Bill Muter Is Here to Show the World That Tubas Are Cool
The end result is an unclassifiable yet alluring record that will appeal to every sort of music fan. Experimental tuba jazz fusion or Postmodern tuba rock, we suggested as genres. "Yeah... When you submit to iTunes and all of those other online music retailers, it asks you what genre of music it is. Damned if I know!" said Muter.
The physical album release is May 17, at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Muter is giving a presentation and performance at the Midwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference, hosted at ISU.
"Wait, there are such things as tuba conferences?" we asked the 28-year-old gifted musician. "This is actually the first one I have ever attended," responded the personable Muter with a guffaw. "I'll be doing a clinic and performing, so I am pretty curious to see myself, should be an interesting group of people."
Although a Boca Raton release party from this homegrown artist would have been fantastic, a Tuba Euphonium Conference seems a fitting venue for the unveiling of this pioneering album. Muter is the most inventive tuba player we've ever seen. He has the potential to do for the tuba what Louis Armstrong did to the trumpet. Innovative the sounds of his instrument and change people's perception of it too.
"Wait, what about 'Tuba funkadelio-beep-bop?'," we said as a last ditch effort to come up with some sort of classification for his tunes. "Nice, that just might work," Muter admitted kindly.
The album, which features Muter originals and hits from Bob Marley, JJ Johnson and the Chordettes, is also available on iTunes now, for those of you not making it to the tuba conference. Let the tuba melt your face.
Here is the first track from Off Script, "Tuba Conduit." Believe it or not every single note, percussion, blare, and screech was produced by the tuba. Its like Explosions in the Sky meets Medeski Martin & Wood, meets Miles Davis.
More info on the album release can be found here.