Steve Adams / Vinny Golia Duo: The Philosophy of Air (PFMCD129)

Jeff Kaiser

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1. seconds of words…………………………12:19
2. Romeo, do you like anchovies?………………7:52
3. a mysterious abundance of quinces………….27:16
4. neon meat dream of a Beefheart machine……..10:23

Steve Adams – sopranino, alto and tenor saxophones, bass flute, electronics
Vinny Golia – bass and contra-alto clarinets, baritone and G soprano saxophones

All compositions by Steve Adams © Metalanguage Music 2018
1-3 recorded by Bruce Kaphan on March 22, 2015 at Niagara Falls Studio, Niles, CA
4 recorded by Myles Boisen on May 9, 2018 at Guerrilla Euphonics, Oakland, CA
Mixed by Myles Boisen on May 18 and 29, 2015 and May 9, 2018
Mastered by Myles Boisen on May 15, 2018 at the Headless Buddha Mixing Lab, Oakland, CA

Cover photo by Myles Boisen inside photo by Charles Smith
Layout and Design by Ted Killian

The Philosophy of Air

seconds of words, like most of these pieces, has randomized electronics, so the general character is determined (but the details are unpredictable) to create an environment for the improviser that encourages creativity. For this piece, the pitch material of the electronics is taken from the melody, while moving through several textural zones. Interestingly, the electronics have performances where they seem to be locked into to the improvisation, and ones where they’re not. This piece is dedicated to Bennie Maupin.

Most of these pieces were recorded to present a representation of how they sound live, with a small amount of editing. Romeo, do you like anchovies?, in contrast, was constructed out of two takes, a free improvisation and a re-generated electronics track, and is more of a collage than a captured performance. This was my first experience working this way, and led to my project with Tim Perkis, A Few Eccentricities, where every cut is a reconstruction. It is dedicated to collage genius Max Ernst.

I had the original idea for a mysterious abundance of quinces decades ago, but it took lots of background thinking and technological advances to make it possible. It’s very different from the original sketches, though it is still a long piece for bass flute and contra-alto clarinet with a background of drones and small, repetitive sounds. It reflects my studies of North Indian classical music, and roughly adheres to the outline of raga form. Because of the length and complexity of the piece, the electronics are fixed. It is dedicated, with love and gratitude, to my wife, Lauren.
neon meat dream of a Beefheart machine is the second piece I’ve written that is dedicated to Captain Beefheart, along with the violin/marimba duo Owed t’Don, recorded by Marimolin on their CD Phantasmata. It’s based on a Reaktor ensemble created by Rick Scott that he graciously adapted for me. Here, I am triggering the changes in the electronics to fit the music, though each new pattern is a randomly generated surprise.
Special thanks to Ann and Jack Eastman, stewards and curators of the Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, where these pieces were premiered, and to Vinny, my musical brother.
—Steve Adams

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The Vinny Golia Orchestra Live at REDCAT Los Angeles (PFMDVD123)

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The
Vinny Golia
Orchestra
Live at
REDCAT
Los Angeles

Set One
1. Set One Introduction 2:31
Primary soloists:
Jonathan Stehney, bassoon
Andrew Rowan, trumpet

2. Show of Force 3:44
Primary soloists:
Carmina Escobar and
Andrea Young, voices

3. 5 (Large Ensemble Version) 11:22
Primary soloists:
Gavin Templeton, alto saxophone
Vinny Golia, baritone saxophone
Stefan Kac, tuba

4. Up In The Sky, Like The Sun At High Noon
(The Eiga Clan Frames The Roscoe Trip) 11:27
Primary soloists:
Erik KM Clark, violin
Dan Clucas and Daniel Rosenboom, trumpets
Jon Armstrong, tenor saxophone

5. Lost & Found (For Henry) 10:49
Primary soloists:
Aniela Perry, cello
Joseph Thel, english horn
Alex Noice, electric guitar
Ingrid Lee, piano

6. Carbine One, Change A Letter 6:13
Primary soloists:
Ben McIntosh, trombone
Michael Mull, alto saxophone
7. Carbine Two 6:09
Primary soloists:
Drew Jordan, trumpet
Vinny Golia and Christine Tavolacci, piccolos

