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March 31, 07

Tech Too Cool: Jott

I just discovered this free beta service a few days ago and still can't believe how well it works! Jott is a free beta service that enables text transcription of phone messages. Sounds simple - and it's precisely the simplicity that makes this service open up so many powerful possibilities. Transcription is completely automated, and surprisingly accurate - you call a toll-free number from a registered cell phone, and within minutes your message will be transcribed and sent to your email address, or forwarded to a pre-determined group of people, making for a serious time-saving alternative to calling each person one at a time.

I've developed a real aversion to paper lately, especially given the rise of technologies like Gmail and Web 2.0 applications that free your information from physical boundaries by its accessibility from virtually any computer anywhere. Jott seems to be another great tool for capturing thoughts and ideas on the fly, combining the power of Web 2.0 with the convenience of the cell phone. For example, i frequently pass students at school who are asking me to remember performance/accompaniment requests or other sundry administrative details. My typical response has been for them to email me lest i forget, but now with Jott i can accommodate those requests right on the spot - particularly from folks who don't have access to email (or who tend to forget to remind me! LOL)

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March 29, 07

Music Meets Tech #24: Visual Recital in Brazil, Part 1 - Pictures at an Exhibition

I finally received the DVD video and CD audio files for my performances at the I Virtuosi Festival in Recife, Brazil this past December! The stage crew did a fantastic job getting the Visual Recital setup together - and what a terrific setup, with the images filling up the entire back wall of the theater!

Here is the first portion of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition", with the following sections to be presented as consecutive video podcasts. The entire performance will eventually be available as a hi-def video download.

This video performance is being presented as a Quicktime Video file (approximately 52.5 MB) and as an iPod-compatible Video Podcast (77 MB for the video iPod format). Running time is appoximately 9.5 minutes.
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March 28, 07

Triple Honors

I can't think of a greater musical honor than to have composer create works that are dedicated to someone. Composer John Carollo met me 'virtually' in MySpace and we've enjoyed a wonderful collaborative relationship, particularly with the inclusion of three of his preludes into my first Visual Recital program. John recently completed three etudes within a larger compilation, and he was kind enough to share them with me as follows:

Etude No. 13 by John Carollo

Etude No. 14 by John Carollo

Etude No. 15 by John Carollo

Thank you so much, John, for the incredible honor! This is the first time anyone has ever dedicated works to me - i can't wait to put them together for performance! Hope my chops are up to snuff...

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March 27, 07

Momentum for the Visual Recital Concept

Things are really beginning to move forward for the Visual Recital concept! Last week i had the opportunity to have lunch with Elizabeth Serkin, daughter of legendary pianist Rudolph Serkin, and Thomas DeWolfe , director of a wonderful classical music outreach program to public schools in Greenport, NY to discuss ideas for how the Visual Recital could be used to connect with young audiences that have had absolutely no exposure to classical music. Much enthusiasm ensued over a delicious lunch at Branzino's! Looks like we'll be aiming to put together a combination workshop/performance project for sometime in the fall, possibly in November, and maybe even some other collaborations with local art institutions in the near future...

The following day, in a small classroom at Juilliard i had the opportunity to get together with three Astral Artists - violinist Jennifer Curtis, cellist Susan Babini, and pianist Michael Mizrahi - to demonstrate the Visual Recital and brainstorm about creating a new show in collaboration with them.

Demonstrating the Visual Recital for Astral Artists

Being able to expose classical musicians to cutting edge technologies like the Tablet PC and multimedia enhancements to live performances is a tremendous credit to both the visionary outlook of Astral Artistic Services and the creative open-mindedness of the artists in their roster!

Showing my Tablet PC setup for the Visual Recital

Inara and Zoe, my two tablet PC's

We're hoping to put together a program of three piano trio movements from Beethoven, Brahms and Paul Schoenfield's "Cafe Music" for a trial outreach at a North Philadelphia public school in May. After having been the only one designing, assembling and operating the whole system single-handedly, it's going to be a lot of fun 'handing this off' to other performers!

