David Mott is greatly influenced by non-western musics and is actively engaged in the mystical and healing aspects of music. His composition “Regarding Starlight” was taken on a Columbia Space Shuttle mission and listened to in orbit by Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean. His piano concerto “Eclipse” was requested and taken on MacLean’s final mission in space.
He has improvised for Pope John Paul II, for the Dalai Lama’s Long Life Empowerment Ceremony in Toronto and has performed with a wide variety of musicians from Stevie Wonder to I Musici de Montreal. His music has represented Canada on the International Rostrum of Composers and his opera “Meme” was nominated by CBC for a Prix Italia. His duo recording, “The Standard Line”, with David Lopato, was nominated for a Juno and while he was the conductor of Nojo, their recording won a Juno.
Mott has taught graduate music composition at Yale University and finally at York University, retiring in 2013 as full professor.
His large repertoire of solo baritone saxophone compositions, using extended instrumental technique, earned him the critical sobriquet, “the Chopin of the baritone saxophone”. His current projects include Erosonic with concert accordionist Joseph Petric; the trio Klezmology with clarinetist Jonno Lightstone and percussionist Nick Fraser; his quartet The Stream Quartet, and the trio Sonoluminescence with bassist William Parker and percussionist Jesse Stewart. His solo performances and the Stream Quartet can both be viewed at www.musicasenergy.com. His website: www.davidmottmusic.com.
Vinny Golia (right channel), multi-woodwind performer/composer, fuses Jazz, contemporary and world music into unique compositions for ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation, garnering awards from The National Endowment of the Arts, 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.
Vinny’s recordings are consistently acknowledged by critics and “ten best” lists: the 1990 Jazz Times TDWR award for Bass Saxophone; the 1998 Cadence Magazine Poll; and regularly places in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for Baritone & Soprano Saxophone, and 2015 “Rising Star for Baritone Saxophone; 1999 LA Weekly Award for “Best Jazz Musician”; the 2006 Jazz Journalists Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Jazziz Magazine named him one of the 100 people influencing jazz.
Golia composes for dance, video, theatre and film while lecturing in North America and Europe on music & painting, composition, improvisation, Jazz History, Music in Film, CD manufacturing and self-production. In 1998 Golia was appointed Regent’s Lecturer at U.C. San Diego. He currently teaches at California Institute of the Arts where, in 2008, Vinny inaugurated the Michel Colombier Performer-Composer Chair.
Golia has been featured 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 among others.
Somewhere on the train to L.A., south of Seattle, an elderly woman sat next to me. She let it be known … baritone saxophone was her favorite instrument. Never one to forego proselytizing, I stuck earbuds on her head and played three tracks. Almost immediately, an epiphany transformed her face, exuding delight in our duo’s musicality and sensitivity.
The idea to bring Vinny and David into the studio morphed into an imperative to explore the full, extended baritone sax universe. Although uniqueness is, at best, a dubious concept, research uncovered no similar recordings.
“Have You Heard?” is an extended journey through the unique sonic, conceptual, spiritual and emotional universe of the baritone sax. We hope this recording brings you the same delight we had in its creation.”