“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.” E.M. Forster
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; music, writing, photography, and film. 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 isn’t so much a music as it is a process. 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 an individual voice and a personal style that makes them different from other players. A creative jazz musician wants to create his/her own unique flavor. This is what any creative artist should do.
Magic is a big part of my life as well. Magic, like jazz, is a broad term that’s open to a wide variety of interpretations. For some, it’s card tricks and sleight of hand. For others, it’s the invocation of entities. For me, it’s somewhere in between. Magic is the use of will, to manipulate energy, in order to cause change. It actually sounds more scientific and supernatural. And yet, the results can be supernatural indeed. Because magic is all about transformation. My will is my wand and when I use it correctly, supernatural events can and do take place. All art is transformational, so when I’m dabbling in some art form, I’m actually doing magic. Or rather what I call “MikoMagic”. And that’s why I describe myself as 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.”