Ted Killian: Flux Aeterna (PFMCD007)

Jeff Kaiser

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Ted Killian: Electric and acoustic guitars, samples, loops, sound design

Loop-based guitar improvisations/excursions recorded “live” in the studio in a single take. Ted's music is frequently compared to that of David Torn, Steve Tibbetts, Terje Rypdal, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Sonny Sharrock, Nels Cline, or Bill Frisell, sometimes even David Gilmour, Jeff Beck or Uli Jon Roth. But Ted cites influences that come from all over the map: Leo Kottke, Eliott Sharp, Paul Dresher, Scott Johnson, Vernon Reid, John Abercrombie, Michael Brook, Daniel Lanois, Gary Lucas, Jim Thomas, John Fahey, Jimi Hendrix, John Mclaughlin, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, Buckethead, Chet Atkins and Les Paul. Yet, despite this, there is still something uniquely “Killianesque” in his approach. Ted is a guitarist who isn't afraid to paint with the instrument's full color “palette.” He's not afraid to make wild, adventurous, passionate “in-you-face” music or sonorous, languid, peaceful harmonic/melodic explorations.

Ted Killian: A Biography

Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Ted Killian has been a guitarist for over 4 decades now and he still hasn't managed to learn to play the thing correctly. But, as it turns out, this may have turned out to be a pretty good thing. Without necessarily having set out to do so, Killian has found his own unique “voice” on an instrument that is nearly ubiquitous in modern popular music. His sound is a peculiar amalgam of odd, sometimes familiar, influences: folk, pop, blues, rock, metal, jazz, electronica, electro-acoustic “art music,” and just plain noise (“!”) that begs one to think the word “fusion” but is much more primal, gut-level and organic than any connotation that word may conjure.

Killian's music is full of contradictions. It is primitive and sophisticated, visceral and sensitive, abstract and accessible, complex and blood simple all at once. It is given birth by heavy doses of technology (MIDI guitar, a plethora of electronic effects, digital echo devices, samplers, and all manner of assorted “gadgets”) but the result is amazingly human sounding. There is blood and sweat mixed in with all of the diodes and cables — and more than a small measure of passion. This intensity is not something that can be seen in the usual form of typical guitarist “histrionics” but can be heard in every note of the music itself.

Killian began playing and experimenting early on, but (in terms of public performance) bloomed late. Beginning in the late 1980s, he began performing his original music in conjunction with the Ventura New Music Concert Series (Southern California)– aided by close friend and colleague, avant-jazz trumpeter, Jeff Kaiser. So began a long series of ever-changing concerts and presentations all around Southern California. Some of these were in connection to SEAMUS, an acronym for the national “new music” organization: the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States (Killian was introduced to the organization by Kaiser in 1990 and became President of the Los Angeles chapter in 1992). Ted's has been interviewed as a featured composer on “Music of the Americas” on KPFK radio in Los Angeles. Since the debut of “Flux Aeterna” his music has been played on literally dozens of radio stations around the globe and has garnered critical praise in as many publications internationally. In recent years, he has composed music for ballet, “fixed” gallery installations, multi-discipinary art performances, large ensembles and small groups. And, after all of this, Killian has still somehow managed to avoid having ever been in anything resembling a “band.”

Ted Killian is a 1982 graduate of UCSB with a Bachelors degree in visual arts. Since then he has exhibited paintings, sculpture and computer art in a number of galleries, museums and other venues across the country. He was a 1992 appointee to the “Task Force for Visual Arts” in Ventura, CA. He supports his musical/artistic activities with his “day job” as a freelance graphic designer for various musical instrument and high-tech manufacturers. He currently resides in Southern Oregon with his wife, 3 sons, 3 guinea pigs, and 2 goldfish.

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VINNY GOLIA: EVEN TO THIS DAY…: MOVEMENT ONE: INOCULATIONS (PFMCD145)

Jeff Kaiser

VINNY GOLIA
EVEN TO THIS DAY…
MOVEMENT ONE: INOCULATIONS

MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS

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(Inoculation: to inoculate)

This applies to vaccinating against the coronavirus and to mentally preparing ourselves to be strong against the onset of paranoia, boredom, depression, isolation, apathy, and all of the other symptoms of this disease that we did not anticipate.

