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Improv Guru George Lewis Performs Disklavier Work at Kennedy Center Event

Composer, performer, and music theorist George E. Lewis recently joined Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran in a special performance celebrating the 35th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows program. Lewis and Moran are both past MacArthur Fellows, named in 2002 and 2010, respectively. In discussing the work, Lewis detailed the setup of the one-of-a-kind performance, enthusiastically drawing on his 25-year history with the Disklavier, calling it a "reliable instrument, great instrument, great sound." Later in the discussion, Lewis makes analogies between musical artificial intelligence and computer-controlled anti-lock brake systems or even the Mars Rover, driving the point that there are many parallels between musical interaction and the operations of the everyday world. The work, essentially an improvised chamber piece for piano, trombone, and computer-controlled Disklavier, incorporates electronic elements, namely a degree of artificial intelligence, without any electronic sounds. The computer programming "listens" for musical elements via audio of the live players, then interprets them and interacts via the Disklavier. In addition to creating the Voyager interactive music performance software used in this performance, George Lewis is the author of The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, a two-volume work that examines the process of improvisation both in and out of the arts. 

Legendary Pianist Teaches Remote Lesson Masterclass to Moscow

In a pinnacle event for Yamaha's Disklavier-based Remote Lesson technology, Maestro Byron Janis has conducted a long distance masterclass from Yamaha Artist Services in New York City, with students of the Moscow Conservatory. The event took place Sep. 28, 2016.
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21st Century Composers Choose Disklavier

Pianist Daniel Koppelman plays a Disklavier connected with Gestural, a program authored by composer Christopher Dobrian to interact improvisationally with a live performer. The list of composers, arrangers, and multimedia artists using Disklavier in their work today is this century's A-list of innovators in music-making: David Rosemboom. Tod Machover. Steve Horowitz. Kyle Gann. Eve Egoyan. JB Floyd. Christopher Dobrian. Robert Black. Xiao Xiao. SO MANY others. With this list growing by the minute, we would like to carve some space here at the DEN to explore some of the many ways today's musical creators have put our favorite instrument to work, sometimes testing its limits.
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So Far, Yet So Close!

b2ap3_thumbnail_geri_allen_1_Thumb.jpgDAVIS, CALIF. (PRWEB) MARCH 24, 2016
Musicians in three locations – University of California (Davis, Calif.), SFJAZZ (San Francisco) and New World Symphony (Miami) – performed together simultaneously, in two time zones, in [YET ANOTHER] extraordinary live musical event, thanks to Yamaha Disklavier Remote Lesson technology.

This "co-located" performance on Tuesday featured renowned pianist and educator Geri Allen, who performed live in Davis; Chris Chafe of Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), who played cello from the New World Symphony in Miami, and the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, who performed in San Francisco.
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Flights of Fancy on a Fancy Fallboard

Xiao Xaio's Andante InstallationPianist and media artist Xiao Xiao craftily blends projections, interactive software, and, of course, a Disklavier, to expand the experience of being at the piano. We are delighted to have recently discovered her work, mostly created as part of her PhD studies in the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab. 
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