Brainstorming on the new Visual Recital show

Equally exciting will be the opportunity for the Astral Artists to borrow some of my computer equipment to get some real 'hands on' time with all the technologies i've been so passionate about.

Showing the Tablet PC up close

Michael's even open to the idea of trying out my digital piano setup! I can't wait to get his reaction to a program like Pianoteq...

Michael seems to get the 'WOW' factor when inking with a Tablet PC!


A warm "Thank You" to Bonnie Slobodien, director of Astral's outreach and education programs, for sharing the wonderful pictures! I'll be sure to keep you all posted on the young wings of the Visual Recital concept!

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March 24, 07

Piano4 at the Kimmel Center

Piano4, that dynamic quartet of grand pianos, will be giving a concert at the Kimmel Center this coming Wednesday, March 28th at 7:30 pm. I had a reading session with them once, and it was a blast! They have the most wonderful repertoire, the most amazing arrangements - you really have to hear the power and the beautiful blend of these instruments to appreciate the full scope of their expressive artistry!

They're introducing a new member to their group, a fantastic Curtis alumni pianist Vitalij Kuprij, who's bound to add an amazing energy and charisma to the ensemble!

Click on the picture below to see a 5 minute video documentary on this wonderful Philadelphia-based group.



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March 23, 07

Preview of Pianoteq Version 2

More cats out of bags! The announcement for the pending release of Pianoteq 2 is now official - the new version is slated to be available April 4th, and there's a preview page that's just been posted featuring several new recordings demonstrating the revamped sound design and added capabilities (a number of the recordings featuring lil ol' me!) The folks at Pianoteq have requested to use one of my Chopin recordings as the 'default' MIDI file in their program, meaning that everyone who gets a copy of the new version will be able to hear my interpretation of the Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2 any time they open the program - pretty cool, huh?

Before i run by the new features and technical specs, be sure to take a listen to the upgraded sound of this virtually modeled piano (let me know what you think!):

  • Demo recording of Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2 by F. Chopin, played on Pianoteq 2 C2 Medium Preset, half-open lid


  • Here are some of the new capabilities of the upcoming version:

    - stand-alone version - that means, you no longer need a separate VST host program to operate Pianoteq
    - microtuning with scala support
    - lid position (open, half-open, closed)
    - stereo pan slider
    - key release velocity
    - smooth adjustment of parameters during play


    They didn't mention this, but i hope it's ok to point out my favorite new feature: the vastly improved Damper pedal control. The previous version had a form of continuous damper control, but it was mapped over such a narrow range that it was nearly impossible to distinguish. I suggested a much wider depression range, and the resulting adjustment feels so much better, simulating the way an actual physical damper pedal can be gradually depressed or released, as opposed to the "on/off" feeling of many digital damper pedals on the market.

    Another bit of good news is the fact that the Version 2 upgrade will be free to existing customers!

    By the way, a few folks emailed me (and even posted here) about finding Pianoteq Version 1 lacking in sound quality - i had the same opinions when i first downloaded Pianoteq, but i also saw the amazing potential of the program when i first tried it out, especially in comparison to the other piano sample libraries on the market. I sent off an email to the Pianoteq folks voicing my thoughts and criticisms, and was amazed to find a responsive team eager to collaborate to improve the program! I guess the morale of the story is to never be afraid to voice your opinions if you're interested in making something better - you never know when they'll be taken seriously!

    i'd be very curious to hear what you think about the samples from the upcoming version!

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    March 20, 07

    Scheduling 101, or 6 Steps to becoming a Time Lord

    A large portion of my 'day job' at Curtis is serving as its Director of Student Recitals and Outside Concerts ("gigs", in the music world vernacular). That involves setting up new venues for our students to perform in, hiring the students, administrating logistics and invoices between presenters and performers, putting the actual programs together, and making sure I-20 Visa records for the international students are properly updated (among other things). Fortunately, i have a fantastic database that i've custom designed to handle pretty much everything in the workflow from hiring to concert to paychecks. UN-fortunately, i still have to deal with students who - despite their phenomenal musical talent - more often than not are seriously lacking in good communication or organizational skills.

