Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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Multi-instrumentalist - drums, flute, beatvox, percussion, keyboards, vibes and composer interested in a wide range of musical genres, especially fusion - Miles, Zawinul, Chick C, McLaughlin, H Hancock, Duke, Zappa, Santana, Tony Williams (a major inspiration as a drummer) Mouzon, Cobham, Bobby Colomby as well as Grady Tate, Hal Blaine, Buddy Rich, Bonham, Ginger Baker, Elvin Jones, Acuna, Erskine, Ed Thigpen, Philly Joe and of course the sublime Coltrane, along with luminaries such as the visionary Roland Kirk (my inspiration as a flautist) the exquisitely tasteful Bill Evans and of course the originator - Bird. Not forgetting Rollins, Shepp, Coleman, Saunders, Gabor Szabo, Metheny, Jaco et al as well as Hendrix, Doors, Led Zep, Jam, Who, Floyd, BST, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, classical and choral music.
I lead and run two outfits MYSTERIES OF THE REVOLUTION & THE RED ORCHIDSTRA. The Orch was formed before MOTR and had a big 'hit' with Roy Budd's theme from the Brit '71 gangster movie "Get Carter"
"Get Carter" has now been re-mastered & is being re-released in album form on the 21st September 2010.
I'm also a painter and filmmaker and a great admirer of the late Robert Rauschenberg who was an electrifying influence on painting and whose work still looks as fresh today, as the day it was created.
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Wow, Peter! Well, that was the first thing that came to mind. Yo are amazing. Honored to be your friend here. Ever come to LA? I'm in Cairo now, but going back home to LA Dec. 1st. Maybe I can see and hear you in London on my next tour, next year...
Your words touched me to the core, I am sincerely grateful to you for stopping by and sharing as you have...it means so much to me that you are in support of all that I am trying to acheive here. It is a huge undertaking and I couldn't even conceive of doing without all of you great people worldwide. Your thoughts have hit home. Graciously I thank you.
Peter, it's been an age since your email and so sooorrrryyy for the long delay in responding but I had some technical issues with my computer and couldn't access my page. But hey, better late than never, so now all is good...please send me an update and we can begin again..I'm doing an online radio program for UK Jazz and will be coming to the UK in March. Very exciting and thrilling for me.