As you begin to realize that every different type of music, everybody's individual music, has its own rhythm, life, language and heritage, you realize how life changes, and you learn how to be more open and adaptive to what is around us.
But an innovation, to grow organically from within, has to be based on an intact tradition, so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals, and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music.
When your heart and your mind are engaged, you cannot go wrong.
The worst thing you can do is say to yourself, "I want to be just like somebody else." You have to absorb knowledge from someone else, but ultimately you have to find your own voice.
Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks.
I have yet to find something that beats the power of being in love, or the power of music at its most magical.
Each day I move toward that which I do not understand. The result is a continuous accidental learning which constantly shapes my life.
Culture opens our hearts to one another. And the currency in culture is not money, but trust.
Perfection is not very communicative
Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children's education.
Bach takes you to a very quiet place within yourself, to the inner core, a place where you are calm and at peace.
In performance, we have a greater purpose. The greater purpose is that we're communing together, and we want this moment to be really special for all of us. Because otherwise, why bother to have come at all? It's not about proving anything. It's about sharing something.
Sharing is a much better way to communicate than proving.
You must have a reason to be in the places to which you go, and you must do only things that you really care about.
I think one of the great things about being a musician is that you never stop learning.
When we enlarge our view of the world, we deepen our understanding of our own lives.
Good things happen when you meet strangers.
When we have a good balance between thinking and feeling... our actions and lives are always the richer for it.
The role of the musician is to go from concept to full execution. Put another way, it's to go from understanding the content of something to really learning how to communicate it and make sure it's well-received and lives in somebody else.
A Senegalese poet said 'In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.' We must learn about other cultures in order to understand, in order to love, and in order to preserve our common world heritage.
When people ask me how they should approach performance, I always tell them the professional musician should aspire to the state of the beginner.
One is that you have to take time, lots of time, to let an idea grow from within. The second is that when you sign on to something, there will be issues of trust, deep trust, the way the members of a string quartet have to trust one another.
Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there's got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you're at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together.
I love grocery shopping when I'm home. That's what makes me feel totally normal. I love both the idea of home as in being with my family and friends, and also the idea of exploration. I think those two are probably my great interests.
Music is powered by ideas. If you don't have clarity of ideas, you're just communicating sheer sound.
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