The performance will take place on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the French Institute Alliance Française's Florence Gould Hall, located at 55 East 59th Street in Manhattan. Ms. Gustafson will play selections from Debussy’s Preludes Book Two, Suite Bergamasque and L'isle joyeuse.
An all-Debussy work, the CD was produced and recorded at Yamaha Artist Services in New York by Audio and Visual Specialist Aaron Ross, using a state-of-the-art application of Disklavier performance reproducing technology that, for the first time ever, enables recordings to be edited in pre-production. This innovative protocol represents a revolution in the creation of solo piano recordings, allowing the pianist to have full creative control throughout every step of the recording process-from performance to editing to re-recording.
The process began with Ms. Gustafson performing on the Disklavier CFX concert grand piano (DCFX
) at Yamaha Artist Services, a state-of-the-art facility that features a 128 channel Dante-equipped Nuage recording and mixing console for professional audio recording and post production. The instrument captured her performance with impeccable accuracy and finesse, storing it as MIDI data. This performance data was then edited in MIDI format, enabling precise splicing of takes, and refinement of articulations, such as fermatas, staccatos, tenuto, and accents, subtle shadings of dynamics and shaping of phrasing, and duration of pedaling. Once the editing process was complete, Rêverie
was then replayed on the same DCFX piano, relocated to the stage of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a recording space on the upper west side of Manhattan highly coveted by musicians and engineers for its warm acoustic environment. There, the final master recording took place.
This groundbreaking production method, available exclusively on the Yamaha Disklavier reproducing piano, provides an extraordinarily high level of artistic control, enabling recording artists to fully direct their own unique interpretation of the music, both from the keyboard and throughout the editing process. Additionally, the ability to edit in the pre-recording stage provides a more efficient and economical approach to recording, accelerating the editing process and reducing the amount of time and rental expenses required to record in top venues.
"The immediacy of hearing the Disklavier reproduce exactly what I had just played was invaluable," said Ms. Gustafson. "Since I could literally see the key speeds and pedal movements and their direct relationship to the sound. The process allows the performer, the piano, the recording, and the listener to merge seamlessly into one entity."
In her Fanfare magazine review of Rêverie, Jacqueline Kharouf wrote: "With her elegant and skilled performance, Gustafson approaches Debussy's second book of Preludes with creativity, imagination, and playfulness."
Ms. Gustafson has performed across the United States and throughout Western and Eastern Europe. Recent engagements have included replacing legendary pianist Abbey Simon in Los Angeles at LACMA's series, Sundays Live, an appearance with the Sofia Sinfonietta in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a concert tour in Dallas, Texas with her piano duo, Duo Azul. Other recent engagements have taken her to Spain, China, and Canada, and she has also performed at New York City venues, such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Trinity Church Wall Street, the Tenri Cultural Institute, CAMI Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation.
"When Amy first approached Yamaha Artist Services about recording her Debussy disc, knowing her openness to exploration and innate musical sensitivity, we suggested she consider using the Disklavier recording technology, noted Bonnie Barrett, director, Yamaha Artist Services New York. “She was immediately receptive, and from the beginning of the recording to the end she was fully immersed in the process, effectively using this amazing protocol to realize the full potential of her artistic vision. I am so proud of the result, a stunning testament to the perfect marriage of art and technology."
For more information about Amy Gustafson, please visit www.amygustafson.com
. For more information about Yamaha Artist Services New York, please visit www.yamaha.com/yasi