Ridgefield Playhouse Welcomes The Anderson Ponty Band

by John A. Wilcox

Since my teens back in the 1970s, The names Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty have been constants in my life. Anderson as a member of Yes, blowing my mind on albums like Relayer, Close To The Edge and The Yes Album as well as his game changing Olias Of Sunhillow. Who could ever forget that beautiful, pure voice from the earliest days of Yes on songs like Survival and Time And A Word or classics like And You And I and Awaken. Anderson is his own category.

To the very best of my recollection, the first time I had the pleasure of hearing Jean-Luc Ponty's violin was on my brother's copy of Frank Zappa's album Apostrophe. That led to more Zappa, then Mahavishnu Orchestra, then solo albums like the immaculate Enigmatic Ocean. A technical monster with a gentle heart and soul. That Ponty violin speaks to your core. It will inhabit your day. You've no choice but to surrender to the sound as it draws you in like an embrace. Jazz / Fusion sounds far too simple a tag. Again, Ponty is his own category as well.

As I think of it, I'm amazed that this union hadn't happened years ago. 2 creative souls seeking a new vision together. Of course you can expect the live show to contain key numbers from both of their extensive catalogues. That's a given. What you also get are new experiments, new collaborations, new sounds. Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty have spent their lives creating and defining previously unheard universes of sound. Come hear where they're heading next!

The time is now and it's right for you!
The Anderson Ponty Band
Monday, May 23, 8 PM
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT 06877


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