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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.........;)
For the first time since it's release on DIW in 2003 my progressive jazz album Spiral Out is available as a download. I now own all rights. Enjoy.
Here is an interview I did for the Facebook Austin Free Jazz group. Interviewed by Matt Butler. Have a listen. https://player.fm/series/internet-archive-mediatype-audio/willie-oteri-interview
The folks who built this website are available for others as well. Please check them out at http://ziadiamedia.com/
On the news front, the re-release of my album Jazz Gunn has hit #2 for most recommended download at All About Jazz.
Look for a re-release of Spiral Out soon, the album I did with Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mike Keneally and Ephraim Owens. Produced by Ronan Chris Murphy. For the first time downloads of this album will be available. Look for them on this site soon.
WD41 + Joshua Thompson on sax have completed recording for a new release. Look for it in Summer or Fall or 2016.
The Jazz OUTside series and Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin Texas will be starting soon and running through Spring and Summer. If you would like to perform please contact us.
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.
Wow, it's been quite a month so far, not the least of which was the amazing Art OUTside event as part of the Jazz OUTside series on July 23, 2015 at Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin Texas with live painting to improvised music and spoken word by artists Miko Zen and KD Neeley.
We are looking to take this event to other cities around the world so please contact me in interested.
June 6. 2015
Heading to Florence Italy on Tuesday and performing at the Y2K15 aka Y2K15 loop Festival on Saturday June 13 at Casa Del Popolo Settignano. Back to Austin for the Jazz OUTside show at Kenny Dorham's Backyard on the 25th.
April 20, 2015
Great show in Dallas at Ash Studio last Saturday. Jazz Gunn re-release promos go out this week to the press. CD release date is May 15, exactly 10 years from the original. Look for it online about a week or so before the date for pre-orders.
March 25, 2015
We will soon be re-releasing the fine album Willie Oteri's Jazz Gunn concepts of MateMaToot with new art work by Miko Zen, and enhanced audio. The album was originally released in 2000 and features great performances by Michael Malone - sax, Brannen Temple - drums, Chris Maresh - bass Willie Oteri and Chris Tondre on guitars. More info soon.
February 4, 2015
A lot of things in the works, upcoming WD-41 release with special guests TBA, more local gigs in Austin this year including A.R.T. series at the Badlands and the anual Jazz OUTside series at Kenny Dorham's Backyard. Heading to Dallas on April 28 for a show at Ash Studio, off to Italy in June for the Y2K15 mini Festival in Florence and some jams in Rome and other parts of Italy. Keep checking here or on facebook for more info.
October 1, 2014
It's been some time since I last posted any news so let me see if I can catch you up, even if not in chronilogical order.
We are winding up this years Jazz OUTside series at Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin TX. The shows are every 4th Thursday of the month. Dave and I will miss the October show since we will be in Italy and Germany visiting and recording the next Shrunken Head Shop album, look for a release date early next year. Hoping to bring in a cool keyboard player but I will not anounce the name until confirmed. Either way it's going to be a great recording.
We just finished a cool house gig here in Austin with Brazilian Space Program. Thanks again to Scott Painter for hosting. Hopefully another one later in the year.
Diverse Arts Culture works is planning on breaking thier record for non-stop improv jam sessions by hosting a 13 hour session in November. WD-41 will be part of that. I will post the date when it is confirmed.
May 31. 2014
Just back after 6 weeks in Italy, gigging, recording, looking into teaching seminars later in the year and best of all meeting some cool new musicians I will be working with in Autumn. Dave Laczko and I will be recording a new CD starting this month. More soon, stay tuned.
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.
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:
August 11, 2013
I'm excited to be part of a new quartet, the Open Ear Consortium, we will be doing shows in Italy and other places in March and April of 2014. http://www.openearconsortium.com/
Other than that there will be the Shrunken Head Shop support shows in Germany and possibly Switzerland in the Spring as well and we continue in Austin every other Thursday with the Jazz OUTside series. Hope to see you at a show soon.
July 16, 2013
New release Shrunken Head Shop - Live in Germany is finished. Official CD release date is August 27, 2013. For downloads, one track available now, see our Music Sample page (button on home page).
June 18, 2013
Lots of good news kids! The Live in Germany release for Shrunken Head Shop is finished with an official hard copy release date near the end of August. Prior to that we will be leaking out long live tracks at bandcamp.com so keep an eye out.
