Already established as a guitarist why change horses? Why not? Is reinvention a key to the creative process? Oteri explains, “I've always been an explorer and this need for change drives me to new frontiers. While some are cautious about change for me it's about accepting it.”
Oteri's flute and sax work became his focus recently after a purchase of a new flute in 2016 and a couple of tenor saxes in early 2017. “I played flute in my late teens after borrowing my sister's flute, since she was not very interested in it, and played professionally for five or six years in the early part of my career along with guitar, bass and pedal steel, whatever seemed to be needed. Around this same time, I had an old Conn C Melody sax that I played for maybe a year until both the flute and sax needed more work than I could afford at the time. (see tragedy and time off from music in bio below) When I came back to music after several years off I focused on guitar for a few reasons, one being I was living on a sailboat with not much space and guitar was small enough to use on the boat and compose. I did not think about getting back to flute and sax until I had produced several guitar-based albums but alas, here I am and looking forward to recording and performing anyway I can get it out” Willie will still be playing guitar when called for, but for now.......forward.
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 and as eager and excited as anyone to again have a life of music.
All About Jazz Articles
Take Five With...
Read more articles
March 14, 2019
Willie Oteri Announces New Project And New Releases
February 20, 2018
Multi-Instrumentalist Willie Oteri and Dark Matter Horns Release...
May 05, 2015
Guitarist Willie Oteri Reissues Jazz Gunn's Concepts Of Matematoot
March 04, 2014
Willie Oteri Announces New Music Project And Show Dates
February 10, 2014
12 Hour Non-stop Improvisation Will Raise Money For Austin Non-profit
October 15, 2013
Marathon Jam Will Raise Needed Money For Kenny Dorham's Backyard Event...
June 20, 2013
Upcoming CD Release From Willie Oteri
November 08, 2012
Shrunken Head Shop - Live In Germany
February 15, 2002
Willie Oteri's Jazz Gunn CD project w/ Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mike...
March 30, 2011
WD-41+2 Free Downloads from the album "Temi Per Cinema"
February 09, 2011
Willie Oteri and Dave Laczko (WD-41) Launch Crowdfunding Drive
July 08, 2010
Willie Oteri and Dave Laczko release next WD-41 project
June 04, 2009
Willie Oteri's WD-41 Project MP3 Album Release
December 30, 2008
Willie Oteri's WD-41 Project
June 24, 2002
Upcoming Willie Oteri release with Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mike...
April 15, 2003
Willie Oteri signs with DIW
Startling and innovative with licks that are delightfully
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