Ponga was a quartet of four bandleaders: Dave Palmer - Keyboards, Bobby
Previte - Drums, Skerik - Saxophone and Electronics and Wayne Horvitz
- Keyboards. Ponga toured and recorded in North America, Europe, and Japan. The
music of Ponga was 100% improvised.
Ponga released 3 CD's and a 12" vinyl: Ponga (1998) and
The Ponga Remixes (1999) were both released by Loosegroove. Tracks from
the remix CD were also released on 12" vinyl. Psychological (2000) received a
Japanese release on P-Vine. Psychological is also available in a domestic
self-released version, here at the merchandise page.
Dave Palmer performed and recorded with Chris Isaak, Joe Henry, MC
900 Ft. Jesus, Seal, Cake, and Fiona Apple among others. More
recent projects included the Earl Harvin Trioand the Austin Underground Music
Bobby Previte leads his own
ensembles including Bump the Renaissance, Latin for Travelers, Weather Clear,
Track Fast, The Beta Popes and The Coalition of the Willing.
Bobby has recorded for Rykodisc, ENJA, and Palmetto Records. As a
sideman he worked with Tom Waits, Terry Adams of NRBQ, Jane Ira
Bloom, Ray Anderson, Johnny Copeland and minimalist composer John
Adams. He was commissioned to create music for The Moscow Circus and appeared in
Robert Altman's Short Cuts.
Skerik has been co-leader of
Critters Buggin' and Crack Sabbath. Currently he leads Skerik's Syncopated Taint
Septet and he's involved in many other projects. He recorded and performed with Les
Claypool, Charlie Hunter, Mike Clark, Fred Wesley, Tuatara
(w/Peter Buck) and Stanton Moore, among others.
What the critics said about Ponga:
"Organic and synthesized traditions have collapsed into each other at Ponga headquarters,
and the resulting double-helix intertwine sounds like no other."
James Kirchmer, The Stranger