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A Cultural Collaboration

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When Wayne State’s Music Department Chair, Dr. Linda Christensen isn’t coming up with new ways to use their school’s Disklavier pianos, she can be found teaching one of the most innovative class piano programs in the country in a state-of-the-art Yamaha Clavinova lab with computers and network connectivity at each station. In the 2013-14 school year, Christensen added a new twist to the class, inviting collaboration with counterparts at the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil.

This article originally appeared in The Wayne Stater. Reprinted by permission.
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Inna Faliks Uses Disklavier to Teach UCLA Students from New York City

Inna Faliks 01 200x150New York, NY - Ukrainian-born, New York City based pianist Inna Faliks is known for her sense of adventure. Committed to innovative programming, rarely heard and new music, as well as audience communication and education, Faliks has premiered many new works, and takes every opportunity to share her passion publicly. She is equally comfortable on stage with poets and actors, having recently joined Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol in “Admission – One Shilling,“ a play for a pianist and actor about the life of Dame Myra Hess, the great British pianist. Ms. Faliks is also the founder and curator of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council award winning interdisciplinary series Music/Words, a poetry-music series going into its 6th NYC season in 2013.
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Disklavier at Core of Ball State Songwriting Program

Robert WilleyMuncie, Indiana - Fall 2013 - When composer Robert Willey wants to help his Ball State University students capture their creative juices and hone their songwriting efficiency, he immediately fires up the Disklavier piano in his classroom. Willey uses the Disklavier for every step of the songwriting process, starting with basic conceptualizing exercises. 

“I record what we come up in class with during group composition brainstorming, and then email the students the MIDI files. For example, we might come up with a bass line or riff that students can incorporate in a song.”
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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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