trying to in a way invent a kind of a new genre, and that is writing
pieces for classical musicians that use those resources and that
tradition, but that has room for improvisation in itat least
and large when you say improvise, improvisation, people think jazz.
And what I'm trying to do is say, No, no, no, no, no. There's lots
of ways to come up with improvisations that don't have to be intimidating
either for the performer or the listener. Expression becomes lost
or lifeless when you stick just to the notes, because all the energy
goes into finding that one note, when energy could be going into
expression as well. That doesn't mean you have to play sloppily,
but there's this whole other world that's possible if you can get
free of the page.
was a way, an artistic way, of expressing my sorrow and other people's
sorrow, and grief at these events that is very difficult to express
any other way. I'm a writer, but I don't think I could do it writing.
Words are too specific. I really respect people who have come up
with something, a way to do that. I don't think I could have done
it. But I could do it combining my interests in improvisation and
in horn, and specifically the natural horn.
everybody has the same feelings; I'm no different than anyone else.
But I had at that point the means to express it in a way that could
help people deal with those feelings and find a kind of a closure
and that's what art is supposed to do. It's supposed to take the
raw emotions and send them to a higher plane, where you attain some
edification, satisfaction, and transformation of those into something
positive and higher.
think every place, every country has advantages and disadvantages
that I see. There's so many things about George Bush that just make
me cringe, and make me want to just hide my head, or just wait till
it's over. I shake my head in disbelief at so many things, but I'm
still happy to be here, and part of this whole thing. I would never
go back to that closed-minded, narrow society that is in Europe,
although I think they've got some really good things going in certain
this wonderful quote I got from an Italian baritone sax player.
He was talking about Italy, but you could substitute in some ways
America. He said, "In Italy, nothing works, but everything
is possible; in Switzerland, everything works and nothing is possible."
And America's kind of halfway between. Some things work very well,
other things don't work at all, but there are a lot of things that
are still possible here.
think everyone should be involved in some kind of creative process.
I think it's healthy for an individual, I think it's healthy for
society. I think the tragedy in this society, in Western society
in general, is that we're only consumers, we're not producers of
it. I think television has been a terrible thing for that. It's
such a terrible addiction that keeps us from interacting with each
other and making simple things. Now we're not all going to be great
artists, but we're all going to make art that means something to
us, and inspires connection with people around us.
something, find out what your passion is, explore the different
kinds of art, and do it. I don't care if it's a garage band, or
wanting to be the new Yo-Yo Ma. A lot of art is sticking to it.
And it's not important if you're a huge talent; it's just important
to find a passion, stick to it, enjoy it, share it, pass it on.
Let it enrich your life.