Clara Ponty releases 'Into The Light'

New vocal album with tracks featuring Jean Luc Ponty and Nigel Kennedy

Acclaimed pianist and vocalist Clara Ponty releases ‘Into
The Light’
on May 7th 2012, co-produced
by Stuart Bruce (Stevie Wonder, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Yes, Kate Bush) and
featuring guest appearances from her father, jazz violin pioneer Jean Luc
Ponty, experimental cellist Vincent Segal and maverick composer and showman
violinist Nigel Kennedy. Musically, the album touches on pop, jazz, classical,
Celtic, and folk genres and explores a wide range of subjects
including spiritual paths, views modern life and life experiences.

The Light’
is also the first album that features Clara as
a vocalist, as well as the talented pianist and songwriter for which she is
originally known. Her soothing vocals demonstrate an urge to add another dimension
to her wide-ranging instrumental pieces, compositions that draw on composers as
varied as Debussy and Steve Reich, on classical technique, jazz sensibilities,
and even delicate hints of Latin rhythms (as in the gorgeous “Coeur à Coeur”
featuring her father Jean-Luc Ponty’s deft violin). As Clara explains:

“I was intrigued by the possibilities. The
voice can hold a note far longer than the piano can, and you can give a more
personal expression to it. This step was natural and channeled more of my
femininity and sensuality.”

Prior to the release of ‘Into The Light’ , Clara achieved considerable success composing
solo, however the partnerships on her new project have influenced her own
talent and taken her work on a foray into the unknown. This unique direction
manifested itself lyrically through her collaborations with the wordsmith, poet
and cult jazz lyricist Mike McGurk. As Ponty notes: “Mike has a pure quality to
his work….. He has the exceptional combination of philosophical depth and a childlike
joy that really stands out.”

The result of working with these musical and
poetic dignitaries, combined with Pony’s insatiable appetite to learn develop
as an artist is an album that is both easily accessible and experimentally

Notes to Editors

For more information, including interview requests, please contact Rupert Burley on / 020 7386 1604

May 8, 2012 7:05am ET by AIRMTM Media Tours Management   Comments (0)

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