Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
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: http://news.allaboutjazz.com/news.php?id=104925#.Uey5TY04uKA
Willie Oteri has recorded and performed with: Dino J.A. Deane (John Zorn, Bill Fresell), Scott Amendola, 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 Johnson), Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson, Abra Moore, Mitch Watkins), Mike Malone (Jimmy Smith), Ephraim Owens (Erika Badu), Takaharu Hayakawa, Natsuki Kido, Markus Reuter, 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
Recordings include: (partial list)
Shrunken Head Shop - new project - live recordings from Germany with Dave Laczko, Schroeder, Sylvia Oelkrug, Jan Fitschen and Alex Arcuri. Release Date August 27. 2013.
WD-41 +2 Temi Per Cinema - w Dave Laczko, Scott Amendola and Dino J.A Deane Top 3 Editors Pick - Guitar Player Magazine 2010
WD-41 2009 with Dave Laczko - #24 Most read reviews for 2009 All About Jazz. #44 peak Most Read Reviews Overall at All About Jazz.
Spiral Out 2003-2005 with Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mike Keneally, Ronan Chris Murphy and Ephraim Owens. On DIW records.
Destroying Silence 2006 with same lineup as above. Compilation album.
Jazz Gunn 2000 with Brannen Temple, Chris Maresh, Ephraim Owens, Mike Malone, and Chris Tondre
Violet Crown 2001
Willy's Cry.... 1995
TV theme for Fast Draw 1983?
Theme music for play Civil War Blues
Themes for various Japanese TV shows.
Session work with Schroeder, Cookie Marenco, Bob Seger, Violet Crown, Red Ragged Rose, Tony Levin, Mike Keneally and more.
Initially Oteri offers a more languid approach that creates mood, something rather lacking among this column’s CDs, with their in-yer-face anxiety to please.”
—Stuart Nicholson - JazzTimes
Jamming with you must be one of the greatest things—your music sounds great, and it always amazes me how far you can stretch a musical idea. Brilliant!
—Guitarist Enrico Crivellaro
My favorite avant garde guitarist! —Habitual Grace Records
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