Rim of the Well performs a unique brand of Flamenco Fusion featuring multi-instrumentalist/composer Steve Mullins, with marimba virtuoso Doug Walter, violinist extraordinaire Rebecca Brown Oertli, and percussionist/dancer Rebekah West. They perform compositions by Steve Mullins derived primarily from Spanish Flamenco, but with Eastern European, Latin American, jazz, classical, and other influences. There is no other flamenco group in the world with a sound quite like this! The band gets its name from the writings of Federico Garcia Lorca who describes art and the creative process as something that requires risk-taking and danger, dancing, as it were, on the “rim of the well,” with the ever-present possibility of the plunge. Rim of the Well is in the process of completing their first CD for release in the fall of 2012.
Professor of Percussion
Professor of Percussion Douglas Wm. Walter is the only marimba and vibraphone artist to have won First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in NYC. He has performed over 300 solo recitals and concerti throughout 40 states, Canada, Brazil and 8 countries in Europe, in addition to international conventions of the Percussive Arts Society, International Association of Jazz Educators and MENC.
An accomplished orchestral musician, Dr. Walter has performed with the Dallas, Fort Worth, Oregon, Santa Fe Opera, Colorado Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestras. He is Principal with the Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival and Sunriver Music Festival Orchestras. He has toured for 20 years with the Westminster Brass.
As a jazz musician he has recorded (on drum set and vibes) with Michael Pagàn, the UNT 1:00 Lab Band, the Modest Jazz Trio, the Lawless Jazz ensemble, The CU Jazz Asylum Faculty Quintet, the DAD Trio and the Doug Walter Vibraphone Trio. Dr. Walter holds a dual BM degree from North Texas State U., summa cum laude, two Masters degrees (orchestral conducting and percussion) from the University of Michigan and a DMA degree from Temple University, where he studied with Alan Abel and David Samuels.
Dr. Walter’s compositions are published by Dutch Music Partners, Matrix Publishing and Alfred. He endorses Encore Mallets, Sabian Cymbals and Yamaha Mallet Instruments.
Rebecca Oertli, Juilliard and University of Texas graduate,has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the USA, Canada, Japan and Europe. She recently appeared as a soloist with the Kiev Symphony, the Texas Festival Orchestra and the Cluj Romania Orchestra among others. Enjoying a diverse career as both a classical and crossover artist, she has toured and performed with such acts as Josh Groban, the Irish Tenors, Danny Oertli and the multi-platinum Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
In 2009, Rebecca joined the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado. She previously served as the advanced violin instructor at Schreiner University and as a conductor with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. Passionate about making a difference through music, Rebecca co-founded an ongoing violin program for impoverished children in Romania and the Ukraine and was awarded a Juilliard String Teaching Fellowship. She also recently launched “Rebecca Oertli Fiddle Camp,” a two week summer program focused on Celtic, World Music and Texas Fiddling.
Rebecca has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony and as concertmaster of the Kingsville Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony and the Symphony of the Hills among others. Rebecca is a founding member of Austin’s Angels string trio who were lauded by the Houston Chronicle as “the string players answer to the Eroica Trio” as they dazzled Texas audiences and performed live on NPR.
Rebekah danced with Pablo Rodarte, Lisa Trujillo and PolkaDot flamenco + media company, Rhapsody in Shoes contemporary flamenco, flamenco improvisation with Neil Haverstick, Cuadro Oeste (with whom she won a Best of Boulder for her flamenco performance) and she has created flamenco choreographies for stage, restaurants, and senior center tours. She taught the wildly successful Flamenco Jam at the Colorado Dance Festival for four years, taught flamenco in Boulder for twelve years and is currently experimenting with an online flamenco class so her devoted students (and their devoted teacher) can continue to work with each other when she’s overseas. She plays cajón (box drum) in flamenco and other musical performance.