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Bill Noertker


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, and 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.
He is now at work scoring the upcoming Olympia Stone film “Curious Worlds: the Art and Imagination of David Beck.”

Noertker on CD and DVD:

Noertker's Moxie Little Bluedevil (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 2) Edgetone Records, 2012

Noertker's Moxie Some Circles (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 1) Edgetone Records, 2010

Noertker's Moxie druidh lacunae Edgetone Records, 2009

Noertker's Moxie Sketches of Catalonia, vol. 3: Suite for Gaudí Edgetone Records, 2009

David Beck L'Opéra (DVD Soundtrack), 2008

Noertker's Moxie Sketches of Catalonia, vol. 2: Suite for Miró Edgetone Records, 2007

David Beck Animatique (DVD Soundtrack), 2004

Noertker's Moxie 7 Days in February AEWC Records, 2004

Noertker's Moxie Haiku Songs AEWC Records, 2004

Noertker's Moxie Sketches of Catalonia, Vol. 1: Suite for Dalí Edegetone Records, 2003

C.J.Reaven Borosque/Lords of Outland The Metal Quan Yin Edgetone Records, 2002

Rent Romus' Lords Of Outland Avatar in the Field, a tribute to Albert Ayler Edgetone Records, 2001

After the End of the World Coretet 13 AEWC Records, 1995

After the End of the World Coretet Quaternity Crystal Egg Records, 1993

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Upcoming Events:

Sunday, September 14 2014 7:30 PM
SIMM Series [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Dave Mihaly's Spillway Trio
Dave Mihaly - table vibes, guitar, and voice/Bill Noertker - contrabass/Dax Compise - drums
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie
Annelise Zamula - tenor sax, flute/Eli Wallace - piano/Bill Noertker - contrabass/Dax Compise - drums  More...