Goli Goes to Grad School (2nd Year Edition)

Greetings from Goli!

To say that things have been a little intense in Goli-land as of late,
would be the understatement of the moment.
Recently, our close friends and bandmates from other projects lost
their apartment in a fire* and we’ve experienced the loss of dear
family members BUT we’ve also started new exciting jobs teaching at
music schools you have heard of (cough, Berklee) and we’ve started our
last year of graduate studies at the New England Conservatory. (some
of those “we’s” are royal 😉

It has been a roller coaster ride, for sure.

We still have our hands and our hearts and our heads (though they
might be occasionally addled) and we’re greatly looking forward to
celebrating the ups & downs of this crazy world with you one more time
before the semester swallows us whole!

Check it!

+++Friday Sept. 14th+++
Goli @ The Lizard Lounge
1667 Mass. Ave. Cambridge (outside of Harvard Sq.)
8:30 doors
$10 21+
Adv. Tix. here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/273567

In our second edition of Goli Goes to Grad School, we’ve asked Petaluma Vale (of Jaggery) and Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins to join us for a musical send-off of back-to-school goodness!

-Petaluma plays at 9pm (Val will join her for some celloing & singing) and her enchanting songs of whimsy and clever takes on fairytales grounded in a post-modern reality will keep you tethered to her harp strings.

-At 10pm, Goli will hit with songs of death and getting laid and maybe we’ll have some surprises up our sleeves, like a new song or the debut of a new instrument. You never can tell what we might do. We don’t even know.

-Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins will close out the night with well crafted songs, rocking arrangements, sensitive orchestrations and one of our favorite singers! (and some of our favorite people)

We love this line up so much, we would have it over for tea any day of the week and we’d even spike the beverages with a little whiskey.

The FB Invite:

For those of you interested in our NEC activities, we’ll both be performing the music of Marty Ehrlich on Sept. 13th at Jordan Hall.

We’ll be performing quite a bit over the year at NEC as they are
celebrating the 40th year of the Contemporary Improvisation
We hope you can check out what we are up to and maybe even join us in
the spring as we host our graduate recitals.

Thank you has taken on a deeper meaning in the past few weeks so…

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support of this
little duo with great ambitions.


*to find out more about the fire and to help out the folks who’ve lost
their homes and many of their possessions (thankfully most of the
instruments and most importantly all of the people weren’t harmed) go
to http://columbiahousefire.weebly.com

Epic August To-Do List!

Summer is starting to come to an end (don’t worry we’ve still got a
few weeks before school starts up and the mellow of fall arrives) and
that means we’ve got an epic August to-do list for those of you who love Goli, exotic destinations, zombies, and adventures!


#1-Rock NYC this Friday

+++Friday August 17+++
Caffe Vivaldi
32 Jones St. NYC
Goli will play from 9:45pm-11:15pm. Bottom of the Well-intimate and
groovy jazz/folk infused originals of voice, bass and
drums will hit at 8:30pm.
the fb invite

(that we may or may not keep.)
Here is a list of things we (mostly Val) said we would do to at our
next appearance at Caffe Vivaldi.
#1-A new song
#2-A clarinet debut by Vessela
#3-A surprise for those of you who joined the Goli street team.


+++Sat. August 18th @ 10pm+++
New Exhibition Room presents:
Zombie Double Feature @ The Boston Playwright’s Theater
949 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA
Tix are $20 and can be purchased at the box office or here.

Will Goli survive the zombie apocalypse? Come to NXR’s showing of
“Terror at the BPT” & “Last Night Cabaret” to find out. Goli lends
their music stylings to this crazy production that features some of
the most delightful and inappropriate uses of zombies yet! This show
is not recommended for those under the age of 17 and it can be a lil’
gruesome if that is not your bag. the fb invite


+++Thurs. August 23rd @ 9pm+++
Nick’s Restaurant
124 Millbury St. Worcester, MA

We’re back at Worcester’s classiest Wiemar-era absinthe bar!
Seriously, this place has some of the most amazing atmosphere ever.
It will be a night of epic Goliness with three sets of hits,
experiments, covers and b-sides.
Nick’s has great German food and a lovely drink menu. There is no
cover, but donations keep this duo coming back so make the trek and
bring some friends.
the fb invite


Street Performing:
We’re still haunting the cobblestones of Faneuil Hall this summer,
while the weather and our time permits so follow us on twitter
(@golimusic) and facebook to get details of our upcoming busking adventures.


