Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and band leader, Vinny Golia is at the forefront of improvised music. Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Vinny has been a featured performer with Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Horace Tapscott, Bertram Turetzky, George Lewis, Barre Phillips, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, Patti Smith, and George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, amongst many others.
Mark Trayle studied composition with Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and David Rosenboom. His recent works have made use of re-engineered (“hacked”) consumer products and cultural artifacts as interfaces for performances and installations. At sound 10.26.99 Trayle performed “¢apital magneti¢” in which the data encoded on the magnetic stripes of credit cards is treated as a kind of musical DNA. Trayle has collaborated with Wadada Leo Smith, Maryanne Amacher, Perry Hoberman, and as a member of the computer network band The Hub, with Alvin Curran and the Rova Saxophone Quartet.
Tom Watson is a guitarist from L.A. and a former member of the 1980’s SST records’ “art-rock quintet”, Slovenly, and the post Slovenly trio, Overpass. He continues presently, perfoming and recording in various contexts, as a member of the Red Krayola, as the guitarist for Mike Watt and the Pair of Pliers and has been playing solo around town for years. Most recently he has been playing with his own band, The Best of All, and has finished a solo record that’s soon to be released on the German label, Leiterwagon.
On the advice of his shaman, Vince Meghrouni has taken up the performance of music as a way of siphoning off tension accumulated through his dedication to phone sales. Citing wide ranging influences such as Ace Cannon, Drumming Ace Bibs Brannock and “all who hum nervously”, Meghrouni strives for fiercely individuated expression by adopting the moniker “Hong Kong Louie”. Meghrouni’s hobbies include closing his eyes while in public and imagining he is somewhere in the earth’s core. When above ground he has been found playing with Mike Watt, Michael Webster Two Bass Hit, Slackjaw Blues, Del Noah and the Mt. Ararat Finks, Slowrider, and El Grupo Sexo.