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Bill Wolter is an composer, multimedia artist, sound engineer and musician, focused on electric guitar. His music hovers around experimental rock, jazz, noise, new music, and all areas in between. 

A restless collaborator who constantly seeks the most diverse and challenging musical experiences, Bill performs or collaborates frequently throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with a wide range of musicians and artists. He plays guitar and composes original tunes for Bay Area jazz/rock/prog bands Slydini and Innerear Brigade, and has collaborated with other performance ensembles such as Polly Moller & Co., SF Sound, Moe!kestra and Double Vision. 

“the double album version” 

Follow the musical trajectory from Chicago, Albuquerque, to Oakland… 

Bill is a composer, multimedia artist, sound engineer and musician, focused on electric guitar. His music hovers around experimental rock, jazz, noise, new music, and all areas in between. 

A restless collaborator who constantly seeks the most diverse and challenging musical experiences, Bill performs or collaborates frequently throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with a wide range of musicians and artists. He plays guitar in Bay Area bands Slydini, Innerear Brigade, Tribalgenes, and as a hired gun in other ensembles and bands (SF Sound, Moe!kestra, jobbing bands, etc.) 

In addition, Bill creates audio/visual live performance instruments, working in a mixture of intermedia, performance art, theatre, and installation. He frequently works with Oakland multimedia group Double Vision and has been commissioned to do original scores for local dancer Amy Lewis and Alyssa Lee’s group A dance company. Some of his musical sources and inspirations include Frank Zappa, Conlon Nancarrow, John Cage, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk, as well as gamelan and Southeast Asian Indian music, but like any probing artist he also draws creatively from other subjects, such as technological oppression, situationist theory, and the physiological constructions of sound. 

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1973, Bill caught the metal bug in junior high school and spent his early years as a headbanger with Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. He received his first guitar in 7th grade, which led to the creation of his first band, Jaundice. He later started playing jazz in high school, becoming a dedicated musician after watching a vintage b&w video of John Coltrane Quartet’s “Impressions”. After starting his second band with veteran Chicago rhythm and blues drummer Wayne Welch, Bill went to the University of New Mexico in pursuit of a B.A. in music and philosophy, under the musical tutelage of Richard Hermann, Steve Block, and Chris Shultis. 

In 2000, Bill moved to Oakland, California to study composition with Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, and Alvin Curran at Mills College, where he received his M.A. in composition. 

Bill currently finds himself at the crossroads of music and technology. He has worked for almost five years as the music lab coordinator at Diablo Valley College, and also serves as part-time faculty in the music department teaching digital audio. Bill also has a solid background in professional audio production and education. Most recently, Bill has been teaching and supporting sound arts at Expression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville. 

CONTACT: tribalgenes@yahoo.com 

Slydini www.slydini.net 

Inner Ear Brigade www.myspace.com/innerearbrigade

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