TIM IZO ORINDGREFF - The Black Eyed Peas


I love the MANTRA Tenor saxophone and it has been working out great for me. It is quite inspiring to play. I haven't practiced this much in years. I've been enjoying falling back in love with playing saxophone. This horn has been performing like a luxury car. I love it! I am finally getting the sound I always dreamed of! I honestly didn't think that was possible, but it is!I now unreservedly love both the DURGA and KALI! The DURGA's edge is fantastic and the KALI's bright warmth is equally amazing. Wow! I never thought I'd find one mouthpiece that I'd use forever, now I've found two.


Why did you choose to become a musician?
I chose to become a musician because from a very young age I had a good deal of natural ability.  Things in music came fairly easy to me.  The more I progressed, the more I wanted to learn and digest.  It wasn't until college that I hit a serious musical wall, and realized that I should have been working harder all along on things.  I quit playing for a couple of years and came back to it towards the end of college.

What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
When I feel connected to the music it is a whole body and life experience.  When I feel connected to the music it is as if all the other doors in my life open as well, offering up other connections.  When I fell connected to the music it allows me to focus in on the more important aspects of feeling and moving things forward.  I think this is a large part of why I chose to be a musician as well.  When music is going good for me, life seems to be going good for me.  They have always seemed to walk hand in hand for me, and hence have opened shut doors and been a part of my bigger life decisions.

What is your experience of when you don't feel connected to your music?
When I don't feel connected to the music makes I tend to feel disconnected from my life too.  Music begins to feel like work or a job, and I have never been that found of either.

Where does your inspiration comes from? What does it feel like?
Most recently I have found a new inspiration.  I have a two year old son, Charlie and he has inspired quite a few pieces of music already.  Two weeks ago I recorded him singing to himself in my studio, which is being remodeled. It's basic a big, empty reverb room right now.  I am scoring a stage/ film production of Dracula right now and have been a little stuck on a theme for Dracula.  Charlie sang the most perfect idea, then I started singing with him, and minutes later we had the whole thing mapped out and recorded on my iPhone.  It was awesome.  He opened the door to the theme and within moments we were both connected and wondering why we hadn't thought of that before.