—Friday Sept. 14th 9pm—
GOLI’s Back to School Special at the Lizard Lounge!
1667 Mass. Ave. Cambridge
NOTE: Date changed from the 15th to the 14th!
It will feature performances by Petaluma Vale (of Jaggery) and Sarah
Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins
Ticket link and other details to come and here’s the fb invite!

Enjoy these dogs days of August and thanks for filling them with live music!
We can’t wait to see you at our next Goli outing!

With humidity and sunbrewed tea!

Zombie Double Feature Tonight!

Hello there!

Just a little note to let you all know that Goli will try to survive the zombie apocalypse tonight at New Exhibition Room’s showing of the Zombie Double Feature.

The first feature starts at 8pm with Goli joining in the fray after intermission. It will take place at the Boston Playwright’s Theater at 949 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA.

This twofer of plays will surely delight and entertain with their quirky and edgy take on the traditional Zombie tale. Admission is $20 and 17+.

Here’s a trailer to entice you:

Zombie Double Feature Teaser



Set Time Change for Tonight & NYC on Friday!

Hello All,

Life is full of changes and today we present a very important but simple one.
Tonight’s show at TT the Bear’s will feature new set times as one of the acts will no longer be joining us.
What this means is that instead of seeing Goli at 9:45pm, you will see us at 9pm.
Kate Miller-Heidke will hit at 10pm and Lauren Flaherty will close the night at 11:15pm.
All in all, not too painful a change if you ask us.
Just thought you should know!

Tomorrow evening’s appearance in NYC will occur as planned with a glorious set by Goli starting at 8:30pm and wrapping up around 9:30pm.

We can’t wait to play for you all!


Summertime in Goli-land!

Happy July to You All!

Goli is all a buzz that it is summer because summer means cool
beverages, busking and most importantly sharing our music with you!
(You might recall that we’ve been locked in practice rooms since last
Sept. working on our master’s degrees, but now we are free-for the
time being.)
We’ve got some great shows coming up and we do hope you can join us!

1st up:

TT the Bear’s
10 Brookline St. Cambridge (Central Sq.)
Doors @8:30, Goli @9:45
18+ $10
Get ADV. TIX HERE: http://www.ticketweb.com/snl/EventListings.action?orgId=15325

for the ridiculously amazing Kate Miller-Heidke. She is charming and
writes great songs and has a voice that can do anything. She’s double
platinum and has toured with Ben Folds and is basically a really cool
human being. If we couldn’t be ourselves, we wouldn’t mind a day in
her shoes (we’ve had the chance to play with her @Club Passim & The
Lizard Lounge and are honoured to do it again!)
Go to www.katemillerheidke.com to check her out.

We’ll be joining the likes of Lauren Flaherty and Sarah Jaffe in
support of Kate’ band.
Show starts at 9pm.
Here is the FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/280906065349683/

2nd up:

Caffe Vivaldi
32 Jones St. (off Bleeker) NYC
Goli plays from 8:30-9:30pm

If you’ve ever been to Caffe Vivaldi, you know that it is a little piece of magic in the Village. If you haven’t been to Caffe Vivaldi, then what are you waiting for?!?
They have amazing food and drinks and have live music every evening for no cover (all donations go directly to the artists.) We’ve haven’t been to Vivaldi since last October and we can’t wait to be back! Do come and join us at this treasure of a venue.
The FB Invite if you’d like to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/337474686337395/


For those of you in Boston, we’re back at it at Fanueil Hall as part of the street performers
program. You can find us busking in the North Market area throughout
the summer.
To find out when we’ll be playing, follow us on twitter (@golimusic)
or facebook.com/golimusic. Grab a cold lemonade and hang with us and
the touristas throughout the summer. Our busking is subject to change
based on weather/whims… you’ve been warned.

We’ll be putting together a lovely little back to school show on Sept.
15th at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA
We’ll share more details as we sort them out, but for now think LIZARD
on the 15th!

You will get asked this question in a few months and we hope that
“went to see Goli play some awesome music” makes it to the list.
Thanks for supporting us and live music and we hope to see you soon.

