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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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Good News from New Orleans

Sept. 12, 2005

Just found out that one of our friends from New Orleans is OK and made it to Texas with family and will be going to stay in MO for a bit. He saw his house on video and it appears that only the bottom floor was flooded. We are talking about helping to welcome back the music of New Orleans with a marathon jam like 45 when it is possible. Latest reports show that the French Quarter and surrounding areas might be open in 3 or 4 months. Let's hope so. This is a wonderful town.

45 B-Side is in full swing for Oct. 9,10,11 in Italy with special guests Pat Mastelotto, Ronan Chris Murphy, P. Mike III, Schroeder, TL and many more. See www.factory04.com for more information.

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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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45 Happening in Padova with Tony Levin and More!

April 13, 2005

Long time no update. Must be Italy. Anyway we are busy tracking for the next CD, doing guitar parts in my apartment in Padova. Also working with Ronan Chris Murphy and P. Mike III on some guitar looping ideas for some upcoming shows. See Tour Dates for more info. The big news is "45" the 45 hour non stop improv music event here in Padova which is attracting a lot of attention and we have been honored by the great Tony Levin to have him on bass and stick for much of the event along with Cookie Marenco and friends, DJ Butthouse, Ronan and tons of other great musicians from around the globe, some of name we can not mention for legal reasons. Should be a blast. www.factory04.com

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Excited to be Working with Ronan Chris Murphy Again!

February 20 2005

I am very excited to be working again with producer, mixer Ronan Chris Murphy on a second CD that will also feature the King Crimson rhythm section, Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin. We are in the basic talks now and we will be recording around the end of April, mostly in Italy.

We are booking shows for duets and full bands for the spring and summer including shows in Germany and Italy and hopefully other parts of the EU, including "45" a 45 hour non stop improvisational concert in Padova. This is part of a continuing madness that started years ago in the mind of Chris Boulet who started with a 6 plus hour non stop show then a 14 hour non stop show and then the infamous 33 1/3 show last year and now comes 45. Should be a blast as always. Stay tuned.

Until next time, don't hide in the Bush.

Willie

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Spiral Out is Out!

February 10, 2005

We are happy to announce that DGM / InnerKnot is stocking "Spiral Out". This is the best price you can find on the Japanese Import version of the CD, which sounds great, and perhaps the nicest people to buy from. visit them at www.disciplineglobalmobile.com A special thanks to Bill and Amy for helping put it all together.

We are getting ready to head back to Italy where Ronan Chris Murphy and I will be working on the next CD which will also feature P@ Mastelotto and Tony Levin.

Besides the CD I will be doing some shows with the band East Rodeo, some sit ins with a Zappa tribute band and some guitar duets. I should have the show dates finalized in the next few weeks. Check "tour dates" in a few weeks to see what is up. Things move a little slower over there.

Take care,

Willie

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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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