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Melding with the Machine: Dan Tepfer's Creative Relationship with the Disklavier

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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.NPR's Jazz Night In America recently profiled Tepfer's creative process at the Disklavier in this wonderful video narrative:
Dan Tepfer Link to NPR
 

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.