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Legendary French Violinist Jean Luc Ponty To Tour The US Summer 2017!

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Legendary French Violinist Jean Luc Ponty To Tour The US Summer 2017!

Los Angeles – Legendary French violinist Jean Luc Ponty and his band will be bringing their “Atlantic Years” tour to the US beginning late May 2017! Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of the violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music.

Says Jean Luc, “We’re calling it ‘The Atlantic Years’ tour since I am touring with my band from the late 70’s – 80’s with whom I recorded several albums for Atlantic Records.”

The Jean Luc Ponty Band features:

Jean Luc Ponty – violin
Wally Minko – keyboards
Jamie Glaser – guitars
Rayford Griffin – drums
Baron Browne – bass

Jean Luc Ponty Band 2017 US tour dates:

May 30 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
May 31 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune
June 01 – Eugene, OR – John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
June 03 – Los Angeles, CA – The Saban Theater Beverly Hills
June 04 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
June 05 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
June 07 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
June 08 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon
June 09 – Scottsdale, AZ – Center For the Arts
June 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Allante Casino
June 14 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
June 16 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
June 17 – Austin, TX – One World Theatre
June 20 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
June 21 – Detroit, MI – Chene Park
June 23 – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino
June 24 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Performing Arts Center
June 25 – NYC – B.B. King

After studying classical violin at the Paris Conservatory, Jean Luc Ponty turned to jazz in the 60’s. Thanks to his revolutionary style he collaborated with some of the best European and American musicians such as Eddy Louiss, Daniel Humair, Niels Henning-Ørsted Pedersen, John Lewis, Lalo Schifrin, and Quincy Jones. He became the first bebop violinist and US jazz magazine “Down Beat” created a violin category for him in its critics’ poll, until then violin was in the ‘miscellaneous instruments’ category. His pioneering work on the electric violin in the 70’s attracted the attention of pop and rock musicians, he recorded with Elton John and participated to several tours and legendary recordings with Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention and John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra. In 1975 he founded his own band and became one of the most prominent figures of the jazz-fusion movement in the USA, selling millions of albums that all reached the top of the US charts. Ponty’s most recent album “The Atacama Experience” is considered as one if his best and to this day Ponty keeps touring with his band around the world.

Ponty also collaborates on occasional projects such as “The Rite of Strings” with Stanley Clarke and Al Di Meola. In 2011 Ponty joined the mythical American group RETURN TO FOREVER IV with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and Frank Gambale for a world tour spanning on 5 continents.

Ponty received the 2007 Jazz Trophy in Germany, the medal of Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in France in 2009, the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Awards in Ireland, and the Grand Prix of the Sochi Arts Festival in 2012 in Russia from the hands of world famous classical violist and orchestra conductor Yuri Bashmet. In 2012 Ponty performed his music with Orchestre Pasdeloup for his 50-year career celebration at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, then again with symphony orchestras in Brazil, Russia and Hungary in 2012 and 2013.

In April 2013 Herbie Hancock invited him to perform in Istanbul at “International Jazz Day” for UNESCO. Ponty also founded a new quartet with his daughter, pianist-singer-composer Clara Ponty which performed in France and Germany in 2014. Ponty also performed with the 89 musicians of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orcherstra for the Siberian Christmas Festival.

In 2014 Ponty recorded an album as an acoustic trio with Stanley Clarke on double bass and Gypsy-French guitarist Bireli Lagrene, which was released on Impulse/Universal in the Fall 2015.

Jean Luc recently formed the Anderson Ponty Band with Jon Anderson, co-founder and lead singer of British progressive rock band YES, a CD and DVD was released in 2015 followed by a North American concert tour.

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The Band:

Baron Browne (bass) was born and raised in Georgia, USA, and gravitated to music at a very early age, learning to play his uncle’s drumset at 7 years old. At age 18, Baron moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. He began working full time with Berklee alum such as Kevin Eubanks, Tiger Okoshi, Mike Stern, Bill Frisell and Dean Brown. In 1983 Jean Luc Ponty called Baron to audition, and hired him immediately. Baron toured with Ponty for 3 years and collaborated to 3 albums. Since then Baron has toured worldwide and recorded with Billy Cobham, Steps Ahead, jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton, and recorded many albums with Walter Beasley. His versatility allowed him to also perform with R&B and Pop artists such as Brian McKnight, Tom Jones and Expose’. Baron also writes and performs regularly with Vital Information.

