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  • Really cutting edge instrument

    Francesco Canas

    Joshua Bell recently did something with this violin, its an electric violin with a very sensitive bow, the bow interacts with a computer for new kinds of effects. Really fascinating, it is great how as technology progresses art goes with it. This article has some info on it and links. http://www.stringsmagazine.com/issues/strings105/coverstory.html Some of the other instruments this man has made are very good for preliminary training for really young musicians, a lot of young kids get discouraged with music because your technique at a really young age is obviously bad and you can't get much of a sound to admire, some of these instruments can show these young children the cabable expressivness of music.
    Jul 31, 2009 10:24am
  • Shows on TV

    Pedro Lous

    Curitiba Paraná Brasil

    Refering to "catching up - Jean Luc - 2009-05-29 04:58:46" message about filmed shows, I think that BAND TV here in Brasil would be more receptive about releasing old (1981 - São Paulo? shows) videos, would JLP Productions take a chance? P.S.: I may be a little late, but please accept my warmest thanks for a fenomenal show in Curitiba 1985, it brings me so nice memories...
    Jul 29, 2009 5:00pm
  • new CD

    John D

    Huntersville NC USA

    Off the wall, collaboration, improvised...hmmm, that's a challenging concept. I initially thought that something like Mark O'Connor's "Heroes" might fill the bill-call it "Jean Luc and friends", with Al DiMeola, the Dixie Dregs, and others, playing both Jean Luc's music as well as that of others. Imagine Jean Luc and the Dixie Dregs doing "Egocentric Molecules", for example, or Jean Luc and Al DiMeola's band doing "Egyptian Danza". But would that meet the criteria that Jean Luc mentioned? I saw some youtube footage on the young violinist David Garrett the other day. Different (i.e. he plays material by Metallica or something similar, albeit in a classical violin style). Not sure that, too, meets Jean Luc's criteria. In the meantime, I do look forward to hearing more about the November tour!
    Jul 28, 2009 2:46pm
  • Always thought

    JJ the Ponty Fan

    Always thought a whole album of improvisations over classical themes would neat, especially after hearing the fabulous Chopin prelude from Storytelling with Clara playing the piano part.
    Jul 25, 2009 7:36am
  • new album

    bill

    port chester ny usa

    If Jean Luc is looking for an "off the wall" idea about a new album, why not record his style of playing to Bach or Mozart? Jazz violinist meets classical composers...now that would be a nice collaboration.
    Jul 24, 2009 12:01pm
  • Youtubing fans

    Francesco C

    You know some of your best licks would be lost to time forever if it weren't for these fans. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iX4TCfkWdw Insane momentum in those licks, and you have a monster of a tone there in comparison to kennedy's.
    Jul 18, 2009 6:01pm
  • comments

    Jean Luc

    John D: yes 'Cosmic Messenger' is part of the set list when we tour this year, it's one of my early pieces that still sound great live. Francesco: it is true that my first dream was to become an orchestra conductor, however I switched to jazz before I ever studied conducting. I partly fulfilled that dream because I sometimes act like a conductor, for instance some of my longer pieces have tempo changes, or looping sections, both require someone to give a cue to move to the next section. Then the most important part of being a classical conductor for me is to give musical direction and advice at rehearsals, as a preparation for live performances and it's the same for a band leader even in jazz. Chris: I am waiting for a recording idea that would be off the wall, a collaboration, something very improvised, as opposed to another band album.
    Jul 18, 2009 10:44am
  • New Album?

    Chris Moore

    Saratoga CA USA

    Hi Mr. Ponty, I hope that you are enjoying your summer! I was just wondering whether there is a new studio (or live!) album or DVD in the works? It is always exciting to hear about what is in progress and provides us all something to look forward to. Wishing you health and happiness... Cheers! Chris
    Jul 17, 2009 10:42am
  • Conducting and a change of course

    Francesco C

    In the book I have by Matt Glaser and Grappelli there are some great transcriptions and an interview with you. In that interview you said your original idea of what you were going to do in music during your time at the conservatory was to be a symphonic orchestra conductor. This clicked with something I had read on another website, when I was trying to find the lineup for enigmatic ocean a looong time ago, it listed you as violinist, bells, vocals, and conductor. Obviously if your aspirations were to conduct then you studied conducting, but did you really use it as a device to communicate with musicians in your band in your jazz and fusion work or is that marking on the webpage wrong? Did you ever use it in live performances and tours? I am really curious because I've done some conducting with orchestra and the thought had occured to me to use it in jazz, I've used it sometimes in reheasing with other musicians (small combo not big band) to rehearse grooving to something slightly disjointed or unusual, but in live performance with a small group as a musical role itself...that would be very unique. Obviously you did not use patterns and did more "shaping" conducting?
    Jul 16, 2009 5:10pm
  • Cosmic Messenger (Chile, 2008)

    John D

    Huntersville NC USA

    Bonjour Jean Luc, A while back a fan posted a video on youtube of one of your group's performances in Chile in 2008. The composition being played was Cosmic Messenger. I was delighted to see/hear this being played live. I have always regretted not being able to see you/your band in concert during the original Cosmic Messenger tour. When you performed this in Chile, at what point in the setlist did it appear? I know you plan your setlists very carefully, so I'm curious as to when this composition would have been played. And....any chance it will still be in the setlist when you tour in November 2009 (grin)? Merci!
    Jul 16, 2009 12:20pm