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NWCD0130 The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble - Pilgrimage to Obscurity
NWCD0140 The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble - Decennium Dans Axlan
NWCD0150/60 The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble - Commemoration (Tribute to John Carter) (2cd)
NWCD0170 The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble - Tutto Contare (Everything Counts)
NWCD0180/90 The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble - Portland '96
NWCD0210/220 The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble - (2cd) The Other Bridge (Oakland 1999)

Vinny Golia Large Ensemble:
Steve Adams, Vinny Golia, Alan Lechusza, Andrew Pask, Bill Plake, Cory Wright, 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, Andrea Hammond, 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

The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble

Vinny 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, incorporates various extended instrumental techniques, 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 twenty four years Vinny 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 41 musicians. The ensemble includes; ten woodwinds (with doubles), four trumpets, four trombones, euphonium, tuba, two orchestral percussionists (mallets, chimes timpani, Hand Drums, etc.), one drums & percussion, one piano & keyboards,eight violins, two violas, four cellos, two contrabasses, and a Conductor. The repertoire for the Large Ensemble now consists of over three hundred 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. Lastly an audio/ video documentation of this tour is expected to be released on video. 1999 was a great year for the Large Ensemble with festival performances in Vancouver Canada, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles and other cities on the West Coast. The bands current release of The Other Bridge, Oakland 1999 is from this tour. Over the last 5 years the Ensemble has performed throughout the west coast and a boxed set of Large Ensemble music from this and other tours is scheduled for release to celebrate the 25 year history of this ensemble in 2007. The VGLE celebrated it's 20th year with a DVD release of it's historic 20 year concert at the Modular theatre at California Institute of the Arts. Footage from the dvd contains interviews, slides, rehearsal and concert footage of the event.The DVD was released on Nine Winds Records in 2005.



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