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Written by RogorMortis   
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Jon Anderson And Jean-Luc Ponty Announce Details Of Collaborative Project Back in March, we learned that former Yes singer Jon Anderson had begun working on a new project with noted jazz fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Now, the duo have unveiled more details of the Anderson Ponty Band, who are looking to release an album in early 2015 with a world tour to follow shortly thereafter.

“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc’s music,” Anderson said in a press release. “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”

The group is rounded out by Jamie Dunlap (guitars), Wally Minko (keyboards), Baron Browne (bass) and Rayford Griffin (drums and percussion), all of whom bring a wealth of experience and diversity to the project. Together, they plan to write new music and put fresh arrangements to the classic material Anderson and Ponty have created throughout their careers.

In September, the Anderson Ponty Band will launch a three-week residency at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO, culminating in their debut performance on Sept. 20. The entire process will be documented for a future video release.

They have launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $95,000 between now and Aug. 24. As is the case with crowd-sourced projects, the musicians are offering incentives to contributors, ranging from digital downloads ($10) to being thanked in the DVD credits ($125) to VIP privileges for the Aspen show. The video they created for the Kickstarter is embedded above.

 ‘Very excited about the synergy’: Jean-Luc Ponty on his new collaboration with Yes’ Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson has been enthusing about his just-announced collaboration with fusion genius Jean-Luc Ponty for sometime, but Friday brought some of the first in-depth comments from his fiddling friend on their new Anderson Ponty Band.

“We got in contact recently,” Ponty says in an introductory talk, “and we decided to put a great band together. We have many musical affinities, the two of us, but also different experiences — which is something is good, to stimulate each other and create new music. So, I’m very excited about the synergy of our musical personalities. I’m convinced that it’s going to create something very special, and unique.”

Collaborating over a period of three months, Anderson and Ponty are set to debut their new band with a September performance in Aspen, Colorado — one that Anderson says will combine “some of the classic music I wrote with Yes, and he wrote with his bands,” along with new songs.

Jamie Dunlap was also been working with the duo as a co-composer. Their forthcoming album will be launched via a Kickstarter campaign; with a world tour, Anderson promises, in 2015. “It’s been an amazing year for me musically,” Anderson says, as he begins his first band work since departed as a co-founding member of Yes. “The music we’re going to do is wonderful.”

This isn’t Ponty first intersection with a well-known figure in rock. He collaborated with Frank Zappa in the early 1970s, appeared on Elton John’s Honky Chateau, and has appeared on tour with Steve Smith of Journey fame and Daryl Steurmer, the long-time Genesis sideman.
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