Apologetically, I must admit that as an acoustic piano purist, I often need an electronic when I'm doing a dinner party gig and there's no viable alternative. The house piano might be virtually impossible to play or there's no real piano on the premises. And while I love my Yamaha Arius YDP-141 for its touch/tonal… Continue reading Choosing a traveling (Portable) digital piano for myself
The BACKDROP Over in Fairbanks, Alaska the awards ceremony that capped a prolonged Internet channeled e-competition was dragged out mercilessly. Every sponsor under the sun had to be acknowledged, including Yamaha International that put its Disklavier center stage, UP-staging the old-fashioned way of delivering music to audiences. Would you believe, laudatory performances were memorialized on… Continue reading Two side-by-side approaches to Schubert and ONE wins a prize
This is the first Internet channeled "e-competition" that features a crop of well-trained adult pianists. The preceding Yamaha Disklavier sponsored events were youth-based and originated in the Midwest--(Minnesota to be exact) With current Disklavier technology flying high, the newest venue for pianists to dish out their talent with satellite assistance, is the great state of… Continue reading Awe-inspiring playing at the Alaska International Piano-E-Competition
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDersM94DbE These two music-makers are currently close companions. I moved Arius out of isolation to a more socially and musically compatible locale well after Steinway Upright 1098 was sold. The space-saving that accrued was particularly beneficial. Now that both grand and electronic live in side-by-side harmony (A 440-wise), I can slip under my acoustic and… Continue reading In Perfect Harmony: Steinway grand and Yamaha Arius digital
Harry Mello is the hero of this long-winded tale. Poor Yamaha Arius had lost her voice. She was dried out, and un-sustainable. All of her pedals, if not petals had died on the vine. She was speechless. To her dear rescue came the Yamaha Corporation, who dispatched Saint Mello from B Street Music to bring… Continue reading My Yamaha Arius digital is singing again!