Some of my earliest memories of making music are writing little piano tunes around the age of 5. I got my first guitar at 9 and when I was 12 began performing in restaurants and art galleries.
In high-school I attended Berklee College of Music summer semesters, eventually returning full time on scholarship, studying guitar privately with Jon Finn and composition with John Bavicchi.
I traveled for quite a few years after leaving Berklee, studying composition with Klaas de Vries at the MusikHochschule in Rotterdam, Netherlands, languages and literature at McGill University in Montreal, meditation and Buddhist studies at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, and Comparative Religion at Phillips University in Marburg, Germany.
As a composer I'm very inspired by the brief, vivid memories that can arise during meditation practice. They seem like these immaculate little realities, self-contained in the blink of an eye. When I'm lucky, they find their way into sound and a piece is born.
My guitar instructional videos can be streamed at:
My music is available at:
http://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/patrick-walters/id434138409 (April 2011 album)