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A set of 2 CDs and 2 DVDs capturing four concerts of reedist and composer Vinny Golia's Large Ensemble performing from 1996-2006, showing the evolution of the band, plus an amazing concert with an African drum ensemble in 2006.

Golia, Vinny Large Ensemble
Overview; 1996-2006 [CD + DVD]

Golia, Vinny Large Ensemble: Overview; 1996-2006 [CD + DVD] (Nine Winds)
Label: Nine Winds    
Released in: USA    

"This set of 2 CDs and 2 DVDs is an overview of 4 concerts selected from 1996 to 2006.

The Portland concert (1996) was the Large Ensemble's last concert on a tour of the west coast of the United States. The second set was released in its entirety as "Portland 1996" (Nine Winds NWCD0180). The first set is too long to be released completely, so a portion of the composition "GCG" and the percussion duets was edited for time constraints.

The Bing Concert at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2000) was the second day of a series of concerts in Ventura and Los Angeles, California, the recording is of the first set.

Over the span of 10 years (1996-2006) the band expanded and became a chamber orchestra. (This large chamber ensemble is closer to my original conception of the group, which was formed in March of 1982).

At the REDCAT concerts, (2006) the idea of the Large Ensemble as a chamber orchestra is in full bloom, with our largest contingent of strings, woodwind, and brass sections. The REDCAT concert series was a two day event, with a unique second day which featured Master Drummer Alfred Lapzedo and an African drum ensemble that joined the Large Ensemble for the second set.

The DVDs are captures of the REDCAT concerts and were edited by the film maker Anal Shan using one sttionary and one hand held camera which were subsequently blended together for the footatge."-Vinny Golia, Los Angeles 2012

"Sara Schoenbeck is a bassoonist who dedicates herself to expanding the sound and role of the bassoon in the worlds of classical, contemporary notated and improvised music. The Wire magazine places her in the "tiny club of bassoon pioneers" at work in contemporary music today and the New York Times has called her "riveting, mixing textural experiments with a big, confident sound."

Originally from California, Sara spent her time on the west coast freelancing in various orchestral bassoon sections such as Santa Barbara Symphony, California Symphony, Redlands, Mancini Orchestra, the Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra and touring as a member of creative music ensembles Gravitas Quartet with Wayne Horvitz, Ron Miles and Peggy Lee, Anthony Braxton's 12+1(tet) and Vinny Golia's Large Ensemble. Sara also recorded for various sound and film projects including the Matrix 2 and 3 and Spanglish.

Sara now calls Brooklyn home and performs regularly with Petr Kotek's SEM ensemble, the composers group WetInk, Wordless Music Orchestra, LPR, Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra, Gravitas, Harris Eisenstadt's Golden State Quartet,the Lyrica Chamber Orchestra as well as performing with many other creative and inspiring musicians in the New York scene.

She has performed at major venues and festivals throughout North America and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Kitchen, Iridium, Disney Hall, SXSW, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Free Music Festival in Antwerp Belgium, Biennale Musica in Venice Italy, Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the San Francisco Jazz Festival to name a few. Sara received her BFA from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts."

-Sara Schoenbeck Website (

"Cellist, improviser, composer Peggy Lee was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She studied classical cello, completing a bachelors degree in performance at the University of Toronto as a student of Vladimir Orloff and Denis Brott. She furthered her studies on the cello with lessons with Martha Gerschefski in Atlanta Georgia. In the fall of 1988 Peggy began a year residency with a string quartet at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. It was here that she first became interested in collaborating with artists from different mediums and in veering away from the classical path. This led to a decision to move away from the known and thus to her relocating to Vancouver, B.C. where she now makes her home.

Peggy's first forays into improvisation in Vancouver happened with dancers at the EDAM (experimental dance and music) studio at the Western Front and eventually led to her meeting and joining guitarists Ron Samworth and Tony Wilson in their respective bands; as well as becoming a member of the New Orchestra Workshop, which went on to have interesting and fruitful collaborations with Butch Morris, Wadada Leo Smith, René Lussier, Barry Guy and George Lewis.

