Date(s) - 09/17/2016
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Finnish Kaleva Hall
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In celebration of his 70th Birthday Bay Area musicians come together for an Outsound Presents special incarnation of grandmaster multi-reedist and composer Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble.
The Large Ensemble
Aaron Bennett, Aaron Levin, Aaron-Rodní Rodriguez, Alex Yeung, Amanda Chaudhary, Amy Reed, Andrew Jamieson, Andrew Joron, Ben Zucker, Beth Schenck, Bill Wolter, Bryan Day, Bruce Ackley, Cheryl Leonard, Collette McCaslin, Dan Plonsey, David Slusser, Derek Drudge, Donald Robinson, David Samas, Frances Rodriguez, Gabby Fluke-Mogul, George Moore, Gregory Scharpen, Heikki Koskinen, Henry Kaiser, Henry Kuntz, Isaac Narell, Jake Rodriguez, Jaroba, Jason Levis, John Finkbeiner, John Vaughn, Jon Raskin, Jordon Glenn, Joseph Nobel, Josh Allen, Joshua Marshall, Kersti Abrams, Kelley Kipperman, Leland Vandermeulen, Matt Gaspari, Mark Pino, Matt Small, Michelle Hardy, Myles Boisen, Neal Trembath, Peter Whitehead, Philip Everett, Phillip Gelb, Phillip Greenlief, Rachel Condry, Rent Romus, Robin Walsh, Roger Kim, Ron Heglin, Ross Hammond, Scott R. Looney, Shanna Sordahl, Steve Horowitz, Steve Adams, Tania Chen, Tara Flandreau, Tim DeCillis, Tom Weeks, Tom Bickely, Thomas Dimuzio, Vijay Anderson, William Winant
Vinny Golia founded the Large Ensemble in 1982 to perform his original compositions for chamber orchestra. His style of composition is strongly based in the Jazz tradition, blending heavily notated contemporary chamber music with improvisation, various extended instrumental techniques, 20th-century idioms, and world music concepts. Golia’s music demands a talented and exceptional group of dedicated musicians adept at both score and improvising and at home in a wide variety of styles.
Despite the difficulties in funding live performance, Golia’s compositions for the Large Ensemble have received both critical and popular acclaim through recordings starting in 1982 through the present.
Golia’s large ensemble compositions have been performed by the Northwest Creative Orchestra in Portland, Oregon; Co- Opportunity Orchestra in Austin Texas; NOW Orchestra in Vancouver BC; Aardvark in Boston Massachusetts, Walter Thompson’s Sound Painting Orchestra in New York, the WDR in Köln Germany. Specially created large ensembles have also been created to play his music in New York, San Francisco, Portland, Oakland, Mexicalli Mexico, Vancouver and St. Louis Missouri. Since 1998 Golia has lead a Large Ensemble at the California Institute of the Arts.
“Golia is an unconventional autodidact who works in a grand style, with broad, messy strokes, mixing take-no-prisoners improv with rigorous composition. He takes obvious delight in the range of sounds at his command in the Large Ensemble, from tuba to piccolo-a sort of Mingus meets Stravinsky…”
“This is creative music on a grand scale, Braxtonish neo-bop to meditative chamber music. Golia prefers the term Large Ensemble to big band because it connotes a far wider spectrum of music. And here Golia has the full palette of musical colors he’s been craving all these years, and the players who can realize his complex arrangements.”