The Jazz OUTside Jazz series of outdoor gigs at Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin TX exploring the more adventurous side of the genre started May 23rd and is running every other Thursday through the summer with some killer lineups. Be sure to drop in on one if you are in the Austin TX area. Other shows in Austin as well so keep an eye out. I will be in the EU in early 2013 for gigs as well TBA.
May 8, 2013
-at the Sahara Lounge in East Austin with Dave Laczko and Ricardo Acevedo as WD-41 this Monday the 13th. Brazilian Space Program is also on that bill. Also, we will be starting the Jazz OUTside series at Kenny Dorham's Backyard on East 11th on Thursday the 23rd and will run every 2nd and 4th Thursday. Come on out and support adventurous music.
April 13 2013
Cool gig! WD-41, will be providing the music for this event in Austin on Saturday the 20th from 2:pm till ?
Drop on by and see works from some great artists while you listen to WD-41. What could be better? ;)
Beginning April 20th at Galerie Son Altesse and in conjunction with the South First Street Art Walk, it's coming... from fantasy worlds beyond imagining, where the people in these images, "...do not speak English, French, Chinese or any other known language... their maker has travelled to a parallel universe and brought back pictures..." -- the fantastic images of Austrian-born artist Hans Bauer!
March 17, 2013
We had a great gig last night during SXSW at Kenny Dorham's Backyard. Thanks to Ricado Acevedo and Harold McMillan for putting on the event.
Sax man Joshua Thomson has been officially added to the roster of WD-41 for gigs when available and some recordings too.
March 6, 2013
WD-41 (Dave Laczko and Willie Oteri) will be performing during SXSW at the SXSW showcase The Austin Music Fest with special guest Joshua Thomson. We go at 5:pm.
We are waiting to hear about a confirmed date for the River Film and Music Festival in Padova Italy held in May and June. We will let you know as soon as we do.
February 25, 2013
I had a great time with Dave Lazko performing as WD-41 at the live painting show at Galerie Son Altesse in Austin last Saturday. Thanks to Ricardo Acevedo and Michale from the gallery.
Our next WD-41 show will be that the Diverse Arts Back Yard Music Festival during SXSW on March 16. Kenny Dorham's Backyard on east 11th Street in Austin. It's part of a three day event and Saturday will be mostly all day. I belive we go on at 5:pm so don't be late. Sets will be short maybe 45 min.
February 18, 2013
We are almost done with the editing for the Shrunken Head Shop - Live in Germany release. There was a lot of great stuff in there but we needed to make a nice tidy CD so we trimmed out a lot of stuff. It will be a great one so look for the offical release date to be sometime in April with full downloads in various formats available before that.
Other news, we will be doing a showcase during SXSW in Austin TX at one of the many non affiliated showcases (always the best) so keep an eye out for that.
Dave Laczko and myself have just finished tracking on some cool music by Ricardo Acevedo and will be doing some shows with him around TX soon. Keep looking on our Tour Dates page for more info.
January 20, 2013
We've been getting more mix samples from Germany and Italy to review for the Shrunken Head Shop - Live in Germany CD that we hope to have out by March.
Also booing gigs in Germany and Italy for June or later. Keep us in mind for any festivals or venues this year.
January 4 2013
Happy New Year?! Time will tell, right?
December 28, 2012
Update on upcoming release, Shrunken Head Shop - Live in Germany. We were hoping to have this out early next year but things are moving slow for several reasons that can't be avoided. Mix that with the holidays and needing press for 30 to 45 days out and we are looking at late February but likely into March. We shall keep you posted.
December 23. 2012
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Last minute stocking stuffer idea, download WD-41 or WD-41+2 Temi Per Cinema and burn the files to a nice CDR. Several file formats from mp3 to wav are available at CD Baby, Bandcamp, iTunes and the like.
December 21, 2012 morning!
Hey kids!!! I just got some new web HTML software so I will now be using my website willieoteri.com once again. Took a long time to get passwords renewed at my host server as my last webmaster went poof somewhere in OK and I lost some paperwork, etc a few years back. Anyway I will be posting most new info about myself and projects here and moving slowly away from Facebook, reverb nation and whatnot.
