I'm in Santiago de Chile right now and a friend told me the news. I refused to believe it. Surely my friend had made a mistake Roland is a lot younger than I and so full of life .... must be somebody else.
However, this morning I finally had access to a computer and was stunned to realized that Roland is truly gone!
I was lucky enough to not only hear him play many times in USA and in Europe, but also share many a meal with him. He was always so inventive, playful and funny. One day I was wearing a Mozart T-shirt that I had purchased in Vienna, Austria. It had some music printed on it. He grabbed his guitar and tried to play what was written on it! We all then quickly realized that it was all wrong and it didn't make any sense. So he decided to improvise following those impossible notes. What a hoot! We had a great time hearing his creation based on a hopelessly wrong score on a T-Shirt.
That's the kind of genius Roland was.
We will surely miss him