Peggy continues to collaborate frequently with Ron and Tony and with her husband, drummer Dylan van der Schyff, as well as with many other longtime musical associates including Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Veda Hille and Lisa Miller. She also leads or co-leads a number of musical projects: The Peggy Lee Band, Film in Music, Waxwing (with Tony Wilson and Jon Bentley) and Beautiful Tool (with Mary Margaret O'Hara).

She has also collaborated extensively in theatre and dance with companies and artists such as Ruby Slippers, Rumble Theatre, Presentation House, David Hudgins, Peter Bingham and Delia Brett.

In 2005, Peggy received the Freddie Stone Award for integrity and innovation in music and in 2010 she was awarded a Jesse Richardson Theatre Award for outstanding composition."

-Peggy Lee Website (

"Born in San Diego, CA and raised in Sacramento, Ches Smith came up in a scene of punks and metal musicians who were listening to and experimenting with jazz and free improvisation. He studied philosophy at the University of Oregon before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area in 1995. After a few years of playing with obscure bands and intensive study with drummer / educator Peter Magadini, he enrolled in the graduate program at Mills College in Oakland at the suggestion of percussionist William Winant. There he studied percussion, improvisation, and composition with Winant, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran. One of Winant's first "assignments" for Ches was to sub in his touring gig at the time, Mr. Bungle (here he met bassist / composer Trevor Dunn who would later hire him for the second incarnation of his Trio-Convulsant). During his time at Mills, Ches co-founded two bands: Theory of Ruin (with Fudgetunnel / Nailbomb frontman Alex Newport), and Good for Cows (w/ Nels Cline Singers' Devin Hoff). He currently performs and records with Xiu Xiu, and Secret Chiefs 3. He has also performed with Ben Goldberg, Annie Gosfield, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Fred Frith, and Trevor Dunn. In addition to Ceramic Dog, he also leads his two of his own projects, Congs for Brums and These Arches. He currently spends his time between Los Angeles, San Francisco and Brooklyn."

-Ches Smith Website (

"Steve Adams has appeared on more than fifty recordings, and has six recordings as leader or co- leader on the 9 Winds and Clean Feed labels, the latest of them being Surface Tension by the Steve Adams Trio.

Steve has performed the premieres of numerous classical compositions, including Prisoner of Love by Robert Aldridge for soprano saxophone and piano, Thomas Oboe Lee's Saxxologie... A Sextet for saxophone sextet and Louie MCMLV for saxophone quartet, and Passing Time by Jon Nelson for tenor saxo¬phone and computer-generated tape. He performed Edmund Campion's Corail for saxophone and computer generated electronics with the Berkeley Symphony and at the Ojai Music Festival. Steve has performed Darius Milhaud's Scaramouche and Pauline Oliveros' Outline for Double Bass, Flute, and Percussion at Mills College. He was a member of the 25th Anniversary performance of Terry Riley's In C, which was released on New Albion.

Steve has written more than fifty compositions for saxophone quartet, as well as many others for varied instrumentations. His piece Cage (for John Cage) was performed at the 1993 Bang on a Can festival, and his piece The Gene Pool was commissioned by Meet the Composer and performed at their festival "The Works" in Minneapolis in 2002. His composition Owed t'Don was recorded by the violin/marimba duo Marimolin on their CD Phantasmata . In recent years, Steve has begun creating graphic scores, now numbering more than 40. Steve has also written for theater, having composed scores for seven productions at the California Shakespeare Festival. He received a California Arts Council Fellowship in 2000 and a Meet the Composer grant in 1993, and teaches at Mills College. Steve is a graduate of the School of Contemporary Music in Brookline, MA and studied composition with Alan Crossman, Christopher Yavelov and Thomas Oboe Lee, saxophone with David Birkin and Indian music with Peter Row and Steve Gorn. "

-Rova:Arts (

"Berlin-based composer-performer Johnny Chang engages in extended explorations surrounding the relationships of sound/silence and the in-between areas of improvisation, composition, performance and listening. Current collaborations/projects include: Antoine Beuger, Alessandro Bossetti, Lucio Capece, Olivier Di Placido, Jrg Frey, Chris Heenan, Christian Kesten, Annette Krebs, Luke Munn, Koen Nutters, Michael Pisaro, Derek Shirley."