More to come soon.
December 21, 2012 evening.
Well, I've done quite a bit of work on most of the pages, check them out. Links for new music, new press photos, new biography, etc.
I should have everything 90% in a day or so.
All the best,
Nov. 30, 2010
Wow, it’s been a long time since I updated here using myspace and facebook to keep up and you really should look for me there and not here. Myspace is becoming a drag in many ways so why not try me at www.reverbnation.com
After leaving Italy I’ve since relocated back to Austin, TX where I hooked up with Trumpet master Dave Laczko and we have released two CDs, WD-41 and WD-41+2 Temi Per Cinema. Both are doing well and we expect to tour Europe in the summer of 2011. Other than that please find me at the about site or try facebook.
February 3, 2008
Yes, it's been quite some time since I last posted any news so I will try to give a brief synopsis here as opposed to a long story. Gave up on Phoenix, not much going on there as thought, moved back to Austin just the other day and so far very happy about it. Prices here for apartments have gone up a bit but not nearly as much as most cities have gone up in the last 5 years. Have you looked for an apartment in Los Angeles or San Diego lately? There of course are still a high number of cats in Austin hoping to bring back the '70s. Learn to move forward people and you will be happier.
Going to just hang out for a few days and see what musicians in town are up to and start some good times.
July 29, 2007
Check out Soultone amps at www.soultoneamps.com I will be doing some sound clips for some of their new models. They make fantastic sounding all tube amps with some very neat features.
We are gearing up for the next Super Session non-stop super long jam with Stu Hamm, Jerry Martotta and many more TBA by doing two mini sessions the months before. Check the tour dates page or www.myspace.com/willieoteri for times and dates. www.supersessons.org.
Peace and take care.
June 16, 2007
We are getting closer to the next Super Session for October. Some very special guests of note coming to this one. Not sure if we will run it all night like the ones before. I don't think this area is quite ready for that but there will be very long jams and a very nice venue. More soon.
June 10, 2007
Well, I mentioned the band name Sketch below but seems it's taken. As most names are in the days of everyone has a band. Strange how it never came up in searches including All Music Guide, then all of a sudden they turn up and have like tens of thousands of fans. Odd, but anyway we will be looking for a new name for the jazz,rock jamband thing in PHX. Galactic Tsunami came up but I don't know about that one. Maybe back to Jazz Gunn. That was always a cool name, or Jazz Tsunamie or........................
May 21, 2007
Well, the first American SuperSession is complete, held May 12 and 13 at Modified Arts in Phoenix. See www.supersessions.org for more info on that one. We had a great time and it was quite a hit leading to plans in the works for another one in Phoenix in October. We had a blast!!! I should hold my tongue as to how I feel about Phoenix audiences until I compile a complete blog on the subject.
Got an old Volvo as mentioned below. A 1966 PV544 Sport for those who keep up on these things.
Besides keeping my hands greasy I have also been playing a lot and forming a new band "Sketch" with Chris Michlaek and Skinny Bishop. We have plans to record very soon with drummer Pat Mastelotto. More as it all becomes.........
Feb. 14, 2007
Back in the states again and getting some things moving in Los Angeles and Phoenix. The Phoenix scene is coming up real fast and we plan on helping out by having a 33 1/3 (33 hours and 20 min) show here in May which should be a blast. More info is up about it at myspace.com/willieoteri.
Since a car in needed in this area of the states I have been looking for something cool and retro. Might pick up a nice old Volvo Amazon this week. If you don't know what they are just do a search at Google. Biggest problem is the bogus Emissions tests here which have nothing to do with cleaning up the air and everything to do with selling new cars. Long story but if you are a vintage car nut like me you know what I am up against. For you enviro freaks, a well tuned vintage engine is just as clean or cleaner than a new car engine. Only thing better is the hybrids for now but they are way too expensive at this point. Might be best to make the oil companies clean up their act. Oooooo, now Homeland Security will be on my ass. Ha! What a joke our country has become.
Nov. 11. 2006
Well, I have decided to settle back into the United States for a year or so. It's a long story .
Thinking of moving to the desert, perhaps Phoenix which seems to have a lively and growing music scene and I can drive to LA in about 5 1/2 hours to work there as well. Much cheaper to have a car in the states. We shall let you know as it all develops. To be totally honest I am looking forward to living and working in the American music scene again.
