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Italy gigs for September and October 2017

I will be in Italy starting September 26 though October 10 for recording and various show dates with Soul/Funk singer Bobby Soul. Very much looking forward to these shows as well as a Super Jam, many hours non stop of improvisation for the master of it all Birthday, Christopher (Chris) Boulet on September 28 at Parco Fistomba in Padova. Many very special guests to be announced soon. 

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Gigs and Recording in Italy - Fall 2017

I'll be heading to Italy again this Fall for to do some recording of flute with singer Bobby Soul in Genoa. Hopefully a few gigs with same. Then around September 28 for a countless hours improvisation jam session by the man who started it all Chris Boulet. Hopefully we will be including producer Ronan Chris Murphy for this one as he will be in the area teaching a seminar. It will also be Chris' birthday so this one should be extra fun. More info as it comes in. Meanwhile, if you are in the Austin area we are still doing our improv shows and jams Jazz OUTside at Kenny Dorham's Backyard every fourth Thursday of the month. I think September or October will the the last for this years series. weather permitting. 

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and so it goes

June 22, 2017

Getting my mind in the right space for a gig tonight at Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin.

It's been a bit of time since I last posted any news. Things are moving along, just returned from another wonderful trip to Italy performing some great soul and R&B with Bobby Soul. www.bobbysoul.com Speaking of Italy, my first meeting about immigrating to Italy will be July 13 at the Italian Council in Houston, one can only guess at how this may go but I will keep you up to date as it moves along.

Did I mention I'm back to playing flute and focusing on flute and tenor sax, still playing guitar but not much unless called for as for my own enjoyment I am really digging flute and sax gigs these days.

Thinking back on my many years, 47 years ago was my first paid gig, a bit of a snag, about 10 years away from music due to unforeseen circumstances but it's been a blast since.

If all goes as planned I will be back in Italy for some gigs and recording in September or October.

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Sax, Flute, and Beyond

As some may know, I have been pretty focused on Tenor Sax and Flute these last few months and WD-41 duo has become Dark Matter Horns, don't worry, I did not give up guitar, just taking a well needed break and enjoying new creative adventures. Flute was my first serious instrument in my teens although I switched to bass to get in bands and later to guitar and such. Sax was something I toyed around with for a couple of years a long time ago and just now getting back to it. We've had some fun gigs as Dark Matter Horns and more are coming. I will also be returning to Italy to play flute with Bobby Soul in Genoa Italy in June. More to come.

 

Upcoming gigs, 
April 14 at 8, Cafe Creme in Austin, DarkMatterHorns with special guests. 
April 27 at 7, DMH host the start of the 6th season of Jazz OUTside at Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin TX. Other acts TBA soon.
Every 4th Thursday for JO series. 
Italy, May 30 to June 13, shows TBA.
Surprise festival in Oct, more on that soon.

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Dark Matter Horns

Dave Laczko and I have formed a new duo outside of WD-41. I'm focused mainly on tenor sax and flute these days so we decided to record and perform under the name Dark Matter Horns. My various other projects with guitar will still be available but focus is on horns at preset. We have some sample tracks up at bandcamp.com and are recording more, we had a very warm welcome for our debut gig on January 9, 2017 and more are booked for February and April. We will also be doing the Jazz OUTside series this year. 

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Flute

I'm making the shift back to flute as my main instrument. Flute was my first serious instrument in my late teens and I continued to play it in various projects along with bass, guitar and pedal steel. I put it down in the early eighties for several reasons, mainly the cost of a good flute and not much call for it in various projects. I started up again several months ago and after performing several times with flute and a few times exclusively I am ready to make the move. Funk, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Free Jazz and beyond. As always I am open to any projects so if you need some flute.........;)

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PVDLOOP Festival

Dave Laczko and myself as WD-41 will be taking part in this three day live looping festival in Providence RI September 30 through October 2. This is a great fest with a great lineup. We will be there all three days. Check the website often for our time slot which should be announced soon.  A big thanks to Laurie Amat for inviting us and promoting the show. http://www.pvdloop.org/

 

 

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Jazz OUTside series for 2016 begins on June 23

The 5th year of Jazz OUTside series for will start on May 26 at Kenny Dorham's Backyard venue in Austin Texas. WD41 hosting with Kenny Dorham's Backyard and Diversearts Culture Works.  Free Jazz jam will close the show.  The series will run every 4th Thrusday of the month through Summer and Fall. Free Jazz, improvisation and other explorations. 

 

7 -7:45 WD41 Willie Oteri and Dave Laczko show hosts

8 - 8:45 Full Fathom 

9-10 Free Jazz and Beyond Jazz Jam. 

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Updates and a word about ZiADiA MediA

The folks who built this website are available for others as well. Please check them out at http://ziadiamedia.com/

 

On the news front, the re-release of my album Jazz Gunn has hit #2 for most recommended download at All About Jazz. 

Look for a re-release of Spiral Out soon, the album I did with Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mike Keneally and Ephraim Owens. Produced by Ronan Chris Murphy. For the first time downloads of this album will be available. Look for them on this site soon. 

WD41 + Joshua Thompson on sax have completed recording for a new release. Look for it in Summer or Fall or 2016.

The Jazz OUTside series and Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin Texas will be starting soon and running through Spring and Summer. If you would like to perform please contact us. 

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New Website and More

Hey there folks, thanks for being here. As you can see this is the all new website. Please take some time to poke around and make sure it all works properly. Put a CD or download in you cart, read some more news, join the fan club, etc. Report any errors to the webmaster.

Still waiting on confirmed dates for shows in Italy for the Spring of 2016. hopefully a Live Looping Festival will be part of that but it depends on timing. Airline tickets get more expensive if you don't shoot for 90 days out so hopefully we will here from the Live Looping folks soon. More soon as it comes do be. 

 

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SUPER JAM! 8 Hours LIVE for the 2015 World Record in Austin TX

October 24, 2015
An 8 hour non-stop SUPER JAM in Austin!  

Kenny Dorhanm's Backyard 
1106 E. 11th street Austin TX
Saturday October 24
Gates at 3:00PM jam starts at 4:00PM

Learn More, Invite your friends, and Join the Event

A plethora of musicians, artists and poets rotating to keep it all happening non-stop
Some of the best in Austin and the world will be taking part and so can you!

Click Here for up to date information on performing artists and for those wishing to join the jam.

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Art OUTside JAZZ OUTside Event, Let's take it to Italy!

July 2015

Wow, it's been quite a month so far, not the least of which was the amazing Art OUTside event as part of the Jazz OUTside series on July 23, 2015 at Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin Texas with live painting to improvised music and spoken word by artists Miko Zen and KD Neeley.

We are looking to take this event to other cities around the world so please contact me in interested.

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Midwest Record Reviews Concepts of MateMaToot!

