By Phyllis Pollack
Music legend, original Yes vocalist and songwriter Jon Anderson will be playing at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on July 7, 2012. He has been playing select concert dates this summer, supporting his critically acclaimed new digital download release 'Open.'
Jon Anderson, who has one of the most recognizable voices in music, and is best known for his work with Yes, Vangelis and Kitaro, as well as his innovative solo efforts, recently completed several successful tours of the US and South America.
The new summer tour promises to deliver an exciting mixture of material from Jon Anderson's prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic Yes songs, along with songs from his latest CD 'Survival & Other Stories' and new compositions, highlighted by humorous and enlightening stories told by Jon. CONTINUE READING THIS STORY BELOW.
Says Anderson, "So great to be on tour this summer, always a wonderful evening of fun stories and singing, sing'a'long. Yes, why not! Come and have a wonderful evening out."
His voice became iconic when the band Yes, featuring bassist Chris Squire, keyboardists Rick Wakeman and Tony Kaye, guitarist Steve Howe, and drummer Bill Bruford third album, The Yes Album, became an indelible part of the collective consciousness of rock fans internationally.
Anderson's unique voice and his acoustic guitar playing make him an intriguing performer.
He plays other acoustic string instruments, as well, as heard on "Flight of the Moorglade."
On Anderson's 67th birthday, his latest release, the 21-minute composition titled 'Open,' was released digitally.
The extended opus returns to the long-form composition that Jon Anderson is best known for, exemplified by "Close To The Edge," "Gates of Delirium," "Revealing and "Awaken," 'Open' is a 21-minute composition interlaces intricate melodic and harmonic themes within a classical music framework.
Anderson's eleven track 'Survival & Other Stories' was released digitally last fall.
Anderson has lived in the U.S. for 28 years.
On August 8, 2012 Jon will be performing in the UK for the first time in many years at the Sadler's Wells Theater in London.
“The concert in London is with the Slovakian Chamber Orchestra with the help of my good friend composer Peter Machajdik plus a semi acoustic group I performed with a couple of years ago in Bratislava,” says Jon. "We will be performing some classic songs I wrote with Yes and Vangelis, plus some new songs in a concert for 'Earth and Peace at the 2012 Olympic Games.' "
Jon is currently recording part two to his opus 'Open,' which will be titled 'Ever.'
Anderson, who has been involved in various spiritual practices, commented, "Music is constantly happening all around me. I'm busy working on 'Ever', a follow up to 'Open,' part two of my journey into the longer form music I love to create."
He is also working on the highly anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed first solo album 'Olias of Sunhillow' titled 'Zamran.'
In addition to his musicianship, Anderson is also an artist. His work is available through his website.
Additional regional dates on the tour will include
June 16 - Napa, CA - Napa Valley Opera House
June 19 - Livermore, CA - Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
June 21 - Rio Theatre - Santa Cruz, CA
June 30 - Castoro Cellars - Paso Robles, CA
July 6 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano