Lotta people don't realize when you grow up with people, you have an affinity, a relationship you don't get with anyone else. After you're twenty years old, anyone you meet after that, it's different from the people you knew before.
People call to keep me abreast of what's going on.
People doing the kind of sound research that I'm interested in still have a difficult time.
I hadn't been practicing or playing or anything. But that had been a vital part of my life.
But back to your question, it was a wonderful experience with the Art Ensemble, and I keep in contact and sort of follow what's going on, but it was also very important to make this step, you may say this leap of faith.
It took me a long time to reach the decision to retire, actually, from the Art Ensemble.
We were doing performance art as far back as 1965, just not calling it that.
Well, by the end of the millennium, five, six months from now, we hope to somehow manage to move into a new location where we have the whole building, so we can devote space to all our activities.
Only here, because of the illusion of intellectualism, our society separates the validity of human expression.
In fact, since no one's been interested in my work, I took the responsibility recently to invest in my own work, so I'm producing a concert that was done at the Vision Festival in May.
I've been informed by both sides, jazz, western music, Asian music, African music, all sides, because I've been interested in the sound of the universe, and that sound is without limit.
So all of the music had reference, or is inspired by something of the dharma that I've come in contact with.
So okay, I accepted, and I realized while working for that concert that I'd been missing something very important and vital to me, and that something was music.
So, immediately after that, I got a commission to write a piece for chamber orchestra, and in working on the material I discovered it was possible to incorporate the Buddhist teachings into the music, so that's what I started to do.
You know, face painting in non-Western cultures is a sign of collectivism, is a sign of one representing the community, it's not unique at all.