Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, Mar 5 2023 7:00 PM

Berkeley Finnsh Hall
1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley
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Vinny Golia's Heptacontakaiheptagon Ensemble
Outsound Presents Vinny Golia celebrating 77 years with a special 77 piece large ensemble (Heptacontakaiheptagon) made up of some of the most adventurous musicians from the Bay Area and beyond.

Directed by award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia he will debut a new piece created especially for this event.

Amy Reed - voice, Lorin Bendict - voice, Saki Minamimoto - voice

Heikki Koskinen - e-trumpet, Ian Carey - trumpet, Sarah Belle Reid - trumpet, Matt Gaspari - flugelhorn, Lea Casini - french horn, Scott Larson - trombone, Scott Sterling - bass trombone

Aaron Levin - drums, Donald Robinson - drums, Jason Levis - drums, Jon Bafus - drums, Patrick Talesfore, Jr. - drums, Eric Smith - Zendrum, Moe! Staiano - percussion, Cheryl Leonard - natural object instruments, David Michalak D. Skatchit - Instruments of Skatch, David Casini - vibraphone, Robert Lopez - percussion, Robert Woods-LaDue - percussion, Suki - OKane - percussion

Cody Putman - bassoon, Michael Cooke - bassoon, Ben Goldberg - clarinet, Tom Bickley - contrabass recorder, Amber Lamprecht - English horn and oboe, Polly Springhorn - flute, Michelle Hardy - hulusi Chinese/Native American flutes

Matt Robidoux - corn synth, Ryan Gaston - electronics, Shanna Sordahl - modular synth, Thomas Dimuzio - Buchla modular, Tobias Banks - no-input guitar pedals

Beth Schenck - alto saxophone, Jose Fernando Solares - alto saxophone, Kersti Abrams - alto saxophone, Rent Romus - alto saxophone, Steve Adams - alto saxophone, Tom Weeks - alto saxophone, John Vaughn - alto/baritone saxophone, Jaroba - baritone saxophone/bass clarinet, Dan Plonsey - baritone saxophone, Jon Raskin - baritone saxophone, Tony Passarell - soprano saxophone, Aaron Benett - tenor saxophone, Joel Reber - tenor saxophone, Josh Allen - tenor saxophone, Joshua Marshall - tenor saxophone, Kevin Robinson - tenor saxophone, Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone

Asher Wrobel - violin, Jeff Hobbs - violin, Ben Davis - cello, Ed Lloyd - double bass, Lisa Mezzaccappa - double bass, Matt Small - doulbe bass, Sarah Eblen - double bass, Tim Duff - double bass, Elijah Pontecorvo - electric bass, Josh Martin - electric bass, Steve Horowitz - electric bass, melne - Chapman stick, David Leikam - NS Design CR6-string Radius fretless electric bass guitar, Phill Hermans - mandolin, Alex Yeung - guitar, Ben Westfall - guitar, Bill Wolter - guitar, Mika Pontecorvo - guitar, Randy Porter - guitar, Robin Walsh - guitar, Roger Kim - guitar, Ross Hammond - guitar, Ryan Pate guitar, Tristan Norton - guitar, Myles Boisen - pedal-steel guitar, Ross Hoyte, baritone guitar, Andrew Barnes Jamieson - electric keyboard, Brett Carson - electric keyboard, Joshua Raoul Brody - electric keyboard, Motoko Honda - electric keyboard, Ric Louchard - piano

About Vinny Golia
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. 2013 Vinny won the Downbeat Critic’s Poll in the “New Star” category for Baritone Saxophone.

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.

The 2016 Bay Area Vinny Golia Large Ensemble performance:

Cost: $10-40 donation