Even to this day… comprises three movements. Movement One: Inoculations, which you are listening to now, is for orchestra and 21 improvisers. The complete length of Inoculations is 10 hours and 32 minutes and consists of 12 individual Modules. The second movement, Part Two: Syncretism: for the draw… is for metal band and orchestra and will be released in early 2022. Finally, as yet unnamed, the third movement for symphony orchestra and large ensemble with improvisers will be completed at the end of 2022.

I started writing Even to this day… for my 75th birthday a year before it was to happen at the request of Rent Romus, who was organizing a concert of 75 musicians to perform the piece, unaware that Covid lurked around the corner. The performance never happened. So, I decided to go for what I wanted using real and virtual musicians performing composed music combined with improvisation—which always seems to be the best way to get what I want musically—a blend of serenity, intensity, and stability that shifts like the sands in a desert. And, as I wanted to have many of the West Coast musicians I play with represented in the music, I came up with a plan to have soloists play over a large and continually changing symphonic setting.

Even to this day… includes soloistic journeys, short interludes, transitional forms, and improvisations involving orchestral textures. Performed live, I would have used a combination of conducting techniques I have been refining since the first concert of the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble in 1982. Unfortunately, I could not do this live because of Covid restrictions and instead created an alternate composition system to supplant and expand on those techniques. Our West Coast community of creative musicians is vast and intensely innovative, and from this communal pool, I used improvisers accustomed to performing New Music and freer forms of improvisation. Specific compositions showcase their creative talents, resulting in a myriad of improvisational approaches. For the listener, the modules within each movement can be arranged in any order but are best listened to in their original order as the compositions within each module accent each other.

Movement One: Inoculations is the first part of over a year’s worth of work on Even to this day… The movement is a direct response to Covid, reflecting feelings and thoughts while locked down or “safer at home” for 15+ months now. With so much discord in the world at the moment, the chance for a few of us to collaborate on something positive seemed a great way to fight back, peacefully, against the malaise of fear, uncertainty, isolation, hostility, and depression. So, this orchestral project started in March 2020 is now ready to add the final component, the listener…

12 CD SET WITH FEATURED SOLOISTS:

Steve Adams—Sopranino and Alto Saxophones, Alto and Bass Flutes, and Electronics • Matt Barbier—Euphonium and Trombone • Kyle Bruckmann—Oboe, English Horn, and Electronics • Dan Clucas—Cornet • Clint Dotson—Drums • Tim Feeney—Percussion • Ken Filiano—Bass • Randy Gloss—Hand Drums and Electronic Percussion • Nathan Hubbard—Drums and Percussion • Jeff Kaiser—Trumpet and Electronics • Ellington Peet—Drums • Wayne Peet—Piano, Organ, and Synth • Vicki Ray—Prepared Piano • Sarah Belle Reid—Trumpet and Electronics • Steven Ricks—Trombone and Electronics • William Roper—Bombardondino, Tuba, and Extemporaneous Spoken Word • Derek Stein—Cello • Cassia Streb—Viola • Brian Walsh—Bb, Bass, Contralto, and ContraBass Clarinets • Miller Wrenn—Bass • Vinny Golia—Woodwinds, Gongs, and Singing Bowls

Module 1 — Observation

Module 2 — Belief

Module 3 — Goals-analyzation and clarification

Module 4 — Determination

Module 5 — Identification and Orientation

Module 6 — Skills and Knowledge (qualities and abilities)

Module 7 — Collaborations

Module 8 — The Plan

Module 9 — Visualizations

Module 10 — Persistence

Module 11 — Action and Decision

Module 12 — Needs and Uses

All Compositions and Arrangements by Vinny Golia ©2021 Ninewinds, BMI

Trapezoid by Randy Gloss • Recorded by Wayne Peet and Vinny Golia (with additional remote recording by solo artists) • Recorded from March 2020 to August 2021 • Edited, Mixed, and Mastered by Wayne Peet • Produced by Vinny Golia and Wayne Peet • Disc Artwork by Steuart Liebig • Cover Design and Artwork by Ted Killian • Special thanks to Wayne Peet, Kathy Carbone, Jeff Kaiser, California Institute of the Arts, and all the performers on this project.

