Jon Anderson has always loved the sound of the violin. “I think it was when I first heard Sibelius’ Violin Concerto… In fact, I wanted a violin when I was 10 years old! Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford one. So I think my dad got me a mouth organ, if I remember rightly. What can you do?
The Prog-jazz World of the AndersonPonty Band
Take one legendary prog rock frontman and pair him with a jazz-fusion violinist superstar. Now step into the world of the AndersonPonty Band…
“The idea of the violin always seemed to inspire me. That Sibelius is an extraordinary piece of music. I’ve written a lot of violin pieces actually, with my friend Bill Kilpatrick – they’re online under the title Violin Stories. It’s a magical instrument. And, of course, Jean-Luc is an absolute master…”
Anderson has been involved in a variety of collaborative projects since leaving Yes in 2008, many with ‘unknown’ musicians. This time it’s different. Famed jazz-fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty joins him in the AndersonPonty Band for a creative endeavour that both call an “adventure”. It began with Anderson spontaneously recording vocals over Ponty’s instrumentals. Impressed by the results, Ponty threw himself in and the pair have formed a six-piece ensemble that will play both new material and reworkings of old Ponty and Yes numbers. A live show and an album are promised, the latter funded through a Kickstarter campaign.