Be free, and live life fully.
'Partita' is a simple piece. Born of a love of surface and structure, of the human voice, of dancing and tired ligaments, of music, and of our basic desire to draw a line from one point to another.
Every day, you have to make three hours of music, just randomly improvising, and that's a great way to weed stuff out.
I guess I'd like people to be able to forget a lot of things and just enjoy the beauty of harmony and melody for a moment.
It was sort of an experiment to try to leave the violin. Can I be a real person without this thing? It was a big part of my identity.
There's a bit of a new guard of contemporary classical musicians in New York, and we play a lot of different kinds of music together. We do pop studio sessions, and we'll also play John Cage and more avant-garde work. We're developing a language of music that comes with a lot of different styles, different kinds of work.
I've done a lot of performance practice, Baroque playing, and some of the joy and the challenge of it is figuring out what the composer intended... You have music of the 17th century - it's all whole notes and half notes. But inside of that, there are so many things that one can do, at least according to what we know about performance practice.