North America. His own records and CD's have received awards of merit abroad praise both home and abroad, and critics and readers continue to place him on their "ten best" lists. As an instrumentalist Golia usually places in the Downbeat critics' poll on a variety of woodwinds. In 1990 he was the winner of the JazzTimes TDWR award for Bass Saxophone, and in 1998 he was voted the TDWR award winner for the Baritone Saxophone in DOWNBEAT .
He was also voted one of the top 150 People who moved jazz in the September 1998 issue of JAZZIZ magazine.
Golia has also contributed original compositions to Ballet and Modern Dance works, video, theatrical production, and films including, TroubleBound, Blood and Concrete, Heatwave, Star Trek IV, and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation to name a few. He was a featured artist in the journal Perspectives of New Music and is a frequent guest performer on the Monday Evening Concert Series and the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art, which presents contemporary classical music. The 1989 issue of the German Annual Jazz Research Book was devoted to his work, and he has also been featured in Perspectives of New Music and many other publications. Vinny has premiered new works for soprano saxophone, contrabass clarinet and bass flute by Tautenhahn, Rapson, and Hirschman. As a composer he has received numerous state and national grants in composition and performance for his own works. In 1982 he created the on-going 25 piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber group and jazz orchestra. As an educator, Vinny has lectured on music, improvisation, Jazz history, record manufacturing and self-production in a variety of formats, ranging from radio broadcasts to workshops at various music festivals, high schools, and universities throughout the U.S. Canada, and Europe.
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