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“In the creative state a man is taken out of himself. He lets down as it were a bucket into his subconscious, and draws up something which is normally beyond his reach. He mixes this thing with his normal experiences and out of the mixture he makes a work of art.”
That’s one of my favorite quotes. It describes the creative process perfectly, at least for me. My name is Miko Montgomery. I dabble in a variety of art forms; writing, music, photography, and film. I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, known by the black locals as “Naptown”. I come from a family of accomplished jazz musicians and I was profoundly influenced by them. I’m the nephew of Buddy, Monk, and Wes Montgomery, three men who made a huge impact in the world of jazz.
Jazz informs everything I do. To me, jazz is more than a music. Jazz is a mentality. Jazz musicians strive to develop their abilities to the highest level. But they also do something else; they strive to develop a individual voice and a personal style that makes them different from others. A creative jazz musician wants to create his/her own unique flavor. This is what any creative artist should do. It’s what I try to do when I’m dabbling.
Magic is a big part of my life too. Magic, like jazz, is a broad term that’s open to a variety of interpretations. For some it’s card tricks, for others, it’s the invocation of entities. For me, it’s somewhere in between. I define magic as the use of will, to manipulate energy, in order to cause change. It sounds more scientific than supernatural. And yet, the results can be quite supernatural indeed. Because magic is all about transformation. My will is my wand, and when I apply it correctly, supernatural events take place. All art is transformational, so when I’m dabbling in an art form, I’m doing magic.
Now you know why I consider myself a jazz magician.
The site is a work in progress, just like me. So come back and see me sometime. I’ll always be up to something new.
“Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.”