„My idea of a good time is people gathering together to enjoy music; live music, in real time, at the very moment of its creation.
When I began writing new piano music two years ago I wanted to simplify everything in my life, and so began a process of distillation.
Emerging compositions such as Flurry In The Desert, Iris, My Idea Of A Good Time, embrace all the ways the piano has been my belovèd friend. From my childhood alone with my favourite toy - a beat-up D'almaine upright (semitone flat) - through my formative experiences in the bands of Dudu Pukwana and Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, to playing the great concert halls of Europe with Anouar Brahem, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette, the piano has been a lifelong companion.
On a turbulent sea, bypassing the flotsam and jetsam of our age, the audience and the performer in harmonious union take a voyage in search of the miraculous, in the shared pursuit of peace and tranquility.“ Django Bates