Ponga (band)

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Origin Seattle, Washington
Genres Free-improvisation, Jazz
Years active 1997–2001
Labels Loosegroove, P-Vine
Members Dave Palmer (keyboards)
Bobby Previte (drums)
Skerik (saxophone)
Wayne Horvitz (keyboards)

Ponga was a Seattle-based improvisational quartet composed of Wayne Horvitz and Dave Palmer (keyboards), Bobby Previte (drums), and Skerik (saxophone). Ponga's performances and recordings were entirely improvised with no overdubs.

The quartet started in 1997 and upon their first self-titled release in 1999 toured North America, Europe and Japan to excellent reviews. Often described as "intuitive" with references to the electric bands led by Miles Davis in the late 1960s and 1970s, the group was also noted for styles that were all-encompassing. Reviews emphasize both aesthetic and technical expertise.[1][2][3] The first album was followed by a release of Re-mixes by such notables as Fila Brazillia, Spacetime Continuum, and Amon Tobin containing more danceable beats. The final release Psychological like the first was recorded live and in part at the O.K. Hotel in Seattle. Along with their live performances it also received favorable reviews.[4]



  • Ponga (Loosegroove 1998)
  • The Ponga Remixes (Loosegroove 1999)
  • Psychological (P-Vine 2000)


  1. ^ Boston Phoenix CD Reviews Jim Macnie, weeklywire.com, May 24, 1999 Retrieved April 3, 2007
  2. ^ Other jazz releases John Fordham, The Guardian (UK), July 23, 1999 Retrieved April 3, 2007
  3. ^ Ponga review AllAboutJazz Retrieved April 3, 2007
  4. ^ Spontaneous Composition: Ponga for the Sheer Sensual Pleasure of It James Kirchmer, The Stranger, December 6, 2001 Retrieved April 3, 2007

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