A joint release of Ninewinds Records and NWCD450 / PFMCD145

VINNY GOLIA
EVEN TO THIS DAY…
MOVEMENT ONE: INOCULATIONS

MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS

Module 1

Observation

1. Moai 3 VC — BS • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet

2. CB Flute Real One — Explained1 • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet

3. 2 — 9 Dizzy 2 — A dedication

4. Moai 3 — 5 Middle section • Soloists: Kyle Bruckmann — Eng Hrn; Matt Barbier — Trom

5. From the Ancient Race • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Alto Sax; Dan Clucas — Cornet

6. Project — 1 — Transition • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Baritone Saxophone, Gongs; William Roper — Tuba; Nate Hubbard — Drums

7. The Real One

8. Brass — As played on the Nagra • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Sopranino Saxophone; Dan Clucas — Trumpet

9. Escape from the lab, Professor Deemer doesnít make it • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs

10. Hand me Lieutenant Liu’s notebook of justice… • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Ram’s Horn, Eb Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone

11. Toolboxes and tradeoffs — For Pete Edwards • Soloist: Vinny Golia — C Flute

12. No horn Intro,…, just kidding • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Trp

13. So many forms, the low frequencies • Soloists: Wayne Peet — E Piano; Ellington Peet — Drums

14. For Art, the hole puncher • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet, Gong; Brian Walsh — Bass Clarinet; Tim Feeney — Perc

Module 2

Belief

15. The Rams Horn Moai, a gift from Peru • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Ram’s Horn, Tenor Sax, G and F Mezzo — Soprano Sax, Bells

16. Not Pelham, (the Throwback!). • Soloists: Wayne Peet — Synth; Ellington Peet — Drums

17. It’s a jumble out there! • Soloist: Tim Feeney — Perc

18. letters to Francis • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Soprano Saxophone; Miller Wrenn — Bass

19. The complete Hermann • Soloists: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX; Tim Feeney — Perc

20. The first time I heard that • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Xiao; Tim Feeney — Perc

21. Encomium • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Singing Bowls; Brian Walsh — Bass Clarinet; Randy Gloss — Bendir Drum

22. 2 — 7 — 3 — sracps — 2

23. 1 — 18 strgs whole — No Mayo • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone, Contrabass Clarinet

24. 2 — 7 — 3 — sracps — The Original

Module 3

Goals — Analyzation and Clarification

25. For John… • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone

26. Low Toaani • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Organ and FX

27. Locus — 2 • Soloist: Brian Walsh — Clarinet

28. Xiphoid • Soloists: Steve Adams — Sopranino Saxophone, William Roper — Bombardondino (Travel Tuba)

29. Yet another, New Vamp Tune

30. Message from Time • Soloists: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX; Derek Stein — Cello

31. The battle of Tibet — Circa 1943 • Soloist: William Roper — Bombardondino (Travel Tuba)

32. From the Ancient Race; Symbolism • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bb Clarinet; Clint Dodson — Drums

33. Warp and Woof (on the road to Georgia) • Soloists: Jeff Kaiser — Trp; William Roper — Vocal

34. The Attic of the Unknown Foe, for Mr. Martin • Soloist: VG — Eb Clarinet, Ab Clar, Contrabass Clar, Basset Horn, Gongs and Bowls

35. Low Toaani — Part Two • Soloist: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX

Module 4

Determination

36. Easy to Sneak Up On

37. Doctor Savaard explains his theory eloquently, but no ones listens

38. Dizzy — a second dedication because he deserves it!

39. nmae later, (not a typo…) • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp and FX

40. Kyle! • Soloist — Kyle Bruckmann — English Horn

41. Intro Drake — 1 — 2 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bass Clarinet; Randy Gloss — Tabla

42. Who is Gladys Glover? — Bass; Nate Hubbard — Drums

43. Not Hardly… • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp

44. 1 — 14 Solo Section 2 • Soloists: — Vinny Golia — Bass Saxophone; Nate Hubbard — Drums

45. In France you sit on long items shaped like canoes — for Barre • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Cornet

