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  • An unforgettable concert experience with you

    David Dean

    Orange Park FL USA

    Dear M. Ponty... I've just discovered your website and am delighted to be able to reminisce about one of the most exciting live performances I've ever seen -- yours. I was at the New York City concert on the pier by the Hudson River in 1984, during your "Open Mind" tour, when the skies erupted in a furious thunderstorm. Not many of us in the audience left (maybe we were too scared to), but frankly, we were afraid for your safety. After all, you continued to play your electric violin in a spectacular lightning storm. But I will never forget that image of you, absolutely soaked, your hair nearly horizontal in the wind, DEFYING THE ELEMENTS on that stage. You didn't even step upstage where it might have been more protected -- you were downstage center, right in the storm, playing for us. It seemed to energize you even more, challenging the weather to do its worst -- it wasn't going to stop YOU from performing. It was positively thrilling. So, M. Ponty, thank you so much for a lifetime of music, and a thrilling concert experience nearly thirty years ago. David
    May 15, 2014 3:23am
  • Chicago Concert

    Ben

    Chicago Illinois USA

    Jean, Greetings from Chicago!!!! I pray that you will consider adding Chicago to your list of concerts for 2014. I have been checking your website since 2013 hoping to be able to introduce my wife and son to your amazing music. I hope your well, and may god bless you always.
    May 14, 2014 4:29am
  • shows in Brazil

    paulo

    Moseigneur Ponty, I am so glad that you will play again in my hometown São Paulo on June 10th. I had a major surgery in June 8th, 2013 and to see the great Ponty again, a year after that will be incredible! I am glad to tell you that I went to your concerts 3 times: São Paulo, about 1987, São Paulo with ROS about 2005(I was in the first row!) and Curitiba w Orquestra Sinfonica do Paraná 2012(first row too, with my girlfriend) Such a fantastic experience!!!! So, my girlfriend and me are looking forward to listen to your fantastic music again!!!! If it won't bother you, what will be the setlist? Tahnk you Paulo
    May 14, 2014 2:42am
  • Love your music

    Ryk

    It's not hyperbole to say your music changed my life. I had always like music, and was a percussionist in school band for 5 years. So I liked the symphonic and marching band music from school, and popular music, especially disco. Then a friend played the first part of Imaginary Voyage, and I was blown away. What is that? I asked. So discovering Imaginary Voyage and Aurora introduced me to the world of jazz-fusion. Soon afterwards I discovered the art-rock of Genesis and Rush. So those are my three biggest musical influences. (Your guitarist Darryl Stuemer played with Genesis) I was playing around with a solo violin from Miroslav Philharmonik, and applying Guitar Rig effects to it. So I'm searching for a good way to produce an electric violin sound inside my library of soft synths. Between IK Multimedia's Total Workstation bundle and Komplete 9, there are approximately 26,000 sounds. And I have other programs. Hopefully I'll figure out how to make a good electric violin sound. Thanks for the inspiration. Hope to upload some music someday to my YouTube channel.
    May 6, 2014 12:53pm
  • are you going to write more songs

    David Steele

    Detroit Michagain

    Are you going to write more music like the struggle of the turtle to the sea or like solitude where its smooth and intense too because I love that about your music. And I would love to hear more of your style in new music. I am a jazz violinist and I want to become a composer and write music like yours. Do you have specific techniques you use to warm up and within your music like licks and phrases. Do you have any tips on writing music. And I'm 14
    May 5, 2014 10:00pm
  • International Jazz Day

    JJ the Ponty Fan

    Happy International Jazz Day!
    May 1, 2014 6:37am
  • Concert in USA

    Turune Williams

    Detroit Michigan

    Greetings jean luc. I was wondering when will you do a concert in the USA? Thanks! A long time fan.
    Apr 27, 2014 8:57pm
  • Titles and science

    JEAN-LUC

    Hi Evans, sorry for the delay.....I wanted to respond in detail to your question about relation between my titles and science. My wife Claudia found "The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea" in 1977, when she heard the long suite I just wrote at the time that develops into different sections she thought of a documentary she had just seen on TV about baby sea turtles struggling from the beach to the ocean as soon as they are born. She also found "Wandering On the Milky Way", my violin sound through long echo evoked flying in space and we searched for a title that would reflect our interest into space discoveries and astronomy in general. I came up with "Life Cycles" and "Forms of Life" because the way these pieces start with small groups of notes and rhythms that slowly evelove by changing or adding just one note or rhythm evoked for me the evolution and mutation of genes and cells. I am only a musician with no scientific education and just read a few books written by scientists who manage to make it fairly easy to understand, so that I am a bit less ignorant.  

    Apr 26, 2014 5:54pm
  • Concert of last week in Stuttgart

    Friedrich-W. Meyer

    Korb (close to Stuttgart) Germany

    Stuttgart: what a great show together with your daughter Clara. The entire band was fantastic, the sound was awesome! I would love to see/hear this kind of concert on DVD or CD. A new release would be higly appreciated! All the best, Friedrich
    Apr 25, 2014 7:28pm
  • Science/Environmental Themes?

    Evan Hammond

    Charleston WV US

    Jean-Luc, as I've said before I'm a new fan getting to know your albums. As an environmental biology student, there are many song titles that grab my attention - "The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea", "Wandering on the Milky Way", "Life Cycles", "Once a Blue Planet" and "Forms of Life" among others. Can you shed some light on your interest in science and how these themes came into your work?
    Apr 22, 2014 12:00am