With fireworks and sunshine and refreshing breezes,



Goli @ the Lilypad May 17th

Hello Dear Goli Friends!

How are you?
We are awesome!
Why, you might ask? We are done done done done with our first year of grad school! We survived and it was amazing and now we get to catch up on sleep and facetime with everyone who has missed us over the past few months.
Speaking of facetime, we missed you and look forward to remedying that ASAP! Say, this Thursday at the Lilypad?
We’re playing in an evening of Duos, curated by our NEC classmate, Leah Hennessey.

Check it!

+++D(u)o No Harm+++
Thursday May 17th
1353 Cambridge St. (Inman Sq. Cambridge)
All Ages-Suggested Donation

The evening will feature Hayes Griffin (gtr) & Daniel Hawkins (cello) destroying traditional american music in a good way, Leah Hennessey (vox) & Dave Cordes (bass) performing songs suffused with improvisation, and Goli (Vess-Marimba & Val-cello) playing songs about death, getting laid and surviving grad school.
Goli will play around 8:45 or so, do come early to get an earful of some awesome!

The FB event, if you dig that thing.

+++Faneuil Hall+++
We’ll be joining the street performers program again at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace! Playing in the sun is a great way to spend the summer. Listening to Goli while eating ice cream in the sun is also a great way to spend the summer. We’ll be keeping you abreast of our busking schedule via twitter@golimusic and facebook, so friend and follow us to get the inside scoop.

+++Foolish Ida+++
Vess & Val will be joining Sarah Rabdau for her project based on the work “Outside Over There” by Maurice Sendak. You can catch Foolish Ida this upcoming Saturday (May 19th @ 8pm) at Cafe 939. The first of 2 EP’s will be released at this concert and you won’t want to miss the beauty of this project.

That’s all the news we’ve got for you now!
Do come and join us this Thursday at the Lilypad, we can’t wait to see you!

From the little duo that is doing (I believe we are half masters now,)

Last Minute Goli Show This Week!

But Wait There’s More!!!!

Hello Goli Friends,

Spring Break is over and we must go back to our books and practice rooms… but not without one more last-minute Goli sighting!

Our dear friends, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic have asked us to join them for the their next performance at Johnny D’s.
It will all go down this Wednesday March 28th @ 8pm.

The Birdsongs serve up a music that is “…as meditative as it is physical, as rooted in classical structure and jazz improvisation as it is in rock ‘n roll.” (The Boston Globe) With guitars, keyboards, saxophones and a style that is genre-bending, you will surely get an earful if you join us. Original Birdsong member, Roger Miller, of Mission of Burma fame will be joining the band. We can’t wait!

Here are the details:

++++Wed. March 28th++++
Johnny D’s
17 Holland St. Davis Sq.
Somerville, MA
8pm 21+

Goli will open the show and Birdsongs will hit after. Lots and lots of music for your ears!
Here is the FB event if you want to be thorough… https://www.facebook.com/events/165866510200132/

Thanks to all you adventurous souls who joined us last week at the Burren. You helped us kick spring break off with style and sass.
Hope you can join us this week for an amazing night of music!

With tank tops and winter coats (gotta love New England weather..,)

Hello Fair Goli Friends!

We’re back!

We know we said you wouldn’t see us until the semester was over, but that was because our brains were addled by all that newfangled learning we’ve been doing and we forgot about two of our favorite words ever…


We were considering going to Cancun, but the thought of Goli Gone Wild made this duo cringe!

We could’ve hid ourselves away to practice 24/7 until we headed back to the conservatory, but all work and no play makes Goli cuh-razy.

Instead, we’re stepping out for Big Night Out at the Burren this Monday, March 19th!


+++Monday March 19th+++
Big Night Out @ The Burren
Goth vs Stoners Night!
247 Elm St. Davis Sq. Somerville
8:30pm show

Goli @ 9:40pm
18+!!!! No cover (though your $5 donation goes directly to the artists!)