Set Two
1. Set Two Introduction 3:50
Jon Armstrong, tenor saxophone

2. Would You Like Help
On Your Journey To Mottsfield? 6:57
Primary soloists:
Kathy Pisaro, oboe
Vinny Golia, tubax (contrabass saxophone)

3. Soccer Gear Dropped On Religious Leaders 6:57
Primary Soloist:
Alex Noice, guitar
Brian Walsh, bass clarinet
Daniel Rosenboom, piccolo trumpet

4. Barnum Brown Finds Something 4:10
Primary Soloists:
Ingrid Lee, piano
Vinny Golia, sopranino saxophone

5. Just Another Morning 1:57

6. Encore 8:36
Vinny Golia directed improvisation:
Brian Walsh, bass clarinet
Lauren Baba and Andrew Tholl, violin
Christine Tavolacci, bass flute
Jonathan Stehney, bassoon
Alex Noice, guitar
Gavin Templeton, alto saxophone

Special thanks:
Kathy Carbone, Lauren Pratt, Wayne Peet, Allen Kaufman,
David Rosenboom, Marc Lowenstein, California Institute
of the Arts, and all the members of the Vinny Golia New
Music Orchestra

A joint release of
pfMENTUM
and Ninewinds
PFMDVD123/NWDVD400
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Graphic Design: Ted Killian

All compositions and arrangements by Vinny Golia
℗ and © 2018 Ninewinds, BMI

Recorded live at REDCAT in Los Angeles, April 9, 2014
All works Vinny Golia

Conductors Mark Lowenstein and Vinny Golia

Strings
Violins: Andrew Tholl, Henry Webster, Melinda Rice, Stephanie Moorehouse, Lauren Baba, Eric KM Clark, Madeline Falcone
Violas: Cassia Streb, Natalie Brejcha, Morgan Lee Gerstmar
Cellos: Aniela Perry, Derek Stein, April Guthrie, Thea Mesirow
Bass: David Tranchina, Ivan Johnson

Woodwinds
Oboe: Kathy Pisaro
Oboe/English Horn: Joseph Thel
Bassoons: Jonathan Stehney, Archie Carey
C, Alto and Bass Flutes, Piccolo: Christine Tavolacci, Sammi Lee
Saxophones, Flutes, Clarinets: Vinny Golia, Gavin Templeton, Jon Armstrong
Clarinet and Alto Sax: Michael Mull
Bass Clarinet: Brian Walsh

Brass
Trumpets: Dan Clucas, Daniel Rosenboom, Drew Jordan, Andrew Rowan
French Horn: Erin Poulin, Adam Wolf
Trombones: Evan Sprecht, Ben McIntosh, Matt Barbier
Bass Trombone: John Tyler Jordan
Tuba: Stefan Kac

Piano Ingrid Lee

Guitar Alex Noice

Percussion
Mallets: Jodie Landau
Auxiliary Percussion: Tony Gennaro, Vinny Golia
Drum Kit: Andrew Lessman

Voice Andrea Young, Carmina Escobar

Recording Concert recording by Wayne Peet

Mixed and mastered at Newzone Studio, Los Angeles by Wayne Peet with Aaron Druckman (assistant engineer)
Video by Sunlight Digital
Video recording by Allen Kaufman and Jimmy Alioto
Edited and authored by Allen Kaufman

About The Work
When first notified of this REDCAT concert, I planned to meld my electric sextet with my large ensemble; two groups I hold very dear to my heart. Along the way many things happened. I added vocalists, I wanted to have an extended string section and I thought about how I would incorporate the long standing members of the large ensemble and the many new bright faces creating such vibrant music here in Los Angeles. Also along the way tragic events past through the lives of loved ones, the music community suffered the loss of many great musicians and lastly, just a few days ago, Pierre Fauteux passed onto another phase of his continuum. Pierre’s love of music as well as his love of life is embedded in my mind. This concert is a dedication to and a celebration of his time spent on this planet with his lovely wife, Helen, and their two outstanding children, Monique and Jacqueline. It is also dedicated to all those who have lost loved ones.

