Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Piano Envy

Innocently enough, some of my students contacted me today about upgrading their digital piano and wanted some advice. How were they to know it would unleash the beast within known as PIANO ENVY! I've found the most amazing pianos (not all are digital.) My lottery ticket numbers are: 16, 18, 30, 36, 37 and the MEGA Number is: 3. Keep your fingers crossed!

I'm so in love with this little gem. When my 1908 Steinway goes to Montana to reside at Ashley Lake...I think this would be the perfect replacement. It's a Yamaha Modus digital piano.

and in yellow - so adorable! I'm reconsidering my master plan...maybe the Steinway stays in California and this goes to the lake...

This is Yamaha's AdvantGrand Piano - such an awesome name. The speakers are in the top of the piano, so the sound reverberates on the lid like an acoustic piano wood. Sub woofers are used for the bast notes.

I love the red interior.

And for more red...there is Elton John's Red piano also by Yamaha.

A few years ago I saw a 9' clear Lucite art case for a Yamaha digital grand...I can't find it now, but I'm looking. I think it was around $35K.

And this is the most amazing of all....(not digital, but WHO CARES!)

Schimmel's K 208 Pegasus Oval piano. OMG! It is only $200K. Lenny Kravitz has one. (Hmmmm so I just need one hit single to get one...KIDDING! I know that I would have to co-write, co-produce, play multiple instruments, etc. to be like Lenny!)

More later...I have the Steinway Art Case series to explore.

Monday, June 15, 2009

8 Hands

Anne, Jeremy, John and I gathered at John and Juli's place in Napa to play music arranged for Eight Hands (many editions by John Poole). We read through works by Haydn, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven...

some of the scores...

John gets a note, Jeremy gets a rest...

I get the notes, Anne gets to rest...

John and Jeremy

Anne and me at the piano

Jasmine takes a nap. Must be a "slow and quiet" movement...

Thanks Juli for taking the photos!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Playing Bach to Lose Weight

I often complain that I spend hours practicing and it is such hard physical work, yet I never lose an ounce of weight. Now I see, courtesy, of You Tube that if I had this piano, I'd be oh so trim and still be able to play Bach!

Monday, June 1, 2009

I'm on You Tube...

...just an excerpt of our piece - 12 Downloadable Ringtones - for piano and cell phone.... We performed at the Walden Alum Composer's Forum on Saturday, May 30 at the San Francisco Girl's Chorus rehearsal room. Our clip on the YouTube video excerpt is about halfway through this compendium: http://tr.im/alumforum09

Photos from the rehearsal...

David giving me the cue to start with the cell phone...

you can barely see the cell phone in David's hand, but it is there!

If you'd like to have our compositions on your cell phone...visit Renditions Music to download a ringtone for your phone.