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New Dark Matter Horn Releases


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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Gigs and Recording in Italy - Fall 2017

I'll be heading to Italy again this Fall for to do some recording of flute with singer Bobby Soul in Genoa. Hopefully a few gigs with same. Then around September 28 for a countless hours improvisation jam session by the man who started it all Chris Boulet. Hopefully we will be including producer Ronan Chris Murphy for this one as he will be in the area teaching a seminar. It will also be Chris' birthday so this one should be extra fun. More info as it comes in. Meanwhile, if you are in the Austin area we are still doing our improv shows and jams Jazz OUTside at Kenny Dorham's Backyard every fourth Thursday of the month. I think September or October will the the last for this years series. weather permitting. 

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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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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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Dark Matter Horns

Dave Laczko and I have formed a new duo outside of WD-41. I'm focused mainly on tenor sax and flute these days so we decided to record and perform under the name Dark Matter Horns. My various other projects with guitar will still be available but focus is on horns at preset. We have some sample tracks up at bandcamp.com and are recording more, we had a very warm welcome for our debut gig on January 9, 2017 and more are booked for February and April. We will also be doing the Jazz OUTside series this year. 

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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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