46. For Vicki • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Contraalto Clarinet; Vicki Ray — Piano

47. Trapazoid • Soloist: Randy Gloss — Frame Drum

48. Mr. Fletcher now heads towards Mexico to find his first move,…or else, it ís up to him • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass

49. 1 — 9 31120 not exactly Vlatkovich, (title wise…) • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom

50. 1 — 5 bridhge to solos • Soloists: Vinny Golia — G — Piccolo; Tim Feeney — Perc

Module 5

Identification and Orientation

51. Shadow

52. Vicki 2 • Soloist: Vicki Ray — single track of prepared piano with E — Bow

53. By which they lead • Soloists: Miller Wrenn — Bass; Tim Feeney — Perc

54. About three more days, give or take a day or two

55. Ken • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass

56. The return of Tyler Bob! (I know that guy!)

57. “Hey Cosmo, How you Doin’…doin’ ok…” — for Fumo

58. Your devotion to etiquette is admirable but your methods leave much to be desired

59. The Wilhelm Scream (not alligator shoes I hope!) • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Baritone Saxophone; Randy Gloss — Daf

60. He’s the only one that’s happy!

61. In Between The Winds • Soloist: Brian Walsh — Clarinet

62. Indeterminate growth • Soloist: Tim Feeney — Perc

63. Dixie Cups and Strings • Soloists: Derek Stein — Cello; Miller Wrenn — Bass

64. The Solution • Soloist: Steve Adams — Electronics

Module 6

Skills and Knowledge (qualities and abilities)

65. Try This One On

66. nmae again, later • Soloists: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

67. Time Change

68. The Octopus boy, (good work Rachel)

69. Trpt Partial

70. It must fall out of my formation circle

71. The Octopus boy; retake • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Organ

72. All is lost, All is lost! • Soloists: Wayne Peet — Synth; Steve Adams — Alto Sax; Nate Hubbard — Drums

73. And it’s also the name of a man who operates hotels

74. Mead and various secrets from the island • Soloists: Steve Adams — Bass Flute; Randy Gloss — Frame Drum and Metal Perc

75. The Internet is always open • Soloist: Derek Stein — Cello

76. And, Have A Nice Day, (Or Else!) • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Trp

77. It’s Douner Stieglitz camera lenses!

78. An Arc of Electricity • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp and FX

79. From the Ancient Race; Electrodes • Soloists: Wayne Peet — Piano; Clint Dodson — Drums

80. Lonely wind • Soloists: Cassia Streb — Viola; Derek Stein — Cello

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Module 7

Collaborations

81. For Robin

82. History does not linger long in our century; reprise

83. Vicki project 5 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Basset Horn; Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

84. Never Freed • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bass Clarinet, Soprillo Sax

85. Transition #1 • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom

86. Sketch • Soloists: Miller Wrenn — Bass; Clint Dodson — Drums

87. The Stretchy, Walky, Thingy • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bari Sax; Ken Filiano — Bass; Ellington Peet — Drums

88. The Great American Biotic Interchange • Soloists: Vinny Golia — A Clarinet; Wayne Peet — Prepared Piano

89. Aver • Soloist: Clint Dodson — Drums

90. The original five! • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bass Saxophone; Wayne Peet — Synth

91. Unit! • Soloists: Matt Barbier — Trom; Miller Wrenn — Bass

92. Robin 2 and For Richard Nunns Medley • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs, Bowls, Shells

93. Villions • Soloists: Miller Wrenn — Bass (section parts); Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

94. Cassia • Soloist: Cassia Streb — Viola

Module 8

The Plan

95. Moai 3 addition

96. To the skin together

97. Flight 575 • Soloist : Steve Adams — Electronics, Alto Sax; Miller Wrenn — Bass; Clint Dodson — Drums

98. Transition #2 • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom

99. A to B, Pull the chutes, where’s my champagne? • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp

100. Pharoah at the chord change • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone

101. Harmonics…!!!!!?????

102. What’s your name? • Soloist: William Roper — Bombardondino (Travel Tuba) and Vocal

103. Studebakers, Toasters, and Crop-dusters • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bass Sax; Nate Hubbard — Drums

