I don't like to box myself in when I'm composing.
You have to know composition to be a good improviser.
I just consider myself a student, trying to learn more about it.
I remember times when the whole music scene was just flourishing.
I always try to think of a vocabulary to match different musical situations.
If you listen to nature, all the sounds are done in a confident way. I'm trying to do that.
I like to hear melodies that go from one extreme to the next- saxophone to a bell to a whistle, for instance.
I'm approaching a period in my life though where I'd like to be totally absorbed into music, doing concerts, writing something. Basically, that IS what I am doing.
I've always been interested in shaping music in odd ways, with odd riffs and that's been probably something that I've continued on with my studies with improvisation as I'm working with people.
I felt that I had been influenced by being in the city enough and I wanted to go off by myself to see what was going on. I remember going out there and looking in the mirror and thinking I wasn't anything.