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Multi-reedist Vinny Golia playing ethnic woodwinds including danso, kaval, moxeneo, marori bone flute, &c. in a series of duets with Barre Phillips, Joelle Leandre, Bert Turetzky, and Lisa Mezzacappa.

Golia / Phillips / Leandre / Turetzky / Mezzacappa
The Ethnic Project

Golia / Phillips / Leandre / Turetzky / Mezzacappa: The Ethnic Project (Kadima)
Label: Kadima    
Released in: Israel    

Improvisations incorporating ethnic aereophones and contemporary contrabass sounds from multi-reedist Vinny Golia and bassists Barre Phillips, Joelle Leandre, Bert Turetzky, Lisa Mezzacappa. Each collaborator was recorded in a different setting, including at the University of California, at Kadim Studios in Jerusalem, and at the ICAM Studio. Golia performs on ethnic woodwinds including danso, kaval, moxeneo, marori bone flute, &c.

The Ethnic Project

"Last year Jean Claude Jones suggested a recording with Kadima bassists in which I would play on various ethnic instruments. I thought this was a challenging concept and agreed, as did most of the bassists. I also suggested the inclusion of Lisa Mezzacappa. So you now have in your hand an authentic collaborative document of me and these sterling musicians improvising with woodwinds from around the world. I truly hope you enjoy the music, special gifts from the many creative improvisers who fill my world of sound."-Vinny Golia, from the liner notes

"Joëlle Léandre (born 12 September 1951 in Aix-en-Provence, France) is a double bassist, vocalist, and composer active in new music and free improvisation.

In the field of contemporary music, she has performed with Pierre Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain, and worked with Merce Cunningham and John Cage. Both Cage and Giacinto Scelsi have composed works specifically for her.

She gave an historic solo concert in "Jazz em Agosto" in 2007 (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal). In this same top jazz festival, Léandre performed also in the "Quartet Noir", a quartet with quite rare live performances, with Marilyn Crispell, Urs Leimgruber and Fritz Hauser.

She has also collaborated with some of the preeminent musicians in the fields of jazz and improvised music, including Derek Bailey, Barre Phillips, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, India Cooke, Evan Parker, Irène Schweizer, Steve Lacy, Maggie Nicols, Fred Frith, Carlos Zingaro, John Zorn, Susie Ibarra, J. D. Parran, Kevin Norton, Eric Watson, Ernst Reijseger, Akosh S. and Sylvie Courvoisier.

In 1983 she became a member of the European Women Improvising Group (EWIG), which resulted from former Feminist Improvising Group and in later 1980s she co-founded the feminist improvising Trio Les Diaboliques, with Schweizer and Nicols."

-Wikipedia (

"Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bassist, bandleader, composer, curator and producer. An active collaborator in the Bay Area music community for more than a dozen years, she leads her own groups Bait & Switch, the Interlopers, Nightshade, Eartheaters and the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio, and co-leads the ensembles BODABODA, duo B., Cylinder, the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo, and the Caribbean folk band Les Gwan Jupons. Lisa has released her music on the Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo, NotTwo, Evander, Odd Shaped Case and Edgetone record labels, and has recorded as a sideperson for the Tzadik, Kadima and Porto Franco labels. She collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, film/video, sculpture and public music/art.

As curator, she programs the annual JazzPOP concert seres at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, now in its 10th year; and a live cinema series, Mission Eye and Ear, at Artists' Television Access. She founded the Monday Makeout creative music series in the Mission District of San Francisco, and programs the Best Coast Jazz Composers series as a member of the artistic committee San Francisco's Center for New Music. In 2012 she started the "Festival-of-Us," a semi-annual festival celebrating Bay Area creative jazz and improvised music. Recent projects include an avant-folk string band, the Interlopers; Eartheaters, a trio with Brooklyn vocalist Fay Victor; and BODABODA, a cross-planetary collaboration with Venice reed player/composer Piero Bittolo Bon. In fall 2015 she premieres Glorious Ravage, a multi-media song cycle for large ensemble with commissioned films, inspired by the writings of Victorian lady adventurers.

Lisa has been artist-in-residence at Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2008, 2013), Headlands Center for the Arts (2006, 2015), the Banff International Jazz Workshop (2000), and the Painted Bride Arts Center (2000). She holds an MA in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley (2003), and a BA in music from the University of Virginia (1997). She has performed at countless Bay Area venues including Intersection for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, Yoshi's, the Jazzschool, and the de Young Museum, San Francisco; as well as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle; the Montreal Jazz Festival and Victoriaville Festival de Musique Actuelle, Canada; the Monterey Jazz Festival, CA; Moers Festival, Germany; and Novara Jazz Festival, Italy.

Lisa has been awarded grants by the MAP Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, American Composers Forum, the City of Oakland, Meet the Composer and Southern Exposure/the Andy Warhol Foundation. She performs as a sideperson in original jazz, improv and chamber ensembles led by estemmed bandleaders and West Coast musical visionaries, like Phillip Greenlief, Aaron Novik, Beth Custer, Randy McKean, Marco Eneidi, Vijay Anderson, Aaron Bennett, Myles Boisen, Steve Adams, Graham Connah, Jon Raskin, Cory Wright and Ross Hammond, and collaborates often with Darren Johnston, Vinny Golia, Katy Stephan, Aram Shelton, Kjell Nordeson, Murray Campbell, Jason Levis, Dina Maccabee, Noah Phillips, Rob Ewing, Kasey Knudsen, Myles Boisen, Sam Ospovat, John Hanes, and many many others."

-Lisa Mezzacappa Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 884502866582

Label: Kadima
Catalog ID: KCR 34
Squidco Product Code: 15610

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Israel
Packaging: Clear plastic folding Sleeves with paper inserts
Bert Turetzky was recorded at the University of California San Diego in July 2011 by Jeff Kaiser. Barre Phillips and Lisa Mezzacappa recorded by John Finkbeiner at New, Improved Recording, Oakland, CA in June 2011. Three tracks recorded by Vinny at the ICAM Studio, Conrad Prebys Music. Joelle recorded over these tracks in her apartment in Paris in November 2011, assisted by Jean-Marc Foussat.


Vinny Golia-ethnic woodwinds

Barre Phillips-double bass

Joelle Leandre-double bass

Bert Turetzky-double bass

Lisa Mezzacappa-double bass

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Track Listing:

1. viba2 Barre native american flutes 3:36

2. vibe6 Bert guanzi 2:15

3. vijo 1 Joelle zurla 2:12

4. vili4 Lisa off-set tracks zun 2:04

5. vibe5 Bert nohkhan 0:46

6. viba4 Barre danso 3:13

7. vijo3 Joelle overdubs souna 2:24

8. vili5 Lisa off-set tracks maori bone flute 2:23

9. viba6 Barre hulusi 2:09

10. vili7 Lisa bass overdub taragoto - kaval 5:26

11. vibe1 Bert hulusi 2:07

12. vibe4 Bert danso 2:32

13. vijo2 Joelle kaval 2:07

14. viba5 Barre moxeneo 5:00

15. bonus track Vinny's overdubs scottish bag pipes 2:23