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The Disklavier Frontier

Dr. Pamela D. Pike is the Aloysia Landry Barineau Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University, where she coordinates the group-piano and piano pedagogy program.

Dr. Pamela Pike, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University, has been using the Disklavier as a distance-learning and pedagogical tool for as long as just about anyone. Last year (2016), she had the idea to incorporate these technologies into her graduate students' service learning requirements, and she monitored the activities with a properly empirical study of the efficacy of the idea. Her findings were recently published in the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Journal, and we spoke to Dr. Pike about the process.
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Yamaha Artist Dan Tepfer shares his approach to interactive performance with the Disklavier at its center.
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TUSCALOOSA (April 26, 2017) –
In the spring of 2017, just as the semester was coming to a close, the University of Alabama's Dr. Edischer Savitsky helped introduce the institution to the concept of high-resolution distance learning. Using a Disklavier on loan to the school, he performed and taught a masterclass from another Disklavier at Yamaha's Artist Services Salon in New York City via the Remote Lesson feature.
Le Poisson Rouge is a gem of Manhattan's West Village, attracting the cutting edge of creatives from contemporary dance, performance art, theatre, music, and any combination of the above. Called "the coolest place to hear contemporary music in New York," by the New York Times, it only makes sense that the multimedia-ready theatre would include a Disklavier in their collection of instruments and technology.
Artists from genre-defying Francesco Tristano to improvisation icon Dan Tepfer to the electronics pioneer/composer/trombonist George Lewis have used the Disklavier in their performances.
Dan Tepfer at the Disklavier     photo © Debra Scherrer '16
Yamaha artist Dan Tepfer has long embraced the Disklavier as a performance tool. Using the Disklavier's ability to send and receive data in real time, Tepfer combines algorithmic computer programming and MIDI-driven visualizations to produce unique performances in which the piano becomes an equal partner to the composer.