Pondering on these events happening in my life, the question is (and always has been) how to make music that is meaningful and communicative amidst sorrow and chaos. I still do not know the answer, and my journey takes me deeper into the sounds we create. These compositions were written and re-orchestrated between 2004 and 2014 and are an overview of areas I have been exploring, namely, rhythm, shape, form, and color, with my large and medium ensembles over this time period.

Carbine One, Change A Letter and Carbine Two are portraits of one of my closest friends. Up In The Sky Like The Sun At High Noon is another entry into a series based on driving times in Los Angeles, which as every Los Angeles dweller knows, can be fast and brutal or just plain brutal. This composition also comments on the Eiga clan in feudal Japan, which is a source of inspiration for many other compositions I have written for other various sized ensembles. Show of Force is a commentary on the posturing of nations and how political leaders choose to respond. Lost and Found is for the enigmatic Henry Grimes, whom many thought dead, but who reappeared after many years living in Los Angeles. I have had the great pleasure to perform with Henry numerous times since his reemergence. 5 is the oldest of the compositions, and was originally written for a quartet, then expanded for a quintet, condensed for a saxophone quartet, arranged for a sextet, and finally, orchestrated for this new orchestra. Would you like help in your journey to Motts field? should conjure up images if you enjoy a certain type of film genre.

Lastly, we come to three pieces for Pierre. These compositions, started as a trilogy for percussion and orchestra in 2004, are now just completed. The titles are humorous in honor of Pierre’s love of life, fun, wine, and music. Hopefully you will enjoy them as much as I did while writing them and we have performing them.

In my work there is a balance between the worlds of composition and improvisation. It takes extremely talented musicians to straddle these worlds which includes following a conductor, watching for hand signs and signals, reading complex music, improvising within specific guidelines and interpreting a composer’s ideas into concrete form. I come into contact everyday at CalArts with musicians comfortable working in this way, so after much thought instead of melding my electric sextet with my large ensemble, I decided to take a more orchestral approach and created a new incarnation of my large ensemble for this concert: The Vinny Golia New Music Orchestra. This orchestra comprises many alumni and students who have passed through my various classes and musical groups through the years, as well as CalArts faculty members. The musicians in this orchestra all share a love of exploration and the highest regard for music. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be performing and sharing the stage with them. Tonight we share with you our love of sound in memory of all who have passed through our lives.

—Vinny Golia, Valencia, California, 5 April 2014

Disk Label Text:

The
Vinny Golia
Orchestra
Live at
REDCAT
Los Angeles

A joint release of
pfMENTUM and Ninewinds
PFMDVD123/NWDVD400
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All compositions and arrangements by Vinny Golia
℗ and © 2018 Ninewinds, BMI

Stephanie Richards / Bert Turetzky / Vinny Golia: Trio Music (PFMCD117)

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Trio Music

Vinny Golia (Woodwinds and Ethnic Aerophones)
Steph Richards (Trumpet and Flugelhorn)
Bert Turetzky (Contrabass)

1. Solana 4:14
2. Proprioception 7:42
3. Cerberus 6:37
4. As I was Saying… 2:50
5. $19.95 4:32
6. Sunnyside Up 2:53
7. Desert Wind 3:11
8. Hector Shear makes his entrance…(could they really exist in Maine?) 3:56
9. Atazoy 3:39
10. The Paradox of Zazu Pitts 3:40
11. Descendant Un Escalier 2:34
12.The Duo That Became A Trio 7:26

This record documents a new encounter for Vinny, Steph, and Bert; a moment of unspoken calibration through collective expression. Listening fingers, a prose communion; sounds dance and combust. Trio Music shows three improvisors collectively negotiating the edges in a space of vibrant empathy.

