They’re reaped in deep history and culture, and now timeless Japanese Waka poems, dating back from the 13th century, are being revived for a modern day instrument – the digital piano.
When you think of your average, run-of-the-mill digital piano, you think, of course, first and foremost of the keys. Those dazzling black and white ivories, tinkling away. However, the future is here, and it has different ideas. Meet the Seaboard Grand. The futuristic keyless digital piano, that uses continuous touch ‘key-waves’. The fretless piano of the future.
A turner-prize nominee has gone above and beyond – quite literally- in waving goodbye to the old BBC studios in West London – by dangling a grand piano from a crane 50ft above them.
Tokyo is bringing the house down with their new Steinway showroom!
A fantastic new music shop has opened in Tokyo, and as well as selling beautiful instruments, the showroom in itself is a complete work of art. The whole shop is the Japanese flagship for piano giant, Steinway & Sons. The interior of the building has been designed to mimic the beauty of the piano, both in its finished state but also in the creative process of building the instruments. It also reflects the history of the world acclaimed company, where “clients can feel Steinway’s craftsmanship, philosophy, history, and the beauty of their instruments”, says Ogata Yoshiki who founded the studio.
The internet has been going wild with the news that Justin Bieber has been playing ‘classical piano’. Although this is clearly an incredibly loose term being applied here, it appears that Bieber was indeed spotted playing (or at least, trying to play) Beethoven’s Fur Elise. Apparently the whole rendition was recognisable, but certainly not good.
Farewell to the Starman
Yesterday, the music world was brought to a halt as we learned of the death of the original Starman, David Bowie. The rock God has inspired millions to go into the music career and has in fact inspired many of the other big names in the music industry today. Bowie was an inspiration to many, not just in the music industry, but also in the film world. His smash hit film Labyrinth will go down in history as being an eighties classic and there is absolutely no doubt that hundreds of thousands of Bowie fans spent last night huddled up in a blanket watching this iconic flick, fighting off the tears and fondly remembering the legend who has now passed into the stars, to once and for all become a Starman.
Do you want to give a stunning Christmas gift this year that will bring huge amounts of joy? Would you like to give a gift that will last for a lifetime and will inspire generations? If so, perhaps you should consider giving the gift of a Kawai KDP90 this year.
In this day and age so many children have access to technology it’s unbelievable what they are capable of! You will probably find that one in ten children who have either a smartphone or a tablet have a little digital piano app on which they can have a little play around at their own will. Most kids love playing on this kind of app as it is an excellent way for them to release creativity. If your child has been doing just this, then perhaps you should consider upgrading them to a keyboard, or a digital piano through which there will be no limits to their new found creativity.