When German physicist Werner Heisenberg formulated the uncertainty principle in 1927, he enunciated one of the most fundamental statements of quantum physics.
This states that it is not possible to precisely determine both the place and the momentum of a quantum particle at the same point in time.
This “uncertainty” phenomenon is closely related, as I see it, to the processes that I encounter in my work as composer and improviser. All I can do is use musical resources such as playing technique and theory of harmony to create optimum circumstances in which to write or to play an inspired piece of music.
And yet the essential component, the spark of fire that we call Inspiration, is something I cannot impose, nor can I exactly foresee it.
It is this spark that enables me and every other artist to create authentic art. We pursue it all our lives, try to understand it and reduce it to a formula - and yet we will never succeed in totally penetrating it in its inner nature.