May 9th, 2015

Thanks to Chris Spector, editor and publisher of Midwest Record for this review of Willie Oteri's Jazz Gunn, Concepts of MateMaToot! Check out the full Issue: Volume 38/190

Midwest Record

Talking about sticking to it for the cause. This was originally recorded in 2000 but Oteri felt it came out a little half assed because of budget limitations. 15 years later, he went back into the studio to buff it up and make it reflect his love of "Bitches Brew", Miles Davis and Joe Zawinul. These are not claims to brush off since he has worked with Tony Levin, Mike Keneally and others in that vein. Kind of an extension of "Bitches Brew", if you like the original, this spin off might well tickle your fancy as the grooves and vibes are right in the same pocket without being derivative. Pretty cool stuff if elephant funk is your thing.
-Chris Spector
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The Re-release of Willie Oteri's Jazz Gunn, Concepts of MateMaToot!

March 25, 2015
We will soon be re-releasing the fine album Willie Oteri's Jazz Gunn concepts of MateMaToot with new art work by Miko Zen, and enhanced audio. The album was originally released in 2000 and features great performances by Michael Malone - sax, Brannen Temple - drums, Chris Maresh - bass Willie Oteri and Chris Tondre on guitars. More info soon.

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Upcoming WD-41 Release and So Much More!

February 4, 2015
A lot of things in the works, upcoming WD-41 release with special guests TBA, more local gigs in Austin this year including A.R.T. series at the Badlands and the anual Jazz OUTside series at Kenny Dorham's Backyard. Heading to Dallas on April 28 for a show at Ash Studio, off to Italy in June for the Y2K15 mini Festival in Florence and some jams in Rome and other parts of Italy. Keep checking here or on facebook for more info.

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Preparing to Record The Shrunken Head Shop in Germany

October 1, 2014
It's been some time since I last posted any news so let me see if I can catch you up, even if not in chronilogical order.

We are winding up this years Jazz OUTside series at Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin TX. The shows are every 4th Thursday of the month. Dave and I will miss the October show since we will be in Italy and Germany visiting and recording the next Shrunken Head Shop album, look for a release date early next year. Hoping to bring in a cool keyboard player but I will not anounce the name until confirmed. Either way it's going to be a great recording.

We just finished a cool house gig here in Austin with Brazilian Space Program. Thanks again to Scott Painter for hosting. Hopefully another one later in the year.

Diverse Arts Culture works is planning on breaking thier record for non-stop improv jam sessions by hosting a 13 hour session in November. WD-41 will be part of that. I will post the date when it is confirmed.

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WD-41 Review from Dan Fiebiger

December 9th, 2013

Dan Fiebiger

"...goes beyond anything Charlie Parker or Miles Davis did during even the most experimental years of the Be-Bop jazz era, although there's some of that influence in this album, also. This is as much inspired by other avant-guarde artists such as John Cage, Edgard Varese, George Crumb, or Smegma..."
-Dan Fiebiger's E-Mail Music Review Newsletter
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Gapplegate Reviews Shrunken Head Shop!

December 9th, 2013

Thanks to Grego Applegate Edwards for the review of Shrunken Head Shop in the Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog!

Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog

"Oteri's guitar has presence; he is in full control of his sound and builds atmospheric sculptures that Laczko complements with sympathetic and aurally keen counter-envelopes of sound. This is one of those CDs that entirely deserves to be heard by anyone who likes to live inside exotically compelling musical environments. It's rather beautiful too."
-Grego Applegate Edwards
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A Successful Austin Super Session!

November 14. 2013
We had a very successful Super Session - non-stop super long jam, in Austin November 3, setting the record for the longest non-stop improvisation in Austin and beyond. Hoping to someday break the world record we set in Italy of 45 hours.

On the tour dates front, working again with Chris Boulet on booking for duos in Italy with him on spoken word. We also will do some shows with Dave Laczko as WD-41 and special guests. All of these shows will be in Italy in April. Hoping also to do some April shows with the Open Ear Consortium again in Italy and May shows with Shrunken Head Shop in Germany. I will post the confirmed dates in the Tour section soon.

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Glenn Astarita's Review of Shrunken Head Shop!

Thanks to Glenn Astarita for this great review of Shrunken Head Shop on All About Jazz!

All About Jazz

"...the upbeat program is framed on the artists' striking intuitiveness, deterministic interplay, and lucidly created electronic dreamscapes.
-Glenn Astarita, Longtime contributor to AAJ and Downbeat, Jazz Review, EjazzNews, Radio DirectX

 

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Over 20 Musicians Tuning up for an Austin Super Jam!

October 14, 2013
We just completed the Jazz OUTside series 2nd year here in Austin Texas with a run of 9 shows. Coming up is the first extened super jam of non-stop impr0visation in Austin with over 20 musicans rotating in and out of jazz and beyond jazz super jams at Kenny Dorham's in East Austin on Sunday November 3 from 2:pm until 10:pm and beyond. Get more info here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1423380104543404/?ref=22

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The Open Ear Consortium!

August 11, 2013
I'm excited to be part of a new quartet, the Open Ear Consortium, we will be doing shows in Italy and other places in March and April of 2014. http://www.openearconsortium.com/
Other than that there will be the Shrunken Head Shop support shows in Germany and possibly Switzerland in the Spring as well and we continue in Austin every other Thursday with the Jazz OUTside series. Hope to see you at a show soon.

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The Shrunken Head Shop is Here!

July 16, 2013
New release Shrunken Head Shop - Live in Germany is finished. Official CD release date is August 27, 2013. For downloads, one track available now, see our Music Sample page (button on home page).
Shows to promote the new record will be in Germany in the Spring of 2014. I'm also available for solo, duo, or full band bookings in the EU at that time. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 18, 2013

Lots of good news kids! The Live in Germany release for Shrunken Head Shop is finished with an official hard copy release date near the end of August. Prior to that we will be leaking out long live tracks at bandcamp.com so keep an eye out.

The Jazz OUTside Jazz series of outdoor gigs at Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin TX exploring the more adventurous side of the genre started May 23rd and is running every other Thursday through the summer with some killer lineups. Be sure to drop in on one if you are in the Austin TX area. Other shows in Austin as well so keep an eye out. I will be in the EU in early 2013 for gigs as well TBA.

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Adventurous Music in Austin

May 8, 2013

-at the Sahara Lounge in East Austin with Dave Laczko and Ricardo Acevedo as WD-41 this Monday the 13th. Brazilian Space Program is also on that bill. Also, we will be starting the Jazz OUTside series at Kenny Dorham's Backyard on East 11th on Thursday the 23rd and will run every 2nd and 4th Thursday. Come on out and support adventurous music.

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Visual Artist Miko Zen, WD-41, and All About Jazz!

April 27, 2013

So our video WD-41 BB-2 at All About Jazz just moved into the top 25 for the last year. It's only been up since April 12! Not sure how long we can stay in this spot but I'm still very happy about this. A big heartfelt thanks to Miko Zen, Dave Laczko, Scott Amendola and everyone who took the time to view the video.