Oct. 25, 2006
Heading back to my second home in Italy tomorrow. No I am not rich. In fact it is getting tight for most musicians these days. Long story. Anyway keep an eye out for shows in Europe. Check myspace.com/willieoteri for latest info on tours and such.
I have been spending a lot of time gathering documents of my Italian ancestors to apply for dual citizenship in Italy. If you ever want to know what is worse than trying to register a license of and expired numbered car in California just talk to me. Better still, just take a hammer and hit yourself on the foot really hard. It will feel better.
The worst part of this whole mess is that supposed experts in the US and Italy are mostly full of shit. Just like divorce lawyers, they take your money and give you at best incomplete information or completely incorrect information. Believe me, if I had to do this all over again I would have done it all myself and even though it would still have taken the years it has, 3 to 5, it at least would not have been longer and If any of you need to go through this type of thing write me and I can give you all I have learned.
Stay loose and free kids,
Oct. 3, 2006
Wow, it has been a long time since I updated this site. Well, let's see kiddies, I have been doing shows in Italy the like. Look at tour dates for more on that. Doing some teaching and looking for a new label in a rather apathetic and boring industry.
Hoping to record again soon with Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto. Waiting to hear about money for that one. Should be this winter if all goes well.
I am looking for any projects anywhere so drop me a line if you have any crazy ideas.
March 15, 2006
We leave for Italy tomorrow and looking forward to being back in our apartment in Padua. It will be cold this time of year but not too. Looking forward to meeting up with all of our friends in Italy and Germany and plenty of gigs coming up.
I have a myspace site up now, www.myspace.com/willieoteri that may be updated a bit more often than here so check there often for tour dates and other info. I will try to keep this site up too and the new improved site should be up and running soon with downloads of tunes some for free as a taste and singles plus complete LPs for purchase. Thanks to Sue for helping out with writing the info for both sites and to Liz Redwing, Ronan, P@ and everyone for working on "78". As you can see below it has once again been pushed back but it will be well worth the wait.
March, 7, 2006
Well, once again "78" has been moved, this time to July or September with September in the lead. Two main reasons for this, one is that June is election time in Italy and also time of world cup soccer so you can imagine what most Italians will be doing. The second reason is we will have more to work with and more names on the marque which will be wonderful. More info as it comes in.
I head back to Italy on March 16th with upcoming shows in June and July. See Tour Dates for more information.
Stay tuned, Willie
Feb, 6, 2006
"78" the 78 hour long jam in Italy was scheduled for April but is now moving to June in the largest castle in Italy! We should know more in a few days or so and I will post it here. So far it looks like a great lineup and a fantastic venue.
Speaking of raising money for things I really want to do a follow up to Spiral Out with Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto and include Markus Reuter and Schroeder and maybe Mike Keneally. Sort of a super duper double trio. Anyone have a few grand to invest? :-)
Feb 3. 2006
Well, let's see, what's new? It's official, the new super trio Oteri, Rueter and Schroeder now known as "Box 'o Rocks" is ready and looking for venues to perform our sculptures of air. Keep an eye out. Not sure if we are going to put up a separate site as yet. I thought about myspace but it seems like myspace is not really the place somehow. No two shows will be alike and we plan on recording as early as April. Live show recording that is. Here is an interesting bit. The other nite we were at a cafe joking about not rehearsing and just jumping in and doing shows and some guy comments, "You won't be doing many shows then". I guess he needs to do more homework. I would start with a dictionary and look up jazz, jam session and improvisation then move to '70s era Miles Davis and move on to Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey who do about 200 shows a year. I have already done several shows this way and all very well received. I guess a lot of people can't think beyond formal education. Is that thinking? Look, we all rehearse, just not always together. :-)
More soon - Willie
January 10, 2006
Some idiot on ebay has copies of "Spiral Out" listed as "out of print." No such thing. This scammer also is trying to get 98 bucks for a copy. The list price for the special Japan edition is only 46 bucks and most US copies are around 18. You can also get a Japan copy at DGM for around 18. Just do a search for "Willie Oteri" Spiral Out on Google and check the sites selling the CDs. Depending on your outlook this can be viewed as freedom of the seller or just plain greed. Seeing as used car dealers and Wal-Mart tend to be big flag wavers I think greed wins out here. I guess in a way I should feel honored by such high stakes as listed on ebay. Anyway, buy a copy elsewhere and enjoy.
