"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."
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