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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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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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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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