Serge: When I listened to your album "Essence of Life"
I noticed an interesting quality in your music. It is calm and
clear. There is no inner aggression in your music. It is very
interesting to listen to your music attentively and at the same
time your music can be a perfect background. How could you define
your music by yourself? What does your music mean for you?
Robert Sequoia: I describe my music as "21st Century
Renaissance" because I feel that the time has come for a
new awakening in the world towards a more humanitarian era of
compassion, respect for each other and all creation, and more
positive creativity instead of the violence and destruction fed
to us by the media. This album, "Essence Of Life," is
a collection of peaceful compositions meant for healing, relaxing
and inspiration. The CD that I am currently working on, "Full
Moon," is a more energetic album, reflecting some of the
passionate sides of my soul. For me, music is a means of communication.
I feel that instrumental music can be one of the purest forms
of communication, because there are no language barriers. Music
is the highest language. Even plants and animals can feel it.
There are no boundaries
Serge: I don't know if you would like this comparison,
but your music reminded me of the music of William Ackerman and,
in general, of the "golden days" of Windham Hill Records.
There is an inner silence between your chords and your guitar is very delicate and intelligent.
Who has influenced your music? What musicians were a kind of "guiding
lines" for you?
Robert Sequoia: Wow! You hit it right on the nose. I loved
the "Golden Days," as you called it, of Windham Hill
Records. I must admit that I've lost interest in what they've
been doing over the years, but way back when, in the early 1980s,
I listened for hours on end to William Ackerman, George Winston,
Michael Hedges, Liz Story, Shadowfax, just to name a few of the
Serge: From your interview with Jenna Robbert I know that
your surname came to you in Sangre de Christo Mountains,
when your inner voice told you this word. Also I know that you
are actively supporting the preservation of virgin forests on
our planet. You have even donated a portion of royalties for your
album to Forest Guardian and Greenpeace. Could you tell us about
it more in detail? How did you come to this idea? Why are you
doing this? Why is this so important for you?
Robert Sequoia: I took the name Sequoia about 5 years ago.
The sequoia trees are among the largest and oldest trees on the
Earth. Some of them date back to the time when Jesus walked the
Earth 2000 years ago. I feel these trees should be saved from
the continuous destruction that goes on as you read this, of
the forests on our precious planet. These forests can never be
replaced. Not for thousands of years. I don't think it's fair,
that a few men benefit monetarily from raping the Earth, while
billions of others and their children, and their children's children,
etc. lose out.
The ancient forests contain an energy that can cure the most depressed
and lost souls, a magical essence that has to be felt and experienced.
It cannot be adequately described in words. I know this, because
I was one of those depressed souls. The trees saved my life and
now I want to help by saving theirs. Please check out: www.lunatree.org
on the net.
Serge: I think new age music destroys all barriers
between people. This music brings people aesthetics of the better,
more beautiful and holy world. This is the all-humanity music,
music of our Global House which name is the Earth. What is important
for you to express in your music? In general, how could you define
the new age music? What is the new age music in your view?
Robert Sequoia: New Age music is really an old age music.
I mean that nothing new is being said, really. These same things
have been expressed by teachers, prophets, artists and poets for
thousands of years. Hopefully now, we will listen a little closer
to what they said because it's quite obvious that the way we've
been running things, the show has got to change.
Serge: What inspires you to create the concepts expressed
in your music? What helps you to make them so clear? And what
would you like to tell people about your music?
Robert Sequoia: Each piece of music is inspired differently
from the next. Some are inspired by a beautiful sights such as
clouds or the forest, and others are generated at a more personal
Perhaps a personal relationship, for example. In some, I basically
just like the sounds that are coming out of my guitar, and I sculpt
them into a song. And then I feel like others are composed entirely
by my guitar and I just happen to be sitting there with my hands
Each one is different. I call them "musical paintings"
because I feel each is a different portrait or landscape expressed
in sound. If my music moves a person's emotions in some way, or
takes them on an inner journey to another place away from their
day to day worries and stress, then I feel that I have done my
job well. I try to accomplish this by putting my mind, body and
soul into the music as I perform it and I travel to that magic
Serge: I was greatly surprised to know, that you learned
to play guitar only in high school. Still, when I am listening
to your exquisite and rich performing, one question comes to me
again and again. It sounds like "how many lives are you carrying
this guitar with you"?
