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Artists Use Disklavier for Remote Masterclasses

As part of an ongoing effort to connect students and teachers worldwide, Yamaha has spent the last few years piloting a new feature of the Disklavier known as RemoteLesson. For about 5 years, this tool was limited to only a handful of teachers and performers as we experimented with best practices for successful online teaching. Now, several well-known Yamaha Artists have began experimenting with RemoteLesson to experience this technology, as well as to widen their reach to classical audiences and students worldwide. Why would a world-class pianists choose to teach a masterclass long distance? Turns out the reasons are as varied as the artists themselves.
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Former Jazz Partners Use Disklavier to Reunite from Two Coasts

CalArts Piano Duet small 200x146Los Angeles, CA....AND New York, NY - Spring, 2011 - The two thousand miles separating them didn’t stop long time jazz partners David Rosenboom and JB Floyd from collaborating on a musical project. Instead, they used Yamaha technology as the driving force behind CalArts Bi-Coastal Jazz, a live transcontinental piano concert that linked Internet-connected Disklavier pianos, audiences and performers at The Wild Beast music pavilion at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, California with the Yamaha Piano Salon in midtown Manhattan.
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Competing Engineers Set Sights on Disklavier

RENCON Mitsuyo Presents 200x133Stockholm, Sweden - July 30, 2013 - Computer engineers are constantly striving to get closer and closer to realistic human gestures, whether in movement, speech, or even “thinking.” (remember Deep Blue, anyone?) Those of us who spend a great deal of time combining music and technology know that musical expression is one of those elusive human behaviors that has long evaded the world of non-human production. Seeking to conquer this “holy grail” of modeling, Rencon [Musical Performance RENdering CONtest] began in 2002, as part of a conference workshop in Kyoto. Rencon has since become an international competition, encouraging advancement in this highly sophisticated realm.
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