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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.........;)
For the first time since it's release on DIW in 2003 my progressive jazz album Spiral Out is available as a download. I now own all rights. Enjoy.
Here is an interview I did for the Facebook Austin Free Jazz group. Interviewed by Matt Butler. Have a listen. https://player.fm/series/internet-archive-mediatype-audio/willie-oteri-interview
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.