Improvisations from the Other Side--Musical Performance
Diane Willis & John Fish
In Spring 1995, Diane Willis traveled through a black tunnel, saw a white light and her life was changed forever. Since then, she has been guided "from one amazing experience to another", as she set about accomplishing the mission she was given: to help others lose their fear of death. In May, 1998, Diane was guided to start the Chicago chapter of IANDS. She also spends time working in hospice, consulting with people who have death-related issues, and teaching flute. Being a Gemini, she has to have two paths going and after a trip to Egypt (on three days notice) in 1995, she was led to start improvising music, a skill she did not have before she went to the other side. She has performed on her Native American flutes with some of the world's greatest spiritual teachers, including Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, Ron Roth, Sonia Choquette, Paul Winter and others. She facilitates the Chicago Native Flutes Circle, a monthly meeting which explores many aspects of the Native American flute and flute-playing. Her first CD, Improvisations From the Other Side: Healing Music for Meditation and Relaxation, was released in August 2003. She is currently on IANDS' board of directors.
John Fish has always been passionate about making music with other musicians and singers. Highlights of his career include being Music Director of the University Theater Summer Repertory at the University of Illinois and accompanying Tony-nominated actor, John Herrera. John and Diane first collaborated when their mutual friend, Ginnie Hartzer, invited them to play for her son's wedding in September, 2000. Discovering a shared interest in improvisation, the two got together one evening in a studio and, with no preparation or plan, simply started playing. Diane and John were amazed by how this music evolved and they knew that there was a greater guidance at work here. Timing was obviously important because although they had the music ready, the energy surrounding the CD didn't intensify until Summer of 2003, when everything suddenly fell into place to create this offering.