Recording Date: April 23, 2017, Conrad Prebys Music Center, UC San Diego
Recording, Mastering and Producing Engineer: Andrew Munsey, June 7, 20-22, 2017
Graphics by Ted Killian

All music © 2018 Ninewinds, BMI and Welcome to my Kitchen, ASCAP

Special thanks to Jeff Kaiser, Andrew Munsey, and the University of California, San Diego 

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Vinny Golia: Syncquistic Linear Expositions  and their Geopolitical Outcomes (…we are all still here…) (PFMCD109)

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Vinny Golia

Syncquistic Linear Expositions 
and their Geopolitical Outcomes
(…we are all still here…)

1. The Trouble With Mr. Snappy 9:42
2. Paro 11:12
3. Some Kind Of Guru 11:51
4. Bank Book Lama 9:39
5. All The Things I’m Not (version 1) 8:29
6. Onion Of Mystery 7:08
7. Final Authority 9:55

Vinny Golia: Sopranino, Bb and G Soprano, Baritone Saxophones, Bass Clarinet, Kwala, Gongs, and Kayzee
Steve Adams: Alto Saxophone 
Ken Filiano: Acoustic Bass and Pedals 
Tina Raymond: Drums

Recorded 11 March 2017 at Kingsize Sound Labs in Eagle Rock, California
Recorded and mastered by John Baffa Mixed by John Baffa and Vinny Golia

Photos by Vinny Golia
Layout and Design by Ted Killian

All compositions and arrangements by Vinny Golia
℗ and © 2017 Ninewinds, BMI

A joint release of pfMENTUM and Ninewinds
PFMCD109/NWCD342
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Vinny Golia: Music for Woodwinds, Strings, Piano, and Percussion (PFMCD110)

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Vinny Golia
Music for Woodwinds, Strings, Piano, and Percussion

Sara Cubarsi—Violin
Rachel Iba—Violin, Voice on Not as long as some others
Patrick Behnke—Viola
Tal Kaz—Cello
Ken Filiano—Contrabass
Cathlene Pineda—Piano
Vinny Golia—Gongs, Himalayan Singing Bowls, Barra Cymbals, Kyzee, Gyaling, Sheng, Hulusi, Indonesian Mouthharp, C and G Piccolos, C and Alto Flutes, Sopranino, Bb and G Soprano Saxophones, Bass, Contra Alto and Contrabass Clarinets, Bassett Horn, Birbyne

1. Not as long as some others 06:42
2. The Subject was Roses 04:55
3. “they look like monkeys, yes!” (the zeegoes…) 05:53
4. The Blackboards of Eric von Hotlz (dragonfly VTO) 06:53
5. Don’t make a mess in my brand new Edgar suit! 03:48
6. Fish is Fish but thats another matter 05:24
7. Next, a dish with a Tomato 08:12
8. Mr. Pisaro, are all your papers in order? (and his lovely wife too…) 10:49
9. Mr Dialogue says; (I have a strange and uncomfortable feeling about this place) 04:32
10. Something about a Carnival? 10:59

All compositions and arrangements by Vinny Golia
Ⓟ and © 2017 Ninewinds, BMI

Recorded by John Baffa, 12 March 2017, Brotheryn Studio, Ojai California
Additional Tracking at TV Tray Studios, Ventura, California
Mixing and Mastering by John Baffa and Vinny Golia, April 2017
Photos by Vinny Golia
Layout and Design by Ted Killian

A joint release of
pfMENTUM/Ninewinds
PFMCD110/NWCD341
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Three new projects! Golia, Vlatkovich, Dewar-LeBaron-Centazzo!

Three new recordings. We are—as usual—*very* excited about these three new projects! Vinny Golia: Intercommunications http://pfmentum.com/product/vinny-golia-intercommunications-pfmcd111nwcd329/ not only features Golia’s deep and diverse skills on multiple woodwinds, but his truly wondrous gong collection. A treat to listen to, and part of Golia’s continuing pilgrimage exploring adventurous music and new forms. This is the second joint release of pfMENTUM and Ninewinds. Michael …

Vinny Golia: Intercommunications (PFMCD111/NWCD329)

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Vinny Golia: Woodwind Instruments and Percussion

Maori Bird Call, C and G Piccolos, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Basset Horn, Bass Clarinet, G Mezzo Soprano and Bb Soprano Saxophones, Sopranino Saxophone, Tibetan Trumpets, Gyaling, Fujara, Overtone Flutes, Himalayan Singing Bowls, Gongs

