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Vinny Golia, the internationally noted multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader has become an important contributor to the vanguard of creative music. As a composer, he fuses the rich heritage of jazz, contemporary classical, and world music into his own unique compositions. Golia has contributed original compositions to ballet and modern dance works, video, theatrical productions, and film. His film credits include Troublebound, Blood and Concrete, Joe's Rotten World, Heatwave, Star Trek IV, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation, and The Lost Boys. In 1982, Golia created an ongoing 26-piece large ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber group and jazz orchestra.
As a performer, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Japan, and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Golia has been a featured performer with Gregg Bendian, Bobby Bradford, Anthony Braxton, the late John Carter, George Gruntz, Joëlle Léandre, George Lewis, Barre Phillips, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Patti Smith, Horace Tapscott, and Bertram Turetzky. A dual recording with the latter on Music & Arts (11 Reasons To Begin, CD 966) has received favorable reviews and worldwide public acclaim; the same may be said of his earlier trio recording with the two bass players Joëlle Léandre and Ken Filiano on Haunting the Spirits Inside Them, Music & Arts CD 4893.