Musicians

This section provides news and information about leading pianists and synth musicians.


Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table by Rick Wakeman
We’ve just heard that Rick Wakeman is a headline act at next year’s Stone Free Festival (18/19 June 2016, O2 Arena, London). Get our occasional newsletter... As part of the 12-hour-per-day multi-stage festival, Rick will be performing the album “The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of […]

Rick Wakeman to perform entire “King Arthur” album live at ...






Sad to announce that we’ve read confirmation that jazz/R&B/fusion/funk keyboardist legend George Duke has passed away, aged 67. Get our occasional newsletter... Duke was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia but lost the battle yesterday (5th August), his record label Concord-Telarc confirmed. It follows a difficult year in which his […]

George Duke, jazz keyboard legend, dies aged 67


Yamaha has announced a number of pianists who will perform at its sixth International Piano Series to be held at The Malvern Theatres in Worcestershire, England. Get our occasional newsletter... The series commences on 18th October with John Lill performing works by Haydn, Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms. The Malvern recital […]

Sixth Yamaha International Piano Series lineup confirmed





Utah-based band The Piano Guys have just released their latest self-made music video “Don’t You Worry Child (Khushnuma)”, featuring Indian vocalist Shweta Subram. Get our occasional newsletter... It was filmed in “Little Sahara”, a desert sand dune in central Utah known for its soft white sand and beautiful Indian temple. […]

The Piano Guys “Don’t You Worry Child” sees most challenging ...




Francis Bowie
Multitalented Dane Francis Bowie provides the perfect soundtrack for the approaching summer months with “Sunny Day”, a track from his EP launched in October last year. Get our occasional newsletter... Producing in the electronic/intelligent pop music style, his EP features a range of soaring synthesiser lines together with orchestral backing. […]

Review: Francis Bowie EP






The Las Vegas Review Journal has published a really interesting interview with Nick Rhodes, the keyboard/synth player in Duran Duran. Get our occasional newsletter... Not only do we get a glimpse of some of his influences — including Kraftwerk, Wendy Carlos, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Bjork and Portishead — but […]

Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran synth man, talks analog and digital



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In crafting his latest release, The Bowie Variations, celebrated composer, pianist and session musician Mike Garson relied on the Yamaha Disklavier performance reproducing piano not only to unleash his creativity, but to singlehandedly compose and create works in ways previously unimaginable. Get our occasional newsletter... According to Garson, The Bowie […]

Yamaha Disklavier used on Mike Garson’s Bowie Variations CD





Next Saturday, 8th October, 7.30pm, Merseyside composer Alexandra Dariescu will premiere her new piano work Mesmerism at the Pacific Road Arts Centre in Birkenhead. Get our occasional newsletter... Mesmerism was commissioned from Oxton-born composer, Emily Howard, by the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra (LMO), to celebrate the orchestra’s 60th anniversary year. Mark […]

Mesmerism: Alexandra Dariescu to premiere work in Merseyside



If circuit bending is your thing, check out the three finalists at this year’s Moog Circuit Bending Challenge. Get our occasional newsletter... Watch videos of Jeff Boynton, Daniel Baum and Dr Moonstien as they do some serious mods to a CX-500, Fujitone II and a ‘guitar sequencer thingumajig’. Read more

2nd Annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge Finalists announced



There’s a fascinating article and video over at Wired.com featuring classical cellist Zoe Keating. Get our occasional newsletter... She uses her Apple MacBook Pro to record her cello, and then creates loops and layers based on that. Instead of trying to get fifty cellists together in one room, she is […]

Cello meets computer: Zoe Keating creates classical music with technology


Last month, Korg announced its annual lifetime achievement award, giving the accolade to two quite different keyboard musicians. Get our occasional newsletter... Herbie Hancock: Jazz legend and innovator has been a musical innovator for his entire career. Not content to be pigeonholed as a traditionalist, Hancock has gained new exposure […]

Korg announces Lifetime Achievement Award 2009: Herbie Hancock and Keith ...