Vinny Golia – Woodwinds
Tim Berne – Alto Saxophone
Ken Filiano – Bass
Michael TA Thompson – Drums
The Vinny Golia Quartet (members Tim Berne, Ken Filiano, Michael TA Thompson, Vinny Golia) creates wildly expressive radical jazz. Having played together in various configurations since 1978, the quartet brings together a vast array of music, sound and experience as one entity.
As a composer, Vinny Golia fuses the rich heritage of jazz, contemporary classical, and world music into his own unique compositions. As a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences all over the world. In 1982, he created the ongoing 50-piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber orchestra and jazz ensembles. Golia is the 2006 recipient of The Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Saxophonist and composer Tim Berne has composed and performed prolifically since the 1980s. Known for his complex, multi-section compositions, Berne has performed and collaborated with Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Craig Taborn, and as a member of the cooperative trio Miniature. He is one-third of the group BBC (Berne / Black / Cline) along with drummer Jim Black and Nels Cline of Wilco.
Active since the early ’80s, bassist Ken Filiano has since contributed to dozens of albums, most of them pertaining to creative jazz, from post-bop to free improvisation. Since the 1970s, Filiano has played or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Fred Ho, Nels Cline, Bill Dixon, Fay Victor, and many others. As an educator, Filiano teaches at the New School, School of Visual Arts, and Hunter College.
Soundrhythium Michael T.A. Thompson is an anomaly. That’s why you’ll find him performing as well as recording with such a wide variety of musical artists who include Onaje Alan Gumbs, Mathew Shipp, Mala Waldron, Roy Campbell Jr., Dennis Gonzalez, Oliver Lake, Kid Jordan, John Pattitucci, Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Henry Grimes, William Parker, Legendary Calypsonians The Mighty Sparrow, The Shadow, reggae artist Owen Gray, as well as artists from classical to rap and beyond. Thompson currently produces New York based artists who are pushing the musical envelope and making an impact on today’s jazz music scene.