“We’re not just going to go there and [do a] play-our-hits sort of thing,” Anderson, the former Yes frontman, tells Aspenbeat host Andrea Young. “No, we want to recreate our music, redesign it, make it just sound better than ever.”
Tonight’s show, which finds Ponty using the familiar five-string blue violin he debuted on 1978’s Cosmic Messenger, will be recorded for a fully crowd-funded live and album and DVD to be released in 2015. The group is rounded out guitarist Jamie Dunlap, keyboardist Wally Minko, bassist Baron Browne and drummer Rayford Griffin. Anderson says together they’ve already constructed seven new songs for use on a subsequent original studio effort, as well.
That creative spark became obvious as they began radically reworking songs from their shared catalog of musical favorites. “We start with the core, the melody, of what made that song popular maybe,” Ponty says, “but then instead of sticking to that, we go somewhere else with it. It becomes a totally new piece.”
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