    A recent snafu involving a student who accidentally double-booked himself for two concerts on the same day had me scrambling to find a replacement at the last minute (a role i find myself playing far more often than i'd like) and stewing to post this 'rant':

  • RELIABILITY = HIRE-ABILITY - you can be the most brilliant musician student in the world, but if you don't show up on time or fulfill basic obligations you will quickly find yourself shuffled to the back of the consideration list.


  • OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND = OUT OF JOB - too often, conservatory students think that presenters (and administrators) possess super-human powers of clairvoyance and that we will be able to peer into the cloistered workings of the practice room to count all the drops of sweat over that Scriabin etude. Hate to admit this, but despite our amazing tools of technology, if you don't communicate and make yourself heard and responsive, you will quickly be forgotten


  • THE HILL IS CROWDED WITH KINGS AND QUEENS - Conservatory students tend to spend so much time focusing on their art, it's almost natural to think that they will rise to recognition by the sheer greatness of what they do. A quick survey of the membership lists of sites like MySpace.com, ClassicalLounge.com, and even the rosters of major managements everywhere will quickly reveal that the music world is crowded with top talent vying for attention. Art and Dedication without Professionalism is like trying to sit on a 2-legged stool...


  • Well, this article could go on and on, but i need to get back to my desk job - so if you're a music student struggling to bring some order into your life of chaos, wanting to pacify the dragons of your school's administration or the vexing rants of your teachers and colleagues, here are some steps to becoming a Time Lord by way of one of the most basic tools of professionalism, SCHEDULING:

  • 1. Choose your weapon and be consistent - i once met a student who carried around 3 schedule books, one for personal appointments, another for school-related things, the third for musical activities. Little wonder that she was ALWAYS running into conflicts and double booking herself! Being a fan of technology, i'm most comfortable with digital PDA's (personal digital assistants, ie: devices like Pocket PC's or Palm Pilots) and have my schedule book built into my Samsung i-730 Pocket PC phone, but it's really a matter of personal preference and comfort level. The important thing is - whether digital or paper, Franklin Paper Planner or Blackberry device - to make sure EVERYTHING goes into that chosen scheduling medium. The nice thing about Pocket PC's of course is the fact that my schedule gets automatically backed up each time i dock the device and recharge, so if i lose my PDA i still have a record of everything...unlike paper...


  • 2. Keep your schedule medium on your person at all times - paper or digital PDA, cell phone applet or a full-blown program like Microsoft Outlook, your powers of scheduling will avail you naught if you don't have your scheduling medium with you at all times! Calls for that amazing last-minute opportunity can arrive at any moment - lessons may need to be moved around - the ability to see if any event is possible will only work if you can instantly access your schedule for reference and input. The worst thing i hear from students is, "I think I can do that - but i left my schedule book at home...", because nine times out of ten i can be assured that i will receive a call or an email containing mortified apologies...


  • 3. Know NOW - the fanciest DayTimer will serve you no purpose if you don't make a habit of checking your availability for incoming events immediately. Waiting to input items into your schedule later is a certain recipe for disaster. I really like the GTD (Getting Things Done by David Allen) principle of getting things off of your mind and into your memory devices as quickly as possible (memory devices being things like schedule books, journals, file folders, etc.). The less you have swimming in your head, the more stress-free you can be. Schedule books can be amazing receptacles to keep our daily data in order, but they're only useful if you don't delay in putting information in and immediately checking what's there against incoming events.


  • 4. Pencil in the Maybe's - i have a confession to make: i hate voicemails. My preferred medium of communication is email. That being said, there is an inherent delay from sending a message to receiving a response. Sometimes, when multiple people are looking for available times in my schedule to rehearse, it can get confusing to remember which person i offered time slot A or B to. One useful trick i've adopted is to pencil in all the "maybe's" into my schedule - for instance, if i'm asking student John Doe for his availability on Wednesday at 3 pm, instead of waiting for his response, i'll immediately mark into my schedule "Rehearsal with John Doe?" - the "?" is my tag for unconfirmed appointments. As they respond and i double check the event, i can remove the "?" as confirmed. This helps enormously to avoid confusion and double bookings among simultaneous pending responses.


