Q: Your career hasn’t stayed put in any one tradition. How did you decide to branch out from your early training?
A: Miri Ben-Ari: The violin -- although it fits classical music amazingly -- doesn’t necessarily need classical music. It’s just a voice. When I listened to jazz when I was still in Israel, I felt that it was a very unique use of instrumental music, with a different language. I moved to the U.S. to study jazz, knowing that if I learned how to improvise music I’d be able to write my own original music. There are enough violinists in the world who can play the Bach, the Beethoven, the Brahms.