My principal instrument is nylon-string guitar; I also play electric guitar; electric bass (5-string fretless and fretted); NS Design bass cello; and a variety of analog instruments such as bowls, rainsticks, slidewhistle, whistle-flutes, oceanharp, etc., through digital signal processors. I began my study of the guitar in Chile and Uruguay, and continued upon my return to the U.S. in the early 1960s, having the extraordinarily good fortune to then study under Sophocles Papas (classical) and Frank Mullen (jazz). Since 1999, I have been participating in improvisational workshops led by David Darling under the auspices of the Music for People organization.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
Andrés Segovia's insight into the essence of music is revealed in the following: ". . . sonority and its infinite shadings are not the result of stubborn will power but spring from the innate excellence of the spirit."
David Darling: "Music is the only source of energy that I have known in my life that gives humans a chance to be instantly transformed into spirit."
"One of the sadnesses I feel about modern civilization is that the birth right to be musical has been taken away from many humans who have suffered from very narrow minded and uninformed teachers of music as well as society in general when there is criticism of any human of failing to sing or groove to some artificial standard.
Alberto Ludwig Urquieta: "El universo es tremendamente creativo, lo que nos obliga a abrirnos a lo desconocido…" (The universe is tremendously creative, which obliges us to open ourselves to the unknown . . .)
LaDonna Smith: "Every human being should have a musical instrument."
[album artist="T. A. Zook"]T. A. Zook Basscello; http://modisti.com/releases/?p=11817[/album]