104. The 18th form • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bass Flute; Wayne Peet — Piano Keys; Vicki Ray — Piano Insides

105. Do you have an opinion..? • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bari Sax

106. Toanni — Insert • Soloists: William Roper — Tuba; Nate Hubbard — Drums

107. The Filiano Way, an Introduction to Mr. Ken… • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

108. The Island of One Thousand Names

Module 9

Visualizations

109. …These 3 together • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Native American Flute

110. Public Swimming Pool • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Cornet

111. Moai 3 — 13

112. Dr. Karmackís tasty treats… • Soloista: Vinny Golia — Alto Saxophone; Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

113. Transition #3 • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom and FX

114. Will Warren Chesnick go to the prom alone…I think not!

115. The Thayer Effect, we like what it does • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Gongs; Miller Wrenn — Bass

116. Whiteside speaking • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs, Tubax (contrabass saxophone)

117. All the Ghosts we can have

118. Bowed Interlude — for Mark Dresser • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Gongs, Contra Alto Clarinet; Matt Barbier — Trom

119. Moai 3 — 5 • Soloist: Matt Barbier — Euphonium

120. 1 — 13 — w harp

121. The lipkenstein process • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

Module 10

Persistence

122. Events that have happened are happening again, as we speak • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone, Indonesian Flute, Gongs; Wayne Peet — Piano

123. Big Finnish for Rent and Heiki

124. Double duos • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Soprillo Sax, Bass Clarinet

125. Strange Man, but still, a good plan. • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Piano

126. Bedtime • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bamboo Flute, Sopranino Sax; Clint Dodson — Drums

127. And I remember…everything • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs

128. Moai 3 — 1

129. A gift for Mike • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass

130. How’d it get burned!!, How’d it get burned!!, How’d it get burned!!, How’d it get burned!!

131. Project 1 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bari Sax, Gongs; William Roper — Tuba; Nate Hubbard — Drums

132. Persistance for William • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Shakuhachi; Cassia Streb — Viola; Tim Feeney — Perc

133. The Intro • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

134. Vicki 6 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet; Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

135. A Philosophy of the Bass — for Bert

Module 11

Action and Decision

136. Moai 3 — 4 Medley • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Conch, Sopranino Saxophone

137. But it was all just a dream… • Soloists: Vinny Golia — A Clarinet; Cassia Streb — Viola

138. From the Ancient Race II

139. Moai 3 — 2 Textures

140. “Your friend is intelligent, he will know better, than to follow me”

141. Bad Dentist • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Basset Horn

142. Someplace called…not Furiya • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Conch, Shakuhachi; Clint Dodson — Drums

143. Isochronus

144. Travk 5 • Soloist: Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

145. Moai 3 — 10 • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone, Globular Flute

146. Elegy for Don LaFontaine • Soloist: Brian Walsh — Bass Clarinet

147. LE Spring 2020 — 7 — B section

Module 12

Needs and Uses

148. Goliath • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Sopranino Saxophone

149. The Rolisican government questions Fukoda’s support, in the cave of Neon (Perhaps it’s the radiation?) • Soloist: Tim Feeney — Perc

150. LE Spring 2020 — 7

151. An Unforeseen Side Effect

152. Gombus! • Soloist: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX

153. Intro Drake 1 and 2 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bass Clarinet; Randy Gloss — Tabla

154. Waterflute Piece (Susan makes glorious instruments!) • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Alto Flute, Waterflute and Globular Flutes

155. LE Spring 2020 — 6 — redone • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Alto Clarinet, Gongs

156. All that Shimmers… • Soloist: Randy Gloss — Tamb

157. Dedicated to Bobby, John, and Horace • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Basset Hrn; Derek Stein — Cello

158. Return of the Goliath • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Pipe Organ

Photo by Chuck Koton

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Golia, Asplund, Ricks, Coulter: Crag – Polychromy (PFMCD143)

Jeff Kaiser

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Vinny Golia (woodwinds)
Christian Asplund (piano and keyboards)
Steven Ricks (trombone and electronics)
Ron Coulter (drum set, percussion, junk, and lo-fi electronics)

