Using the saxophone as his springboard into a life of multi-instrumentalism, world travel, and musical milestones, J. Golko has had the honor of studying with, performing for and entertaining with:

Philip Bailey/Maurice White + Earth, Wind & Fire, Quincy Jones, Dave Koz, Victor Vanacore, David Foster, Rickey Minor, Herbie Hancock, James Moody, Steve Winwood, Howard Shore, George Duke, Jeff Lorber, Clark Terry, Christian Scott, Nancy Wilson, Patti LeBelle, Patti Austin, Melissa Manchester, Layla Hathaway, Angelique Kidjo, Rosa Passos, Maña, Paula Cole, Ben E. King, Gamble & Huff, John Avila, Richard Gibbs, Weezer, Rob Lewis, Gloria Estevan, John Legend, Kanye West, William Close (inventor of the Earth Harp) + more.

 

Timeline

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Time-lapse footage captured by William Close flashes through the epic installation process of an 800ft+ Earth Harp.

Vanacore's performance at the Ford Theater in October 2017 featured 2 sopranos and 3 tenors accompanied by a 38-piece orchestra of L.A.'s finest.

Vanacore's performance at the Ford Theater in October 2017 featured 2 sopranos and 3 tenors accompanied by a 38-piece orchestra of L.A.'s finest.

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2000-2002

Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone

2003-2006

Baritone Saxophone

Bb Clarinet

Bass Clarinet

Contra-Bass Clarinet

Bass Guitar

Voice (Tenor, Baritone, Bass)

Guitar

Keyboard/Composition

Conducting (Drum Major)

Soprano Saxophone

First Saxophonist Admitted to the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp

2007-2010

Opening Act for "Starry Night Tribute" to Quincy Jones 

REASON MIDI Programming

SIBELIUS Notation

FINALE Notation

PROTOOLS (Production + Editing)

Founded + Led Horn Section while attending BERKLEE COLLEGE of MUSIC

Bachelor of Music Business

Co-Producer/Director of Lights for BERKLEE Student Activities Center

Founded JGO INC.
(independent performance, composition, arrangement and show production company)

2010 Intern at BLUE MICROPHONES in Westlake, CA

2011-2013

Flute

Percussion

Woodwind Multi-Instrumentalist  Holland America Line Show Band

Chromatic Harmonica

Trumpet

Self-Produced 1st Head Liner Show

Traveled throughout 7 Continents

2014-2016

Began authoring original
science fiction novel

Introductory Studies to Film and
Video Game Scoring

   *Featured Multi-Instrumentalist in
"Sonic Odyssey"   
(by Royal Caribbean Productions):

Earth Harp

Drum Wall

Drumbrella

Drum Jacket

Violin Dress

Aquatar
*(Unique Instrumental Creations
by
William Close)

Founded Scores by Atonement™
Musical Composition Brand

Founded VIBRANIUM Publishing (ASCAP)

Fretless Bass Guitar
 

2017-2019

Founded
the Infinity Reset
(production company) &
the Infinity Reset Orchestra
(symphonic rock ensemble)

Studio Management Assistant at www.woodshedrecording.com (Malibu, CA)

Installed and performed an 800ft+ long Earth Harp at Grand Performances with William Close & the Earth Harp Collective. (Los Angeles, CA)

Organized the first 10-Year GRAMMY Camp Alumni Reunion (Toluca Lake, CA)

Assisted Victor Vanacore and his production team in his debut performance of "La Sorgente" - arias set to the poetry of Pope John Paul II. (Los Angeles, CA)

Joined pit orchestras for community theater productions of Tarzan & Avenue Q (Redlands, CA)
*Alto/Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Flute

Studied film score orchestration techniques with Dr. Norman Ludwin (Lost, Inside Out, Jurassic World)  at the musician's union Local 47 (Burbank, CA)

Joined pit orchestra for community theater production of The Wizard of Oz (Northbrook, IL)
*Baritone Sax, Clarinet, Flute

Founded guitar/saxophone duo: Action Heights (Chicago, IL)

Joined “The Knot” award winning Andrew Blake Band (Chicago, IL)

Signed on for community theater production of The Newsies (Northbrook, IL) - June 2019

...To be surrounded by Beautiful music; worthy of possessing its Wisdom and wielding its Power.”
— J. Golko
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Quoted in an article by the LA Times on the subject of sound physics while assisting Close's installation team leading up to the performance.

By JESSICA GELT

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