We are all pieces in a giant, fluid puzzle, where the smallest of actions by one puzzle piece profoundly affects each of the others. You matter, your actions matter, your art matters.”

Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock

I grew up idolizing rock guitarist Robin Trower then converted to a jazz lover after hearing the first note of a Jim Hall recording. Not long after that I discovered the composing genius of Wayne Shorter, and then the freedom of Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Fred Frith, and the raw energy of Ravi Shankar, and on it goes. Since then I have been on a quest to blend my influences into my own unique voice on the guitar and in my composing. I tend to live in the place between fully composed and fully improvised music, although I play both of those too, and I try to play just beyond my limitations on the instrument - but they usually win. Playing this type of music with others is like having a meaningful conversation with a friend at the edge of a cliff, and hoping they will grab you when you start to fall off. When I play solo guitar I just hope that I land on my feet when I do fall.

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