1. For the Money – 05:55
2. Tabletop Iguana, Shades and White Sox – 15:39
3. Fire of the Nobody – 32:18
4. The Anticipation That Comes With Travel – 20:58

Recorded live in concert, September 19, 2019
Madsen Recital Hall, Brigham Young University
Jeff Carter — Engineer
Edited, Mixed, and Mastered, April 2021
Newzone Studio, Los Angeles
Wayne Peet — Engineer

All music composed by CRAG
© 2021 Ninewinds (BMI), Comprovise (ASCAP), Steve Ricks Music (ASCAP), and Kreating Sound (ASCAP)

Photograph of CRAG Quartet by Jeff Carter
Artwork and Graphic Design by Ted Killian

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Michael Vlatkovich: With You Jazz Cat (PFMCD142)

Jeff Kaiser

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Michael Vlatkovich
With You Jazz Cat

Trumpets: Greg Zilboorg, Louis Lopez
Tenor Sax: Bill Plake
Soprano Alto Baritone Sax: Andrew Pask
Trombone/Composer: M. Vlatkovich
Keyboards: Wayne Peet
Bass: Dominic Genova
Percussion: Ken Park

1. Mister 60, 7:44
2. Don’t know what you’ve lost until it’s gone, 4:48
3. Friends 9113, 5:30
4. Bob, the fish that discovered water, 5:53
5. Nursing Home fashion show, 8:58
6. 011…….923, 5:40
7. I’ll show him who he thinks we are, 7:05
8. Association of the Well Meaning, 7:39
9. How is anyone going to recognize you without your disguise? 5:52
10. Jazz Cat, 1:41
Total time: 61:24

Recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered at Newzone Studio Los Angeles 2018-2020
Wayne Peet engineer produced by Michael Vlatkovich and Wayne Peet
Cover Photo: M. Vlatkovich
Graphic Design: Ted Killian
Compositions © 2021 M. Vlatkovich, Julius Ivory Music ASCAP

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Guerino Mazzola / Alex Lubet: Subtle (PFMCD141)

Jeff Kaiser

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Subtle
Guerino Mazzola, grand piano
Alex Lubet mountain dulcimer

1. Exquisite, 5:08
2. Faint, 7:45
3. Profound, 7:49
4. Slight, 5:12
5. Sophisticated, 4:08
6. Deep, 6:15
7. Ethereal, 3:22
8. Delicate, 9:12

Steve Barnett recording, mixing, and mastering producer; digital editor
Barnett Music Productions, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Preston Smith recording, mixing, mastering engineer
Perfect Record, St. Paul, Minnesota

Recorded at Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall, School of Music
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, August 25, 2018
Edited, Mixed, and Mastered at Perfect Record, St. Paul, Minnesota

Graphic Design by Ted Killian

All compositions © 2018, Mazzola (SUISA) and Lubet (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved
Thanks to the University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid program
for recording and post-production expenses
Learn more about Subtle at www.alexlubet.com or www.encyclospace.org

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Katie Hae Leo / Guerino Mazzola / Alex Lubet / Nick Zielinski / James E. Holdman: Negative Space (PFMCD136)

Jeff Kaiser

NEGATIVE SPACE

Katie Hae Leo
Guerino Mazzola
Alex Lubet
Nick Zielinski
James E. Holdman

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1. Sign of June…………………7:26
2. On Names…………………….5:07
3. Ode To Negative Space…………8:46
4 Unknown Origin………………..7:47
5. Sister #1……………………8:40
6. Election Night In Phillips…….6:42
7. Oppenheimer Dreams an Island….10:54
8. On Hierarchy…………………7:57
9. Systema Naturae………………4:31
Katie Hae Leo, poetry, voice • Guerino Mazzola, grand piano
Alex Lubet, National steel guitar (1), acoustic guitar (2, 5, 6, 8), electric bass (3, 4, 7), soprano ukulele (9)
Nick Zielinski, drums • James E. Holdman, electric guitar (3, 4, 7)
Guerino Mazzola and Alex Lubet, producers
Matthew Zimmerman, engineer
Recorded September 1, 2010, Wild Sound Recording Studio, Minneapolis
Graphic Design by Ted Killian
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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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PFMCD130