  • 5. Schedule To-Do's - "To-Do" lists are only as useful as they are reviewed and acted on to "Get Done". Too many times my TD lists are left wilting in the dark recesses of my Pocket PC phone. That may be ok for long-term goals, but for immediate tasks i try to keep them away from the TD list and place them directly into my schedule book. Amazing how much more gets done that way...


  • 6. Review in the Morning, Preview at Night - i need to take this advice more to heart, but it's still good to flesh out. Too often i head out the door without so much as glancing at my schedule, relying on the faulty neurons in my head to remind me of the day's events. A good habit to get into would be to review the day's upcoming events at breakfast, then to preview the NEXT day's events at dinner. That way you can plan your sleep and wake times accordingly and minimize the last minute 'surprises'.


  • I'm sure there are tons of other good scheduling advice, but these are the items that immediately come to mind in light of the behavior i see among too many students. Well, that's my rant for the day, and...oops, time for lunch! Gotta go!




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    March 19, 07

    Modeling the Perfect Piano

    "C3 to C6 sounds a bit dull and fuzzy - can you deepen the tone and harden the hammers a bit for that range?"

    "C-sharp 7 to F-sharp 7 is a little on the bright side - can we soften the hammers in particular between C6 to C8 and cut down on the decay rate between C-sharp 7 to F-sharp 7?"

    In the 'real world', it's a rarity to be able to work with a piano technician to achieve the ultimate sound setup on a piano, given the limitations of time and expense. Even if both are in abundance, the piano as a physical creature begins to deteriorate from its pristine condition from the first note being struck, being a slave to the laws of entropy.

    In the digital world, a strange new state of 'pristine' becomes possible, where an ideal condition no longer needs to be held subject to the same effects of physical decay. A tuned digital piano will stay tuned 'forever' (well, at least for the life of the unit in any case). In working with the folks at Pianoteq, the French software company developing the world's first virtually modeled piano, i'm finding that we're able to discuss virtually all of the same factors that come into play with a physical piano - issues of voicing, tuning, tone, even 'mechanical' handling of the pedal and note responses - which makes the experience of playing the Pianoteq instrument eerily close to working with the 'real thing'! The programmers have been really amazing, working with all of my suggestions and coming back to me almost daily (sometimes multiple times a day!) with new prototypes to test out and comment on. Version 2 of Pianoteq is forthcoming very soon, and while i can't comment on the specifics of what the new version features, i will mention that i'm really excited about the huge improvements! As soon as the Version 2 is released i'll be sure to post an announcement, and hopefully soon i'll also be able to work on a video podcast demonstrating some of its amazing features...

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    March 15, 07

    Under the Radar Radio: Counterstream Radio

    It's shocking to reveal that Philadelphia does not have a 24-hour classical music radio station. We have a half-classical half-jazz mix thanks to Temple University's WRTI station, but that's about it on the airwaves within the City of Brotherly Love. If classical music has it bad here, you can imagine the absolute embargo against contemporary art music which has never had any meaningful representation on any radio station i know of (feel free to correct me here - please!) Despite the cultural apathy in this country to our greatest musical resources, there are a handful of amazing organizations that champion the modern art composer, one of them being the American Music Center, the mother organization to the NewMusicBox.org and NewMusicJukebox.org websites, as well as membership-based online directories for chamber ensembles that are committed to presenting modern art music and opportunities for composers.

    AMC has just launched their new online radio station, Counterstream Radio, with the 'official' launch party to begin tomorrow (March 16th) at 3 pm, featuring an interview with Meredith Monk and Bj÷rk. This is refreshing stuff and a vital resource if you want to be plugged in to the amazing creativity of today's art composers and performers! The streaming radio station website features a simplistic "buy" link to purchase CD's of the represented work on Amazon and a basic information link that just provides the names of the composer and performers - i wish a more detailed link could connect the tracks to the composers/performers' websites or other biographical resources, hopefully that's a feature that will be considered as Counterstream evolves.

    Challenge your ears and your imagination today! Give Counterstream Radio a try!

