For me, John Taylor epitomised this concept of holonomy, where every ounce of his musical language somehow expressed part of a great whole that he had seemingly infinite access to. His approach to music was all encompassing, and he was always the most encouraging and warm person and teacher.
I studied under John at the University of York, and playing music with him there remains one of the single most inspiring and educational experiences of my life. He emanated knowledge and beauty, and communicated this through the music, whatever the situation. The way he played reinforced the point that music is an abstract form of communication, and this was what made him so magical and wise. He was able to communicate in the most beautiful way with everyone that came into contact with him, whether performer or listener.