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Sonic Labyrinth #2: Artyom Manukyan + Vinny Golia Sextet

  • MorYork 959 York Boulevard Los Angeles, CA United States (map)

8:00 - Artyom Manukyan
9:00 - Vinny Golia Sextet

$10 cover
All Ages

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For over a decade, The Vinny Golia Sextet has dedicated itself to the compositions of Los Angeles creative music legend and multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia. Juxtaposing composition with dynamic improvisation, Golia's music engages the mind and the heart, and radiates an enigmatic spirit that has inspired generations of musicians.

Golia’s reputation in the jazz world is sterling, but in Los Angeles he has also been a major driver of the creative music scene and mentor to several generations of musicians. Through his record label, Nine Winds Records, he has supported countless musicians’ visions at various points in their careers, and as a teacher he has influenced and guided developing artists in the pursuit their craft. The Vinny Golia Sextet features Vinny alongside 5 of his former students who have become prominent members of the Los Angeles jazz and creative music community. Saxophonist Gavin Templeton, trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom, guitarist Alexander Noice, bassist Miller Wrenn, and drummer Andrew Lessman have a deep understanding of Golia’s complex compositional style, and bring intense vitality and strong individual personality to the music, as Golia leads the way.


Cellist Artyom Manukyan first made his name as a musician to watch in his native Armenia and traveled the world as the youngest member of the BBC World Music Award-winning Armenian Navy Band.

Currently living in Los Angeles, Artyom is equally at home on the stages of jazz clubs, concert halls and rock festivals, performing with major international artists including Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-D.M.C., Grammy- winning Latin alternative rocker Draco Rosa, Natasha Bedingfield, scoring for film and television or leading his electro-jazz quartet. Artyom also performs on TV shows including Dr. Phil and Jimmy Kimmel Live where he has joined Coldplay, Bono and Odesza for performances.

Artyom’s genre-defying approach to playing the cello like a bass emerged from a combination of his conservatory training and exposure to the music of hallmark jazz bassists including Jaco Pastorius and Marcus Miller.



Sonic Labyrinth is a new monthly summer music series presented by Angel City Jazz Festival at MorYork Gallery in Highland Park. To say MorYork is a unique space is a great understatement. At first it was a supermarket, then it became a roller rink, and now it is the gallery/collection of artist Clare Graham and his partner, Bob Breen. I think New York Times captured the spirit of this space well in an article called ‘Always Room for One More’ from 2013, “At first, a visitor to MorYork doesn’t know where to look. At the row of Indonesian teak display cases filled with Chinese pottery and curios? The tray of prosthetic eyeballs in another case? The collection of early-20th-century carnival knockdown dolls? The fuel tanks from a World War II-era plane that hang from the exposed-beam ceiling? The Dr Pepper vending machine the couple hauled back from the Rose Bowl, a rusted-out, bullet-holed, strangely gorgeous carcass of modern America? Mixed among these oddities and antiques are Mr. Graham’s artworks: skyscrapers made out of Scrabble tiles; screens fashioned from vintage yardsticks and crushed soda cans; a wood-frame cabinet sheathed, to stunning effect, in precisely cut squares from paint-by-number paintings.”

It’s this eclecticism, layering of old and new, and recycling and reimagining of materials and objects that makes MorYork the perfect venue for a series that falls under the umbrella of jazz, an art form that is one of the greatest musical manifestations of recycling and reimagining materials in new and amazing ways. Although some of the music one might hear at ‘Sonic Labyrinth’ might not sound like what some think of jazz, it’s the spirit of improvisation, invention, and experimentation that inspires all of the music you’ll hear on these 3 summer nights. The series will feature some of the greatest musical minds of LA and Southern California such as Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Vinny Golia,  Gregory Saunier (Deerhoof) with Rozie Jordan, Artyom Manukyan, Ben Boye (Ty Segall), and San Diego’s, Steph Richards.