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Welcome to Willie Oteri's Blog about his life and lessons as a musician. From here you can browse the full articles on each topic covered in this series.

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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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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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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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Classical Improvisation

Classical Improvisation?
Yep, you read that right, musicians have always improvised but once upon a time Classical musicians were not only improvising but performing improvised pieces live. Mozart often improvised live.

Let's set the Wayback Machine for the 9th century, yep, Medieval period, perhaps not the best of times but musicians were improvising then and often from conductors and composers instructed to do so. Singers of the time were exploring in a style of chant called organum. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organum

Now let's move the Wayback Machine forward to the Renaissance period which according to many historians the invention of printed music lead to published instruction manuals on improvisation, mostly in Italy. Singers and instrumentalists of this period would regularly improvise embellishments of melodies over various chord patterns.

Now let's move forward to the Baroque Period. Which when listened to today seems the the most structured of Classical music but at one time quite the opposite may have been true. While many historians will argue that in the period improvisation was more about minor embellishments to written pieces there is evidence to the contrary. Being a musician I am sure there was quite a bit of improvisation happening but perhaps not being performed in the major concert halls and opera houses of the time.

Modern day: Classical Improvisation may seem like a lost art but there is a growing number of classically trained musicians out there who are experimenting. For example, check out works by Thollem McDonas and his many collaborations. http://www.thollem.com/

To read more about the history of Classical Improvisation simply Google the term.

Enjoy.

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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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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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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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