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Anderson / Stolt – ‘Invention of Knowledge’ submitted for Grammy consideration

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Anderson / Stolt – ‘Invention of Knowledge’
submitted for Grammy consideration

The much heralded partnership of Anderson/Stolt, featuring Prog Icon Jon Anderson (Yes) and Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) resulted in the release of the critically acclaimed album ‘Invention of Knowledge’ earlier this year. The album marked the return of Jon Anderson to the sound he created with the legendary group Yes.

InsideOut is pleased to announce that the album has also been submitted for consideration in the following categories for the 59th Grammy Awards. Nominations will be announced Dec 6th.

Album of the Year

Best Rock Album

Best Recording Package

Catch up on the album’s singles “Knowing” and “Know” here:

 

ANDERSON / STOLT online:
facebook.com/AndersonStolt/
twitter.com/Anderson_Stolt

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http://www.insideoutmusic.com
http://www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
http://www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
http://www.twitter.com/InsideOutUSA
http://www.insideoutmusicshop.com/

INSIDEOUTMUSIC Spotify Playlist:
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Jon Anderson press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR,
Ph: 828-350-8158,
glassonyonpr@gmail.com


YES Legend Jon Anderson’s “Tour Of The Universe” Audio Soundtrack Now Available Digitally!

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YES Legend Jon Anderson’s “Tour Of The Universe” Audio Soundtrack Now Available Digitally!

Asheville, NC – Featuring the unique song writing and vocal talent of legendary YES singer/songwriter, Jon Anderson, his 2005 debut solo concept DVD “Tour Of The Universe” is a musical passage through life, time and the world beyond, featuring many new songs as well as classic hits from his work with YES and his collaborations with Vangelis. Recorded live at XM Radio Studios, Jon’s inimitable performance has been crafted with dramatic animation and innovative visuals to create this pioneering concept DVD. Now for the very first time, much to the excitement of Jon’s fans worldwide, the audio soundtrack to “Tour Of The Universe” is available digitally!

“Not many people know how this concert was created…FYI, I controlled all the music/ sound effects/backing vocals through my midi guitar, using a Roland GR 30…4 small Yamaha rack mounts..with all the musical sounds and effects needed …I controlled it all with five foot pedals fading in the sounds for each song…which was a very crazy musical ‘dance’ as I did the show…plus some harp ideas…with birds helping….it still sounds wild and magical to me….have fun listening…love and ‘light’ – Jon”

Tracks include:

Harmony
Father Sky
Standing Still
Bring On The Day
You Lift Me Up
Long Distance Runaround
State Of Independence
Set Sail
Who Could Imagine
The Revealing Science Of God (Dance Of The Dawn)
First Song
Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)
O’er
Show Me
White Buffalo
And You And I
Change We Must
Harping
Your Move
Yours Is No Disgrace
This Is

To purchase Jon Anderson’s “Tour Of The Universe”: https://www.amazon.com/Tour-Universe-Jon-Anderson/dp/B01IIIGY50/

Jon Anderson was recently presented with the Prog God award at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, in association with currencies.co.uk, which was held at London’s Underglobe on September 1, 2016! This very special honor is awarded to musical innovators within the world of progressive rock music and sees Anderson joining such music luminaries as Rick Wakeman, Ian Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks, in collecting the prestigious award.

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. Jon recently joined musical forces with jazz violin legend Jean Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band. The duo released their critically acclaimed CD/DVD titled “Better Late Than Never” in 2015 and have completed two successful tours of North America. Jon’s new album with Swedish guitarist Roine Stolt titled “Invention of Knowledge” was released to overwhelming critical acclaim on InsideOut Records in 2016.

Jon recently formed a new band with former YES members Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman called ARW. The new group will be commencing a worldwide tour in October 2016.

Catch Jon Anderson on tour with ARW this Fall 2016!
ARW official website: http://www.arw-tour.com/
ARW FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ARWBand/

Watch the new Anderson/Stolt video “The Knowing”: https://youtu.be/scVF-gF3pIM

For more information:
Jon Anderson official website: http://www.jonanderson.com
AndersonPonty Band official website: http://www.andersonpontyband.com/
Jon Anderson & Roine Stolt FB page: https://www.facebook.com/AndersonStolt/

Jon Anderson press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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(photo by Deborah Anderson)


YES Legend Jon Anderson To Receive Prog God Award From Progressive Music Awards!

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YES Legend Jon Anderson To Receive Prog God Award From Progressive Music Awards!

