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Multi-Instrumentalist
Willie Oteri
and Dark Matter Horns
Release "Evolution"

 

 

 

One never knows what the multifaceted original Willie Oteri is going to do next, like switching his focus from guitar to saxophone and flute for a series of upcoming releases. Oteri has produced several well received guitar based albums featuring some of the worlds finest musicians including, Scott Amendola, Giko Pavan, Tony Levin, J.A. Deane and others, starting with the 1999 live in studio improvisation Jazz Gunn Concepts of MateMaToot which featured A-Team Austin jazz players Brannen Temple, Michael Malone, Chris Maresh, and second guitarist Chris Tondre. After Concepts of MateMaToot, Oteri was driven to record more improvised releases like the uniquely original 2003 release Spiral Out produced by Ronan Chris Murphy which featured prog rockers Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Mike Keneally in a free improvised jazz setting with trumpet master Ephraim Owens, two critically acclaimed Avant Garde based WD-41 albums followed with electric trumpet player Dave Laczko, the second incorporating the talents of Dino J.A. Deane and drummer Scott Amendola followed by Shrunken Head Shop a series of live recordings from a tour with Laczko and top German and Italian jazz musicians.
 
Oteri has always been a multi-instrumentalist, as he says, “Isn't every musician, really?”  Having a musical mother helped with violins and a piano always available in the home. After a stint performing with a ukulele on a local pier in his early teens, later incorporating a flute borrowed from his sister, he then focused on bass to work with a local high school band soon after switching to guitar and pedal steel while doubling on sax and flute. Oteri put sax and flute on the back burner in the late '80s partially due to an unforeseen tragedy which took nearly 10 years out of his career. Oteri decided to pick up both sax and flute again just over a year ago. (see the full story at www.willieoteri.com)
 
Oteri brings us his unique styling on sax and flute with a series of recordings, joining longtime friend Dave Laczko on electrified trumpet and veteran drummer Steve Mankenberg along with various guest artists on his own label OteriTunes. The series will be featured as an ever evolving album of of live and studio recordings titled Evolution available at bandcamp.com and a series of EP albums titled Narratives in both digital and a limited number of CD formats through CDbaby.
 
The Bandcamp release Evolution is online now and available for streaming and download at:

https://wd-41.bandcamp.com/
 
The EP releases will start in May of 2018 through various outlets connected to Cdbaby.com
 
For more information on Willie Oteri please visit http://www.willieoteri.com

 

     

 

 

 

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and so it goes

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.

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PVDLOOP Festival

Dave Laczko and myself as WD-41 will be taking part in this three day live looping festival in Providence RI September 30 through October 2. This is a great fest with a great lineup. We will be there all three days. Check the website often for our time slot which should be announced soon.  A big thanks to Laurie Amat for inviting us and promoting the show. http://www.pvdloop.org/

 

 

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WD-41 +2 Temi Per Cinema | Guitar Player Magazine and All About Jazz!

Top 3 editors pick in December 2010 Guitar Player Magazine (WD-41+2 Temi Per Cinema)

#1 spot for the Most Recommended Reviews last 30 days (Dec. 14 to Jan. 14) @ All About Jazz
#3 spot for the Most Read Reviews last 30 days (Dec.14 to Jan. 14) @ All about Jazz
#24 spot in the Top 50 Most Recommended Reviews for the year 2009 @ All About Jazz
#44 in the Top 100 Most Recommended Reviews of “All Time” Peak hit @ All About Jazz

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Visual Artist Miko Zen, WD-41, and All About Jazz!

April 27, 2013

So our video WD-41 BB-2 at All About Jazz just moved into the top 25 for the last year. It's only been up since April 12! Not sure how long we can stay in this spot but I'm still very happy about this. A big heartfelt thanks to Miko Zen, Dave Laczko, Scott Amendola and everyone who took the time to view the video.

April 23 2013

Again, we would like to thank everyone who viewed our video making it one of the most popular at All About Jazz, currently at the top for the last 90 days. It means a lot to us and I'm sure it means a lot to other adventurous artists. Your support is greatly appreciated.
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloadv.php?id=8557#.UW75Y7U4uKB

April 19 2013
Our video has now moved up to the number 2 spot in Popular Videos at All About Jazz!

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloadv.php?id=8557#.UW75Y7U4uKB

April 16 2013

WD-41 video with guest drummer Scott Amendola has moved into the "popular" list at All About Jazz. Thanks to all who viewed it.
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloadv.php?id=8557#.UWg1S7U4uKA

Currently #3 in "Popular" videos at All About Jazz. Thank you all for your continued support of adventurous music. It means a lot to us.
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloadv.php?id=8557#.UW75Y7U4uKB

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We are Wanted

June 12, 2004

I can't say it better than this man so I won't try. Please read this and then my addition to it below.

We presume too much for our musical heroes. We listen and then, it seems, we just know they're so good, we assume numerous fans feel the same way, providing at least enough artistic and economic support to sustain careers and keep that creative vision growing vigorously. This hypothesis may appear supported by a somewhat steady flow of recordings and sideman appearances, although they never seem to tour through your town. Presume nothing.

Taken from an interview with Marc Cary by Phil DiPietro in All About Jazz www.allaboutjazz.com

OK, so a lot of you write musicians and tell them you want them to perform in your town. OK, here's the deal; do not copy and exchange our material or download it for free! Go out and buy it! That will help to convince labels and booking agents that we are wanted. Then call your local clubs and booking agents and tell them to book us. Writing to us does not help. It just frustrates us as we are not in charge. We make the music, we don't book it outside of small shows usually in our own towns. We can't for several reasons. So do the above and help out.

Thanks and let's work together.

Meanwhile several shows are being put together in Italy for this summer so stay tuned for that and other dates. They do it right. Thanks to Chris Boulet and Voyage Show Agency for their help.

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Laying Some New Tracks

April 15, 2004

Been a long time since I posted any news but things like life get in the way sometimes. Just back from Italy last week and resting up here in Tempe near my family and getting ready to do some work with some US bands. More on that later. Italy is a blast and the only place I know where you can pull off something like we did in Padova, a 14 hour non stop improvisation with over 50 musicians from around the globe, thanks to the genius mind of Chris Boulet. Yes, we recorded all 14 hours and have some people weeding through it, so to speak. Chris is an amazing ball of talent who was nice enough to lone me some members of his band wowwhywow for the Italian shows and was the mad brain behind what is now known as "14". Is it true that 33 and 1/3 is next?! Someone help us!

Getting some good reviews of Spiral Out in magazines like www.allaboutjazz.com, JazzTimes and www.movimentiprog.it.

Looks like I will be working with the Hellboys on the next CD sometime in August. Sounds like fun and I will give more details as they come in. The first Hellboys CD is just out with, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Tony Geballe, Robert Fripp and members of California Guitar Trio all contributing. Not sure who will be on this next one but I am looking forward to laying in some tracks.

We have new "photos" and "tour dates" pages up and we will be posting more to them soon. We have a lot of photos of Italian shows to go through and some from shows in Japan as well. Most taken by my wife Sue Short who does not usually shoot band photos, but did a great job, focusing mostly on the artistic side of her craft with things like water reflections of famous places and buildings. We will post some of those soon too.

Hoping soon to build an Italian site linked to this one.

Well, that is about it for now. Watch your heads.

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