Jamie Glaser (guitar) is best known as the guitarist for grammy award winning musical acts, Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams, Gloria Trevi, Manhattan Transfer and more. His guitar can be heard on over 170 albums as well as on the biggest sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld and Married With Children. Jamie compositions can be heard weekly on CBS sports, ABC, Animal Planet, History channel, Discovery, and ESPN. His solo albums have been successful worldwide.

Rayford Griffin (drums) has been internationally respected as among the most inventive, volcanic and versatile drummers in music, having amassed stellar credits with virtuosos ranging from Jean Luc Ponty and The Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, to Dave Koz, Anita Baker and Michael Jackson.

Wally Minko (keyboards) is a well respected and highly accomplished member of the LA music scene and has toured and recorded with some of the most well known and successful artists in the world! Some of the artists Wally has worked with include Toni Braxton, Pink, En Vogue, New Edition, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Arturo Sandoval, Gregg Rolie (Santana/Journey), Eddie Money and the Anderson Ponty Band, featuring legendary Yes vocalist, Jon Anderson and world renowned jazz violinist, Jean Luc Ponty.

For more information:
http://www.ponty.com
http://www.facebook.com/jeanlucpontyband

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


AndersonPonty Band Feat. Music Icons Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty To Tour North America Spring 2016

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AndersonPonty Band Feat. Music Icons Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty To Tour North America
Spring 2016

Los Angeles – In support of their critically acclaimed CD/DVD release “Better Late Than Never”, the AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, will be touring North America in Spring 2016! The band played a series of successful US dates in the Fall of 2015 and are excited to bring their music to the fans once again.

AndersonPonty Band tour dates:

Apr 28 – Fox Tucson Theatre – Tucson, AZ TICKETS
Apr 30 – The Canyon Theater – Agoura Hills, CA TICKETS
May 01 – The Grove of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA TICKETS
May 04 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO TICKETS
May 06 – Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX TICKETS
May 07 – One World Theatre – Austin, TX TICKETS
May 10 – Ames Center – Burnsville, MN TICKETS
May 11 – The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL TICKETS
May 13 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO TICKETS
May 14 – Barrymore Theatre – Madison, WI TICKETS
May 17 – Riviera Theatre – N. Tonawanda, NY TICKETS
May 18 – Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY TICKETS
May 20 – Cabot Performing Arts Center – Beverly, MA TICKETS
May 21 – Calvin Theater – Northampton, MA TICKETS
May 23 – The Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT TICKETS
May 25 – The Egg – Hart Theatre – Albany, NY TICKETS
May 26 – St. Denis Theatre – Montreal, Canada TICKETS
May 27 – Palais Montcalm – Quebec, Canada TICKETS

One of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015, the AndersonPonty Band’s “Better Late Than Never” features outstanding performances by the group from September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, as well as some innovative production.

Along with some breathtaking new musical compositions, “Better Late Than Never” also showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “Roundabout” and “Wonderous Stories”. The album also includes some of Jean Luc Ponty’s beloved compositions, with Jon’s lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music and creating a very special and unique sound such as “Infinite Mirage” a new song incorporating Jean Luc’s classic tune “Mirage”.

YES’s original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International violin superstar Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of his instrument in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music legends have formed a musical synergy that is unparalleled!

“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean Luc’s music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is.” – Jon Anderson

“Collaborating with Jon who is such a creative singer/songwriter is unlike any project I have done before. I knew that we had plenty of musical affinities to make it work, but the result is way beyond my expectations. It is also a lot of fun to reunite with these excellent musicians who played with me in the past, they really put their heart in this project and with Jon’s creative input we are not just rehashing the past but giving a new life to the music we started developing decades ago.” – Jean Luc Ponty

The AndersonPonty Band also includes Jamie Glaser on guitars (Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams and Lenny White); Wally Minko on keyboards (Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Gregg Rolie and Barry Manilow); Keith Jones on bass (Airto, Santana, Kenny Loggins and Jean Luc Ponty); and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion (Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson). The band visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy.

Jean Luc Ponty was originally approached by Jon Anderson with the idea of working together as far back as the 1980’s. Now 30 years later the dream has become a reality!

