"Classical artists making crossover music are usually sabotaged by a surfeit of technique and an inability to restrain themselves for emotional and musical clarity. Witness any opera singer tackling pop songs. They bludgeon them with virtuosity. That has never been pianist Clara Ponty's problem. A concert-trained pianist, she shifted gears several years ago to create music that revealed her classical background but fell into a new instrumental music netherworld. Clara Ponty's original compositions still linger with a haunted, if not always provocatrice, allure."
"You guessed it, the well noted violin master Jean-Luc Ponty has a daughter. A very beautiful and gifted one at that. Displaying Jazz, Classical and even New Age influences, Clara Ponty has created a compelling third album that reflects this young woman's natural gracefulness as well as her musical attributes both as a pianist and composer of considerable talent. Like Anoushka Shankar, Norah Jones and their father, Pandit Ravi Shankar, this album proves that indeed, the apple falls close to the tree."
"On Sunday, Taj Lands End had pianist Clara Ponty weave her magic on the ebony 'n' ivory keys... Clara's soulful music had the audience spell-bound. "
« Clara Ponty tisse sa magie sur les touches d'ivoire et d'ébène. »
"Ms. Ponty left her audience enchanted - with the music and the musician's haunting elegence."
« La traduction de ses sentiments à travers la musique la confirme comme étant une grande artiste à part entière. »
"(At a) much awaited Clara Ponty concert for music lovers in Bombay and New Delhi in December...Ponty fans got a delightful taste of her soulful pieces ranging from classics to jazz. The solo pieces, notable for their excellent use of counterpoint, were seamlessly blending classical, contemporary jazz, pop and African rhythms."
« Même sans paroles ou instruments supplémentaires, Clara Ponty crée avec son piano une atmosphère musicale étonnante chargée d'émotions. »
"With her piano as the centerpiece of her impressionistic style, Ponty is surrounded by the occasional subtle shadings of synthesizers, flutes, guitar, cello, syncopated tables, chimes, and unobtrusive percussion..."The Embrace" is an album abundant with evocative images."
« Le piano de Clara est au coeur de son style impressionniste, nuancé par l'utilisation ponctuelle de synthétiseurs, flûtes, guitare, violoncelle, tablas, carillons, sur fond de percussions... L'album « The Embrace » foisonne d'images évocatrices.»
The Embrace rises to the top in its musical complexity, integrity and pure artistry... Each track on The Embrace is a gem, and each is uniquely itself. Clara's amazing piano technique shines through on each piece, and she is joined by a fascinating combination of musicians and instruments."
"Each successive piece seems to document a more profound level of joyeousness, even in less than happy sentiments. A very in-tune debut disk."