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    Free Antivirus Software for Windows: Clamwin

    I'm not a fan of Norton's antivirus software, particularly after reading reports of its sluggish performance and bloated file/resource hogging size. Like so many others, i've enjoyed using the free version of Grisoft's AVG antivirus - well, free until the end of last month, when Grisoft discontinued support of the free version in an effort to coerce everyone to start paying for the program (not really surprising, but it would be interesting to see what the final stats are for people who gave in to the arm twisting and converted into paying customers).

    Just when i thought i would have to brave the wilds of the internet without a decent antivirus shield, a good friend of mine recommended that i try an open source (=FREE) antivirus program called Clamwin for Windows (sorry, no Mac version yet...) I just installed it on one of my older computers, where it's in the middle of a full sweep of the hard drives - i'll report on the performance of this program when it's done. One thing to note is that Clamwin does NOT provide realtime protection against viruses or spyware - you have to manually launch Clamwin to scan any suspected files, or rely on the scheduled sweeps of your hard drive.

    More on Clamwin after it finishes scouring my drives..

    *NOTE* - as i was creating the links for Grisoft's AVG antivirus product, i noticed that while free version 7.1 is being discontinued, they're now offering a new upgraded free product (7.5) - if you want to give it a try, you can go to their link here.

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    March 14, 07

    Digital tools for audition season

    We're in the thick of auditions at Curtis - i accompanied the flute auditions about a week ago or so and wanted to pass along two fantastic tools that helped make them run smoother:

  • Windows Live Desktop Search - as Kaylee, my trusty old Fujitsu ST5022D Tablet PC runs a version of Windows XP, i had depended on an old alphabetical folder filing system to keep track of all the repertoire needed for various auditions. Believe it or not, flute auditions require the widest range of scores, more than even violin auditions! While the alpha system worked reasonably well, it was still cumbersome to hunt down particular works on the fly. Enter Microsoft's answer to Google Search for the Desktop, Windows Desktop Search 3.01. Once the program fully indexes your computer, the search time is instantaneous, with a nice preview pane for most (not all) document formats and direct links to open the files. Windows Desktop Search will not only search the file names, it also does a terrific job of recognizing text within the files! This search capability, incidentally, is built into the new Windows operating system Vista, but if you're not planning to upgrade right away, Windows Desktop Search definitely needs to be part of your XP system.


  • MyFax.com - i've actually been using this internet based fax service for a few months now as a way to eliminate what little paper clutter remains in my office workflow. One major headache has been the paper time sheets that my staff pianists have had to submit, especially if i didn't have physical access to my Curtis mailbox in the faculty lounge (during concert travel times, for instance). For about $10 per month, MyFax.com gives me a toll-free number for folks to send me their faxes, which in turn gets converted to PDF files and sent to my email inbox. This service became a life saver for the auditions when a handful of applicants wanted to play repertoire that the library didn't have - they were able to easily send me faxed copies of the score, enabling me to prepare a better audition accompaniment service for them (while saving me the time from having to scan the pages into my tablet pc myself!) Keep in mind, fax resolution is low to begin with, so music scores sent this way will not look ideal...but it's better than nothing if you're in an emergency situation.


  • Don't forget portable digital recorders like the various models available for the iPod (like the MicroMemo Digital Audio microphone by XtremeMac) or USB microphone solutions like Samson's C01U if you happen to bring a laptop (or a tablet pc!) with you. Instant recording and playback can be invaluable, especially when putting unfamiliar repertoire together in a hurry!

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    March 12, 07

    International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)

    This was just posted a few days ago on the Piano World forums - The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) is an amazing free archive of public domain scores set in a Wiki format. In case you're not familiar with Wiki's, they're a type of open website where anyone can contribute or edit articles. All changes are logged and usually subject to approval by the original author or a group of editors. The amazing power of the Wiki comes from the free flow of information and contributions from a large user base.

    As of this writing, IMSLP has a collection of 2,255 works. Some notable ones on first glance are a set of piano etudes by Felix Mendelssohn and a Piano Quartet by Gustav Mahler - neat stuff!!