London, UK – Music legend Jon Anderson will be presented with the Prog God award at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, in association with currencies.co.uk, which will be held at London’s Underglobe on September 1, 2016! This very special honor is awarded to musical innovators within the world of progressive rock music and sees Anderson joining such music luminaries as Rick Wakeman, Ian Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks, in collecting the prestigious award.

Says Jon “After all these years, it’s just wonderful to be getting this very special award. Music has guided me along to this point in my life and I’m forever excited about the new and progressive musical adventures I am given by the gods of music. Making music is like breathing to me, and I am blessed to be able to create music every day. A very grateful and humble thank you.”

Read about the Prog God award here:
http://teamrock.com/news/2016-07-15/jon-anderson-is-the-2016-prog-god

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. Jon recently joined musical forces with jazz violin legend Jean Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band. The duo released their critically acclaimed CD/DVD titled “Better Late Than Never” in 2015 and have completed two successful tours of North America. Jon’s new album with Swedish guitarist Roine Stolt titled “Invention of Knowledge” was released on InsideOut Records on July 8, 2016 and it’s getting amazing rave reviews worldwide! His latest venture is reuniting with YES alumni Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman – ARW.

Catch Jon Anderson on tour with ARW this Fall 2016!
ARW official website: http://www.arw-tour.com/
ARW FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ARWBand/

For more information:
Jon Anderson official website: http://www.jonanderson.com
AndersonPonty Band official website: http://www.andersonpontyband.com/
Jon Anderson & Roine Stolt FB page: https://www.facebook.com/AndersonStolt/

Jon Anderson press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), 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)


Jon Anderson & Matt Malley’s Single “Family Circle” Entered For Consideration For Grammy Nomination!

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Jon Anderson & Matt Malley’s Single “Family Circle” Entered For Consideration For Grammy Nomination!

Los Angeles – Legendary YES singer/songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley’s recent critically acclaimed single for charity, “Family Circle”, has been entered for consideration for a Grammy nomination! The money received from the single has gone 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 – http://www.autism.org.uk (Rob Ayling, GONZO Multimedia president)

“ ‘Family Circle’ came together when Matt sent me the beautiful music earlier this year. I sang the song and lyric idea and sent it back to Matt, thanking him for the great energy. Eventually, Matt added some more sounds and the haunting guitar solo. We decided to have all sale proceeds go to our respective charities. It’s a pleasure to release this around Thanksgiving time, reminding us of our connection with our families and how our children keep us together, bonding our love of life.” – Jon Anderson

“Not only am I a fan of Jon’s voice but I’m a fan of his fearless spiritual outlook which appears in all of his music. A mutual friend said we should meet and got us in touch and after talking a little,Jon said, ‘So send some music!’ – so I had a cup of my best Darjeeling tea, went into my studio and came up with the instrumental arrangement that you hear on ‘Family Circle’. I sent the file up to Jon and it came back with his marvelous voice, lyrics…everything that brought the song to becoming fully realized.” – Matt Malley

Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the original lead vocalist and creative force behind YES. Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the ground-breaking album ‘Fragile’ as well as the series of epic, complex pieces such as “Awaken”, “Gates of Delirium” and especially “Close to the Edge” which were central to the band’s success. Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group’s biggest hits, including “I’ve Seen All Good People”, “Roundabout”, and “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. In addition, Jon Anderson had great success with a series of albums he did with Vangelis, and most recently released the critically-acclaimed solo album entitled “Survival and Other Stories” (GONZO Multimedia). In the fall of 2014 Jon Anderson teamed up with jazz violin legend Jean-Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band. The ensemble is currently on tour promoting the newly released CD/DVD titled “Better Late Than Never”.

Matt Malley is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter who is best known for co-founding the multi-platinum selling rock band Counting Crows back in the early 90’s. He appears as bassist on their biggest hit records and songs. In 2004 Matt retired from the band so he could work from his studio at home and be with his family. He is a student of the Indian Slide Guitar and a fan of Progressive Rock, Celtic Folk, World and Indian Music.

