"Composer Salvatore Martirano
invited me to join his composition class and Jerry (Lejaren) Hiller let
me attend his lectures on Electronic music and work in the Studio. John
Garvey recruited me to perform with the University Jazz Band. . . .I began
listening to the music of Gil Evans, Miles Davis, and Bill Evans. I immediately
got hired for jazz gigs and these jobs introduced me directly to the problems
and principles of jazz improvisation. I met Elliot Carter at one of Sal
Martiranos famous Roundhouse partys. Later I attended
his festival lecture and saw him for a private lesson. My piece
Occasion for Four Winds was performed on a concert Sal had arranged.
First public performance of a work by me."