Michael Vlatkovich: 5 Winds: Five of Us (PFMCD130)

Jeff Kaiser

FIVE OF US

MICHAEL VLATKOVICH 5 WINDS

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1. Please Help Me I’m Blowing Bubbles…………………………………………….:59

5 Winds Suite
2. Part 1: Six…………………………………………………………………6:49
3. Part 2: Twenty Six…………………………………………………………..3:30
4. Part 3: Nineteen — No. 7, Part 4: Zero…………………………………………5:42
5. Part 5: Five………………………………………………………………..5:34
6. Part 6: One…………………………………………………………………1:53
7. Part 7: Twenty-Four………………………………………………………….1:47
8. Part 8: Nineteen……………………………………………………..1:40
9. Part 9: Ninety-Three…………………………………………………………2:59

10. ForYou……………………………………………………………………..4:41
11. Natural Identical Flavors…………………………………………………….2:45
12. People In My Wallet………………………………………………………….4:35
13. (Alt), The Recognition Of Rhythm In The Life Of Worldly Things……………………3:33
14. What Question Did The Man With Seven Ears And Three Eyes Ask The Plastic Surgeon?…..4:38
15. For The Protection Of Yourself And Others You’ll Need To Wear Your Space Suit………8:13

Recorded June 3, 2015 at Array Space, Toronto
Recorded/mixed/mastered by Peter Lutek, www.peterlutek.com
All compositions © 2019 M. Vlatkovich, Julius Ivory Music ASCAP
Personnel (as appearing L to R in recording):
David Mott – baritone saxophone
Lina Allemano – trumpet
Michael Vlatkovich – trombone
Nicole Rampersaud – trumpet
Peter Lutek – tenor saxophone and frankenpipe
Photo: Julia Fitzgerald
Design: Ted Killian

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PFMCD130
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Richard Valitutto / Dave Wilson: SLANT (PFMCD121)

Jeff Kaiser

SLANT

Richard Valitutto, piano
Dave Wilson, tenor saxophone

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1. set (zajdi) (3:42)
2. enviros (2:12)
3. -i—e- (8:59)
4. suspiros (3:08)
5. what is the name of that (4:56)
6. poeme (3:13)
7. me then you then me then you then me (2:47)
8. p-tch-s (7:01)
9. you then me then you then me then you (3:46)
10. rise (2:42)

All compositions by Richard Valitutto and Dave Wilson
Recorded and mixed by Vanessa Parr at the Recording Studio at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Los Angeles, June 10-11 and 27-28, 2016
Mastered by Justin DeHart, Anaheim, California, January 16-17, 2017
Additional engineering by Lorenzo Bühne, Wellington, New Zealand, January 17, 2017
©2018, Richard Valitutto Music (ASCAP) and Hamlin Lake Publishing (ASCAP)
Graphic Design by Ted Killian

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Special thanks to the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College for their generous financial support of this album project. Additional thanks to Jeff Kaiser, Maxwell Gualtieri, and the entire team at pfMENTUM for their edifying interest in and unflagging patience with this project’s development over the last few years as just one part of their admirable long-term efforts to strengthen and bring together the experimental/creative music community at large through the recording arts.

pfMENTUM CD121
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SLANT bears the marks of our interest in exploring possibilities as performers composing together instantaneously and spontaneously. This project came together over a period of months, as we cultivated improvisational compositions, revisited them as compositional improvisations, and—circling back repeatedly—layered on top of each the lingering remnants of previous iterations. Tethered as they are to our personal musical pasts, intersections, and divergences, the sounds on these recordings push and pull one another into our own comfortable and uncomfortable areas as listeners and players, leading us into new ways of feeling the air move around us, and moving through that air and into it ourselves.

The recordings of this project came to life just before—and in the midst of—a liminal period when my own path was diverted. It shifted unexpectedly but by my own choice, in a direction that I knew, at the time, would open and close other paths and set new directions. For Richard and (especially) for me, the awareness of my impending departure from Los Angeles permeated the ways the sounds were conceived at all stages of composition, including their capture in recorded form.

The interplay, the interaction, the ways that we move with and against one another —all of these gestures in SLANT take oblique pathways that don’t so much lead to a hoped-for culmination but, instead, end up in a place not previously conceived.

