Bassist/composer Bill Noertker has been active in the Bay Area jazz and avant-garde scene since the late 1980s. Since 2001, he has lead his own ensemble, Noertker's Moxie, as a forum for his compositions inspired by visual artists such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, architect Antoni Gaudí, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, sculptor David Beck, and others. Noertker has composed over 150 pieces of music for this group and has released eight CDs, including three CDs of his extended suite Sketches of Catalonia, and two volumes of his extended Blue Rider Suite. He has also composed music for three films that showcase the intimately-scaled sculptures of David Beck, composed the score for a Nikos Koumoundouros film, The Commandments or the Nostril of Ektor Kaknavatos, that was selected for the Short Film Corner at the prestigious Festival de Cannes 2010, and scored the Olympia Stone film “Curious Worlds: the Art and Imagination of David Beck” which is currently screening on the festival circuit
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The arrangements are definitely on the “austerely linear” side while maintaining the necessary technical finesse, not privileging egotism (although solo spots are featured), rather looking for a delicate textural balance. Intriguing contrapuntal combinations and disguised virtuosity help to find the way to an instant comprehension of Noertker's intention. Truly great music, independent from genres.
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My teaching system begins with a rigorous diagnostic test of your abilities in eleven categories. After testing we will have a collaborative consultation where we will discuss your results and formulate a lesson plan, tailored specifically to you, that will increase your skills in each of the categories where you need improvement.
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