This evening of queer live music and dance (& their hottie straight friends) will feature the music of Yani Batteau, Josh Hardy, Molly Zenobia, The Grooves Moons and Goli. DJ Studebaker Hawke will be spinning between sets and after the bands wind down. This week’s theme is Goths vs. Stoners and the best costumes win prizes!!!!
For the FB invite go to https://www.facebook.com/events/105148912949001/


For those of you interested, school is going quite well for both the Vess and the Val this semester. We are busy little bees that have been wrestling with such academic endeavors as composing new music based on the rapping of James Brown and how to kvetch on our respective instruments. Yes, this is a serious degree, we swear.

As always, thanks for the love, support and ears!

With unseasonably warm weather and the memories of margaritas,


Valenhog’s Day at Church!

Hello Fair Friends of Goli-land,

Remember us? The little duo that could, can, and is currently… Marimba+cello+voice+melodica+quirk+charm+Vessela+Valerie=GOLI!!!!

We survived semester #1 of the amazing musical bootcamp that is Contemporary Improvisation @ New England Conservatory and now we are back for round 2. It’s great!

BUT… We miss you and we have missed you something fierce since we last had a chance to music it up for you in Oct. (belated thanks to all who joined us @ The Lizard Lounge.) We’d like to remedy all this missing you by inviting you to a little known, but certainly important holiday celebration of Valenhog’s Day.** Nearly equidistant from Groundhog’s Day and Valentine’s Day, Valenhog’s Day is a unique opportunity to celebrate some happening music and really whatever else floats your boat.

This shindig will be happening on Feb. 9th @ Church in Boston and here are the deets:

+++Thursday February 9th+++
69 Kilmarnock St. Boston
21+ $10 8PM Doors (GOLI @ 9pm)

This Valenhog’s Day Celebration will include the avant pop from outer space of SCHOOLTREE and the 4-D artschool soul of What Time Is It Mr. Fox? and all kinds of fancy festive surprises!!!!
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/151125041668716/

This show marks our triumphant yet brief appearance in the “real world” before our lives become an endless whirl of graduate school music studies. This means if you need your Goli fix, now’s the time to get it as we won’t be coming up for breath until May or so…

If you’d like to see what that whirl is like, check out the Orient/Occident Concert that our department is hosting on Feb. 21st at Jordan Hall. (http://necmusic.edu/orientoccident)

As always, your support and ears and hearts are invaluable to this duo that is doing and we sincerely thank you for that and can’t wait to see you on the 9th!

With too much warm clothing and scarves,



**We in Goli-land are skeptical of the origins of Valenhog’s Day, but if you bring us groundhog-shaped-chocolate, we will not complain!

Goli Goes to Grad School and Oct. Shows!

Grad School…

We just finished week number 5 and our brains are so full, we can’t believe there are 9 more weeks of this.

But first, THIS WEEK!!!!!

We are having our big “Goli Goes to Grad School” Send-off this Thursday Oct. 6th. It is at the Lizard Lounge and the line up for the night is stellar. It will feature guitar/cello duo Flightless Buttress and the multi-instumental/multi-vocal trio of The And Company.
For those of you with good memories, we put together this same line-up over the summer at Yes.Oui.Si. All of the bands were so mutually enamored of each other, we couldn’t resisting asking both Flightless Buttress and The And Company to join us for our last show until we get our school legs under us.

Truthfully, we may not be playing out until winter break or so, so please come and have a great time with us! And bring friends, friends are awesome!

If you stick around until Midnight, you can wish Val a Happy Birthday!

+++Oct. 6th+++
Goli Goes to Grad School Show
Lizard Lounge
1667 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA (outside of Harvard Sq.)
21+ $10

9pm Flightless Buttress
10pm Goli
11pm The And Company

FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=112425455528491

Our other October show is going to be our little Grad School Sendoff to NYC!

We’ll be playing a set in our favorite place in NYC, Caffe Vivaldi! Our dear friend and amazing harpist/singer Petaluma Vale will be performing too. You don’t want to miss this.

+++Oct. 15th+++
Caffe Vivaldi
32 Jones St.
All Ages, Donations Welcome
Petaluma Vale at 6pm (w/Val on cello)
Goli at 8:30pm

We will miss coming to NYC every month (and will hopefully come to the Big Apple when school isn’t so crazy amazing.)
Bring your friends, bring your lovers, bring your underage brothers!

The FB invite: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=280776298608829

As always, thanks for the love, support and the lending of your ears.

The little duo that’s doing like you wouldn’t believe,