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/family-circle-single/id911786898

Jon Anderson’s official website: http://www.JonAnderson.com

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


Music Legend Jon Anderson Visits LA Radio Shows To Promote New AndersonPonty Band “Better Late Than Never” Album Release

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Music Legend Jon Anderson Visits LA Radio Shows To Promote New AndersonPonty Band “Better Late Than Never” Album Release

Los Angeles – Legendary YES singer/songwriter Jon Anderson recently visited several radio shows in Los Angeles to promote the new release of the AndersonPonty Band “Better Late Than Never” CD and DVD. Starting with the longest running Beatles radio show “Breakfast With The Beatles”, hosted by Chris Carter, Jon gave the listening audience a rare treat by performing an unreleased song titled “Tony & Me” live on air. http://www.955klos.com/breakfast-with-the-beatles/

Jon also appeared on KSWD-FM 100.3 The Sound’s popular morning show Mark in The Morning with Mark Thompson (live), and nationally syndicated program Uncle Joe’s Garage will Joe Benson (air date to be announced). Jon was also interviewed on the show “Off The Record”, which will air the weekend of October 24/25th. It will also air on KSWD-FM 100.3 The Sound & stream live at http://www.thesoundla.com on Sunday 10/25 at 8pm PST. Jon ended his visit at The Sound with an interview on the show “My Turn” (air date to be announced)

After which, Jon appeared on KLOS-FM’s national radio show The Side Show Classic with Nikki Sixx which aired on October 3 and 4. He played music from the AndersonPonty Band’s “Better Late Than Never,” as well as his favorite songs from the YES catalogue. Jon also share stories from his legendary music career, including his experience seeing the Beatles perform in 1963, hanging out with Jimi Hendrix, and his favorite Neil Young concert. Visit http://www.SixxSense.com for additional information, or to find a local radio station and listen online. Fans can also tune into the Sixx Sense channel on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one streaming music and live radio service.

To conclude the radio promo tour Jon appeared on the Jim Ladd show on SiriusXM, where he played tracks from the new AndersonPonty Band CD as well as discussed his fascinating and incredible history in music! http://www.siriusxm.com/deeptracks

The AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, new CD/DVD titled “Better Late Than Never” hit the streets on September 25th! It features outstanding performances by the band from September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, as well as some innovative production.

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.

The AndersonPonty Band’s “Better Late Than Never” has been receiving rave reviews worldwide!

“Jean-Luc Ponty’s expressive violin lines play counterpoint to Jon Anderson’s colorful vocals, giving added dimension.” – Fabrications HQ, Scotland

“After all these years, Jon Anderson is still out there on a quest to create new music and move ever forward in new directions…Give it a listen – Anderson and Ponty are moving forward, not looking back!” – The Afterword, UK

“..Anderson Ponty with a different kind of musical spice are the real winners here.” – Midwest Record, USA

“Much-anticipated collaboration reinvigorates its two legends…The optimistic (Anderson) voice and Ponty’s elegantly emotional violin is a fusion made just south of heaven…This album is made with love, which shines through.” – PROG magazine, UK

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

“The Yes compositions are given a fusion treatment, and elevates the songs.” – Progarchives, USA

“It is a perfect confluence of two wonderful talents, that is both risky and highly rewarding…Prog fans, spread the word about Better Late Than Never. brings together the golden age of progressive music and the modern era. This album belongs in your library.” – Classic Rock Revisited, USA

“That I found this project to be a wonderful way of introducing themselves as a group. The older music presented a foundation on which to build a new structure. Enough new material added to make it feel like a new experience. One that you’ll want to repeat again and again.” – Classic Rock Radio EU, USA/UK

“…an album that rewards with close listening and one that gets better the more you invest into it.” – Vintage Rock, USA

“This is definitely one that will make my best of 2015 list. It’s one of the best progressive rock releases of the year.” – Music Street Journal, USA

AndersonPonty Band tour dates:

OCTOBER
10/23 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
10/27 – Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theater
10/29 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
10/30 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse

NOVEMBER
11/1 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Theater
11/3 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
11/4 – Milwaukee, WI – South Milwaukee PAC
11/6 – Detroit, MI – Detroit Music Hall
11/7 – Toronto – Danforth Music Hall
11/10 – Washington, DC – Howard Theater
11/11 – Long Island, NY – Paramount Theater
11/13 – NYC – Ethical Culture
11/14 – Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
11/17 – San Francisco, CA – Regency
11/18 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theater
11/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Saban Theater
11/21 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick

For more information and forthcoming tour dates visit the official AndersonPonty Band website:http://www.andersonpontyband1.com/

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

Manager: Jim Lewis, andersonpontyband@gmail.com

Label Contact: Liaison Music, Jim Snowden, jim@liaisonmusic.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)


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)


PROG Interview with Jon Anderson

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THE PROG INTERVIEW: JON ANDERSON
FEATURES / MARK BLAKE / 26 JUN 2015

The Prog Interview is just that: every month, we’re going to get inside the minds of some of the biggest names in music – and they don’t come much bigger than Jon Anderson.
The former Yes man reveals all about his upcoming album with Jean-Luc Ponty, tells us what he thinks of Yes today, and shares his thoughts on everything from Sibelius to strippers and spiritualism.

