Yamaha celebrated its 125th anniversary in style–with Elton John headlining a star-studded concert at the 2013 Winter NAMM Show Friday, January 25th at Disneyland’s Hyperion Theater in Anaheim, California. Chaka Kahn, Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald, Sarah McLachlan, Toto and many others also performed.
This historic event was particularly remarkable thanks to its innovative marriage of music and technology. As John performed on a Yamaha Disklavier accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra, each of his keystrokes was simultaneously recreated on three remote Disklaviers around the country. Yamaha used its DisklavierTV™ technology, powered by RemoteLive™, to transmit John’s keystrokes to the remote Disklaviers and to stream video of the performance live over the Internet.
AllDayTech stopped by the bustling Yamaha booth during the NAMM show to get the goods on this historic event. The idea of a trio of keyboards across the U.S. striking the very notes Elton John was playing at the exact time he played them was cool but what was their goal?
We think it holds great educational potential and the folks at Yamaha agree. Booth reps told us they believe the ability to share note-for-note performances creates myriad teaching opportunities, including the ability for tech-savvy teachers to hold global master classes for students studying the same instrument.
“Our goal is to keep on innovating,” our booth rep told us when asked about the company’s overall vision for the future. Progress in the digital space is top priority for the company, which boasts an expansive product line that spans the gamut from a complete range of traditional musical instruments to mobile and web apps.
Below is a little information Yamaha provided in its press release about its history and its 125th anniversary celebration:
“Yamaha’s history dates to 1887, when medical equipment technician Torakusu Yamaha took on the task of repairing a reed organ. After studying the instrument, he decided to build one of his own and his success led the company to manufacture grand pianos, which remain Yamaha’s flagship product. To commemorate the anniversary, Yamaha will showcase some of the iconic instruments from its past, including a pre-1900’s reed organ, turn of the century pianos and the DX7, the first affordable synthesizer that had a major impact on music in the 1980’s, along with guitars, mixing boards and other important items from the company’s archives.”
For more information on Yamaha’s 125th anniversary or its products, visit http://www.yamaha.com/