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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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