Tomorrow morning, and probably every morning when he’s not on tour, Jon Anderson will have breakfast in bed with his wife, Jane, at their house in the old Spanish mission town of San Luis Obispo, California. “And then we sit for a while and watch the birds, the deer and the rabbits outside the house,” he says.

Anderson’s sing-song voice is so familiar from those old Yes albums that when you ask where he lives in relation to Los Angeles, you half expect him to answer, ‘Close to the edge, down by the river…’ (In fact, it’s a three and-a‑half-hour drive north of LA.)

It’s not a bad life, then, for the 70-year-old, Lancashire-born singer-songwriter and exiled Yes vocalist. However, there have been some not-so-good days. In 2008, Anderson suffered acute respiratory failure, which required months of recuperation and cost him his place in Yes, who continue to tour and record without him.

Today he brushes off a question about his health (“It’s good – I’m good”), preferring to look forward to his latest project, a collaboration with ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

But over the course of the conversation, Anderson ends up looking forwards, backwards, sideways, upside and down. Dig a little deeper, though, and this spiritually minded astral traveller isn’t so far removed from the teenager who started his musical career as a singing milkman in Accrington.

First, though, there’s Progeny – a just-released 14-disc boxed set that contains seven Yes shows from 1972 – to dissect. Or perhaps not…

Chris is going through it. It’s a tough one. I pray for him every day – I’m sending out that love energy.

Have you made it through all of Progeny yet?

No [laughing], because I haven’t had my copy yet! There’s a lifetime’s worth of music there. I still remember that time vividly. Yes were on cloud nine and we stayed that way for about a decade.

If pushed, that 1972 line-up was the classic Yes line-up, wasn’t it?

That’s classic Yes. If I think back to those shows, the band was in harmony, musically and mentally.

Have you spoken to Chris Squire since he was diagnosed with leukaemia?

I emailed him after I heard he got sick. Chris is a musical brother, regardless of anything else that’s gone on. I wouldn’t be where I was if it wasn’t for him. I was with Yes for 35 years – that’s half a lifetime. You don’t just forget that. But Chris is going through it. It’s a tough one. I pray for him every day – I’m sending out that love energy.

What stage is the Anderson Ponty Band album at now?

We’ve just finished it, and the DVD, and they’ll be out in September. We’re hoping to tour the UK in October. It’ll be me with Jean-Luc and his band. They’re formidable musicians and they don’t mess around.

How did this collaboration with Jean-Luc come about?

I found a couple of Jean-Luc’s songs from the 70s on his website and sent him one of his tracks with me singing on it. I said, “If we worked together, this is what it would sound like.” He liked it and we carried on from there. We went to Aspen [Colorado] for two and a half weeks and did a show, which became the basis for the album.

What material will you be playing?

It’s a mix. We do some Yes songs – Roundabout, And You And I and Owner Of A Lonely Heart. The band wanted to play Owner… and it sounds very cool with a violin. They play the hell out of it.

Let’s go back. Do you remember the first gig you ever played?

It was with my brother Tony’s group, The Warriors, and it was in Padiham’s Working Men’s Club [in Burnley, Lancashire, circa 1963]. We came on after the bingo but just before the stripper. I was a young lad – 17, maybe – and it freaked me out when this woman walked past us naked. It was enough to put you off sex forever…

She wasn’t good-looking?

No, she was frightening!

One of your early jobs was as a milkman.

Yes. My brother drove the milk van and I used to hang on the side, and we’d sing Everly Brothers songs together as we did the round. We were always singing. That was a very happy time. It was the beginning of rock’n’roll, Buddy and Elvis and skiffle. That was the beginning of everything.

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A Statement From Jon Anderson About the Passing of Chris Squire

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A Statement From Jon Anderson About the Passing of Chris Squire

Chris was a very special part of my life; we were musical brothers. He was an amazingly unique bass player – very poetic – and had a wonderful knowledge of harmony. We met at a certain time when music was very open, and I feel blessed to have created some wonderful, adventurous, music with him. Chris had such a great sense of humor… he always said he was Darth Vader to my Obiwan. I always thought of him as Christopher Robin to my Winnie the Pooh.

We travelled a road less travelled and I’m so thankful that he climbed the musical mountains with me. Throughout everything, he was still my brother, and I’m so glad we were able to reconnect recently. I saw him in my meditation last night, and he was radiant. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Love and light…..Jon

http://jonanderson.com/news.html#chris


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

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For Immediate Release

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
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