Here’s what the press have raved about AndersonPonty Band’s “Better Late Than Never”:

“Collaboration reinvigorates its two legends.” – PROG magazine, UK

“Simply captivates with its beauty.” – Artrock.pl, Poland

“A perfect confluence of two wonderful talents” – Classic Rock Revisited, USA

“This album is sublime.” – Vintage Vinyl News, USA

“One of the best progressive rock releases of the year.” – Music Street Journal, USA

“One of the best things to happen to prog-rock in decades.” – That Devil Music, USA

“Get ready for pure musical joy.” – Vintage Rock, USA

“This is a brilliant Prog album” – Planet Mosh UK

“The album is a joyous celebration” – Audiophile Review, USA

“AndersonPonty Band strikes sonic gold.” – MWE3, USA

“The music is unparalleled” – Lords Of Metal, Netherlands

To purchase AndersonPonty Band “Better Late Than Never” CD/DVD: http://www.amazon.com/Better-Late-Than-Never-DVD/dp/B0133G1FM4/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1457714243&sr=1-1&keywords=andersonponty+band

Watch the forthcoming AndersonPonty Band special on PBS. Check your local listings for dates and times.

For more information visit the official AndersonPonty Band website: http://www.andersonpontyband.com/

Jon Anderson official website: http://www.jonanderson.com
Jean Luc Ponty official website: http://www.ponty.com

Manager: Miles Copeland
mc@milescopeland.net

Booking agent: APA
O: (212) 205-4328 | C: (310) 895-6144 | F: (212) 245-5062
JLashnits@apanewyork.com| http://www.apa-agency.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com
(interview requests contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR)

APB poster credit: Photo of Jon Anderson (Robin Kauffman), Photo of Jean Luc Ponty (Robert Ford), Design (John Vehadija)


AndersonPonty Band Featuring Music Icons Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty To Release New CD/DVD “Better Late Than Never”

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AndersonPonty Band Featuring Music Icons Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty To Release New CD/DVD “Better Late Than Never”

Los Angeles – One of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015 by the AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, is scheduled to hit the streets early Fall 2015! “Better Late Than Never” is the new album taken from a live performance, and enhanced with innovative production. The package includes a bonus DVD featuring outstanding performances by the band captured in September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.

The AndersonPonty Band has created some breathtaking new musical compositions. “Better Late Than Never” also showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “Roundabout” and “Wonderous Stories”, as well as some of Jean Luc Ponty’s beloved compositions, with Jon’s lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music and creating a very special and unique sound such as “Infinite Mirage” a new song incorporating Jean Luc’s classic tune “Mirage”.

YES’s original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International violin superstar Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of his instrument in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music legends have formed a musical synergy that is unparalleled!

“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean Luc’s music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is.” – Jon Anderson

“Collaborating with Jon who is such a creative singer/songwriter is unlike any project I have done before. I knew that we had plenty of musical affinities to make it work, but the result is way beyond my expectations. It is also a lot of fun to reunite with these excellent musicians who played with me in the past, they really put their heart in this project and with Jon’s creative input we are not just rehashing the past but giving a new life to the music we started developing decades ago.” – Jean Luc Ponty

The AndersonPonty Band also includes Jamie Glaser on guitars – well known guitarist who has worked with Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams and Lenny White; Wally Minko on keyboards – virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Gregg Rolie and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy.

Jean Luc Ponty was originally approached by Jon Anderson with the idea of working together as far back as the 1980’s. Now 30 years later the dream has finally come to fruition! In support of the new release, a world tour is currently in the works. Also, a videography documenting the making of the “Better Late Than Never” album will be released along with videos and performances.

AndersonPonty Band tour dates:

OCTOBER
10/27 – Philadelphia – Keswick Theater
10/29 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie
10/30 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse

NOVEMBER
11/1 – Pittsurgh – Carnegie Theater
11/3 – Chicago – Arcada Theater
11/4 – Milwaukee – Milwaukee PAC
11/6 – Detroit – Detroit Music Hall
11/7 – Toronto – Danforth Music Hall
11/10 – Washington, DC – Howard Theater
11/11 – Long Island – Paramount Theater
11/13 – NYC – Ethical Culture
11/14 – Boston – Berklee Performance Center
11/17 – San Francisco – Regency
11/18 – Sacramento – Crest Theater
11/20 – Los Angeles – Saban Theater
11/21 – Scottsdale – Talking Stick

