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    Posted: July 25 2014 at 12:09
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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: www.jonanderson.com
Jean-Luc Ponty official website: www.ponty.com

Manager: Jim Lewis, andersonpontyband@gmail.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158glassonyonpr@gmail.com
Interview requests contact Billy James / Glass Onyon PR
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Hi,
 
I would pay to see this band!
 
I just hope it comes to pass, but I can not imagine that this will work, unless Ponti, allows Jon to create another TFTO, that he and others can rip through with ease and make YES look like a high school band!
 
As much as I would like to see it, I don't see it. I know I'm just about gone in one eye, and half my face is numb, but this is almost like the ultimate tease. At our old age, we don't need teasing! Just some more sex, drugs and rock music please!
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Sounds like they are trying very hard to make this happen! 


The Anderson Ponty 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'll 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.

The 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.

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Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:

Sounds like they are trying very hard to make this happen! 


The Anderson Ponty 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'll 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.

The 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.

 
Gosh ... can we get Stanley Clarke and Chick Corea and Lenny White ... the mind boggles!
 
I will fly to LA/Seattle/SF to see this if it happens!
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Back in the late '70', when I first took notice of these guys, the notion of them teaming up was something I would never have thought of.  But then neither was Ponty in Weather Report, or Chaka Kahn for that matter.    I hope they make some inspired new material.
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Originally posted by Slartibartfast Slartibartfast wrote:

Back in the late '70', when I first took notice of these guys, the notion of them teaming up was something I would never have thought of.  But then neither was Ponty in Weather Report, or Chaka Kahn for that matter.    I hope they make some inspired new material.

 
I don't know.

I'm so dis-illusioned with the state of the music these days. There is so much out there, and when perusing this board, it is all top ten, and folks just are not capable of getting out of that top ten thinking. It's like, they don't get it, that what brought out all the music that we love, was exactly the opposite of what the commercially designed top ten thing is all about.

I wrote a review for the new Djam Karet, and have read it 25 times or more ... and I can't post it. I think too many folks will think that it is an attack on the cookie cutter music that they are so used to listen to ... I put the review aside, had a good cry ... and then decided that it will go into my website only (I'm redoing it!), and then not have to deal with the little kid playing with his weewee mentality that sometimes it feels like is taking place here.

I'm not giving up ... but I'm starting to get more private with it.

I'm not sure that Jon can isolate himself enough to create something different anymore. He's loving the individual star attention that he is getting, and so has Jean-Luc, who pretty much showed ZpZ what a bad garage band they were in the hands of the son, and proceeded to blow out the stage and the audience with RtF. The ego in those situations does not get any smaller, and while Jean-Luc might be a better musician to help create something as good or better than TFTO, in the end, I think that the combination is due to combust and explode and endup creating another poor version of a story by Rick Wakeman under the guise of some music!

I, honestly, think that the BEST, has already been written by Jon (TFTO) and that's that. Unless he has the sense to get himself better centered with folks that are more about "depth" than they are about their "star".

My only "model" for something like this, is Peter Hammill. It doesn't matter how bright the star shines ... it still shines, and that is all that matters. To me, as much as I appreciate Jon, and Jean-Luc for their insanely amazing talents, their best work is long gone and done. I don't think they can do anything valuably (is there such a word?) better!

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Anyone willing to back our Prog Rock Debut EP on Kickstarter ?

Hi all, We're called Reload, a prog rock band. Just thought you might be interested in supporting our 
Kickstarter EP project. (launched 21st August 2014 ! )  We may not be Jon Anderson or Genesis but would 
certainly "appreciate" any support to get our project off the ground :)  


thanks Paul, (I try to keep posts to a minimum but its difficult to promote on 1 thread)


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