After The Storm
Jean Luc Ponty
Glenn I hope you are alright since the big storm that hit California a few days ago ! I wrote 'After The Storm' a long time ago ....around 1988-89....I can tell you it was not inspired by a real physical storm but by an emotional one, I would even dare say metaphysical......the similarity with a real physical one is what follows the stormy introduction, quietude that develops into renewed happyness and optimism about life. Glad you like this piece. I still play it live with my current band.Dec 16, 2014 9:40pm
Questions related to Kicsktarter
Jean Luc PontyMy way of showing my greatest respect and gratitude to all fans and supporters ever since the beginning of my 50-year career has been to devote all my energy into producing and sharing the best music I can create. I am spending hours everyday on the audio production of our Aspen recordings with the Anderson Ponty Band and my goal is to do everything I can to deliver on time, so please understand that I will for this reason limit the amount of direct communication, and all questions regarding Kickstarter subjects posted here in my site are from now on forwarded to the Anderson Ponty Band Management Team so they can answer you.Heartfelt thanks again to you all for your support!Dec 16, 2014 9:30pm
Kickstarter BackerCan we get a track listing for whatever that 55-60 minutes of music is? I was under the impression it would be the full concert and that we'd get all the music that was recorded live in Aspen, but the Aspen concert lasted for more than an hour, didn't it? I was pretty much ready to just take the partial refund and the live album and call it a day and move on, even though I am not really satisfied with how things went on, and say at least people are making an effort to make some amends for the lack of the promised studio album, but I just saw that number and realized we really have no idea what this live album consists of either. A set list leaked, but it seemed like it would compromise more music than that number. Has a track listing been determined? If the issue is that they don't want to send out more than one CD, and it wouldn't fit, could they include the full concert on the digitaloads that go to everyone, at least?Dec 16, 2014 5:10am
Update for Kickstarter Backers
Anderson Ponty Band - Management Team
Update posted in Kickstarter this Monday Dec. 15, 2014
We’ve seen some recent posts, emails and comments on Kickstarter and other websites about what will be delivered to our Kickstarter backers and we want to respond to those concerns. The album will include 50-60 minutes of music from the Aspen sessions. The DVD is a live presentation of the Aspen concert.
We want to assure you that we understand the reasons for the concern that some of you have raised. Although all of the Reward Descriptions clearly do state that there would be a single CD and DVD of the Aspen show, some of the other content, specifically Update 17, said something very different, and we acknowledge our responsibility and apologize for the misunderstanding and miscommunication about the product details. While our plans definitely do include recording and releasing more music in the future, there was simply no way it would have been possible for the Band to create, arrange, rehearse, record and complete a separate studio album in advance of completing and producing the Aspen show CD and DVD. Whatever the source of the misunderstanding, Jon and Jean Luc were for the most part not involved in the Kickstarter postings, and certainly not Update 17; it has always been their understanding and intention that the Kickstarter project was going to be all about the Aspen performance only.
For those who feel that they were misled and taken advantage of because there will be a single album released instead of two separate albums and who wish to be compensated, we will offer to any contributor who requests a partial refund of their contribution in the amount of $5.00 if your reward included only the digital download, and $12.50 if your reward included both the digital download and the CD. These amounts reflect one-half of the contribution levels for the digital download and the digital download plus CD respectively. Please email your request to: email@example.com on or before December 31, 2014. No refunds will be offered after that date.
We are well along in post-production working on additional editing and mixing of the album and DVD, and we will be keeping you updated and posting samples as they become available. We all truly believe that the AndersonPonty Band is a powerful and magical musical vehicle, and we are grateful and appreciative that you have joined us on this wonderful journey.
Again, we sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding and confusion.
