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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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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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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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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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