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Pianist, Gary Schmidt Talks AirTurn and Announces New CD

Pianist, Gary Schmidt Talks AirTurn and Announces New CD

My AirTurn PED has been a Godsend for me. I use it in combination with my Ipad Air and the ForScore music score app. I am often giving a classical piano concert but the longstanding tradition for classical pianists is that all music be performed memorized. However that requires a huge amount of extra investment in time and energy not to mention exponentially increasing the pressure of live performance wondering how your memory will hold up, especially as I am getting older! By using the AirTurn PED I am able to perform much better because now the pressure of worrying about my memory is taken away resulting in a much better overall performance. I have discovered that audiences don't mind it all that I use one. Most of the time they are unaware of it even being there, unlike having a person turning pages which is so distracting both for the audience and performer.

Another benefit is that I also feel more free to play certain pieces. For example, Baroque contrapuntal music such as fugues can be very taxing on the memory with no room for error when performing so I would tend to avoid performing these kinds of pieces before. Or I might have avoided performing longer pieces that I might not necessarily have wanted to add to my official repertoire. An example might be Rhapsody in Blue of Gerswhin. Audiences love that piece but it is about 20 minutes long and complex. I was able to learn it in a relatively short time and perform it live because of the AirTurn PED

Of course I also use it many other ways. For live gigs it is great just to be able to create your set list of pop tunes and just let your foot do the work of turning the pages on the AirTurn PED. In the recording studio of my last album at Imaginary Road Studios with the legendary Will Ackerman as producer, I was able to use it without having to ask for a page turner for my piano scores. Sometimes I use it when leading music with my guitar as of course you can turn pages and play the guitar at the same time!
Overall it is just made my life as a full time performing musician that much easier and more successful. I now play more music and play it better!
Gary Schmidt's BIO:

I grew up in Quebec, Canada and at an early age declared to myself that I would be a pianist when I grew up.  Since piano lessons were not readily available in my rural area I was mainly self taught immersing myself in listening to the wonders of classical piano music and following the printed music.  Later I was fortunate to study piano at both Tyndale College and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.  Over the years I have had the privilege of playing piano in many venues including some in Canada, Europe, and most recently, Mexico.  I have also been fortunate to play piano for many special events in places like the Denver Country Club, The Governor’s Mansion, the Stanley Hotel and the Rialto Theater in Loveland as well as having been chosen as the featured Colorado Front Range musician for the recent TedX events. And a recent update: Was invited to play at Carnegie hall in October 2015 to perform two of my original piano pieces for an awards ceremony for New Age/Ambiant piano writings. What an honor!

Gary Schmidt's piano compositions clearly reflect his knowledge of and appreciation of classical music. His technique is refined and his ability to move between classical influences and his own distinctive melodies is seamless.  LANDSCAPES of the HEART is a marvelously successful tour de force of heart and mind; emotionally evocative and rewarding and is an important contribution to the evolution of contemporary piano and should not be missed.  - Will Ackerman

Check out Gary's website HERE

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Miguel Hernandez and His Master Class

Miguel Hernandez and His Master Class

Miguel Hernandez recently taught a master class for www.kalosmusicandart.com in Aventura, Florida. He is a big fan of AirTurn's Tap, Manos Universal Tablet Holder and goSTAND and has started to incorporate these solutions into his master classes. You can find out more about his classes HERE 

 

 

Born in San Cristóbal, Venezuela, Miguel Hernandez has been categorized as one of the best Venezuelann drummers. He has paved his own way, winning over some of the most exponential jazz, pop, latin rock and fusion music in which such artist as Víctor Cuica, Gonzalo Micó, Virginia Ramírez, Rodolfo Reyes, Rafael “El Pollo” Brito, Carlos E. Arellano, Feeling, Agua de Luna, Carlos “Nené” Quintero, Eddy Marcano, Miguel Delgado Esteves, Kitimba Jazz, José Angel, Aldemaro Romero, María Alejandra Rodríguez, Goyo Reyna, el Latin Jazz Band de Andy Durán, Emmy Herrera, Marisela Leal, Toña Granados, Maruja Muci, Euler, Cores Do Brasil, Ensamble A Contratiempo, Gladis Salazar, Biella Da Costa, Jeremy Ledbetter, Pablo Gil, Yordano, Robert Quintero y Otmaro Ruíz stand out.
 

 

Currently, he is an exclusive artist of YAMAHA drums, SABIAN cymbals, VIC FIRTH drumsticks, REMO drumheads, HISHAKER, WILLY MAYO instruments and soft cases, GROOVE Insumos, ZUKRAN Musik, CYMPAD, GATOR Cases, KICKPORT, TYCOON Percussion, AIRTURN and ADVANCED Ears. In 2012, he graduated and got his Bachelors in Biblical Art Musicals with a focus on Instrumental Execution on Drums. In 2013, he launched his first discographic production from MIGUEL HERNÁNDEZ PROJECT, titled “Afrovenezuelan Jazz Standards”.
 

