Eric came up with the band name, "Mistral", because of his fascination with the Mistral
in the South of France, a torrential storm everyone, even to this day, runs and shelters themselves from. Its annual arrival
is predictable and over the years, many of the buildings were designed to stand against the storm. By analogy, we expected
our music to take the world by storm. Our intentions with the style and power of the band were to be original and as
progressive as the genre would allow, without being overly pretentious.
Influences: Jethro Tull, Genesis, UK, ELP, Yes, Rush. As a classically trained keyboard player
and percussionist, I was influenced heavily by all these guys. Polyrhythms and lush orchestrations were my life! Eric
was most influenced by Ian Anderson and Genesis. We needed studio musicians to play bass, drums and guitars. Enter, Brad Foutch,
a Fripp-Eno kind of guitarist. He also played acoustic guitars on the title track of what was soon to be the first album,
Fortunes of War.