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Posted by Lorlin in Barber's Piano on 10/31/2013
Bob Lien was a good friend of mine that I've known for many years. I had the pleasure of playing bass with him & served as a page turner for him on occasions. On Monday, October 28, Bob passed away at the age of 70, and he will be greatly missed. Below is Bob Lien's obituary from Iles Funeral Homes.
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Posted by Lorlin in Barber's Piano on 10/4/2013
A style of piano playing called Ragtime first captured the African American communities of St. Louis and New Orleans in the early 20th Century, peaking in popularity between 1897 and 1918. Ragtime’s distinctive characteristic is its syncopated, or “ragged”, rhythm.
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Posted by Lorlin in Barber's Piano on 9/30/2013
Does a live performance by an internationally known artist in your home sound like a dream? Elton John’s performance on a Yamaha Disklavier “reproducing piano” onstage was streamed live over the Internet simultaneously to remote Disklaviers around the world which let fans witness Elton’s keystrokes in real-time through the piano.
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Posted by Lorlin in Barber's Piano on 9/16/2013
In 2000 & 2001 I traveled throughout Cuba to service, repair and teach reconditioning of pianos at a taller (shop) on the campus of the National Academy of the Fine Arts in Havana. The group I worked with included piano tuners/technicians from the US, Germany & France.
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Posted by Lorlin in Barber's Piano on 9/3/2013
While listening to American Masters’ documentary the eve of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, I saw an interview with Bobby Short. Bobby was the quintessential cabaret pianist & vocalist — especially noted for his sparkling tongue-in-cheek renditions of Cole Porter.
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