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. https://www.facebook.com/willieoteriflute/
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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