April 23 2013

Again, we would like to thank everyone who viewed our video making it one of the most popular at All About Jazz, currently at the top for the last 90 days. It means a lot to us and I'm sure it means a lot to other adventurous artists. Your support is greatly appreciated.
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloadv.php?id=8557#.UW75Y7U4uKB

April 19 2013
Our video has now moved up to the number 2 spot in Popular Videos at All About Jazz!

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloadv.php?id=8557#.UW75Y7U4uKB

April 16 2013

WD-41 video with guest drummer Scott Amendola has moved into the "popular" list at All About Jazz. Thanks to all who viewed it.
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloadv.php?id=8557#.UWg1S7U4uKA

Currently #3 in "Popular" videos at All About Jazz. Thank you all for your continued support of adventurous music. It means a lot to us.
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloadv.php?id=8557#.UW75Y7U4uKB

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WD-41 and Hans Bauer!

April 13 2013

Cool gig! WD-41, will be providing the music for this event in Austin on Saturday the 20th from 2:pm till ?
Drop on by and see works from some great artists while you listen to WD-41. What could be better? ;)
Beginning April 20th at Galerie Son Altesse and in conjunction with the South First Street Art Walk, it's coming... from fantasy worlds beyond imagining, where the people in these images, "...do not speak English, French, Chinese or any other known language... their maker has travelled to a parallel universe and brought back pictures..." -- the fantastic images of Austrian-born artist Hans Bauer!

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Sax Man Joshua Thomson is Officially on the Roster!

March 17, 2013
We had a great gig last night during SXSW at Kenny Dorham's Backyard. Thanks to Ricado Acevedo and Harold McMillan for putting on the event.

Sax man Joshua Thomson has been officially added to the roster of WD-41 for gigs when available and some recordings too.

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WD-41 Performing With Special Guest Joshua Thomson for SXSW

March 6, 2013

WD-41 (Dave Laczko and Willie Oteri) will be performing during SXSW at the SXSW showcase The Austin Music Fest with special guest Joshua Thomson. We go at 5:pm.

We are waiting to hear about a confirmed date for the River Film and Music Festival in Padova Italy held in May and June. We will let you know as soon as we do.

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Live Painting Show at Galerie Son Altesse and Upcoming SXSW at Kenny Dorham's Backyard

February 25, 2013

I had a great time with Dave Lazko performing as WD-41 at the live painting show at Galerie Son Altesse in Austin last Saturday. Thanks to Ricardo Acevedo and Michale from the gallery.

Our next WD-41 show will be that the Diverse Arts Back Yard Music Festival during SXSW on March 16. Kenny Dorham's Backyard on east 11th Street in Austin. It's part of a three day event and Saturday will be mostly all day. I belive we go on at 5:pm so don't be late. Sets will be short maybe 45 min.

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Upcoming SXSW, and Working With Dave Laczko and Ricardo Acevedo

February 18, 2013

We are almost done with the editing for the Shrunken Head Shop - Live in Germany release. There was a lot of great stuff in there but we needed to make a nice tidy CD so we trimmed out a lot of stuff. It will be a great one so look for the offical release date to be sometime in April with full downloads in various formats available before that.

Other news, we will be doing a showcase during SXSW in Austin TX at one of the many non affiliated showcases (always the best) so keep an eye out for that.

Dave Laczko and myself have just finished tracking on some cool music by Ricardo Acevedo and will be doing some shows with him around TX soon. Keep looking on our Tour Dates page for more info.

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Contact us for Performances at your Venue, Event, or Home in Italy

January 4 2013

Happy New Year?! Time will tell, right?
OK, enough jokes and on to the business at hand. We are looking at having complete mixes of Shrunken Head Shop - Live in Germany (the new project) done by mid month and moving on to mastering and a release date in March. In the meantime we are looking to anchor a tour date in Italy for June at the Portello River Festival in Padua. From there we are looking for any and all dates in Italy, Gemany, etc. including House Gigs. If any of you have any ideas for venues or homes for performance of solo guitar, duos, full bands etc, let us know. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Upcoming Release of Shrunken Head Shop

December 28, 2012

Update on upcoming release, Shrunken Head Shop - Live in Germany. We were hoping to have this out early next year but things are moving slow for several reasons that can't be avoided. Mix that with the holidays and needing press for 30 to 45 days out and we are looking at late February but likely into March. We shall keep you posted.

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Email us to Request Your Address on Our Mailing List

December 23. 2012

If you would like to be on our mailing list and be notified of upcoming Willie Oteri, WD-41 and Shrunken Head Shop releases and performance dates please drop us a line

 

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Last minute stocking stuffer idea, download WD-41 or WD-41+2 Temi Per Cinema and burn the files to a nice CDR. Several file formats from mp3 to wav are available at CD Baby, Bandcamp, iTunes and the like.

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Amidst the Age of Social Networking, Willie Oteri Didn't Give Up On His Website

December 21, 2012 morning!

Hey kids!!! I just got some new web HTML software so I will now be using my website willieoteri.com once again. Took a long time to get passwords renewed at my host server as my last webmaster went poof somewhere in OK and I lost some paperwork, etc a few years back. Anyway I will be posting most new info about myself and projects here and moving slowly away from Facebook, reverb nation and whatnot.

More to come soon.

 

December 21, 2012 evening.

Well, I've done quite a bit of work on most of the pages, check them out. Links for new music, new press photos, new biography, etc.
I should have everything 90% in a day or so.
All the best,
Willie

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WD-41 +2 Temi Per Cinema | Guitar Player Magazine and All About Jazz!

Top 3 editors pick in December 2010 Guitar Player Magazine (WD-41+2 Temi Per Cinema)

#1 spot for the Most Recommended Reviews last 30 days (Dec. 14 to Jan. 14) @ All About Jazz
#3 spot for the Most Read Reviews last 30 days (Dec.14 to Jan. 14) @ All about Jazz
#24 spot in the Top 50 Most Recommended Reviews for the year 2009 @ All About Jazz
#44 in the Top 100 Most Recommended Reviews of “All Time” Peak hit @ All About Jazz

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Italy to Austin and Dave Laczko

Nov. 30, 2010

Wow, it’s been a long time since I updated here using myspace and facebook to keep up and you really should look for me there and not here. Myspace is becoming a drag in many ways so why not try me at www.reverbnation.com

After leaving Italy I’ve since relocated back to Austin, TX where I hooked up with Trumpet master Dave Laczko and we have released two CDs, WD-41 and WD-41+2 Temi Per Cinema. Both are doing well and we expect to tour Europe in the summer of 2011. Other than that please find me at the about site or try facebook.

Best,
Willie

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Austin Again, With No Regrets

February 3, 2008
Yes, it's been quite some time since I last posted any news so I will try to give a brief synopsis here as opposed to a long story. Gave up on Phoenix, not much going on there as thought, moved back to Austin just the other day and so far very happy about it. Prices here for apartments have gone up a bit but not nearly as much as most cities have gone up in the last 5 years. Have you looked for an apartment in Los Angeles or San Diego lately? There of course are still a high number of cats in Austin hoping to bring back the '70s. Learn to move forward people and you will be happier.