January 6, 2006
Well, things are moving along at their own time as always. Anyway there are good things brewing including the River Film Festival in Italy in June and "78" in April (see tour dates). Also, I will be doing some shows as Willy's Cry in Italy, sort of a flash to the past of my blues rock days. I can hear the prog and jazz snobs now but they don't pay my rent. You want more progressive stuff then support it more. OK, now back to the biz at hand and a bit of jolly for you prog types. Markus Reuter (Centrozoon, Europa String Choir) Schroeder and yours truly will be doing a trio thing for shows in Germany and other parts of the EU. We plan on recording in April. Hope you all are having a good new year so far and let it be not as much of a wash as predicted. In other words get off your ass and do something to help. Buy a CD instead of stealing it, write to your local music venues and demand better music or dump your giant car or at least use it to run over a politician.
Ciao for now kids. Willie
November 14, 2005
Been awhile since my last update but not a lot to report until now. Gearing up for more shows including talks about an extended jam like 33 1/3 and 45 hour shows but this time in New Orleans. More as it develops. Also, the River film fest will be in June and July this year in Padua Italy and I will take part in that plus shows around that time in Germany as well and hoping to do some with Markus Reuter. Oh, and of course the mighty "78" hour jam in Padua this April. We plan on heading to Italy in February unless the New Orleans show is around that time. We shall see. More soon.
Love and kisses.
October 24. 2005
Just got back from Italy and Germany and recovering from a slight cold not to mention the great times in Europe. 45 B-Side in Padua was a great success and a good time by all. The show at Cafe Cairo in Wurzburg was small but mighty and we had Markus Reuter filling in the bass slot and a lot more on Warr guitar. The 78 hour jam is booked for late April with a tentative lineup that would be great if even half showed up. Also I have tentative dates for festivals in Germany and Italy for June and July. I will write on all the events in more detail here soon.
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.
Sept. 29, 2005
Well, looks like some more friends are going to be making to Italy for the 45 B-Side including Johnny Gomer a guitarist from Germany who made it to the 1st 45 with Shcroeder and also played my shows in Germany and some members of East Rodeo will be around as well plus players we are not going to mention until the day of the show so you will just have to make it out to Padua and stop by. It should be a real fun time.
Sept. 24. 2005
As we gear up the the next 45 hour jam in Italy we have been getting a lot of press. In our press releases we have mentioned many names that get edited, names of promoters, backers. musicians, etc.One of these is Chris Boulet whom without there would be no 45 or 33 and 1/3 or 14 or lots of other events in the Veneto region of Italy. His crazy idea to have a 14 hour long jam is what got myself, Schroeder and Tony Levin to want to do 33 1/3 although Tony did not make it until the first 45. Editors tend to be the sorts that search a name, in this case often the All Music Guide and make a judgement call from there. Since Chris Boulet has only had indie releases with limited distribution it is not likely his name would come up on so many lists, much of the greatest talent does not, as these lists tend to be major label promoted. But, that being said most music critics and editors names never come up either on similar lists, unless they write for the NY Times, DownBeat or Rolling Stone. Catch my drift here? It is thier job to cut things to fit in a paper or magazine and they do what they feel is best to make it a good read but not always leading to a better read. So, let me take this moment to tell you all that without the many varied talents of Chris Boulet these events would not have happened or be happening. Thank you Chris.
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.
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.
Sept. 7, 2005
It has been some time since we updated the news last and much is going on getting ready for 45 B-Side in Italy and a couple of shows in Germany but for now I must ask that we all take a bit of time out to help with victims of disasters and war around the world and here at home. I have a few friends in New Orleans that have not been heard from for many days. We are searching the net and doing what we can by email and such but all we can do is wait. Tommy if you are by any chance checking here please write us and let us know how you are.
July 2, 2005
Just getting back to the feeling and vibes of the States. Not easy and here in Tempe it is damn hot just to top it off!!! I am working on a potential live recording in LA and looking for any projects as producer or guitarist that any of you may have. I will be back in Europe in October for gigs in Germany and Italy including the B-Side of 45.
