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Guitarist, sound sculptor, composer.
Willie Oteri is an anomaly in the music world having survived tragedy
and financial hardship that forced him to quit music as a profession
in the early part of his career. After nearly ten years away from
performing and most of this time not even owning an instrument Oteri
came back to music, first part time then full, older, wiser but as
eager and excited as anyone to again have a life of music With a
small budget he released two well received blues/rock albums in the
late ‘90s before moving to Austin Texas where he quickly befriended
some of Austin’s top Jazz musicians leading to the 2000 release of
Jazz Gunn aka MateMaToot. Wanting to further pursue the freedom of
electric Jazz and improvisation Oteri contracted producer Ronan Chris
Murphy (King Crimson, Chucho Valdes ) to produce Spiral Out (2003-
2005) a progressive jazz album featuring King Crimson and Zappa alums
Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Mike Keneally with the added help of
Austin trumpeter Ephraim Owens. This well received DIW (Diskunion
Japan) release produced tours in Europe and Japan. Oteri relocated to
Italy in 2003 and after spending nearly 4 years in Italy as a base
Oteri returned to Austin. Working with Austin trumpeter Dave Laczko
Willie released WD-41 (2009) and WD-41+2 Temi Per Cinema (2010) with
added musicians Dino J.A, Deane and Scott Amendola. These releases
were well received by fans and critics around the world. Temi Per
Cinema was a Top 3 Editors pick in Guitar Player Magazine. Recent
tours of Germany have produce live recordings which will be release
August 27. 2013.
More information on this project here:
Willie Oteri has recorded and performed with:
Dino J.A. Deane (John Zorn, Bill Fresell),
Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, John Lennon),
Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, XTC),
Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa),
Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel),
Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, SteveVai)
Ronan Chris Murphy (producer and musician),
Brannen Temple (Sheena Easton, Kevin Paige, Robben Ford, Eric
Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson, Abra Moore, Mitch Watkins),
Mike Malone (Jimmy Smith),
Ephraim Owens (Erika Badu),
Dave Laczko and many more.
The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament
to his musical versatility and talent. In recent years, it is Oteri's
role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing
notoriety coupled with a notable unique style on guitar.
Public Relations: Lori Hehr