    The contemporary music section is small and comes with a large copyright disclaimer to dissuade anyone from posting illegal material (unless the composer is posting him/herself). Hopefully this type of resource will grow to help more contemporary composers gain exposure and better dissemination of their works.

    This is the type of resource that depends on the kindness of its community. I hope to pop in from time to time to offer suggestions and wish list items for scores i'd love to see...

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    March 08, 07

    Shiny Arrival

    Say hello to "Inara", the latest addition to my Tablet PC family! Inara is the Fujitsu ST5032D Tablet PC in the dock on the left - Kaylee, my trusty old ST5022D, is lying down on the right, getting ready to pass the mantle en route to semi-retirement/backup status:

    Inara (the ST5032D on the left) and Kaylee (the ST5022D on the right)

    I recently sold my backup Fujitsu ST5011 Tablet PC, which gave me the means to get an "upgrade". Kaylee, my main ST5022D unit, has been looking kind of ragged lately, sadly the result of a serious mistake i made when i purchased her: neglecting to affix a screen protector!

    Kaylee's LCD screen is looking pretty beat up these days

    In this shot, you can just make out the scratch on the bottom that came as a result of a nasty tumble on stage during a Sequenza 21 concert - aside from the minor cosmetic blemish, Kaylee still functioned beautifully:

    Kaylee's LCD screen from another angle

    Poor Kaylee - weathered, beat up, but still a hard worker and running in tip top shape despite the marred looks...funny thing is, you really can't see the LCD chip marks when music is displayed (the marks can be clearly seen when Kaylee has a darker background on screen). Nevertheless, i knew that once i sold her unnamed little sister, i'd have to get an upgraded unit to replace her as my primary concert unit.

    I slapped on a screen protector the instant i pulled Inara out of the box, but i was foolish enough to do it over the carpet in my eagerness to protect her good looks. Despite all my efforts to wipe off the dust, i still managed to capture a LOT of hair and dust flecks under the screen protector:

    Inara's LCD with dust trapped under the screen protector

    Annoying, yes, but actually not a big deal, as the dust and hair flecks can't really be seen when viewed head on. At least the screen is reasonably protected now, and will still look pristine when it comes time to change the screen protector (probably next year sometime). Note to self: change the screen protector over the tiled kitchen table instead of the carpet next time!

    Inara looks identical to Kaylee on the outside, but packs much more of a whollop on the inside:

    Kaylee's specs:

  • 60 Gig hard drive

  • 1 gig RAM

  • 1.1 GHz Intel Pentium M processor


  • Inara's specs:

  • 80 Gig hard drive

  • 2 gig RAM

  • 1.2 GHz Intel Pentium M processor


  • Apparently this was a brand new unit, as opposed to the refurbished ones that Fujitsu normally unloads on eBay - extra battery and Microsoft Office (business version) included made this a very, very sweet deal!

    Given my complete dependence on tablet pc's for all of my music scores now, it only makes sense to have multiple units for backup purposes. Hard drives can fail at any time - i believe the average hard drive life is around 3-5 years (although i still have a Windows ME machine kicking around just fine, aging close to 10 years now...). Unfortunately, as was the case with Paul's TC1100, hard drives and/or computers can crash and fail with little or no notice, and always at the wrong time - so it only makes sense to prepare for the very worst.

    Pardon me while i spend the rest of the day getting Inara prepped and ready!

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    The Secret Life of Benjamin Franklin

    Being a Philadelphia native, i grew up with the communal reverence for one of the city's most beloved sons, Benjamin Franklin. Imagine my surprise when i saw this poster in the Philadelphia Airport on my way down to Florida:

    Ben Franklin is...Brent Spiner?

    I never knew Ben Franklin was an android!

    Brent Spiner as Data from Star Trek TNG

    Yes, this is the inner geek in me, recognizing Brent Spiner who portrayed that lovable android Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation (by far the best Trek series, in my opinion). Or at least...that's an awfully close facsimile of Mr. Spiner...

