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Shana Kirk

Shana Kirk

Shana Kirk is a pianist, teacher, technology consultant, and arts advocate in Denver, CO. Focusing on teaching and performing technologies, she presents performances and workshops at music and music education events and conferences nationwide. She is also a frequent contributor to publications such as American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion.


Canadian pianist Eve Egoyan, widely known for shattering genres with performances of contemporary works. Earwitness is a set of performance projects specifically using Disklavier, in which Egoyan has either commissioned or collaborated with visual artists for a completely immersive experience. 
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Most of our DEN discussions about composition involve how to make the Disklavier most accurately record or perform in special circumstances. Many composers like to use Disklavier to explore rhythms and speeds that are beyond human playability. We've dealt with MIDI ins and outs, prepared strings, algorhythmic mutations of playing, you name it. 

Composer Hans Tammen turns all of that exactitude on its head, exploring the sonic creations made possible by the LIMITS of the Disklavier's own mechanical elements. In Music for Choking Disklavier (2006, Clang) Tammen built projects in the authoring environment Max/MSP to tax the Disklavier BEYOND its limits of velocity and data. In some moments the volume is set too low to make the hammers actually strike strings, producing extended spans of muted rhythmic thumping. In others, data overload causes the Disklavier to "choke", punctuating spans of silence with clumps of note-data all at once. The result is an eerie soundscape with its own beauty and interest. Don't take our word for it, though--listen for yourself!

What's the most unusual thing you've ever done with a Disklavier? Let us know! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Yamaha Artist Lisa Yui's 2014 DVD release Lisa Yui - 4 Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Performance and Commentary has earned critical acclaim worldwide, fast becoming a go-to resource for educators and pianists looking or insight into four of Beethoven's most highly regarded works. Traversing Op. 10 No. 2 In F Major, Op. 27 No. 2 in C-sharp Minor "Moonlight", Op. 53 in C Major "Waldstein", and Op. 57 in F Minor "Appassionata", the listener is guided through a detailed and engaging journey--a glimpse into the evolution of Beethoven's relationship with the piano.  

Believe it or not, an early DisklavierTV event was actually part of the inspiration for this collection, and this content continues to be available on-demand for DisklavierTV subscribers. If your Disklavier is set up to view DisklavierTV (see the setup instructions, HERE), you may see and hear Dr. Yui's performance and commentary on the Waldstein and Appasionata sonatas on your own piano! Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite DisklavierTV performance? Let us know --email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ! 





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Congratulations to the Sydney Conservatorium, the first institution in Australia to purchase a DCFX Disklavier Concert Grand! Yamaha Australia reports that Dr Robert Curry, Principal of the Conservatorium High School, travelled to Yamaha's factory in Japan earlier this year and chose the Disklavier for its many educational possibilties, including remote learning opportunities. The piano will be launched officially in late July featuring Stephanie McCallum (Associate Professor of Piano, Sydney Conservatorium of Music), and special guest recitals performed live from London and Seoul.

As our DEN map continues to expand, we would love to hear what is happening in YOUR corner of the globe! 
 
Last year's DEN Audition participants were able to choose from many new recording sites, including several locations abroad. This increase in participation and wider adoption of the technology has even caught the attention of mainstream press. Check out this article by FastCompany's Sean Captain, who recently interviewed DEN consultant George Litterst on the program (click to read the entire article at FastCompany):
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