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MUSIC | Deciduous is an ongoing multi-regional project curated by Rent Romus featuring saxophonist Keith Kelly, Vinny Golia fuses the rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions.

Spontaneous: A Celebration of Firey Expression and Freedom – Rent Romus’ Deciduous featuring Keith Kelly and Vinny Golia Quartet

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Date(s) - 07/27/2019
7:30 PM - 10:15 PM

Community Music Center


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  • 7:30PM Q&A
  • 8:15PM Concert

Rent Romus’ Deciduous featuring Keith Kelly

  • Nava Dunkelman – percussion
  • Gabby Fluke-Mogul – violin
  • Keith Kelly – tenor, soprano saxophones
  • Heikki Koskinen – e-trumpet
  • Lisa Mezzacappa – double bass
  • Rent Romus – alto. soprano, c-melody saxohpones, flutes, percussion

Deciduous is an ongoing multi-regional project originally formed by Columbus Ohio pianist Gerard Cox and curated by SF Bay Area saxophonist Rent Romus based on the mutual bridging of those who share a creative tenacity, history and transitory nature of improvisation. The music travels through free wheeling plots development, enriched with worldly modalities and extended soloing.

Saxophonist and educator Keith Kelly, a San Francisco Bay Area native, holds a BM in Performance (Saxophone) and a BM in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific, an MM in Music Education (Jazz Studies) and DMA in Music Education (Jazz Studies) from Arizona State University. Currently, he is the Coordinator of Music Humanities at Paradise Valley Community College and the Director of Education for The Nash, the premier jazz education and performance organization in Phoenix, AZ. As a woodwind specialist, he has toured with the Eels, Darlene Love, The Scorpion Decides, Under The Streetlamp, and his own free-jazz group, Ask Not. Kelly has performed with a wide variety of musical ensembles including: Crossing 32nd St, CONDER/dance company, Boxhead Ensemble,The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Natalie Cole, Maynard Ferguson, The Temptations, Glen Campbell, Diana Schuur, and numerous tv/radio/music personalities. Kelly has performed in or supervised over 35 different musical theater productions throughout Northern California and the greater Southwest, including “The Unfortunates” – which debuted at ACT’s The Strand Theater in San Francisco in 2016, with his original horn arrangements.

Vinny Golia Quartet

  • Vinny Golia – soprillo, sopranino, Bb and G soprano, bass and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, kwala, gongs and kayzee
  • Steve Adams – saxophones
  • Miller Wrenn – bass
  • Clint Dodson – drums

As a composer Vinny Golia fuses the rich heritage of jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. Also a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Mr. Golia has won numerous awards as a composer, including grants from The National Endowment of the Arts, The Lila Wallace Commissioning Program, The California Arts Council, Meet the Composer,Clausen Foundation of the Arts, Funds for U.S. Artists and the American Composers Forum. In 1982 he created the on-going 50 piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber orchestra and jazz ensembles. A multi-woodwind performer, Vinny’s recordings have been consistently picked by critics and readers of music journals for their yearly “ten best” lists. In 1990 he was the winner of the Jazz Times TDWR award for Bass Saxophone. In 1998 he ranked 1st in the Cadence Magazine Writers & Readers Poll and has continually placed in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for Baritone & Soprano Saxophone. In 1999 Vinny won the LA Weekly’s Award for “Best Jazz Musician”. Jazziz Magazine has also named him as one of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century. In 2006 The Jazz Journalists Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. 2013 Vinny won the Downbeat Critic’s Poll in the “New Star” category for Baritone Saxophone. Golia has also contributed original compositions and scores to Ballet and Modern Dance works, video, theatrical productions, and film. As an educator Vinny has lectured on music & painting composition, improvisation, Jazz History, The History of Music in Film, CD & record manufacturing and self-production throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and Canada. He currently teaches at California Institute of the Arts. In 1998 Golia was appointed Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California at San Diego. In 2009 Vinny Golia was appointed the first holder of the Michel Colombier Performer Composer Chair at Cal Arts. Vinny has been a featured performer with Anthony Braxton, Henry Grimes, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Joelle Leandre, Leo Smith, Horace Tapscott, John Zorn, Tim Berne, Bertram Turetzky, George Lewis, Barre Phillips, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, Patti Smith, Harry “the Hipster” Gibson, Eugene Chadburne, Kevin Ayers, Peter Kowald, John Bergamo, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennick, Lydia Lunch, Harry Sparrney and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra amongst many others.

Co-Presented by KFJC 89.7FM, the 18th Annual Outsound New Music Summit by Outsound Presents is a concentrated celebration of the music and its listeners, still independent and volunteer-run in a time of corporate takeover of the City’s music scene and a swiftly homogenizing City culture. This year we’ll present artists like Andrea Centazzo, Francis Wong, Lenora Lee, Vinny Golia, William Winant and many more!

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