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    Concert at the Kravis Center

    rehearsing with Stephanie Jeong right before our concert at the Rinker Playhouse in the Kravis Center

    I just returned from West Palm Beach, Florida, after having played a recital with violin phenom Stephanie Jeong at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Given our important Curtis connections in the area, Charles Sterne III, our Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, accompanied us during our Florida trip and was kind enough to chauffeur us from our motel to our various destinations.

    Stephanie and Charles ("Chuck") Sterne III in Mr. Wolgin's condominium foyer

    Prior to the recital, we had a wonderful impromptu lunch and private performance for one of Curtis' most generous benefactors, Mr. Jack Wolgin.

    Performing at Jack Wolgin's apartment

    Posing with Stephanie, Mr. Wolgin, and Claire

    Although the space where we performed was on the acoustically dry side, the audience was warm and enthusiastic. Stephanie did a fantastic job, and even our Chairman of the Board Gerry Lenfest and his wife Marguerite were on hand to enjoy the performance.

    Posing with Susan Tilley, Stephanie, Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest after the concert

    Too bad the Florida weather was a bit too windy for me to get any swim time in! More pictures from my Florida trip can be seen in the Picture Gallery.

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    March 03, 07

    Astral Artists and the Visual Recital Concept




    I've been given the green light to let the cat out of the bag: i'm going to be collaborating with Astral Artistic Services' Outreach and Educational Programs to train their artists to integrate Visual Recital technologies into their presentations! We're still working through the initial planning stages, but apparently several Astral Artists have expressed strong interest in combining visual elements into their performances. In case you haven't heard, Astral Artistic Services, run by the incredible Vera Wilson, is an amazing classical music organization based in the Philadelphia area, serving both as a career bridge between conservatory training and professional management, as well as a major presenter of classical music events for the community at large. Our first project will be for a piano trio doing outreach events at one or two public schools. I can't wait to get started!

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    March 02, 07

    Making Art Music Mobile: Visual Recital at a Public School

    I just finished putting the video together for my performance of Poulenc's "The Story of Babar" for my sons' elementary school. I'd love to get feedback on the quality of the digital piano setup, using Pianoteq's Piano Simulator (running off of my old Toshiba M205 Tablet PC, my very first tablet pc!) Since i needed the M-Audio Fast Track Pro to interface the MIDI cables and JBL speakers, i was stuck using my Samson C-01U USB microphone for a mono recording of the show, but i'm still rather pleased at the overall quality of the digital piano performance.




    The picture above links to a Quicktime version of the video. To see it as a Windows WMV file, click here.

    As i've stated before, i'm hoping that with this digital setup that i'll be able to offer performance options in non-traditional venues. With piano simulator technologies like the one Pianoteq offers, digital music setups can feel so much more artistically satisfying!


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    March 01, 07

    Passing notes

    Some exciting developments that i need to mention briefly in passing - i'll try to write up more detailed blogs as soon as i have time:

  • I've been in touch with the developer of Pianoteq, the piano simulation software that has me really impressed - we've been going back and forth developing a version that's more compatible with the Muse Receptor, and it looks like we're already close to something workable (in such short notice too!) Amazing how quick and responsive the developer has been!


  • I'm hoping to get a chance to test out the new beta version of Pianoteq - the developer tells me that their new C2 model incorporates the best elements of some of the finest concert grands in the market today, so i'm really eager to put it through its paces...


  • I'm putting together the video from my latest show at my sons' elementary school - the clip features my new digital piano setup with the Pianoteq piano modeling simulator, and i have to say, it sounds quite impressive! Hope to have it up really really soon...(tonight, maybe?)


  • A local arts group is moving forward with a possible collaboration between my Visual Recital technologies and their roster of artists! I'll check with them to see if it's ok to mention them by name now - should be very exciting training other musicians to incorporate synchronized visuals into their own performances!


  • Flutist Jan Vinci tells me our CD is done and being shipped to Albany Records! How exciting! Um...Jan, when can i have my copy of the CD? I'd LOVE to hear it...hahahahaha!


  • Sorry for the abbreviated post today...much to do, so little time (more stuff and less time than usual) - hope to get back to meatier posts soon!

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