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Manhattan Creative Space Features Disklavier

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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.

Recently, Prof. George Lewis of Columbia University performed at Le Poisson Rouge as a part of 75th birthday celebration of composer Petr Kotik alongside Philip Glass and Alex Mincek (Assistant Professor of composition and music technology at Northwestern University)--check out their interactions with Disklavier in this clip: 

Shana Kirk has been passionate about the combination of music, teaching, and technology since the early 1990s. As an undergrad at Lipscomb University, armed with a Yamaha PSR and a Mac Classic computer, she may have been the first freshman music theory student in history to turn in homework on floppy disk! As a graduate student at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, she learned how to avoid extra accompanying rehearsals with the magic of the Yamaha Disklavier. She has been teaching, performing, and helping others with music technology ever since.

In addition to an active teaching and performing career, Shana participates in extensive music outreach. During 2000, she helped develop and operate the "What Makes Music?" discovery center for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. She also helped develop Yamaha's Say Yes to Music outreach initiative, performing exclusively on Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos in elementary schools across the US.

Currently, as a music education technology consultant, Shana works with industry leaders including Yamaha, TimeWarp Technologies, Keys to Imagination, and Piano Adventures, to guide music educators in 21st century teaching practices through workshops, webinars, and technical support.

Recognized as an expert in the technologies associated with independent music instruction, she has presented workshops and performances at events including MTNA National Conference, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, College Music Society, Association for Technology in Music Instruction, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, The Royal Conservatory's Summer Summit, The Canadian Music Teachers' Association, and numerous regional and state events. As a writer, she frequently contributes music and music-technology based articles to such publications as Clavier Companion and American Music Teacher.

Here at DEN, Shana loves to discover all the new things that teachers and schools are doing with Disklavier, and is constantly experimenting at her home studio in Denver, CO.