Going to just hang out for a few days and see what musicians in town are up to and start some good times.

Best,

Willie

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Soultone Amps and Gearing Up for the Next Super Session

July 29, 2007

Check out Soultone amps at www.soultoneamps.com I will be doing some sound clips for some of their new models. They make fantastic sounding all tube amps with some very neat features.

We are gearing up for the next Super Session non-stop super long jam with Stu Hamm, Jerry Martotta and many more TBA by doing two mini sessions the months before. Check the tour dates page or www.myspace.com/willieoteri for times and dates. www.supersessons.org.

Peace and take care.

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Sketch -ing for a Band Name in the Days of Everyone Has a Band

June 10, 2007

Well, I mentioned the band name Sketch below but seems it's taken. As most names are in the days of everyone has a band. Strange how it never came up in searches including All Music Guide, then all of a sudden they turn up and have like tens of thousands of fans. Odd, but anyway we will be looking for a new name for the jazz,rock jamband thing in PHX. Galactic Tsunami came up but I don't know about that one. Maybe back to Jazz Gunn. That was always a cool name, or Jazz Tsunamie or........................

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The First American Super Session and the Formation of Sketch

May 21, 2007

Well, the first American SuperSession is complete, held May 12 and 13 at Modified Arts in Phoenix. See www.supersessions.org for more info on that one. We had a great time and it was quite a hit leading to plans in the works for another one in Phoenix in October. We had a blast!!! I should hold my tongue as to how I feel about Phoenix audiences until I compile a complete blog on the subject.

Got an old Volvo as mentioned below. A 1966 PV544 Sport for those who keep up on these things.

Besides keeping my hands greasy I have also been playing a lot and forming a new band "Sketch" with Chris Michlaek and Skinny Bishop. We have plans to record very soon with drummer Pat Mastelotto. More as it all becomes.........

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Back in the States and The Truth About Emissions Tests

Feb. 14, 2007

Back in the states again and getting some things moving in Los Angeles and Phoenix. The Phoenix scene is coming up real fast and we plan on helping out by having a 33 1/3 (33 hours and 20 min) show here in May which should be a blast. More info is up about it at myspace.com/willieoteri.

Since a car in needed in this area of the states I have been looking for something cool and retro. Might pick up a nice old Volvo Amazon this week. If you don't know what they are just do a search at Google. Biggest problem is the bogus Emissions tests here which have nothing to do with cleaning up the air and everything to do with selling new cars. Long story but if you are a vintage car nut like me you know what I am up against. For you enviro freaks, a well tuned vintage engine is just as clean or cleaner than a new car engine. Only thing better is the hybrids for now but they are way too expensive at this point. Might be best to make the oil companies clean up their act. Oooooo, now Homeland Security will be on my ass. Ha! What a joke our country has become.

More soon,

Willie

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Tour Dates for 2007

October 13 2007
Super Sessions
14 hours non-stop
Brickhouse Phoenix AZ
w/ Stu Hamm, Jerry Marotta

September 13, 2007
The Brickhouse Theater in downtown Phoenix

August 23, 2007
The Brickhouse Theater in downtown Phoenix

May 12 and 13 2007
33 1/3 - Super Session
Phoenix AZ
w/ Pat Mastelotto

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Looking Forward to Returning to the American Music Scene

Nov. 11. 2006

Well, I have decided to settle back into the United States for a year or so. It's a long story .
Thinking of moving to the desert, perhaps Phoenix which seems to have a lively and growing music scene and I can drive to LA in about 5 1/2 hours to work there as well. Much cheaper to have a car in the states. We shall let you know as it all develops. To be totally honest I am looking forward to living and working in the American music scene again.

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Home is in Italy

Oct. 25, 2006

Heading back to my second home in Italy tomorrow. No I am not rich. In fact it is getting tight for most musicians these days. Long story. Anyway keep an eye out for shows in Europe. Check myspace.com/willieoteri for latest info on tours and such.
I have been spending a lot of time gathering documents of my Italian ancestors to apply for dual citizenship in Italy. If you ever want to know what is worse than trying to register a license of and expired numbered car in California just talk to me. Better still, just take a hammer and hit yourself on the foot really hard. It will feel better.


The worst part of this whole mess is that supposed experts in the US and Italy are mostly full of shit. Just like divorce lawyers, they take your money and give you at best incomplete information or completely incorrect information. Believe me, if I had to do this all over again I would have done it all myself and even though it would still have taken the years it has, 3 to 5, it at least would not have been longer and If any of you need to go through this type of thing write me and I can give you all I have learned.


Stay loose and free kids,
Willie

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Got Any Crazy Ideas?

Oct. 3, 2006
Wow, it has been a long time since I updated this site. Well, let's see kiddies, I have been doing shows in Italy the like. Look at tour dates for more on that. Doing some teaching and looking for a new label in a rather apathetic and boring industry.

Hoping to record again soon with Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto. Waiting to hear about money for that one. Should be this winter if all goes well.

I am looking for any projects anywhere so drop me a line if you have any crazy ideas.

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Looking Forward to Being Back in Our Apartment in Padua

March 15, 2006

We leave for Italy tomorrow and looking forward to being back in our apartment in Padua. It will be cold this time of year but not too. Looking forward to meeting up with all of our friends in Italy and Germany and plenty of gigs coming up.

I have a myspace site up now, www.myspace.com/willieoteri that may be updated a bit more often than here so check there often for tour dates and other info. I will try to keep this site up too and the new improved site should be up and running soon with downloads of tunes some for free as a taste and singles plus complete LPs for purchase. Thanks to Sue for helping out with writing the info for both sites and to Liz Redwing, Ronan, P@ and everyone for working on "78". As you can see below it has once again been pushed back but it will be well worth the wait.

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Election Time, World Cup Soccer, and More Names on the Marque

March, 7, 2006

Well, once again "78" has been moved, this time to July or September with September in the lead. Two main reasons for this, one is that June is election time in Italy and also time of world cup soccer so you can imagine what most Italians will be doing. The second reason is we will have more to work with and more names on the marque which will be wonderful. More info as it comes in.

I head back to Italy on March 16th with upcoming shows in June and July. See Tour Dates for more information.

Stay tuned, Willie

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78 Hour Long Jam in Italy Scheduled in the Largest Castle in Italy!

Feb, 6, 2006

"78" the 78 hour long jam in Italy was scheduled for April but is now moving to June in the largest castle in Italy! We should know more in a few days or so and I will post it here. So far it looks like a great lineup and a fantastic venue.

