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Blog Takeover: Violin Virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty

Jean-Luc Ponty has inspired generations of string players to explore and expand beyond their traditional expectations. Ponty’s music is an organic combination of virtuosity and musicality coupled with his innovative integration of technology. His albums have topped the Billboard jazz charts and he's notably collaborated with Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, the legendary “Violin Summit” (with jazz violinists Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith and Svend Asmussen) and “The Rite of Strings,” with Stanley Clarke and Al Di Meola.

H9 in the Classroom

The question, “Am I allowed to do that?” is music to my ears is when I go into a school music program and invite (or defy!) the students to try something they’re usually not allowed to do, at least in the classroom. In that hour or so that I’m there, they are encouraged to try nontraditional performance techniques, explore improvisational elements, play an electric violin or viola for the first time and experiment with effects pedals and loopers. The look on their faces when I show them all those cool sounds are coming from that little white box is priceless!

Artist Spotlight: Saxophonist Hayes Greenfield

In the following blog, Hayes Greenfield demonstrates some of the gorgeous sounds that he cajoles out of his chain of H9 pedals, playing his alto saxophone hooked up via wireless microphone and contact pickup attached to the reed.