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Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP

A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween.

by Jon Davis, Published 2018-11-02

Cuneiform Records, which released much of O'Meara's music, had this to say:

In late October, while chopping/stacking wood outside his home in rural Connecticut, Charles 'Chuck' O'Meara [aka C.W. Vrtacek] died suddenly from a heart attack. Chuck had been part of the Cuneiform Records family for decades. He was a prolific composer of both rock/ pop and experimental/ ambient/ New Music; a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist; a radio professional and music writer (Option, Sound Choice); and a clever conceptualist... And he also made solo music that stylistically was a world apart; gently beautiful, introspective instrumentals in the spirit of Bartok, Satie and the Minimalists... Life will be boring without you, Chuck; things won't be the same "Minus My Friend."

For more background on this outstanding musician, check out the interview we did with him in #27.


Filed under: Obituaries

Related artist(s): Biota / Mnemonists , Forever Einstein, C.W. Vrtacek (Charles O'Meara)

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