Dave Wilson
Wellington, New Zealand
June 2018

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The pathways spiraling out of set (zajdi) originate in Macedonia, where Dave has been immersed in sound worlds that involve at least a thread of music either emerging from—or gesturing towards—rural life. “Zajdi, zajdi jasno sonce” (Set, set bright sun) is a popular traditional song that slowly unfolds, allowing the singer to display their melismatic facility and virtuosity. The song’s lyrics address the bright sun (telling it to set) and the bright moon (telling it to drown itself). When the text eventually turns to address the forest (which is the “sister” of the singer) it tells it to darken itself along with the singer: the forest for its leaves, the singer for their youth. The last words of the text lament: “your leaves, O forest sister, will return to you again; my youth, O forest sister, will not return to me.” Typically a mournful song drenched in beauty, our reading of the song also shows the aggression and darkness of youth’s furious passing. Forming the melodic and dramatic foundation of this work, the agitated, plangent saxophone lines are supported by a piano part that was directly inspired by another southeastern European influence: the Romanian spectral composer Horațiu Rădulescu, particularly his late piano sonatas.

In enviros we explore the “inner world” of both instruments’ sounds: piano harmonics and saxophone subtones. The compositional concept in this case is not so much linear or narrative as “environmental.” This yields a different improvised performance each time it’s performed, while the piece retains the same distinct feeling and texture. (In the same way that a certain patch of landscape or a particular city street is always identifiably itself and yet is shaped and reshaped anew by those that move through it, the light that strikes it, and the weather patterns that color it from day to day.) Air, space, and resonance come in and out of contact with one another, the shimmering microtonal harmonies trembling as they layer, creating the environmental texture.

-i—e- is a compositional structure based on one of the synthetic scales created by the boundary-pushing American composer, alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and flautist Eric Dolphy. In -i—e-, saxophonist and pianist take turns improvising cadenza-like monologues within the scale’s prismatic world of fleeting tonal allusions. After the extended solos, the players converge in ecstatic agreement on a composed melodic head based on the scale, the apotheosis of the improvisation. The instruments guide one another along self-generated paths to assume new trajectories that, for a moment, briefly converge.

suspiros sounds the sighing exasperation, release, and mourning of impending departure, loss, and gain in an impromptu ballad. Super- imposing a microtonal saxophone melody over a tonal/modal piano accompaniment, this piece doesn’t settle or provide catharsis, but remains and persists— pushing and pulling as it breathes in and out.
what is the name of that leans heavily on Ornette Coleman and Prime Time. It takes Coleman’s “What is the name of that song?” and places his horn line on hammers and strings, recasts the electric bass on the horn and interweaves the guitars and drums parts throughout. Multiple melodies, temporalities, and tone colors point this performance in many directions, folding it back again on itself with new creases, and finishing in manic abandon.

poeme is a musing on the mystical, color-drenched music of the late-Romantic early-20th century Russian composer Aleksandr Skryabin, specifically, Opus 69, No. 1, one of his many “Poèmes” for solo piano. This performance takes direct inspiration from the many accounts of the pianist-composer’s seemingly improvised performances of his own works, further illuminated by his idiosyncratic rhythmic notation and a harmonic language almost entirely derived from his synthetic chords.

When we conceptualized me then you then me then you then me, we took turns leading, following, and finding the space in between the constructed dichotomy of leading and following.
p-tch-s is a systematic progression through the anatomy of the instruments themselves, moving from one tactile space to another, embracing sonic possibilities and realizing points of intersection just as they are slipping away.
We’re taking turns again in you then me then you then me then you, but this time you are following me, and then I follow you.

The patterns that emerge from rise point to something new, something incomplete and unformed, something not yet known or not to be known, something that remains, more uncertainties, fewer known ways ahead, acknowledging that perhaps closure is best reached via more questions and fewer explanations.

Richard Valitutto,
Los Angeles, CA – New York, NY
Dave Wilson,
Wellington, New Zealand
July 2018

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PFMCD121

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

Jeff Kaiser

[This product is a DVD]

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
www.pfmentum.com

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