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Golia, Vinny (Vincent James Golia Jr.)

Golia, Vinny [Vincent James Golia Jr.], all saxophones, clarinets, flutes, English horn, bassoon, and several ethnic wind instruments; b. Bronx, NY, 1 March 1946. His parents are Lena Casella, Staten Island NY, and Vincent Golia Sr., Staten Island NY.

He's musically self-taught with the exception of 3 lessons with Anthony Braxton, 2 lessons with Bill Green, and 1 bassoon lesson with John Steinmetz. He got a Bachelor of Fine Arts, New York Institute of Technology (Dean's List). In 1968, he got his Teaching Credential, Fairleigh Dickenson University. In 1970, he was in the Master of Arts Program at Pratt Institute. In 1982 he created the on going 32 piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber group and jazz orchestra.

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 TDWR on Baritone Saxophone. In 1999 Vinny won the LA Weekly's Award for "Best Jazz Musician". He has also been named one of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century by Jazziz Magazine.

Golia has also contributed original compositions and scores to a number of ballet and modern dance works, video, theatrical productions, and film. As an educator Vinny has lectured on music, improvisation, Jazz History, CD & record manufacturing and self-production throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. He teaches at California Institute of the Arts & Art Center College of Design. In 1998 Golia was appointed Regent's Lecturer at the University of California at San Diego.

Vinny has been a featured performer with Anthony Braxton, 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, and the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band amongst many others.

His wife is Melissa Cobb and his daughter is Lena Elizabeth Golia, born December 15, 2000.

Spirits in Fellowship; Openhearted;. . . in the right order . . .  ; Solo; Slice of Life; The Gift of Fury; Compositions for Large Ensemble; Goin' Ahead; Facts of Their Own Lives (Large Ens,); Out for Blood; Pilgrimage to Obscurity (Large Ens,); Worldwide & Portable; Decenium Dans Axlan (Large Ens,); Commemoration; Against The Grain; The Vinny Golia Quintet; Tutto Contare (large Ens); Portland 1996 (Large Ens); Soundtrack and Score for Movie " Blood and Concrete", a Love Story; Puff of Smoke; Regards from Norma Desmond; Haunting the Spirits Within Them; Vinny Golia/ Paul Smoker Quartet: Halloween 96'; Dante No Longer Repents; On Tour; Tadd Weed/Vinny Golia Duo; Leo Smith/Bertram Turetzky/Vinny Golia; Derek Bailey/Gregg Bendian/Vinny Golia; Susan Allen/Vinny Golia: Duets
As sideperson:
Richard Grossman: One, Two, Three, Four, In the Air; Bertram Turetzky: Intersections, Compositions & Improvisations; Bertram Turetzky/Vinny Golia: -11 Reasons to Start; Bertram Turetzky/George Lewis: Triangulations; John Rapson: Deeba da Bwee, Bu Wah; Sound Aspects: Bing!; Wayne Peet: No Reverse (Duo), Doppler Funk - Blasto!, Electric Duets; Ken Filiano/Steve Adams: Anacrusis; Michael Vlatkovich: Duets, Parlour Games; Transvalue and Chuck Britt: Transvalue Book 1, Transvalue Book 2, Live Bei: DaCapo; John Carter/ Andrea Centazzo: USA Concerts; Walter Thompson: Stardate; Tim Berne: The 5 Year Plan, 7X; Roberto Miranda: Raphael; George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band: First Prize; Brad Dutz: Camels, Krin; Rich Halley: Umatilla Variations; Rob Blakslee: Lifeline, Long Narrows; Rova: Figure 8, (Rova X4) Pipe Dreams; Anthony Braxton: Koln Concert; Gregg Bendian: The Gregg Bendian Project; Vinny Golia /Ken Filiano duo: The Art of Negotiation; Art Jarvinen & The California Ear Unit: Edible Black Ink; Karou: Welcome to Our Breakfast; John Nau: Undercurrents; Mark Harvey & Aardvark: Aardvark Steps Out, Pslams & Elegies, Paintings for Jazz Orchestra; Transvalue: Book Three; Steve Adams, Ken Filiano Quartet; Alfred Zimmerlin & Claudia Binder; Michael Vlatkovich Sextet: Live; Various Artists: 20 Year Retrospective- Nine Winds Records, Music for Like Instruments, Solo Version II, Music for Improvising Soloist and Strings; Mark Harvey & Aardvark

Un-issued Recordings:
He hasa number of recordings that would have to be edited and/or gone through, mostly live concerts of the Large Ensemble, Quintet and various other trio, solo, and duet recordings from 1978-to the present. He has also video taped as much as possible starting in 1972 with a "live action" painting show to the present musical performances. These videos contain many artists such as Barre Phillips, Bertram Turetzky, My Quintet, The Large Ensemble etc etc.

Theater, Films scores and videos:
Three Men and a Job aka Small Time; Serpent's Lair; Blood and Concrete a Love Story; Trouble Bound; Phaedra; Music for Dance/Performance Video, "Where Smoke Cannot Penetrate"; Music for Dance/Performance Video, "From the Vaults of Memory"; Fear & Learning at Hoover Elementary School; Score and Improvisations for Film Animation Project "Tournants" (an overview of dance history); King Lear; Rockstrology (VH1); Guilty Pleasures (VH1); Real World The Lost Sessions (MTV); They Nest    (USA); The Pass; Letters Home; The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble 1996 Spring Tour Documentary Video

1989 issue of the German Annual Jazz Research Book was devoted to his work, and he has also been featured in many other music magazines.
Perspectives in New Music
Saxophone Journal Regular Column (avante-garde techniques,etc.)

1997-98 "Regents' Lecturers" Award University Of California,San Diego
1997   Commissioned Work for "New Orchestra Workshop", Vancouver, B.C. Canada
            Best U.S. Picture Santa Barbara Film Festival (Small Time)
            Freedom of Expression Award- Sundance Film Festival (Fear & Learning Documentary Film by Laura Simon))
1996    Large Ensemble Touring Grant - Clausen Foundation for the Arts
            Toyoda Lecturer Art Center Pasedena CA
1995    Large Ensemble Performance Award -Clausen Foundation for the Arts
1994    Commissioned works for Clarinet & Bass Clarinet, Clarinet Duo
1993    American Music Center Margaret Jory Copying Assistance Grant
            Residency Banff Center for the Arts for recording & performance(Canada)
1992    Commissioned works for Tuba, Mallet Percussion & Woodwinds
            Yamaha Sponsored Performance Artist
            Commissioned work for the Music Gallery & N.O.M.M.A. (new music group based in Toronto Canada)
            Saxophone Journal Regular Column (avante-garde techniques,etc.)
1991    Commission for Large Ensemble Music, Northwest Creative Orchestra
            Nominator Dewar's Jazz Profile Awards
            North Carolina Council of the Arts Resident Artist Award (91-92)
            Meet the Composer Grants (1982 to present, various cities)
1990    Music for Ballet  National Ballet of Hungary
            2nd Prize Experimental Category N.Y. Expo of Film & Video
            Winner TWR Jazz Times Critic's Poll (for Bass Saxophone)
1989    Meet the Composer/Lila Wallace Readers Digest Commission for Composition
            Minnesota Composers Forum Composition Grant
1988    Minnesota Composers Forum Performance Assistance Grant
            Margaret Jory Copying Assistance Grant
1987    National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Composition
1985    California Arts Council Touring Grant
1981    National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Composition
1980    National Independent Record Manufacturers Award, for album SOLO
1968-69  Scholarship for M.A., Pratt Institute

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