Just over a week ago I returned to "real life" after 3 weeks in Banff, Alberta, Canada as part of the 2015 Jazz and Creative Music program and all I can say is:
The three weeks I spent in Banff were the most intense 3 weeks of my entire musical life, and I loved every moment of it. It was the kind of experience that is hard to explain to people who were not there. Being surrounded by some of the greatest musicians in the world, having a chance to hang and learn from them and get to know them as people, all while being surrounded by one of Mother Natures' works of art : the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Not to mention all the other participants, who were all incredibly talented, creative and open-minded individuals from across the world. It was a transformative experience and I feel very grateful to have been a part of it. I have grown as a person and as an artist as a result of Banff 2015. Thanks to Vijay Iyer for putting it all together and to everyone else who made it what it was : the hang to end all hangs!!!