June 10, 2005
We have a new date for the Hypnoise show at Portello River Film Fest in Padova due to rain. The new date is June 16, see the tour dates part of this site for more information. Also, almost forgot to thank all the great musicians who worked with me at the River Film Fest show on the 5th, Alex, Alberto, Pietro and Josh. Thanks again.
June 6, 2005
Just finished a great show here in Padova at the River Film Festival near my apartment. Very nice people and great fans. I hope all of you keep in touch and come to more shows. The film festival is 14 days of films and music on the water near a very old part of town, the Portello. Thanks to all the folks who made it possible and a special thanks to Emilio Della Chiesa for putting on the event and working hard to deal with my special needs for sound and stage.
May 18, 2005
Just back from a wonderful week in Germany where we had two wonderful shows and a great visit and stay at the home of German drummer Schroeder and Penny. I must add that the more I play with Schroeder the more he is becoming one of my favorite drummers of all time.
We had a great warm up shown on the 10th in Freiburg at the Waldsee, a very nice club and grub spot near a lake followed by a fantastic show on the 15th in Wurzburg at the Cafe Cairo in a very old building below a castle. Great crowd and a great performance by all making it one of the best shows for me in many years and in the top 5 as far as I can remember. Both shows were recorded and the Cafe Cairo show was also video taped so hopefully some things to present will come from that.
A very special thanks to Charley from Freakshow and to all the musicians who performed at the shows, of course Schroeder on drums, Sylvia Oelkrug on violin, Johnny Gomer on second guitar, TL Mazumdar on keyboards and Jan Fitschen on bass and Chapman stick. Also to Hendrick for adding to the bass lineup for the first night. I plan on doing more shows in Germany this fall and winter so keep checking back for dates.
Thanks also to our friends at Der Geier, a wonderful little bar and food place near Schroeder's home or should I say within stumbling distance of his home. The name means the Vulture in English as it was once a hang of the the Third Reich in the old days but is now a very cool hang of alternative types. Yes Bernd, the cigs changed my life! Quack!
Looks like another 45 hour jam will be coming up in early October so I will post more information about that as it comes in. I may take part in a small jam this Saturday at the Factory04 in Padova and I have a confirmed date for the River Film Festival here on June 5.
More soon and take care,
May 10, 2005
Just getting up from our first night of visiting with friends in Germany. Much good food and drink. The train ride was not too bad except we were booked mostly on commuter trains which have little baggage space. Next trip I will go to a different travel agent. I don't think this one has ever been on a train. I will be meeting the musicians later today, which includes the great Schroeder and Penny, who will be the lineup for the shows here which should prove fun. I have a good modem hookup here at the home of Schroeder so I will try to update more often.
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.
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
March 4, 2005
Had a nice lunch with my brother today here in Arizona. Thanks me bro. We have been informed that DGM has sold out of "Spiral Out" but we should have more for ya in a week or so. Thanks to all those who made the purchase and by doing so have helped to support small business and indie music.
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.
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.
November 24, 2004
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.
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,
July 22, 2004
Some Italian tour dates have been confirmed and several more dates in the EU are coming up. Check the "tour dates" page for more information. www.willieoteri.com/tour.htm
The dates include my part in a one of a kind world event. 33 1/3. This is a two day 33 and 1/3 hour non stop musical improvisation in Padova Italy with musicians from around the world. Not to be missed by jazz fans or deadheads.
Also, I have added some information to the bio page and a short Italian bio as well.
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.
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.
May 8, 2004
Also, I am looking for a new manager. Contact the above addresses if interested.
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.
March 10. 2004
Packing for Italy and beyond. Trying to dummy proof road cases for gear but in minimum wage amerika it is getting harder and harder to do. As we mentioned before DGM has sold out of "Spiral Out" as have many other stores and we have just been informed that it will take until April to get more stock from Japan. Me thinks the label was asleep at the wheel on this one. Please go to the CD info page to find other possible outlets. BTW "Spiral Out" is available for license in the states and the EU if you are in that part of the biz and want to help out.
December 18, 2003
OK, sound samples, for those who have been asking are up at fye.com, just search for Oteri or Spiral Out. I'm not real big on samples for long progressive tunes and would much prefer to buy a CD of this type from a store that will let me trade it back if I'm not pleased.