Bill Noertker first met David Beck in the late 1990s while playing in a jazz quartet called Playland. At first Bill had no idea that in addition to playing the baritone saxophone he was a highly regarded sculptor of intimately scaled works. As he discovered his work, Bill was pleased to find that, in addition to the exquisite beauty of the work, much of it also displayed the dry humor that first attracted him to David.
In 2004, for his show La Naturecanique at the Allan Stone Gallery in NYC, David made a black-and-white super-8 film, Animatique, of seven of his works. Aware of Bill's interest in using the visual arts as inspiration for his musical compositions, David asked him to score the film. Thus began our cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Because of Bill's long-standing musical relationship with David, Olympia Stone asked him to score her film Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck. She and Bill decided that the score would include some original music composed specifically for the film, some music from Animatique, some tunes that David and Bill had written and performed as the Melanchoholics, and some music performed by his working band Noertker’s Moxie. Most of that music can be heard here on this soundtrack CD.
released February 16, 2016
Noertker's Moxie (tracks 1, 3-7, 9, 10, 12-14)
Annelise Zamula - flute, alto sax, tenor sax; Bill Noertker – contrabass
David Beck - baritone sax; Jim Peterson - alto sax, baritone sax
Amber Lamprecht - oboe; Jenny Maybee, Brett Carson - piano
Jason Levis, Dax Compise, Dave Mihaly, Niels Myrner - drums
The Melanchoholics (tracks 2, 8, 11)
David Beck - baritone sax; Bill Noertker - contrabass
All music composed and arranged by Bill Noertker
except tracks 2, 8, 11 composed by David Beck and Bill Noertker
recorded by Karen Stackpole, Stray Dog Recording Services,
and David Norfleet at Seal Rock Music
mastered by Myles Boisen at The Headless Buddha Mastering Lab
produced by Bill Noertker
executive producer - Rent Romus
special thanks to Alicia Neumann
Edgetone Records is place for new music crossing the genre boundaries. Founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus, the label
took shape in 1991. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity....more
The mallet percussionist and improviser's solo debut is flush with nostalgic melodies and stirring dissonances—a rich, experimental universe well worth exploring. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 15, 2021