Responding to BMB
Granada Hills CA United States
Hi BMB - Thank you for the very kind words. Patrick was only 15 in that video. He just turned 17 and has come a long way. We owe a lot to JLP. I hope Patrick gets to meet him someday. The adults backing him up are actually my high school friends from back in the 70s. We use to cover many JLP tunes back then, but there was no one around who could play violin. We played them anyway. I solved the problem by having a child, teaching him violin, and transcribing many JLP tunes.
I’ve had a great time coming full circle. Thanks again, Jean-Luc!!!
JeffDec 5, 2014 8:50pm
Patrick Marsh (performing a JLP composition)
Jeff-I looked up the video...then watched it 4 more times, and was ready for 4 more (and then some). WOW-your son is so talented, and the entire band did a great job performing this JLP composition. I never got to see the JLP Cosmic Messenger tour, but this performance was so good that if I lived near LA, I'd want to see your son and this band perform. I thought the drummer had some good chops, and the bassist-well, he really did justice to this composition.Dec 4, 2014 3:08am
Granada Hills CA United States
Dear Jean-Luc, My name is Jeff Marsh. I am a working composer in the Los Angeles area, composing music for films, movie trailers and video games. I started my musical adventures in the 70s, around the time I bought Aurora on vinyl. I’ve been a devoted fan ever since, and I can still hear your influence making it’s way into my own music.
But the main reason I’m writing to you is about my son, Patrick. He is a senior at LACHSA (Los Angeles County High School for the Arts). He is their concertmaster by day, and at night he plays his blue Forness Fuse in a tribute band honoring you. I thought you deserved to know that the art you created decades ago is influencing a young violinist of today. I tried posting a link but the filters here will not allow it. When you have a moment, please search YouTube for “Patrick Marsh Fake Paradise”.
Thank you again for the way you have changed our lives for the better.
JeffDec 4, 2014 12:43am
Kickstarter follow up
Hello Kickstarter Back.....first a big thank you for your contribution!!! Jon and I have been working very hard since the shows in Aspen, listening to the live recordings, choosing and editing the best live performances. I personally work on it everyday, proceeding to additional recording so we have a choice of live and studio tracks. I am supervising all audio and Jon all filmed images. We are preparing a formal announcement next week with status update, new pictures and a music recorded sample.Dec 3, 2014 12:59am
Anderson-Ponty Band Update?
During the fundraising stage, the Anderson-Ponty Band Kickstarter promised it's backers that both a studio album and a live album would be produced, with frequent insider updates and an estimated release date of February 2014. Everyone's credit cards got charged in August to provide the funding.
Updates are coming less than once a month, and what has been posted has been... less than illuminating as to the specifics of the project and the progress that is being made or not being made.
In fact, Jon Anderson in a couple interviews said that this was solely a live album project, in contrast to the one live and one studio albums promised during the Kickstarter campaign.
I was wondering if you could clarify a few things for your fans and backers:
1. What is the status of this project? i.e. Specifics of what is being done and what the plans are going forward. Minutia is good! That's part of what the backers paid for, an inside look as things develop. Not detail too boring. :)
2. Simply put: Will there be a full studio album to go with the live album?
3. Any tentative track listing for the live album? Any tentative track listing for the studio album?Dec 2, 2014 6:32pm
jamestown Colorado USAThe King of the Electric Violin Sound!Nov 28, 2014 5:13pm
To Charles Browne re 'Puss In Boots'
BMBCharles, I second your enthusiasm about this release. In fact, I totally fell in love with 'The Carabas Waltz' and did my own piano arrangement of it (still needs some work with the left hand in the second movement). You can find if for sale on Amazon (I just checked there moments ago) in CD form, or even DVD if you want the full production.Nov 14, 2014 2:53pm
Absolutely amazing man!
Washington DC USA
Jean Luc Ponty,
I have been a fan of your music even since I was introduced to fusion. Since high school, the sound of a screaming, yet gentle, violin has captivated my imagination ever since.
My brother and I, years ago, heard of submissions for music to your label and we missed the deadline by 3 days. Our musical writing style has always been influenced by you to a great degree.
I am always discovering more music by you I've never heard yet, one being the soundtrack to the Puss In Boots project you worked on with Tracey Ullman. It's the most mesmerizing work of yours I've heard personally, but yet not available to the public. =[
Anywho, thank you for so many years of beautiful music that captures the imagination, drives the heart and infiltrates every landscape this world has created.
Thanks so much!
A truly sincere and "can't wait till you're back in the states" fan,
CharlesNov 7, 2014 5:44pm
when are you coming to the bay area?
Pittsburg California United States
Love your work Jean Luc. I've been enjoying your art as early as 10yrs old growing up in Detroit. We Love you there and that was the last time I saw you at the Fox theater. Come back bro.
Marc AnthonyNov 6, 2014 10:21am
Question With No Answer, a quick question
San Diego California U.S.A.
Dear Mr. Ponty, on your recording of Question With No Answer, I think I'm hearing 2 violins playing the melody and harmony. Is this correct? It seems to be the case also on your live concert version.
ChrisNov 3, 2014 7:09pm