Jean Luc Ponty Chronicle

Jean Luc Ponty and Band were playing for the first time in Bucharest and I think they may have been expecting a larger audience. The “Sala Palatului” was not full, maybe two thirds of the seats were taken. The crowd was a bit silent for the first half of hour of the show but they let the band go only after an encore and a standing ovation.

This concert can be put on the same level as Mike Stern’s and Band performance from Cluj-Napoca back in 2006. If not even higher. I like fusion, I love the violin. This was a perfect combination for a jazz-fusion great night that seemed to go a full circle: fusion first -jazz in the middle- and fusion again in the end. The show began with some recent compositions, jazz-fusion style, then the band played some more jazzy sounds and I think the climax of the show (or at least one of them) was the sublime solo from Jean Luc Ponty –  it felt like a classical composition. [On one track the new-age influence was obvious.] The band ended in awesome fusion style a gig that lasted for two full hours!  This was maybe for me the most virtuous concert ever. And remembering what a friend of mine has said, that a concert is not a real concert if it has no drum solo (which is of course not so) – well, this one had two drum solos! So even to some “stranger” standards this was an amazing night.

The Band: William Lecomte (keys/ piano), Guy Akwa Nsangue (bass – see a solo here) and Pierre François Dufour (drums – see the first solo below).

Rating: 9/10

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Item#7 Obsidian

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Obsidianul este o sticlă naturală bogată în silice, asociată de obicei cu tinere curgeri de lave. Roca vulcanică este amorfă, sticloasă, fără a se putea distinge structura granulară mineralelor. Are spărtură concoidală şi vârfuri ascuţite. Obsidianul apare sub formă de crustă asociată lavelor, ca şi curgeri complete sau în apropierea domurilor vulcanice. Compoziţia este de obicei riolitică.

Primele oglinzi au fost confecţionate prin lustruirea obsidianului şi datează din anul [?]6.000 î.H. Au fost descoperite în Anatolia. A se remarca în cea de a doua fotografie obiectivul camerei refelctat de suprafaţa şlefuită a obsidianului. Se mai folosea pentru întocmirea vârfurilor de săgeţi şi a cuţitelor.

 

Obsidian is a silica-rich natural glass associated with young lava flows. It has a distinctive glassy nature, with conchoidal fracture and very sharp edges. Obsidian occurs as crust on lavas, as complete flows or as near-surface volcanic domes. It is usually of rhyolite composition.

The first mirrors were made out of this volcanic rock and they were dated as far back as [?]6,000 BC. The mirrors made from burnished obsidian were found in Anatolia – Turkey. Please notice the camera`s reflection on the surface of the rock in the second picture. It was also used in making of arrow heads and knives.

 

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Item#6 Garnet-mica-schist/ Micasisturi cu granat

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Şisturile sunt roci metamorfice larg răspândite existând multe varietăţi în funcţie de compoziţia mineralogică. Micaşistul prezentat aici este un şist bogat în muscovit, biotit şi clorit. Pe suprafaţa eşantionului – precum şi alăturat – se pot observa cristale de granat (un mineral din grupa silicaţilor – almandin în cazul de faţă), rezultat în urma proceselor de dezagregare şi alterare la care a fost supus micaşistul. Almandinul este un silicat de fier şi aluminiu Fe3Al2(SiO4)3 de culoare brună, luciu sticlos, clivaj absent şi spărtură neregulată.

Eşantioanele au fost colectate la sfârşitul lui 2002, pe Valea Arieşului la Sălciua, formaţiunele metamorfice aparţinând grupului Baia de Arieş.

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Schist are widely spread metamorphic rocks. In the image above there is a mica-schist, due to it`s composition in muscovite, biotite and chlorite. In fact, the sample is a garnet-mica-schist; garnets (almandine) are present due to the altering processes that the rock has suffered. Almandine is a iron-aluminium silicate, brown color, greasy to vitreous luster, no cleavage and chonchoidal fracture. These samples were collected in 2002, on Arieş Valley, Sălciua – ROMANIA.

 

So, this week`s item turned out to be a very complex one!

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Item#4 Amethyst

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Ametistul este o varietate de cuart, in carui structura cristalina s-au infliltrat impuritati (de tipul atomilor de fier, etc). Cea mai apreciata culoare este cea violeta (mov). Se folosesc ca geme. Indivizii cristalini (cuart drept si stang) evidentiata stresul mecanic la care a fost supusa mostra.

Amethyst is a quartz variety, the purple color is given by the impurities in the micro-crystal structure (by iron ions). The purple color is the most valued.


This item is dedicated to Dana H.

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