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A Disklavier Jam in an Ancient Plaza

A Disklavier Jam in an Ancient Plaza
In October 2020, German keyboard artist Tobias Schmitz (also known as EINS) performed a uniquely modern, socially distant musical happening centered around the connectivity of the Disklavier. The location, Trier's Porta Nigra, is the largest remaining Roman structure (built circa 170 AD) north of the Alps. Click the image to hear the performance on YouTube!

AvantGrand Helps Bravo! Vail Keep the Music Playing

In a normal summer, the hills of Vail, Colorado, are alive with the sounds of the long-running Bravo! festival. But this is far from a normal summer, of course. Still, with Yamaha Artist Anne-Marie McDermott at the helm as artistic director, the festival adapted with an unwavering committment to providing live music. In addition to the now-common online concerts and educational offerings, and the limited-seating outdoor concerts you might expect, Bravo! also commissioned a fully mobile stage, dubbed "The Music Box", to roam the streets of Vail, providing chamber music to anyone who cared to pause for a socially-distanced short program. 
Anne-Marie McDermott plays a Yamaha AvantGrand N3X at Bravo! Vail
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A Couple of Disco Artists Notice a Disklavier Hiding In the Corner...

A Couple of Disco Artists Notice a Disklavier Hiding In the Corner...
Back in the beforetimes, Disco / Dubstep artists Jas Shaw and Bas Grossfeldt were working on an collaboration in a Cologne, Germany studio, when they noticed a Disklavier hiding in the corner. Shaw whipped up a Max/MSP patch to control the instrument, and Grossfeldt did some creative damping with the strings to produce interesting, etherial sonoroties. Available on the Drone label, the resulting album is a chilled cocktail of ambience simply called Klavier, with track names minimalistically named only by dynamic markings. Shaw is best known as a founding member of Simian Mobile Disco, and he released his first solo album last year. Grossfeldt, meanwhile, is known for contemporary art under his real name, Søren Siebel. As Bas Grossfeldt, he has an EP forthcoming on Juan Atkins' Metroplex label.

Freiburg University Taps Disklavier for Covid-Era Entrance Exams

Freiburg University Taps Disklavier for Covid-Era Entrance Exams
Freiburg University of Music is a prestigious international music college, which has trained students from countries and regions all over the world and has produced many renowned musicians since its opening in 1946. Prospective students come from all over the world to take the University’s entrance examinations, which are held in June every year and include a practical performance component; however, this year, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, examinees from other countries faced significant difficulties taking the test locally in Freiburg. To solve this problem, the University introduced remote entrance exams for the first time ever, utilizing the musical instruments and technologies provided by Yamaha to enable practical performance tests of piano playing from remote locations. Read more details at the Yamaha Educator Blog!

University of Oregon Takes Disklavier for a Spin

Pianist Alexandre Dossin and the students at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance have partnered with Classic Pianos to arrange the use of a Disklavier in the 2020 Spring semester. Before school was closed due to the pandemic, Dossin experience long-distance teaching, as he instructed students at Brigham Young University via the Disklavier Remote Lesson feature.Alexandre Dossin Teaches a BYU Student via Remote Lesson on Diskalvier
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