Speaking of raising money for things I really want to do a follow up to Spiral Out with Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto and include Markus Reuter and Schroeder and maybe Mike Keneally. Sort of a super duper double trio. Anyone have a few grand to invest? :-)

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We All Rehearse, Just Not Always Together

Feb 3. 2006

Well, let's see, what's new? It's official, the new super trio Oteri, Rueter and Schroeder now known as "Box 'o Rocks" is ready and looking for venues to perform our sculptures of air. Keep an eye out. Not sure if we are going to put up a separate site as yet. I thought about myspace but it seems like myspace is not really the place somehow. No two shows will be alike and we plan on recording as early as April. Live show recording that is. Here is an interesting bit. The other nite we were at a cafe joking about not rehearsing and just jumping in and doing shows and some guy comments, "You won't be doing many shows then". I guess he needs to do more homework. I would start with a dictionary and look up jazz, jam session and improvisation then move to '70s era Miles Davis and move on to Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey who do about 200 shows a year. I have already done several shows this way and all very well received. I guess a lot of people can't think beyond formal education. Is that thinking? Look, we all rehearse, just not always together. :-)
More soon - Willie

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You Don't Have to Pay $98 for a Copy of Spiral Out

January 10, 2006

Some idiot on ebay has copies of "Spiral Out" listed as "out of print." No such thing. This scammer also is trying to get 98 bucks for a copy. The list price for the special Japan edition is only 46 bucks and most US copies are around 18. You can also get a Japan copy at DGM for around 18. Just do a search for "Willie Oteri" Spiral Out on Google and check the sites selling the CDs. Depending on your outlook this can be viewed as freedom of the seller or just plain greed. Seeing as used car dealers and Wal-Mart tend to be big flag wavers I think greed wins out here. I guess in a way I should feel honored by such high stakes as listed on ebay. Anyway, buy a copy elsewhere and enjoy.

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Willy's Cry in Italy

January 6, 2006

Well, things are moving along at their own time as always. Anyway there are good things brewing including the River Film Festival in Italy in June and "78" in April (see tour dates). Also, I will be doing some shows as Willy's Cry in Italy, sort of a flash to the past of my blues rock days. I can hear the prog and jazz snobs now but they don't pay my rent. You want more progressive stuff then support it more. OK, now back to the biz at hand and a bit of jolly for you prog types. Markus Reuter (Centrozoon, Europa String Choir) Schroeder and yours truly will be doing a trio thing for shows in Germany and other parts of the EU. We plan on recording in April. Hope you all are having a good new year so far and let it be not as much of a wash as predicted. In other words get off your ass and do something to help. Buy a CD instead of stealing it, write to your local music venues and demand better music or dump your giant car or at least use it to run over a politician.

Ciao for now kids. Willie

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Tour Dates for 2006

December 20, 2006
rivagge 11
Pove del Grappa, Italy

November 30, 2006
Voodoo Child Pub
Treviso, Italy
Willie Oteri's Blues and Beyond Party with very special quests.

November 1, 2006
Alcatraz Club
Bolzano Italy

July 4, 2006
Portello River Festival
Padua - Italy

June 20, 2006
River Film Festival as special guest with Hypnoise

June 7, 2006
River Film Festival
Padua Italy
Schroeder, Willie and Friends.

June 2, 2006
River Film Festival
Padua Italy
Willie Oteri and Special guests.

May 28, 2006
Festa Berra
Cantu - Como - Italy

May 22, 2006
Radio Interview with Hypnoise on Radio Cantu
Cantu - Como - Italy

May 5, 2006
Il Pailolo
Creola - Italy

April 29, 2006
Alkatraz Club
Bolzano - Italy

April 22, 2006
The Fuze Club
Rome -Tivoli

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But This Time in New Orleans

November 14, 2005

Been awhile since my last update but not a lot to report until now. Gearing up for more shows including talks about an extended jam like 33 1/3 and 45 hour shows but this time in New Orleans. More as it develops. Also, the River film fest will be in June and July this year in Padua Italy and I will take part in that plus shows around that time in Germany as well and hoping to do some with Markus Reuter. Oh, and of course the mighty "78" hour jam in Padua this April. We plan on heading to Italy in February unless the New Orleans show is around that time. We shall see. More soon.

Love and kisses.

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A Tentative Lineup That Would be Great if Even Half Showed Up

October 24. 2005

Just got back from Italy and Germany and recovering from a slight cold not to mention the great times in Europe. 45 B-Side in Padua was a great success and a good time by all. The show at Cafe Cairo in Wurzburg was small but mighty and we had Markus Reuter filling in the bass slot and a lot more on Warr guitar. The 78 hour jam is booked for late April with a tentative lineup that would be great if even half showed up. Also I have tentative dates for festivals in Germany and Italy for June and July. I will write on all the events in more detail here soon.

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Successful 33 1/3 Hours Super Session and Master Classes

Oct. 19, 2005

Well, we are just resting here in Padova after a very successful 33 1/3 hour non-stop improvisation at Banale Club with many great musicians from around the world. A special thanks to all the folks at Banale and Megabass for helping to make it all possible. Drummer Schroeder and his girl Penny (Sylvia Oelkrug-violin) were real sports about hanging in through all of it good or bad. Mostly good I am happy to report. Schroeder, Penny, myself and members of East Rodeo (Alen and Nenad Sinkauz) had a show the night before at VS artGallery in Padova which was a good warm up for 33 1/3 and a very successful show to help promote improvisational music in Italy. Thanks to Davide, Nicoletta, the Region of Veneto, ACIS and folks like Vittoria Nalin at Cantina Musicale for helping to promote creative music and art.


Speaking of improv music events, Chris Boulet, the mind behind 14 and 33 1/3 is already working on 45, yes 45 hours non-stop. The venue and date are tentative but look for it around the end of April 2005 somewhere near Padova Italy. I am sure I will co-host the event and Schroeder will be on hand.

Also this month we had some successful recording master classes with Producer/mixer Ronan Chris Murphy who you should know from his work with Crim and many others. A very special thanks to Alberto Roveroni for the use of his studio Frabbrica del Suono and his great abilities.


The first week of November we head to Slovakia for the Jazz Fest in Kocise. Check the tour dates page for more information. I am really looking forward to this show. The Czech Reb. gigs are off until Spring 2005 so I will again find myself in the land of the apathetic, some call it America, by mid November unless I can pull a rabbit out of my hat. So if any of you in the states want to do anything besides watch TV just give me a call. There may be some time for a few shows near the end of my stay there and perhaps a seminar with RCM in Arizona.


Well that be it for now folks and don’t get too near the Bush, it can burn you.

Ciao,

Willie

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The Word on Spiral Out!