Robert Sequoia: That's a tough question to answer. Yes,
it is true. I started learning to play when I was 15 or 16, also
most professionals start when they are little kids. I was quite
bad and could barely play, to tell you the truth. There was no
natural ability. I did however always hear music in my dreams
while growing up, so some part of me spoke the language, I just
needed to learn how to use the tool to express it. My ancestors
from my mother's side were gypsy musicians in Romania way back
when. So that may account for some of my gifts. As far as past
lives I couldn't tell you for sure. I do believe in past lives
though. If nothing else it's more fun to believe than not to do
it. I don't think I've been around since the last renaissance
though. I might have had played a little back then. A lot of the
world and its ways are completely foreign to me in this day and
Serge: What's new of your music could I listen to, as an
amateur of guitar music? What are you working on at present?
Robert Sequoia: As I mentioned earlier, I am finishing
up a new CD. Two actually. One has a lot of new material, with
some older songs that longtime fans have heard, but to most people
are new. One of the CDs features more upbeat style compositions,
some with a more ethnic, quazi middle-eastern flair and others,
well, you tell me when it comes out. Hopefully it will within
the next few months. I've been traveling, so it has been put on
Serge: I know that you have a gypsy "roots".
What are you from?
Robert Sequoia: I think I answered that one a little bit
in question No.6, but basically my physical body in this life
comes from a family with Russian, Polish, Romanian and Dutch roots
with a little bit of Brooklyn thrown in. I grew up in a Bear Mountain
region of New York state, in the U.S.A. As far as where does my
soul come from? That's probably a more important question and
one I'll leave as a mystery to you, because that's what it is
for me. But I will say that I have deep rooted spiritual connections
with the words spoken by Chief Seatle, which are printed on the
inside of my "Essence Of Life" CD sleeve. I also feel
very connected to the humanist philosophy of the Renaissance,
so I know I was around then. And beyond that, I think that part
of my soul is from a planet orbiting the third star on the right
in the constellation of Orion.
Serge: Where are you living now? Do you like the place,
where you live?
Robert Sequoia: For the past 13 years I've lived in Santa
Fe, New Mexico in the U.S.A. I love that place very much. It is
truly a magical vortex. Right now I'm playing with the idea of
living somewhere else just for the sake of change.
Serge: Do you like traveling? What countries do you like
to visit most of all?
Robert Sequoia: I always like to see new places, but I
haven't traveled enough to have a favorite country other than
my own, which I have to admit even with all its problems is still
I'm a lover of nature and the U.S. still has some of the most
spectacular I've seen yet. But again I haven't traveled too much
and when I have it is mostly been to cities, unfortunately.
Serge: Are you practicing any spiritual exercises (techniques)?
Do you belong to a particular religion?
Robert Sequoia: Currently the only practice I'm doing is
practicing staying positive in a negative world. As far as religions,
I belong to all of them and none of them at the same time.
Serge: What is your spiritual search?
Robert Sequoia: It is not much a search as it is a quest.
I ask continually that I can help to create a joyous life for
all and that I live in a mentally, physically and spiritually
balanced and healthy way.
Serge: What long-term goals do you have in your life?
Robert Sequoia: I have so many, it seems. I'm an avid day-dreamer.
Musically I'd like to continue with the instrumental endeavors,
but also I have many pop songs that I would like to record and
release in some way. My latest big project is creating a cartoon
and educational program for kids.
Serge: What are your interests in life?
Robert Sequoia: Other interests of mine are just to attempt
to be a normal guy. You know, have a family, mow the lawn and
all of that.
Serge: Maybe, you would like to tell our readers something
else? What else is important for you to tell us?
Robert Sequoia: I really feel that it is important for
all of the caring, sensitive people, reading this magazine to
know that it's all going to work out great. That is the most important
thing. It's all going to work out great. In this time of negativity
being force fed into our consciousness by the so-called newspapers,
television and Hollywood action hero films, to really hold a clear
belief, that everything is going to be just great. That is the
most important thing to do. It's not easy at times, and in many
ways not logical and practical, but do it anyway. You have to.
Our thoughts create our world. I didn't make this one up. It's
been said in many different ways throughout time. So, join the
club and think positive in the face of the negative, and when
things really get you down? try to have a good laugh.
Serge: What would you like to wish to the readers of our
Robert Sequoia: I wish everyone peace. Peace is not boring.
Peace is not becoming a monk. Peace is happiness and love. Peace
is running through a meadow naked. Peace is swimming in warm,
clean seas. Peace is falling in love and not falling out. Peace
is knowing that people, everywhere, in spite of what they look
like or where they are from, are all the same. Peace is knowing
that even the cruelest, most vicious people are really only extremely
injured babies. Peace starts with you. I wish you peace.