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KEYBOARD PLAYER JUSTIN C. GILBERT KNOWS THAT “overnight success” usually means a lot of hard work behind the scenes before the spotlight finds its mark. Gilbert’s star-studded résumé includes stints with Jill Scott, Eminem and Jay-Z. And most recently, Gilbert spent two full years touring with another guy named Justin. Timberlake, that is.
Friday, 28 November 2014 19:39

Letter from Chris Gero - Summer 2014

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In 1974, Yamaha released its first synthesizer, the SY-1. In the years that followed, we continued to lead industry innovation to bring musicians the DX7 in 1983, one of the most commercially successful electronic keyboards. The company struck gold again with the Motif in 2001, which has become a staple on touring rigs since its introduction.

These synthesizer milestones don’t only mark success for Yamaha, but for the musical achievements of all the artists who’ve relied on our synthesizers throughout the years. Talented players like Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, Chick Corea, Sara Bareilles, Elton John and Alicia Keys have all relied on these instruments at one time or another to fulfill their dreams.

Now 40 years after our first synthesizer debut, we are celebrating with the release of the Motif XF Music Production Synthesizers in pristine white. This exclusive anniversary model includes a flash memory expansion and vintage Yamaha synthesizer content on a USB drive, and you can view it up close and personal on these pages with our cover girl Christina Perri, one of the most    r  e cent artists to favor the anniversary Motif.

You can also see this white Motif on the stages around the world with Stan Lewis (Patti LaBelle), Dave Schulz (Goo Goo Dolls and Berlin), Erskin Hawkins (Eminem and Rihanna), Brett Tuggle (Fleetwood Mac), and Salo Loyo (Luis Miguel), to name a few.

We continue to push boundaries with our synthesizer technology because we have a duty to provide inspirational instruments to all of you: the child musicians, the part time musicians, the hobbyist musicians, the professional musicians and the lifetime musicians.

You’ve heard me say it before, but it bears repeating. At Yamaha Entertainment Group, we are artists; we are music; we are Yamaha. I can’t wait to see what the next 40 years has in store for our synthesizers and what it inspires you to create.

Join us in our journey and visit us at, or engage with us on Facebook and Twitter. We’re always glad to hear from you, and I thank you for your endless support.

Kindest Regards,
Chris Gero

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Friday, 28 November 2014 19:28


SOME MUSICIANS REALLY LIKE to work. Take guitarist Tariqh Akoni: In his career to date, he’s performed with artists as diverse as Chaka Khan, LeAnn Rimes, George Duke, the Backstreet Boys, Whitney Houston, and Tom Scott. He’s played in the house band on American Idol, appeared on Saturday Night Live with Christina Aguilera, and recorded with Smokey Robinson.
Friday, 28 November 2014 19:19


BRAZILIAN-BORN PIANIST AND BANDLEADER Sérgio Mendes has captivated listeners internationally through five-and-a-half decades of live shows and more than 40 records. He made his U.S. debut as part of a legendary 1962 bossa nova concert at Carnegie Hall, then achieved worldwide pop fame with the smooth sounds of Brasil ’66. And he’s continued to reinvent himself musically with releases such as 2006’s Timeless, which features collaborations with the Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, India.Arie, and others.
Friday, 28 November 2014 19:11


IT’S HARD TO OVERSTATE Slayer’s impact on modern metal. But last year’s death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman left many wondering whether the band’s 30-year-reign had ended—especially since they’d recently parted ways with original drummer Dave Lombardo.
Friday, 28 November 2014 18:59


“EVERY TIME I DREAM SOMETHING up, it’s so small compared to what actually happens,” says singer/songwriter Christina Perri. “Because what actually happens is just amazing.”

As an unsigned artist, Christina once dreamed of making a career out of performing and recording her deeply personal yet pop-friendly songs. Then one day four years ago, one of her recordings was featured on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, and suddenly she stopped dreaming the dream—and began living it.
Friday, 28 November 2014 18:34


GRAHAM NASH’S SOARING VOICE AND heartfelt songs have touched our souls for half a century. One of just a handful of artists inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than once, Nash began his long career with the Hollies during the early-’60s British Invasion. After contributing to such hits as “Bus Stop” and “Carrie Anne,” he quit in 1968 and promptly created a string of era-defining albums with frequent collaborators David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Neil Young. He’s also issued many fine solo albums, from 1971’s Songs for Beginners to 2002’s Songs for Survivors. Nash has also left his mark as a champion for human rights causes, and as a highly respected photographer. He spoke to us recently from his home in Hawaii.
Friday, 28 November 2014 18:26


IMAGINE BEING ASKED TO AUDITION for a mysterious but high-level “secret project.” When keyboardist Victoria Theodore got that call, she balanced her natural curiosity with a bit of caution.
Friday, 28 November 2014 18:08


HOW DOES A PIANIST REARED on gospel and trained in jazz and classical wind up playing keyboards for top rap and R&B acts like Eminem and Rihanna?
Friday, 28 November 2014 17:48


LIKE MANY YOUNG BRITISH musicians who came of age in the ’60s, Chris Stainton became infatuated with African-American blues and R&B. Such musical conversions weren’t rare for players of that generation, but Stainton’s career longevity is. Fifty years on, he still plays the blues with the passion he felt then—often as keyboardist for singer/guitarist Eric Clapton.
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