Spiral Out

"...makes you wonder what Crimso would be like if Oteri took over Belew's guitar chair - possibly re-invigorated!" FOUR THUMBS UP!
-Manny Lunch, Downtown Music Gallery NY
"Spiral Out is an extension of the improvisational outings that made acts like John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra and Tony Williams Lifetime, King Crimson and even Frank Zappa the uniquely memorable experience that made musical history."  "Whatever is in Willie Oteri's water, I think it's high time that it was poured into the two dimensional cesspool which is what some of the homogenized and pasteurized modern music industry has become today.
-Bruce Stringer, Music Street Journal
"I think Spiral Out is one of the best fusion discs to come along in years. Where is the follow-up?? Keep The Faith (in the Music)"
-Ken Brown
"Guitarist Oteri with King Crimson side men in a improvised rock/jazz outing, prog fans take note, the torch of interesting fusion lives on!"
-Squidco, Review of Spiral Out
"A highly gifted work, absolute recommendation!"
-Ragazzi, Music Review of Spiral Out 
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The World's First 33 1/3 HOURS NON STOP IMPROVISATIONAL Music | Banale Ivernale

October 13th and 14th, 2005
33 1/3 | Banale Ivernale
Padova Italy

Very special event, the worlds first 33 and 1/3 hour non stop improvisational music show at Banale Ivernale in Padova Italy. Willie will be one of many guest musicians and bands from around the world. Not to be missed. Beautiful space with great stage, bars and possible camping space for you deadheads.

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45 B-Side

October 9, 10 11, 2005

45 B-Side another 45 hour non-stop improvisation jam in Padua Italy at Factory 04 Guests include Pat Mastelotto, Schroeder, Markus Reuter, Indian via Germany keyboard man T.L., friends Ronan Chris Murphy, P. Mike III, Alex Arcuri, Pietro Valente, Johnny Gomer and many more. See 45 below for more information and visit www.factory04.com

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More Great Musicians On Their Way to 45 B-Side

Sept. 29, 2005

Well, looks like some more friends are going to be making to Italy for the 45 B-Side including Johnny Gomer a guitarist from Germany who made it to the 1st 45 with Shcroeder and also played my shows in Germany and some members of East Rodeo will be around as well plus players we are not going to mention until the day of the show so you will just have to make it out to Padua and stop by. It should be a real fun time.

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HEY! It Was Chris Boulet!

Sept. 24. 2005

As we gear up the the next 45 hour jam in Italy we have been getting a lot of press. In our press releases we have mentioned many names that get edited, names of promoters, backers. musicians, etc.One of these is Chris Boulet whom without there would be no 45 or 33 and 1/3 or 14 or lots of other events in the Veneto region of Italy. His crazy idea to have a 14 hour long jam is what got myself, Schroeder and Tony Levin to want to do 33 1/3 although Tony did not make it until the first 45. Editors tend to be the sorts that search a name, in this case often the All Music Guide and make a judgement call from there. Since Chris Boulet has only had indie releases with limited distribution it is not likely his name would come up on so many lists, much of the greatest talent does not, as these lists tend to be major label promoted. But, that being said most music critics and editors names never come up either on similar lists, unless they write for the NY Times, DownBeat or Rolling Stone. Catch my drift here? It is thier job to cut things to fit in a paper or magazine and they do what they feel is best to make it a good read but not always leading to a better read. So, let me take this moment to tell you all that without the many varied talents of Chris Boulet these events would not have happened or be happening. Thank you Chris.

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45 B-Side and Excited to Work With Drummers Schroeder and Mastelotto

Sept. 16, 2005

Life can take some interesting turns while you are making other plans. Let's just say that sometimes the bad guys win but often something else comes along to make up for it. In this case a great lineup for 45-B Side, the 45 hour non-stop jam show in Padua on Oct. 9, 10 , 11. Two of my favorite drummers are on hand, Pat Mastelotto and Schroeder, I have not played with Pat for a long time but I can tell you that Schroeder is one bad mother so the two of them together should prove to be interesting to say the least. Other guests include touch guitarist Markus Reuter, Indian via Germany keyboard man T.L., friends Ronan Chris Murphy, P. Mike III, Alex Arcuri, Pietro Valente, and many more, too many to list here. Hopefully Johnny and Penny will make it down as well. Please visit www.factory04.com for more information.

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Good News from New Orleans

Sept. 12, 2005

Just found out that one of our friends from New Orleans is OK and made it to Texas with family and will be going to stay in MO for a bit. He saw his house on video and it appears that only the bottom floor was flooded. We are talking about helping to welcome back the music of New Orleans with a marathon jam like 45 when it is possible. Latest reports show that the French Quarter and surrounding areas might be open in 3 or 4 months. Let's hope so. This is a wonderful town.

45 B-Side is in full swing for Oct. 9,10,11 in Italy with special guests Pat Mastelotto, Ronan Chris Murphy, P. Mike III, Schroeder, TL and many more. See www.factory04.com for more information.

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Italy 2005

September 9th

Greenwich Pub, Curtarolo, Italy

September 26th

Greenwich Pub, Curtarolo, Italy

October 1st

La Nonna Lille, Treviso, Italy

October 8th

C.R.C. , Abano Terme, Italy

The dates above are Willie Oteri and Friends and may include members from "Spiral Out" or of WowWhyWow or may have WowWhyWow as an additional act on the bill. Check www.wowwhywow.it for more information.

October 12th

VS art gallery, Padova Italy

Willie Oteri and Friends, a night of more free style progressive jazz rock.

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Haven't Heard From Friends in New Orleans

Sept. 7, 2005

It has been some time since we updated the news last and much is going on getting ready for 45 B-Side in Italy and a couple of shows in Germany but for now I must ask that we all take a bit of time out to help with victims of disasters and war around the world and here at home. I have a few friends in New Orleans that have not been heard from for many days. We are searching the net and doing what we can by email and such but all we can do is wait. Tommy if you are by any chance checking here please write us and let us know how you are.

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Back in the States and Looking Forward to the B-Side of 45

July 2, 2005

Just getting back to the feeling and vibes of the States. Not easy and here in Tempe it is damn hot just to top it off!!! I am working on a potential live recording in LA and looking for any projects as producer or guitarist that any of you may have. I will be back in Europe in October for gigs in Germany and Italy including the B-Side of 45.

More soon,

Willie

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Hypnoise Show Rescheduled Due to Rain

June 10, 2005

We have a new date for the Hypnoise show at Portello River Film Fest in Padova due to rain. The new date is June 16, see the tour dates part of this site for more information. Also, almost forgot to thank all the great musicians who worked with me at the River Film Fest show on the 5th, Alex, Alberto, Pietro and Josh. Thanks again.

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A Great Show in Padova! 14 Days of Films and Music on the Water

June 6, 2005

Just finished a great show here in Padova at the River Film Festival near my apartment. Very nice people and great fans. I hope all of you keep in touch and come to more shows. The film festival is 14 days of films and music on the water near a very old part of town, the Portello. Thanks to all the folks who made it possible and a special thanks to Emilio Della Chiesa for putting on the event and working hard to deal with my special needs for sound and stage.

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A Wonderful Week in Germany

May 18, 2005

Just back from a wonderful week in Germany where we had two wonderful shows and a great visit and stay at the home of German drummer Schroeder and Penny. I must add that the more I play with Schroeder the more he is becoming one of my favorite drummers of all time.

We had a great warm up shown on the 10th in Freiburg at the Waldsee, a very nice club and grub spot near a lake followed by a fantastic show on the 15th in Wurzburg at the Cafe Cairo in a very old building below a castle. Great crowd and a great performance by all making it one of the best shows for me in many years and in the top 5 as far as I can remember. Both shows were recorded and the Cafe Cairo show was also video taped so hopefully some things to present will come from that.

