My role on the planet is to bring the power of sound.
Marimba is much more of a wood-type experience and there is no real possibility of getting a dry sound, and getting that contrast in the same way that you can in a vibraphone.
Music is about communication.. It isn't just something that maybe physically sounds good or orally sounds interesting; it's something far, far deeper than that.
There's still a lot I need to do as a player, as a musician, as a sound creator. I have commissioned 170 pieces: that's still not enough, there are still lots and lots of composers I would like to approach. When I see a composer and I see a performer, I think to combine those forces.
Anything you strike, anything you shake or rattle, or just anything that can be picked up, and you can create a sound.
I am really quite fascinated by echo-locating bats and dolphins and have always wondered how sound affects the unconscious brain.
Your mallet or your stick goes through the instrument, the sound goes out and then wherever the sound goes nobody knows, you know.
I often play on the cello-bass side of the orchestra, because I prefer the deep sounds. I can't hear the violins well.