The ability to express one’s inner soul and communicate on a completely different level through the power of music is unparalleled in any other form of human communication, and having the ability and determination to achieve this is immensely rewarding.
Composition, for me, involves the combination of musical materials through analysis, intuition and chance – a subtle mixture of freedom and constraint.
I’m not a structured composer, and I never had any proper schooling in it. Instead I see it as an extension of my playing and a tool for developing my playing.
Improvisation gives musicians an innate understanding of why composers make certain choices, develop a subconscious sense of style, cultivate discerned tastes in melodic lines, and form a complex vocabulary of harmony and resolution.
In my own experience I realized that being an artist was not a choice; it was who I was and who I am.
To communicate a story and feelings with music and someone being able to receive it and feel it all. It’s such a powerful thing.