A very special thanks to Charley from Freakshow and to all the musicians who performed at the shows, of course Schroeder on drums, Sylvia Oelkrug on violin, Johnny Gomer on second guitar, TL Mazumdar on keyboards and Jan Fitschen on bass and Chapman stick. Also to Hendrick for adding to the bass lineup for the first night. I plan on doing more shows in Germany this fall and winter so keep checking back for dates.

Thanks also to our friends at Der Geier, a wonderful little bar and food place near Schroeder's home or should I say within stumbling distance of his home. The name means the Vulture in English as it was once a hang of the the Third Reich in the old days but is now a very cool hang of alternative types. Yes Bernd, the cigs changed my life! Quack!

Looks like another 45 hour jam will be coming up in early October so I will post more information about that as it comes in. I may take part in a small jam this Saturday at the Factory04 in Padova and I have a confirmed date for the River Film Festival here on June 5.

More soon and take care,

Willie

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Germany Train Travel and SCHROEDER!

May 10, 2005

Just getting up from our first night of visiting with friends in Germany. Much good food and drink. The train ride was not too bad except we were booked mostly on commuter trains which have little baggage space. Next trip I will go to a different travel agent. I don't think this one has ever been on a train. I will be meeting the musicians later today, which includes the great Schroeder and Penny, who will be the lineup for the shows here which should prove fun. I have a good modem hookup here at the home of Schroeder so I will try to update more often.

Take care,

Willie

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A Show on the Water, Germany, and a New Version of Spiral Out

May 6, 2005

Getting ready for a small tour of Germany and some sightseeing and visiting with friends Schroeder, Penny and Johnny. We have shows booked for the 10th in Freiburg and the 15th in Wurzburg and hopefully one more somewhere in between.


We are still recovering from “45” the 45 hour non-stop improvisation marathon which ended April 26th. There was a great turnout to see some great jams with Tony Levin, Schroeder and others and some special moments with members of the Italian band Mariposa, some ambient magic with Ronan Chris Murphy, Cookie Marenco, Tony and P. Mike III. I don’t think Cookie and friend John Capobianco quite knew what they were getting into but a great time was had by all. Thanks for the trumpet John and thanks Tony for some magic jams. I will post some photos soon of all the madness. A special thanks to those mentioned above and to Chris Boulet, Pietro Valente, Alex Arcuri, the mad man from Wales Andrew, Enrico Crivellaro, members of Astralia, Johnny B. Gomer, all the folks at Factory04, Cantina Musicali and the Region of Veneto and many others whom even though not listed did a wonderful job of contributing, just too many to list. See www.facory04.com for more information. We are planning B-Side for the fall and “78” for next year. Look out!!!


I have a local show coming up here in Padova (Padua to you in the states) on June 5th on the water near my apartment with bassman Alex Arcuri and drummer Pietro Valente.
You will see that we are updating the site with a new look and feel so check back often for new photos, news and sounds.


After a couple of weeks visit from Producer Ronan Chris Murphy we have plans for a new version of “Spiral Out” to be released in the states and EU soon with a bonus track and plans for some live recordings in the summer in LA to be used for a new release.


That about covers it, I hope.
Take care,
Willie

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45, The World's 1st and Only NON STOP Improv Music Event

April 24, 25, 26, 2005

"45" worlds first and only 45 hour non stop improvisation music event with Tony Levin, Willie Oteri, Ronan Chris Murphy, Cookie Marenco, Butthouse, Schroeder, Chris Boulet and musicians who we are not allowed to mention but be assured you have heard of them, plus musicians and performers from around the world for this one time Jazz and Rock and whatever else crazy event. Only in Italy!!!

Factory04, via Bernina 18, Padova Italy
www.factory04.com

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45 Happening in Padova with Tony Levin and More!

April 13, 2005

Long time no update. Must be Italy. Anyway we are busy tracking for the next CD, doing guitar parts in my apartment in Padova. Also working with Ronan Chris Murphy and P. Mike III on some guitar looping ideas for some upcoming shows. See Tour Dates for more info. The big news is "45" the 45 hour non stop improv music event here in Padova which is attracting a lot of attention and we have been honored by the great Tony Levin to have him on bass and stick for much of the event along with Cookie Marenco and friends, DJ Butthouse, Ronan and tons of other great musicians from around the globe, some of name we can not mention for legal reasons. Should be a blast. www.factory04.com

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Excited to be Working with Ronan Chris Murphy Again!

February 20 2005

I am very excited to be working again with producer, mixer Ronan Chris Murphy on a second CD that will also feature the King Crimson rhythm section, Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin. We are in the basic talks now and we will be recording around the end of April, mostly in Italy.

We are booking shows for duets and full bands for the spring and summer including shows in Germany and Italy and hopefully other parts of the EU, including "45" a 45 hour non stop improvisational concert in Padova. This is part of a continuing madness that started years ago in the mind of Chris Boulet who started with a 6 plus hour non stop show then a 14 hour non stop show and then the infamous 33 1/3 show last year and now comes 45. Should be a blast as always. Stay tuned.

Until next time, don't hide in the Bush.

Willie

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Spiral Out is Out!

February 10, 2005

We are happy to announce that DGM / InnerKnot is stocking "Spiral Out". This is the best price you can find on the Japanese Import version of the CD, which sounds great, and perhaps the nicest people to buy from. visit them at www.disciplineglobalmobile.com A special thanks to Bill and Amy for helping put it all together.

We are getting ready to head back to Italy where Ronan Chris Murphy and I will be working on the next CD which will also feature P@ Mastelotto and Tony Levin.

Besides the CD I will be doing some shows with the band East Rodeo, some sit ins with a Zappa tribute band and some guitar duets. I should have the show dates finalized in the next few weeks. Check "tour dates" in a few weeks to see what is up. Things move a little slower over there.

Take care,

Willie

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Had a Great Time Performing with WowWhyWow And More

November 24, 2004

Just getting back to the Arizona and working to get back to the EU as soon as possible. I will be available for sessions, producing or live performance for about 3 months if any of you have interest just email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I had a great time performing in Italy with wowwhywow and a great show on Oct. 12 with Schroeder on drums and Penny (Sylvia Oelkrug) on violin plus Alen and Nenad of East Rodeo on bass and guitar at VS Art Gallery in Padova. We are looking to do more shows together very soon, maybe some in Germany. Also, had a great time in Slovakia performing with Oskar Rosza and the boys in Kosice for the Jazz For Sale Festival. I hope to get back there for more shows this winter and spring. You can find a review of the show at http://mp3.box.sk/newsread.php?newsid=12406&pid=music&subject=music+%3A%3A+interview

Thanks to Jan at Hevhetia for working so hard to put this all together and to
Igor Petruska for the review and interview and Karol Hatala for the photos.