1. Rongorongo—Opening For Richard Nuns 2:17
2. Let Me Introduce Myself, I’m Norman Reed 5:47
3. The Taulas Of Menorca 5:41
4. I…Have A Turtle Neck And Can Be Trusted 7:37
5. Hessdalan Lights 1:27
6. Nazca Lines 9:58
7. Xenoglossy 8:34
8. Dedicated To The Great Instrument Builders: Eva, Peter, and Benedict 6:15
9. The Agropelter…(Bobo…How Are You?…) 1:53
10. Unexpected Incidents For Wenseslao Moquel 5:16

Recorded October 2016 at The Music Room Valencia, California by Wayne Peet

Mixed and mastered December 2016 at Newzone Studio, Venice, California by Wayne Peet and Vinny Golia

Photographs by Vinny Golia • Art and layout by Jeff Kaiser

A joint release of pfMENTUM (PFMCD111) and Ninewinds (NWCD329)

PFMCD111

Vinny Golia / Ken Filiano: Elongation (PFMCD098/NWCD0296)

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Vinny Golia and Ken Filiano
Elongation
\(ˌ)ē-ˌlȯŋ-ˈgā-shən\

Vinny Golia: Djura Gaida, Saxello, Sopranino and Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Turkish Ney and Kaval

Ken Filiano: Contrabass and Electronics

1. Prologue :44
2. Elongation, section A 5:40
3. Elongation, section B 1:58
4. Written in H2O (K.Filiano) 10:30
5. Elongation, section C 7:38
6. Your final Phone call arrives for Victoria Galli (V. Golia) 5:24
7. Elongation, section D 3:16
8. Elongation, section E 2:47
9. Siri (K.Filiano) 11:01
10. Elongation, section F 7:23
11. Epilogue 6:09

Recorded by John Baffa • May 19, 2009
Roy O. Disney Hall, California Institute of the Arts • Valencia, California

Mixed by John Baffa and Vinny Golia • June 2009
TV Tray Studios • Simi Valley, California

All compositions and arrangements by Vinny Golia and Ken Filiano except where credited

Your final Phone call arrives for Victoria Galli
©2009 Ninewinds (BMI)

Siri and Written in H2O
©2009 Flizmo Music (BMI)

Art and layout by Jeff Kaiser

A joint release of pfMENTUM and Ninewinds

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PFMCD098

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NWCD0296

PFMCD001 - Ganz Andere - pfMENTUM

Jeff Kaiser and Vinny Golia: Ganz Andere (PFMCD001)

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Ganz Andere

Jeff Kaiser: trumpet, ocarinas, guitar, voice and electronics.

Vinny Golia: piccolo, Chinese membrane flute, Bb clarinet, contra-alto clarinet and tenor sax

Robert Fludd: Art

1) Mysterium Tremendum 02:08

2) Moral Geometry I 08:37

3) Yellow Light Surrounding Shadow Outline of Large Man 06:08

4) Mysterium Fascinans 02:16

5) Son of God in Garage with Rat 09:16

6) Majestas 02:05

7) Man with Spider in Mouth 06:22

8) Ganz Andere 04:48

9) Coffin-like Hymns to God 04:13

10) Moral Geometry II 05:10

11.) Templum-Tempus 11:16

total 62:40

Released 01 January 1999

pfMENTUM CD001

PFMCD001

Miller Wrenn’s Escapist: Alternates (PFMCD121b)

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Miller Wrenn – Double Bass
Vinny Golia – Bass Clarinet
Ethan Marks – Trumpet and Piccolo Trumpet
Caleb Veazey – Guitar
Clint Dodson – Drum Set and Vibraphone

Recorded on May 9, 2017 by John Baffa at Brotheryn Studios in Ojai, CA
Mixed and Mastered by John Baffa at TV Tray Studios in Ventura, CA
Album artwork by Parker Wrenn

All compositions by Miller Wrenn, © 2018 Miller Wrenn Music, ASCAP

PFMCD121b