"Sometimes I think of improvisational music especially that quintessential American form called Jazz as the music most like a women's circle that is 'cooking,' flowing, making music together. Each woman a separate instrument, playing separately together sometimes wailing, sometimes reaching highs, sometimes melodic, always in the moment. Each is making variations on a theme or taking tangential flights of self-expression that become part of the range or depth of the composition. There becomes an awareness of the whole, and of being an equal, contributing to the music.

"To pay attention in a circle as in improvising music is to know when to come in and solo, and when to provide backup with a listening heart. Playing together as equals takes practice and presence."