 

He is the first Venezuelan drummer to edit a didactic book called “AFROVENEZUELAN RHYTHMS FOR THE DRUMS” alongside the talented pianist and producer Hildemaro Álvarez, that shows how to play the different afro-venezuelan rhythms on the drums, dictating Master classes in and out of Venezuela in such countries as Spain, London, Austria, Dominican Republic, Columbia, Chec Republic, USA, Canada, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Ecuador and Argentina.

 

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Violinist Ashley Rewolinski Goes Digital with AirTurn

We found Ashley Rewolinski on Twitter discussing her AirTurn DUO pedal and recommending it to others. We reached out to say hello and this was her response. 



Hi AirTurn Team,

I was very excited when you reached out to me on Twitter today! I am a very passionate AirTurn user!! As a violinist, I use my AirTurn in almost every performance and in every single one of those performances, I always get asked by audience members and fellow musicians what "that black thing on the floor is" I use. When I tell them about it, they always get very intrigued, and want to get one of their own! I am very proud to say that since using my AirTurn, I have recruited over 20 musicians (fellow graduate students, professors, theater musicians, chamber musicians, and more!) to use digital music and buy an AirTurn.  

My AirTurn and I have been on quite a journey these past two years - I got my AirTurn during the first year of graduate school, used it in my final graduate recital (I graduated with my Master of Music degree this past May!), have traveled with it to music festivals (I have some funny stories about its encounters with TSA!), and am excited to see what the future holds for my AirTurn and I!

I will admit, when I first heard of people converting over to digital music a few years ago - I was strongly against it. A turning point for me was seeing one of my favorite violinists, Giora Schmidt used it in a recital when I attended the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School. I thought, if Giora Schmidt can use it without a problem, then so can I! I then patiently waited for the new iPad to be released that October and then made the switch to digital music. In just a couple of weeks, I will have officially been using digital music and my AirTurn for two years, and can't imagine life without it! I now use it for as much music as possible, and when I'm in a situation where I have to use paper music, I find myself tapping my foot and confused why the page isn't turning! 

Many Thanks,

Ashley Rewolinski

www.ashleyrewolinski.com  

Ashley's BIO

Violinist Ashley Rewolinski is an active soloist and chamber musician based out of the greater Milwaukee and Chicago areas. She has appeared as a frequent soloist with the North Park University Symphony where she held the concertmaster chair for four years. Her solo performances with the NPU Symphony included: Otono Porteno from Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Bach's Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe with Naomi Bensdorf-Frisch, and Louis Spohr's Violin Concerto no. 8 in a minor.  She has also appeared as a soloist with the North Park Chamber Soloists performing numerous Vivaldi concerti including Summer from the Four Seasons, and the Concerto for Three Violins where she collaborated with David Yonan.

Ashley is the reigning Miss New Berlin, a local title within the Miss America Organization. As Miss New Berlin, she advocates for music education and making music accessible to all through her personal platform, Music Matters! She has partnered with the Manilow Music Project in a year long sheet music drive, where at the end of her reign in February 2017, she will donate cases of sheet music to local schools in need. Throughout her reign, she gives numerous appearances in her community, and loves inspiring the next generation of musicians with her performances.

Additionally, Ashley has received many honors including: two String Fellowship awards from the Miami Music Festival (2015, 2016), First Prize (2014), Second Prize (2012, 2013) and Viewer's Choice Award (2012) at the North Park University Chamber Music Competition, Academic Excellence in the School of Music at NPU, The National School Orchestra Award, Dean Potokar Award from the Milwaukee Youth Symphony, two exemplary soloist awards from the Wisconsin School Music Association, among others. 

Ashley often steps out of the classical genre to give some very unique performances. In August 2014, Ashley worked with fashion designer Timothy Westbrook (Project Runway, Season 12) on a fashion show titled, #HipstersOnSafari where she walked  the runway in a piece from Westbrook's 2014 Gala collection and also provided music for the show performing with DJ Jason Samonik of FAUX NOIR.

Ashley earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance Summa cum Laude from North Park University, and her Master of Music in Violin Performance from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. She has participated in the 2011, 2013, and 2015 Starling-DeLay Violin Symposia on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School. Important teachers include: David Yonan, Dr. Michael McBride (composition), and Ilana Setapen.  She has participated in both solo and chamber music master classes given by Gary Levinson, Andres Cardenes, Yuriy Bekker, the Ying Quartet, Roger Chase, Mathias Tacke, Bernard Zinck, Hans Jorgen Jensen, pianist Stewart Goodyear, among others.

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10 Reasons Why Pixels Are Better Than Paper

10 Reasons Why Pixels Are Better Than Paper

10 Reasons Why Pixels Are Better Than Paper

Ten Reasons Why Pixels Are Better Than Paper
Cutting-edge display technologies aside, here are 10 reasons why using computers and tablets to read music is better than paper by Hugh Sung
 
1. Eliminate bulk
A single 1.2-pound, 16-gig iPad (the smallest and cheapest model available) can hold the equivalent of 60,000 pages of paper. That’s comes out to 600 pounds of physical paper! Next time you lug around your heavy binders and gig books, I promise that your aching muscles will remember that fact (I’ll give you the names of my massage therapist and chiropractor). 
 