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Shows in the Works, Master Classes, and New Recordings

Sept. 22, 2004


Yes, it has been a long time since an update. Perhaps it’s Italian time or just that I am a bit busy coupled with the fact that I do not have a phone line in my apartment and the internet cafes here do not have an html editor that I know. Finally I have dragged the laptop down to the internet point and here we are.

Things are moving along here with several shows in the works, keep checking the “tour dates” page for new shows several of which are near Padua including the 33 1/3 hour marathon. Also, in October I will be working with Ronan Chris Murphy on a few things like recordings and master classes. In November we head to Slovakia for a jazz fest, again check “tour dates” for more info. Then into the Czech Republic for some shows.

I will be working with bassist Oskar Rosza for the Slovak jazz fest which may lead to some recordings.
We are hoping to re-release the Jazz Gunn CD I recorded in Austin a few years back. This will be with a Slovak label and perhaps on DIW as well. This is more of a straight up Jazz Funk album with not too much guitar flash but a great record for Miles fans.

For you Crim fans I hope to do a brand new record this year or early next. Remember “Spiral Out” was tracked in only two days with no rehearsals. After the wonderful comments from some of you about how inspired Tony and Pat sound on “Spiral Out” I hope we can do something with them again that is a bit more thought out but with the same free feel. If not with Pat and Tony then with some new players and an attempt to do something very creative and new.

OK kids. Keep it clean and don’t rip too much music. It just hurts us all. Please go out with some of that beer money and buy a CD. That will help.


May the Force save you from the Bush,

Willie

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Plans for 33 1/3 HOURS NON-STOP improvisation Jam in Italy

July 22, 2004

Some Italian tour dates have been confirmed and several more dates in the EU are coming up. Check the "tour dates" page for more information. www.willieoteri.com/tour.htm

The dates include my part in a one of a kind world event. 33 1/3. This is a two day 33 and 1/3 hour non stop musical improvisation in Padova Italy with musicians from around the world. Not to be missed by jazz fans or deadheads.

Also, I have added some information to the bio page and a short Italian bio as well.

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Plans for Italy and Seminars with Ronan Chris Murphy

July 16, 2004

We are getting the nod, so to speak, for shows in Italy this summer and fall. Look for dates in and around Padua and Rome and perhaps Milan as well. We will be at Greenwich pub, La Nonna Lille, a small club in Abano Terme, the name escapes me at the moment and several other shows. Also, shows in late October and early November in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. I'm excited.

My good friend producer Ronan Chris Murphy will be in Italy to produce a record for the band Hypnoise and we will be doing some seminars together if all goes as planned. More on all of this soon.

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We are Wanted

June 12, 2004

I can't say it better than this man so I won't try. Please read this and then my addition to it below.

We presume too much for our musical heroes. We listen and then, it seems, we just know they're so good, we assume numerous fans feel the same way, providing at least enough artistic and economic support to sustain careers and keep that creative vision growing vigorously. This hypothesis may appear supported by a somewhat steady flow of recordings and sideman appearances, although they never seem to tour through your town. Presume nothing.

Taken from an interview with Marc Cary by Phil DiPietro in All About Jazz www.allaboutjazz.com

OK, so a lot of you write musicians and tell them you want them to perform in your town. OK, here's the deal; do not copy and exchange our material or download it for free! Go out and buy it! That will help to convince labels and booking agents that we are wanted. Then call your local clubs and booking agents and tell them to book us. Writing to us does not help. It just frustrates us as we are not in charge. We make the music, we don't book it outside of small shows usually in our own towns. We can't for several reasons. So do the above and help out.

Thanks and let's work together.

Meanwhile several shows are being put together in Italy for this summer so stay tuned for that and other dates. They do it right. Thanks to Chris Boulet and Voyage Show Agency for their help.

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Back Ordered on Spiral Out & I Am Looking for a New Manager

May 8, 2004

OK, lots of people emailing about stores and online shops being back ordered on the CD "Spiral Out". Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are having a problem finding the CD. Apparently it has sold out at more than a few shops, which I hope is a good thing.

Also, people want to know when we are coming to their town for a show. Well, it's like this, US vs EU and to be honest I prefer to play in Italy and the rest of the EU over the US for several reasons which I will not go into here the least being respect. If you would like to see us perform in your city please make it known to your local clubs and talent agencies. For contact refer them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also, I am looking for a new manager. Contact the above addresses if interested.

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Laying Some New Tracks

April 15, 2004

Been a long time since I posted any news but things like life get in the way sometimes. Just back from Italy last week and resting up here in Tempe near my family and getting ready to do some work with some US bands. More on that later. Italy is a blast and the only place I know where you can pull off something like we did in Padova, a 14 hour non stop improvisation with over 50 musicians from around the globe, thanks to the genius mind of Chris Boulet. Yes, we recorded all 14 hours and have some people weeding through it, so to speak. Chris is an amazing ball of talent who was nice enough to lone me some members of his band wowwhywow for the Italian shows and was the mad brain behind what is now known as "14". Is it true that 33 and 1/3 is next?! Someone help us!

Getting some good reviews of Spiral Out in magazines like www.allaboutjazz.com, JazzTimes and www.movimentiprog.it.

Looks like I will be working with the Hellboys on the next CD sometime in August. Sounds like fun and I will give more details as they come in. The first Hellboys CD is just out with, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Tony Geballe, Robert Fripp and members of California Guitar Trio all contributing. Not sure who will be on this next one but I am looking forward to laying in some tracks.

We have new "photos" and "tour dates" pages up and we will be posting more to them soon. We have a lot of photos of Italian shows to go through and some from shows in Japan as well. Most taken by my wife Sue Short who does not usually shoot band photos, but did a great job, focusing mostly on the artistic side of her craft with things like water reflections of famous places and buildings. We will post some of those soon too.

Hoping soon to build an Italian site linked to this one.

Well, that is about it for now. Watch your heads.

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Packing For Italy and Who Else Wants to Sell Spiral Out?

March 10. 2004

Packing for Italy and beyond. Trying to dummy proof road cases for gear but in minimum wage amerika it is getting harder and harder to do. As we mentioned before DGM has sold out of "Spiral Out" as have many other stores and we have just been informed that it will take until April to get more stock from Japan. Me thinks the label was asleep at the wheel on this one. Please go to the CD info page to find other possible outlets. BTW "Spiral Out" is available for license in the states and the EU if you are in that part of the biz and want to help out.

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Italy 2003

Feb. 26, Club Blu - Padova

Feb 27, Simons' Cafe - Semi acoustic duo

March 10, Banale - Padova

March 25, Special guest with Freaky Styley (PD)

March 26, La Nonna Lillie - Treviso

March 31, Banale - co host of 14 hour improvisation show in Padova

April 2, Special Guest at Club Big - Padova

Prior to 2003 countless gigs were performed in Austin and other parts of the US. It's difficult to trace many of these, some go back to the early '70s but even the ones from the late '90s and on have been difficult to find. Many clubs have closed and there was very little internet use in those days. When we do come across them we will post them.

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