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Vinny Golia's Jazz for Models

Vinny Golia - tenor and soprano saxophones
Kris Tiner - trumpet, flugelhorn
Jeremy Drake - electric guitar
Kai Kurosawa - electric bass
Harris Eisenstadt - drumset

VINNY GOLIA is a composer who fuses the rich heritage of jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. He has won numerous awards as a composer, including grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Lila Wallace Commissioning Program and The California Arts Council. In 1982 he created the ongoing 37-piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber group and jazz orchestra. Golia’s recordings have been consistently picked by critics and readers of music journals for their yearly “ten best” lists. Jazziz Magazine has also named him as one of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century. He currently teaches at California Institute of the Arts & at the Art Center College of Design and was appointed Regent’s Lecturer at UC San Diego. He has been a featured performer with Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Leo Smith, Horace Tapscott, John Zorn, Tim Berne, George Lewis, Barre Phillips, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, Patti Smith, Harry “the Hipster” Gibson, Eugene Chadburne, Kevin Ayers, and the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band.  A MULTI instrumentalist, he plays Ab, Eb, Bb, C, A, alto, bass, contra-alto & contra-bass clarinets; piccolo,G, C, alto, & bass flutes; sopranino, soprano, tenor, baritone & bass saxophones; english horn, bassoon, contra-bassoon, and strich. A tireless advocate for the music, he is also the founder-owner of Nine Winds Records which has released over 120 albums of numerous like-minded creative musicians.

KRIS TINER is active on the West Coast jazz and creative music scene as a trumpet player, composer, and improviser. He has toured and performed his own music throughout North America and in West Africa, and has collaborated on numerous interdisciplinary projects involving dance, poetry and spoken word, visual art, film projection, and animation, as well as having written and performed music for TV, radio, and film. Kris has performed and/or recorded with Vinny Golia, Leroy Jenkins, Gerry Hemingway, Wadada Leo Smith, Harris Eisenstadt, Phillip Greenlief, Michael Vlatkovich, Joe LaBarbera, Steuart Liebig, Bill Horvitz, Brad Dutz, The Industrial Jazz Group, the Kreative Orchestra of Los Angeles (KOLA), The Jeff Kaiser Ockodektet, and the Los Angeles Trumpet Quartet. His own recent musical projects include the MTKJ Quartet, the Tiner/Phillips/Schoenbeck Trio, and a duo collaboration with New York guitarist Mike Baggetta. Originally from Wasco, California, Kris holds an MFA in African-American Improvisational Music from California Institute of the Arts where he worked closely with Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Vinny Golia, Charlie Haden, Kobla Ladzekpo, and Edward Carroll. He also holds a BA in Music from CSU Bakersfield, where his teachers included Doug Davis and Charles Brady. He has lectured on both music and visual art, and currently teaches and directs the jazz program at Bakersfield College.

JEREMY DRAKE is an improvising guitar player, sound artist, concert organizer  and educator living in Los Angeles. Active in the improvised music community,  he is co-founder of LINE SPACE LINE new and improvised music series, a weekly concert series dedicated to improvised music which began in May 2002. Jeremy Drake has continuing projects with the following artists: Mitchell Brown, Jessica Catron, Alex Cline, Nels Cline, Harris Eisenstadt, Stephen Flinn, Vinny Golia, Chris Heenan, Kurt Heyl, David Kendall, Noah Phillips, David Rothbaum, G.E. Stinson, Kris Tiner, Ben Wright and has performed and/or recorded with many others. Releases can be found on the experimental musical research and Reify Recording labels.

KAI KUROSAWA was born in Maebashi, Japan in 1979. Kai has been playing various instruments from a very young age, and he picked up the electric bass nearly 10 years ago. In 1999, he began playing the Warr guitar, on which he has developed his unique style and sound. His musical taste and style varies from jazz to cutting-edge electronic music. Kai recorded his first album "Doubts" with his instrumental trio in 2002, which features his own compositions in various styles. He has played bass with the electronic pop group Superdrive, and recently he started to play the Warr and bass as part of the live band for Collide. Academically, he has been working on his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts since the fall of 2003.

Percussionist and composer HARRIS EISENSTADT was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He has performed in Africa, North America and Europe at major festivals and concert series, and performed and/or recorded with many luminaries of creative music, including John Butcher, Les Claypool, Lol Coxhill, Mark Dresser, Vinny Golia, Wayne Horvitz, Peter Kowald, Yusef Lateef, Anne LeBaron, Bennie Maupin, James Newton, Jeff Parker, Sam Rivers, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Adam Rudolph, Paul Rutherford, Elliott Sharp, Wadada Leo Smith, and Steve Swell, among many others. Eisenstadt appears on over twenty-five recordings, with upcoming releases on the Clean Feed and CIMP labels. He has received awards, prizes, and scholarships from such organizations as AOSA, California Arts Council, California Institute of the Arts, Collectif d’Artists Plasticien, the Durfee Foundation, and KlezKanada.




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