2. Never lose music
Classical composers wrote works that ranged in length from 1-2 page miniatures to massive symphonies filling hundreds of pages. If we average each work of a classical composer to be 20 pages each, a single 16-gigabyte iPad would contain all the compositions of Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin, with room to spare. Imagine, all that genius in an approximately 9.5x7.5x.37-inch tablet! With that kind of storage, it becomes easy to simply carry your entire music library with you wherever you go, and never worry about misplacing your music or remembering to bring a part. 
 
3. Find music instantly
I used to have these huge wall units to house my paper sheet-music collection, with all the works catalogued in boxes alphabetized by composer. Even then, it would take a considerable investment in time and effort to find all the pieces I needed for the day’s rehearsals, lessons and performances. By the end of the school year, I’d have to search through a ridiculous mountain of music stacked on top of my piano.
A friend of mine watched a phenomenal jazz set come to a screeching halt as the drummer scrambled for five minutes through a stack of sheet music the size of a New York City phone book looking for the next number. With digital music, you just type a few keystrokes and, voilà, instantly there’s any piece in your collection you need. We’ll talk more later about ways to organize your digital collection. You can pull up all your works by the name of a song, the composer name, or even the key signature, tempo, genre/style, and other descriptions practically before everyone else is done wetting their finger. 
 
4. Make automatic set lists
Ever have your set list (that list of the songs or pieces to be performed in order at a gig or concert) blow away in a strong breeze? Or spill your drink on it, making it read like recently unearthed hieroglyphics? That’s so yesterday. Now, rather than having to shuffle books or physically re-order pages in a binder, you can easily search and select your set list songs on your digital device, change their order on the fly, and have the songs appear automatically in order during the show as if they were part of a single book. All you need is a digital music-reading app. We’ll go into more detail about setting up set lists with various apps in chapter 24.
 
5. Transpose music instantly
One of my biggest fears as an accompanist was to have the singer I was working with come down with a cold and ask to transpose down a couple of keys right on the spot. With certain types of music (text-based lyrics and chord charts) and reading apps designed around dynamic music notation (Sibelius, Finale, etc.), changing keys on the fly is as simple as a few taps on the screen. You’ll come off a genius. Chapter 30 will cover apps for reading text-based sheet-music; chapter 27 will cover proprietary sheet-music reader apps, many with the ability to transpose music purchased from online publishers; and chapter 33 will go over music notation software and their accompanying reader apps.
 
6. Mark up your music with rainbow colors
Brain scientists point out that the use of bright, contrasting colors contributes to faster learning and better memory retention. Digital music makes it easy to add brightly colored “ink” and transparent highlights to your music. And it can be easily erased. Ready to throw out your collection of color sharpies, White-Out, and lead pencils with worn-out erasers? Jump to the start of the digital rainbow in chapter 20
 
7. Eliminate blind spots
If you are reading music that requires at least one page turn, you have a “blind spot” – you can’t see what comes next until you turn the page. With certain apps, you can set up the page turns so that the screen shows the bottom half of the previous page and the top half of the next page, creating a continuous “look-ahead” view. How much better would that be for learning music, and keeping a smooth sense of flow and phrasing? For a sneak peak ahead, go to chapter 21.
 
8. Enlarge your music
Have the wrinkles around your eyes become as deep as desert arroyos from squinting at your sheet music under a low-wattage light? When your music is in a digital format, your view of the music is only limited by the size of your screen and the application used to display it. Some programs even give you the option to see zoomed views of your music half a page at a time (this works particularly well for screens that are horizontal, such as laptops or desktop monitors). Other apps can work with music that has been digitally cropped to show even larger views of your music – as little as one or two measures at a time. Text-based music readers give you the option to change font size and properties. Sound like a godsend, Mr. Magoo? Start your musical growth spurt in chapter 19, and then for more giant goodness, look at appendices A, B, and C.
 
9. Turn everyone else’s pages
With the iPad, there are several apps that enable a master iPad to control any number of slave iPads, so that the master can open the same song on every slave, and in some cases even turn pages for everyone. Talk about keeping everyone on the same page! Talk about power! Just think of how you could mess with their heads! For the super-secret skinny on megalomaniacal musical control, jump to the evil laugh in chapter 24
 
10. Turn pages hands free
Ever wish you had a third hand? If you use both hands to play an instrument, you have – for all intents and purposes – a disability when it comes to turning pages. With digital sheet music, not only do you have a wide variety of software options for viewing and working with your music, but you can get hardware for turning your pages hands free, either with wireless digital page-turning pedals, or even other controllers such as bite and tongue switches – rather like eating the score! Now you can keep your hands on your instrument and your focus on the music. And, yes, we’ll get into more detail about setting up hands-free page-turning options in chapter 35.
 

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