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You never find virtuosity for its own sake.
– Daniel Hope
I feel warm toward my Irish side, but I don’t know the country or the people. Hearing a traditional Irish fiddle, I feel very connected to Ireland, but that’s a nostalgia many people feel who aren’t Irish at all.
I feel no bond with South Africa, which is curious, since South Africa is where I was born.
When I was in my teens, Yehudi Menuhin, who was at work on his project ‘The Music of Man,’ introduced me to the great astronomer Carl Sagan. It was Sagan who first opened my eyes to the magnitude of the universe, and essentially to the notion of ‘music of the spheres.’
At the age of eight, I bought my first telescope and would spend hours gazing at the moon and stars. I remember thinking what it must have been like when man first realized that we were only a very small part of the overall picture.
There are so many wonderful, wonderful musicians in the world, I cannot possibly make a distinction between the fact that they might play classical music, or bluegrass, or Irish traditional, or Indian music.
My goal is always to keep my ears as wide open as possible.
Intense study with Indian musicians such as Gaurav Majumdar and Zakir Hussain has inspired me to rethink my view of instrumental sound.
When I was a boy, the only thing which captivated me as much as music was the night sky.