Vinny Golia

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Vinny Golia
Born (1946-03-01) March 1, 1946 (age 69)
The Bronx, New York City, New York

Vinny Golia (born March 1, 1946 in The Bronx, New York City, New York) is an American composer and multi-instrumentalist specializing in woodwind instruments. He performs in the genres of contemporary music, jazz, free jazz, and free improvisation.[1]

Golia lives in Los Angeles, California, and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts. He has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. In 1982 he founded the 37-piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions.

Golia has performed and/or recorded with many notable musicians, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.[2]

Golia also founded the jazz record label Nine Winds in 1977.[3][4]


Golia performs on a wide array of instruments, including variants of the flute, English horn, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon and tarogato.


Golia has a formed a number of ensembles that showcase both his style of composition and improvisation. These groups range from the his Large Ensemble to a variety of mixed quintets, saxophone quartets, duos, sextets and arrangements for jazz and classical orchestras.[5] Most recently, Golia has performed and toured with his sextet which features some of the new voices in the Los Angeles free-improv scene.[6] The group, composed of Gavin Templeton (alto sax), Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet), Alexander Noice (guitar), Andrew Lessman (drums) and Jon Armstrong (bass), has given performances at many of the premiere U.S. new music venues and festivals including Angel City Jazz Festival at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre,[7] the Outsound New Music Summit in San Francisco,[8] and The Stone in New York.[9]


With Anthony Braxton

With Alex Cline

With William Parker


  1. ^ Simon, Adams. "Golia, Vinny". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed. Editor Barry Kernfeld. Oxford University Press. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Los Angeles Philharmonic". Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Retrieved April 5, 2013.  "Green Umbrella: Musical Explorations." March 21, 2000.
  3. ^ Woodard, Josef (January 28, 2000). "Making It Big". LA Times. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "History". Nine Winds. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Discography". Nine Winds. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Acquaro, Paul (June 14, 2012). "Vinny Golia Sextet - Abstractions and Retrocausalities". Free Jazz Collective. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Barton, Chris (October 4, 2010). "Jazz Review: Angels City Jazz Festival at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre". LA Times. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Fire & Energy Music @ The 11th Annual Outsound New Music Summit". San Francisco Chronicle. July 21, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Vinny Golia Sextet + Dan Rosenboom Septet". Time Out NY. April 13, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 

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