On October 17, Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. co-hosted “Two Yamahas, One Passion—RIDERS MEET PIANIST,” an event where the sensitivity of a pianist and motorcyclists blend into one, at the Yamaha Hall in Ginza, Tokyo.
Yamaha Artist and internationally renowned pianist Francesco Tristano recently teamed up with Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi, Maverick Viñales, Johann Zarco, Hafizh Syahrin and Katsuyuki Nakasuga to create a unique collaboration. After an interesting discussion between the motorcyclists and musician, Tristano debuted "Time Grid", an orginal piece featuring MONTAGE, reface CS and CFX Concert Grand. Check out the video of Tristano's performance below and go here to view the event page:
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Yamaha Synthesizer Product Specialist Blake Angelos has over thirty years of experience with music hardware and software. An expert in music technology, Blake has conducted numerous clinics, master classes and presentations throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. In his role as Product Specialist for the Synthesizer Department Blake appears in many product videos and artist interviews, writes many articles for YamahaSynth.com and co-hosts a regular Podcast called “Behind the Synth”.
Before his work with Yamaha, he taught music theory and jazz studies courses at Arizona State University; managed a technology-focused music store in Seattle and was a production supervisor at Microsoft, where he led a team that developed groundbreaking interactive music content for the Microsoft Network. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. Blake currently resides in Bellingham, Washington with his family, and between his travels around the world for Yamaha, he performs as much as possible with several jazz and creative music groups in Bellingham, Seattle and other places in the Pacific Northwest.