For more information and forthcoming tour dates visit the official AndersonPonty Band website: http://www.andersonpontyband1.com/
AndersonPonty Band Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/andersonpontyband1?fref=ts

Jon Anderson official website: http://www.jonanderson.com
Jean Luc Ponty official website: http://www.ponty.com

Manager: Jim Lewis, andersonpontyband@gmail.com

Booking agent: APA
O: (212) 205-4328 | C: (310) 895-6144 | F: (212) 245-5062
JLashnits@apanewyork.com| http://www.apa-agency.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com
(interview requests contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR)

Photos: Ioannis (artwork – top), Deborah Anderson (photo of Jon Anderson – top)


Legendary Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson’s “Mysteries Of Music” Special Now On Soundcloud!

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Legendary Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson’s “Mysteries Of Music” Special Now On Soundcloud!

Asheville, NC – Legendary singer/songwriter Jon Anderson’s “Mysteries Of Music” special is now on Soundcloud! In this 40-minute special, Jon talks about his own musical development as well as his appreciation for World Music and the sounds of nature. The soundtrack includes many examples of these topics, as well as the YES masterpiece “Awaken”.

To listen go to: https://soundcloud.com/jon-anderson-online/jon-anderson-mysteries-of-music-special

In other news….

Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty have announced the formation of a new ensemble – The AndersonPonty Band! YES’s original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled! This past September the APB band gave a special live performance at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado. The show was filmed and recorded and is scheduled for release on CD/DVD this coming spring! Tour plans for the AndersonPonty Band are also currently in the works.
Check out the official AndersonPonty Band Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/andersonpontyband1

Says Jon, “I am very excited listening to the live show we did in Aspen, the mix’s and video are coming along great, so you wonderful peeps out there will have something new to listen to this spring time.”

GONZO Multimedia recently released of a new charity single “The Family Circle” by Jon Anderson and former Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley. The money received from the single will go to the following charities: Flutie Foundation – http://www.flutiefoundation.org (Jon Anderson), Sahaja Yoga Meditation – http://www.sahajayoga.org (Matt Malley) and National Autistic Society (Rob Ayling, GONZO Multimedia president).
Listen to a sample of the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hATdN-XMBSQ
To purchase Jon Anderson & Matt Malley’s “Family Circle”: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/famil … d911786898

For more information:
Jon Anderson’s official website: http://www.JonAnderson.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheJonAnderson?ref=br_tf
Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Music Tried and True Interview with Jean-Luc Ponty

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By Ray Shasho
-Interviewed August 8th 2014
An Interview with Jean-Luc Ponty:

Prodigious violinist/composer/ Jean- Luc Ponty and legendary ‘YES’ lead vocalist/ songwriter/ Jon Anderson have united their musical mastery to originate the Anderson Ponty Band, and with the formation of a new musical venture enters a debut album soon to exhibit new music and classics re-imagined. Anderson & Ponty are also excited to include their fans in the experience. Music enthusiasts can pledge to their Kickstarter campaign (already in-progress) entitled the Jon Anderson & Jean-Luc Ponty Project. By contributing you can receive various items related to the project including an invite to the dress rehearsal in Aspen, Colorado where the CD will be recorded, VIP show tickets, and an invitation to the post show band party.
As of August 15th …$67,576 has been pledged, but a total of $95,000 is needed to hit goal with only 8 DAYS to go! (The minimum pledge is only $1.00) The project will only get funded if they hit goal by Sunday August 24th at 1:55 PM EDT. Join the ‘Jon Anderson & Jean-Luc Ponty Project’ and help these incredible legends reach their goal for recording a new album… Contribute and join in on the musical journey HERE

The musical blend of Jon Anderson’s angelic vocalizations of progressive rock virtue and Jean-Luc Ponty’s awe-inspiring instrumentation of jazz-fusion & classical essence… will undeniably be spectacular!

JEAN-LUC PONTY was taught by his classically trained parents who were also music teachers. He learned to read musical notes before he learned the alphabet. Ponty was taught the violin and piano, but at the age of eleven his father asked him to choose only one instrument so he would be proficient with a single instrument instead of mediocre at several.