The Anderson Ponty Management TeamDec 15, 2014 7:24pm
New York NY USAJean-Luc, I am an avid fan of both your work and Jon Anderson's, and I am looking forward to whatever you guys do. But you *did* say there's going to be a studio album. I'm a kickstarted backer, and again, will be satisfied with whatever you accomplish. I didn't back you for personal gratification; I just wanted you to have the opportunity to make magic. But here are your own words: "If you want a studio album, you are going to be happy! If you want a live album, you are going to be happy! If you want both, you are going to be very, very happy!" Now, I'm pretty happy, just knowing that you guys got to do a killer show together. I *am* looking forward to seeing it. But you made a promise. Keep it, don't keep it; that's up to you, and I'm okay either way. But there are *some* who will feel cheated if you don't do the studio album, and I'd hate to see that. Yours Always.....AprilDec 14, 2014 8:38pm
Studio CD promised by Kickstarter
Elmwood Park New Jersey United StatesDear Mr. Ponty, It has come to my attention that Kickstarter will now only be delivering a CD/DVD of the Aspen live show in February, 2015. However, a studio CD was also promised by Kickstarter to the backers, including myself. Please read the Kickstarter Update # 17 below: "There’s been some confusion based on interviews in different publications about what we’re going to be recording and delivering for everyone with this project and we’d like to take a moment to provide a bit more information. "If you want a studio album… you’re going to be happy. "If you want a live album… you’re going to be happy. "If you want BOTH then you’re going to be very very happy. "Because The Anderson Ponty Band will be going into the studio to record a full album’s worth of material. And then we’re also going to record our Aspen show in the form of a live album and DVD. "The music and album rewards will include ALL the music from the studio album and the live album. The DVD will also include additional making of material and other extras. I am deeply troubled by this new development, and am asking you for an explanation. I do not have much money, but I gave your Kickstarter campaign $100.00. That means a very lean Christmas for my family. It is a shame that I won't even receive what was promised by Kickstarter. I would appreciate a response from you. Thank you. Respectfully, Michael WhitfordDec 14, 2014 6:07pm
James M Mazzarelli
Citrus Heights CA United StatesIs there a way to upgrade from just the live CD to the live CD+DVD? I selected the CD and later wanted to include the DVD but kickstarter wouldn't let me change my pledge. Are we going to be able to purchase the DVD separately? Thanks!Dec 13, 2014 7:56pm
project with Jon Anderson
Austin TX United StatesI did not know about Kickstarter and the concept of fans helping to finance projects. I'm sorry that due to that fact , I was unable to contribute as I would have been honored to do so .It is wonderful that an album and DVD are in the works ! How about fans helping to Kickstart tours ? I hope to see you play at One World Theatre here in Austin one day. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance in 2009....a fan for 40 years and running .Dec 13, 2014 6:14pm
Studio Album Confusion
Los Angeles CA USAHaving read your comments below regarding the APB project, I'd suggest you guys revisit your own Kickstarter Update #17, which reads as follows: "There’s been some confusion based on interviews in different publications about what we’re going to be recording and delivering for everyone with this project and we’d like to take a moment to provide a bit more information. If you want a studio album… you’re going to be happy. If you want a live album… you’re going to be happy. If you want BOTH then you’re going to be very very happy. Because The Anderson Ponty Band will be going into the studio to record a full album’s worth of material. And then we’re also going to record our Aspen show in the form of a live album and DVD. The music and album rewards will include ALL the music from the studio album and the live album. The DVD will also include additional making of material and other extras. Sorry that we didn’t make this clearer but we hope everyone will be as excited about this news as we are." Fans who pledged are expecting BOTH a live album AND a studio album because that's what they were promised.Dec 13, 2014 6:44am
After the Storm
Citrus Heights CA
I'm in Northern California where Jean-Luc Ponty has played at different times (e.g., in Carmel and Saratoga.)
All week long we've been warned of a coming weather system that will absolutely wreak havoc. It's said to be the strongest onslaught of wind and rain we've had in 5 years. It'll be especially bad in higher elevations like Lake Tahoe. We've been told to prepare for the worst, from downed power lines and impassable roads to floods everywhere. Sandbags are being handed out to any resident requesting them. It's due to arrive between tomorrow and tonight.
I'm doing something different.
I'm specifically waiting once it's over whether I have electricity or not to hear one JLP tune that has such special meaning to me. It's the very climactic "After the Storm." Every time I hear it, whether the original or live versions, I gain new insight and meanings into it and from it. Musically speaking, it covers a lot of territory in such short time.
"After the Storm" has the power to cure depression and bring so much hope, no matter your troubles. Thank you for such an excellent and uplifting composition!
P.S. I'd love to know what led to the making of this tune. How did it come to be? What's the story behind this favorite track from "Storytelling?"Dec 11, 2014 8:17am