Sunday, June 25, 2017, 8:00 PM
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Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the area of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music.
The great American jazz violinist Stuff Smith hearing Ponty in the 60's said "he is a killer, he plays on the violin like Coltrane does on sax" (Jazz Encyclopedia In The Sixties by Leonard Feather). In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976, Stephane Grappelli said "No he is not a student ... he is a great musician and invented a new style on the violin".
From the 80s to this day Ponty has been recording and touring around the world with his own groups, and he has done collaborations with other great musicians such as drummer guitarists Allan Holdsworth, Al Di Meola, bassist Stanley Clarke, West African musicians, banjo player Bela Fleck, Lalo Schifrin, violinists Nigel Kennedy - Mark O'Connor and L. Subramaniam from India, classical violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet from Russia, pianist Wolfgang Dauner, guitarist Bireli Lagrene, Chick Corea, Lenny White, Frank Gambale and singer Jon Anderson. Jean Luc has also recorded and performed with his daughter pianist-singer-composer Clara, and performed his music with symphony orchestras in the U.S.A, Canada, Japan, Western and Eastern Europe, Brazil and Russia