When I sum these descriptive phrases, and the artists to which I apply them, I see that my creative work is very much informed, inspired and kept on course by the composite produced.

  • Nikhil Banerjee - to play in the service of the eternal life force, and the universal search for self

  • Eric Dolphyparallel planes from which to view the melodic, harmonic, rhythmic terrain

  • John McLaughlin - speed, depth, precision under stress

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - scope of dimensionality, stream  of ideas

  • Brian Eno - space

  • Walter Paul - sing and play from the chest - that is where the heart lives

  • Harry Partch - in order to construct anything significantly new, we must first deconstruct all that exists

  • Leon Redbone - a mask can confuse and clarify

  • John Coltrane - freedom from the beat, but respect for the pulse

  • Roscoe Holcomb - steady, solitary, proud

  • Otto Laske - endless inquiry, rethinking of conclusions, with no regrets, no apologies

  • Thelonius Monk - the unexpected is always worth the risk

  • Herb David - music is a world to live and grow in

  • Blind Blake - this is fun, play it

  • Barry Truax - sound is as infinite as space

  • Ustad Vilayat Khan - the voice of the heart and of the soul must come forth through the fingers that hold and caress our instruments

  • John Cage - politics are innately a component of all art

  • Ali Bain, Cathal McConnel and the Boys of the Lough - no two melodies are the same, and all are alive with emotional challenge

  • Andres Segovia - technique with love

  • Eberhard Weber - there is a long trajectory to pursue

  • Michael Cooney - life is a bag of songs, they describe the path of one's life on earth

  • Charlie Parkerthere is an edge, daring us to cross it

  • Sri Swami Buaji Maharaj - time is the ultimate creative instrument we must master

  • Ornette Coleman - interest lies within the corners

  • Cory Sea - theory is endless; at any point in time you are in all keys at once; learn them, forget them

  • Blind Lemon Jeffersonpain

  • Keith Jarrett - multiple concurrent tension/release trajectories can maintain focus; solo is good

  • George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff - the mind is all about illusion

  • Meredith Monk - risk all, find all

  • Derek Bailey - scratch the surface, dig to the core

  • Miko O'Connor - dance, and survive to work another day

  • Daniel Asia - expand the vision of coherence and grow

  • Philip Glass - direct is good

  • Carlos Santana - flying is good

  • Eric Clapton - shape changing is a survival tool

  • Frederic Chopin - tempo does not rule motion

  • Cecil Taylor - aerobic stamina

  • Phil Burkbase reality is in the base code

  • Vladimir Horowitzall at once

  • Richard Teitelbauminternal worlds connected by cables

  • Erik Gottesman - the moment

  • Ustad Ali Akbar Khan - time, depth, passion, pace

  • Pandit Narendra (Saju) Mishraexplore all the territory at your fingertips, go deeper