March 30, 1995 |
Although he may still be but a blip on the general-purpose jazz media screen, Vinny Golia is a certain kind of jazz hero. Over the past 15 years, Golia's name has become synonymous with the making and supporting of the avant-garde in Los Angeles, a town that tends to like its culture slick and straight.
June 6, 1994 |
The route to Vinny Golia's Elysian Park apartment is complicated and full of twists and turns, much like his jazz career. The visitor ascends a steep, winding path of lefts and rights, finally arriving at a dirt lane cut into a hillside that leads to an eroded patch of ground where Golia's vintage Volvo station wagon sits at a precarious angle.
April 8, 1994 |
Vinny Golia, the multi-woodwind player whose performances are meeting places for adventure and tradition, views music as a powerful force for emotional renewal. * "Music gives something to people's lives," Golia says. "I've had people come up to me after a show and say, 'I didn't feel good before your show and now I feel great.' That makes it all worthwhile." It makes sense that Golia, who became a musician after first being a painter, would consider his musical approach to be painterly.
May 26, 1991 |
**** Vinny Golia/The Chamber Trio, "Worldwide & Portable," 9 Winds. Golia pits a dozen-odd instruments from his woodwind arsenal against Wayne Peet's piano and Ken Filiano's acoustic bass. This vigorous music doesn't strictly adhere to the jazz tradition, but it's not devoid of rhythmic impact in offering unforced, organic improvisations that utilize a full, dynamic palette.
March 31, 1990 |
A man stands in a forest of horns. Flutes, saxophones and clarinets of all sizes as well as some unfamiliar instruments are clustered center stage as an orchestra weaves quiet, stately lines before moving into an involved but rhythmic riff. The man in the middle, Vinny Golia, picks out the baritone saxophone from the lot, straps it on and starts to blow. That was the scene at Patriotic Hall in Los Angeles in December, when Golia led his 18-piece ensemble in a program of his original music.