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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Good to hear back...I go back and forth between Vermont and New York and I teach two days out of the week in Massachusetts. I go right past Bridgeport, normally via I-91 and I-95. Let me propose I come through when it's convenient for you. We can grab a coffee somewhere...
I was delighted that you contacted me through the the network. We're not far away from one another so one of these days we need to play, break bread, whatever. I just got back from Colorado...one of the dates was a spot at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) was having their conference. I performed three movements from my El Kahira Suite (Saalam Qahira, Bosphorus Blues, and Wellspring). The band included bassist Ken Walker (Pharoah Sanders), drummer Chris Lee (Fred Hersch), and saxophonist Cliff Aerie (Paul Winter). It was beautiful.
I want to wish you a wonderful holiday and fantastic new year. Hoping to meet you one of these days...all the best!