-Johnny Chang Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 809819200720

Label: Nine Winds
Catalog ID: NWCD DVD 0300
Squidco Product Code: 17434

Format: CD & DVD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: DVD snap case
1-1 to 1-6 (CD) recorded live in Portland in 1996. 2-1 to 2-7 (CD) recorded live in Los Angeles in 2000. 3-1 (DVD) and 4-1 (DVD) recorded at the RedCat Theatre, Los Angeles, CA on March 31st and April 1st, 2006


Joe McNalley-bass

Joel Hamilton-bass

Ken Filiano-bass

Andrew Pask-bass clarinet

Brian Walsh-bass clarinet

Charles Fernandez-bassoon

Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon

Tara Speiser-bassoon

Aniela Perry-cello

April Guthrie-cello

Colin Pierson-cello

Guenivere Meashem-cello

Jessica Catron-cello

Jonathan Golove-cello

Peggy Lee-cello

Rachel Arnold-cello

Marc Lowenstein-conductor

Stephanie Henry-conductor

Vinny Golia-woodwinds, conductor

Alex Cline-drums

Ches Smith-drums

Jennifer Jester-euphonium

Cory Wright-flute

Steve Fowler-flute

Bill Plake-tenor saxophone

Kathleen Pisarro-oboe, English horn

Paul Sherman-oboe, English horn

Alan Lecusha-oboe, English horn, flute, clarinet, alto clarinet, Bb clarinet, baritone saxophone

Brad Dutz-percussion

David Johnson-mallets

Wayne Peet-piano, keyboards

Kim Richmond-piccolo flute, flute, alto saxophone, Bb clarinet

Steve Adams-piccolo flute, flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone

Christine Tavalocci-piccolo flute, flute,

Eric Barber-soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet

George McMullen-trombone

Bruce Fowler-trombone

Mike Vlatkovich-trombone

Nate Brown-trombone

Scott Ray-trombone

Danny Hemwall-bass trombone

Phil Teele-bass trombone

Robbie Hioki-bass trombone

Arron Smith-trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet

Daniel Rosenbloom-trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet

Ed Harkins-trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet

Glen Whitehead-trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet

Jeff Kaiser-trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet

John Fumo-trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet

Kris Tiner-trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet

Rob Blaeslee-trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet

Sal Cracchiolo-trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet

William Roper-tuba

Eric K M Clark-violin

Harry Scorzo-violin

James Mar-violin

Jeff Gauthier-violin

Johnny Chang-violin

Melinda Rice-violin

Ronit Kirschman-violin

William Roper-voice

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Track Listing:

Live In Portland (1996) First Set

1-1 Escalanties 16:39

1-2 Transition 3:35

1-3 Critical Mystery 6:49

1-4 Robert's North Of Watford Rule 14:28

1-5 Transition 1:20

1-6 GCG / Carnivore 26:11

Live In Los Angeles (2000) First Set

2-1 Transition / Give Me The Pearl 7:10

2-2 Bot 9:48

2-3 Transition / Alone In A World Of His Own Creation 11:12

2-4 Alone In A World Of His Own Creation / Transition 9:25

2-5 Thread For Fred 5:14

2-6 Thread For Fred 11:47

2-7 Something Heard 4:43

Live At The Redcat Theater (2006) First Set

3-1 Transition / Zup & Barfle / Very Meringue; The Return Of Lynn Johnson / Second And Foremost / Reverse Olfactory Lip Curl-With Slight Head Refrain 58:07

Live At The Redcat Theater (2006) Second Set

4-1 Transition / Lennie Has All The Good Lines / Elephants Pursued By Man In Flying Plane / Transition / Jagged Pieces Feed The Puzzles / Transition / Do Something Wonderful 65:15

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