After graduating from the Conservatoire de Paris, it appeared that Jean-Luc was on the way to a prodigious classical music career and eventually performed with a major symphony orchestra. But Ponty also began to establish a musical appetite for jazz music which led to Jean-Luc recording his debut “bebop” album entitled Jazz Long Playing in 1964.

For the rest of the bio and the interview, please visit the Music Tried and True website!


Hit Channel Interview with Jean-Luc Ponty

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Interview:Jean-Luc Ponty (Anderson Ponty Band,Frank Zappa,Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Δημοσιεύθηκε 4 Αυγούστου 2014

HIT CHANNEL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: August 2014. We had the great honour to talk with a legendary violinist and composer: Jean-Luc Ponty. He has a very successful solo career and has played with Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Elton John, Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola, Return to Forever, Allan Holdsworth and many others. He is currently working with Jon Anderson of YES on the first album of Anderson Ponty Band. Read below the very interesting things he told us:

How did you get in touch with Jon Anderson?
We knew each other from the past. When I was with the band Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin . When we toured in 1974 or ’75 in the U.S we did one show with Yes. The two bands together. And then, maybe 10 years later I was in the offices of Atlantic Records in Los Angeles, coming out of a meeting because that was the record label I was with at the time and Yes was also in Atlantic Records. He was walking in to a meeting, so we cross passed. We were introduced and we talked briefly. I told him that I really admired his singing and creative songwriting and he said that he liked my violin playing and my music too and even suggested at the time that we do a project together at some point. But then, we never met again and you know life goes on and we put in contact again a year ago. A producer of his was talking about me doing a violin solo on his song “Go Ahead”. And when we got in contact, we came up with the idea putting a band together. So, it’s funny that it happens so late. But better late than never.

You are writing music for the debut album of Anderson Ponty Band. Can you give us some info about its sound?
It’s always difficult to describe sounds with words. I would say that there is his musical personality, which means the way he sings, the kind of melodies he always wrote with arrangements that are a lot more up-to-date in terms rhythms and sounds. But we are going to play a very limited number of classics of each other. Because I know the fans are always happy to hear some pieces that they liked in the past and we like to play still today. But some pieces we did –him and me- are still sounding very good today. So, we keep that. The idea is to keep the musical personalities of the original sounds, but the production on it will be more modern.

Why you decided to start a Kickstarter campaign for the recording of the album?
That was really a management’s choice. We have a manager in common, he is who put us together, and he had interest from record companies. No problem. But, I guess he wanted to keep control and use today’s ways of producing an album as opposed to the old way when an artist had no other choice than signing with a record company. He decided to go this way and then Jon and myself said: “It’s ok. Let’s do it. Let’s see how it works”.

For the rest of the interview, please visit the Hit Channel website!


Music Legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty Announce Formation of New Music Ensemble – The Anderson Ponty Band!

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For Immediate Release

Music Legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty Announce Formation of New Music Ensemble –
The Anderson Ponty Band!

Los Angeles, CA – Music legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty announce the formation of a new ensemble – The Anderson Ponty Band! YES’s original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!

“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc’s music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God” – Jon Anderson

The Anderson Ponty Band also includes Jamie Dunlap on guitars – well known as a film and television composer, most notably ‘South Park’; Wally Minko on keyboards – virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band will visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy, while creating new compositions as well.

The Anderson Ponty Band have been writing and arranging old favorites during the past three months. They will be in residence for three weeks in September at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado rehearsing, recording and playing a public performance on Saturday September 20th. An album will be finished in Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in early 2015. Also, a videography documenting the making of the album will be released as well as videos and performances. A world tour beginning in March 2015 is in the planning stages.

The Anderson Ponty Band announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign today July 25th beginning at 2PM Eastern. The campaign will encourage fans and friends to become a stakeholder in the project. Numerous tiers of donations will be rewarded by album downloads, premium CD/DVD packages, VIP ticket access, merchandising, special one of a kind collectibles, special meet and greets with the band and much more.

Kickstarter campaign: http://bit.ly/apband2014

Anderson Ponty Band Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andersonpontyband

Jon Anderson official website: http://www.jonanderson.com
Jean-Luc Ponty official website: http://www.ponty.com

Manager: Jim Lewis, andersonpontyband@gmail.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com
Interview requests contact Billy James / Glass Onyon PR

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