Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tyros 4 Launch

Atwaters Musicworks launched the new Yamaha arranger keyboard flagship - the Tyros 4. An enthusiastic audience enjoyed Musicworks National Demonstrator, Andy Keys, highlight the exciting new sounds and features of the latest iteration of the venerable Tyros - the Tyros 4. Atwaters Musicworks, Piano and Keyboard Manager, Murray Hancox, finished off the hour and a half launch with some great R & B songs. A splendid luncheon then awaited the attendees whilst discussing the exciting new features of this magnificent instrument. Thanks to Darren Smith of Musicworks, Murray Hancox and Andy Keys for making the launch so enjoyable to all present.

Yamaha Tyros 4

Murray Hancox, Manager of Atwaters Musicworks Piano and Keyboard Department, welcoming the attendees to the launch of the Yamaha Tyros4                        Andy Keys, Musicworks National Keyboard Demonstrator, highlighting the great new sounds and features of the Yamaha Tyros4

Murray Hancox wrapped-up the Tyros4 launch with some great songs

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Music Planet Extravaganza at Barrycourt Conference Centre

An enthusiastic audience celebrated the 30th anniversary of Music Planet's original music mega store at 42 Taharoto Road, Takapuna. The owner of the Music Planet Group of music stores, Roger Smith, welcoming the audience to the Musical Extravaganza.The Musical Extravaganza started a little after 10.00 am and carried through until about 6.30 pm with just a one hour break for lunch! What a fantastic day the attendees were treated to with a veritable orgy of gorgeous musical keyboards to listen to and enjoy the wide variety of songs and genre articulated by the professional artists. What with two concert by International variety artist, Jimmy Keys (from Florida, USA); Steve McNally the Worldwide demonstrator of Korg keyboards (straight from Canada) we were spoilt with such amazing music - we learnt some good technique tips too during the day! Not to be intimidated by the International artists, Music Planet engaged some of Auckland's top professional keyboard artists to round-off the Extravaganza. Artists playing were: John Bercich; Kane Steves; Dewald Kritzinger; Chris Larking; and, surprise guest artist,  Peter Parkinson! Wow, all this for $25 including a scrumptious morning and afternoon tea break.
A big thank you to Roger and Vicki Smith of Music Planet for sparing no expense in providing the audience with a first-class days musical entertainment. If you haven't yet visited Music Planet's newly refurbished Mega Music Store at 42 Taharoto Road then it is strongly recommended - with a wide variety of brands and models of acoustic and digital piano/keyboards, guitars, hi tech and peripheral supplies.

Some of the keyboards on show and demonstrated           Some of the keyboards on show and demonstrated

John Bercich putting the Korg Pa1X through its paces           Dewald Kritzinger played some lovely semi-classical passages on this amazing Kurzweil workstation     Kane Steves demonstrating the magnificent Roland Atelier AT800         Chris Larking really enjoyed working with the Korg PA588 for a few days prior to the Extravaganza and he certatinly matched its quality with his playing                           Surprise guest artist, Peter Parkinson, wowed the crowd with his "three hands" technique. Seen here playing the Korg SP250              Steve McNally, the Worldwide demonstrator for Korg, playing the incredible Korg SV-1 designed with Italian flare and genius. 

                 Even Elton John made an appearance (courtesy of Jimmy Keys!)    

Jimmy Keys interacted with the audience very well even having a dance with several of the ladies present!    Rockin' Rod Stewart had the audience electrified (courtesy of Jimmy Keys)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lady Allum Concert 19th October 2010

It was the North Shore Organ and Keyboard Club's  pleasure to give a concert for the residents of the Lady Allum Home in Milford. Members Peter Jackson, Roy Steen and Peter Brophy generously gave their time for free to share their great music and singing with the appreciative audience. The show was so popular that the management requested that we make more bookings for 2011! A big thank you to Emerson and Frances on the staff of the Lady Allum Home and not forgetting resident Bruce Mills doing a magnificent job on the ‘spoons’!

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Coffee Day at the Club Rooms 17th October 2010

We held Coffee Day at our Club Rooms rather than a member's home in order to better utilize our Club instruments, particularly our new Clavinova CVP-509. Around 32 members took time out of their busy weekends to attend the afternoon and the general consensus was that it was a great success. Coffee, tea and biscuits were available throughout the afternoon on a side table in the Club Rooms and we tried to create a 'cabaret' layout with tables interspersed around the Room. Some great music was shared also. Thanks to those that brought their keyboards and the  members who assisted with the organization for the day. We must hold more such Coffee Days at the Club!

Barbara McNab Practising on the Clavinova whilst Pam Rea entertains us on the Korg Pa1X Barbara McNab entertaining us on the Clavinova Peter Jackson sang and played the Korg for us whilst John Stent studies Peter Brophy's Yamaha PSR-910 Marlene Forrest working-up some songs to check the compatibility of the Clavinova with her Clavinova at home. John Stent getting the feel for the Korg Pa1X Pam Rea enjoying the Club's GA3 whilst Marlene Forrest entertained us on the Clavinova. Pam is an organ fan from way back when. Ngaire Lonergan brought her lovely Technics KN2600 and played very nicely. New Member, Denise Gunson, trying out the touch and feel of our Clavinova whilst entertaining us royally with her lovely play Colin Crann enjoying the Clavinova Roy Steen caressing the keys for our edification Ngaire McRae played very nicely for us Peter Littlejohn got the styles working nicely on the Clavinova Club Secretary, Colleen Kerr, playing her own arrangement of "Ruby" on the Korg Pa1X Past-President, George Watt, giving the venerable GA3 a good work-out for our musical pleasure. John Stent (on the Clavinova) accompanied Gordon Sutherland playing "Feelings" - very nice John. Photo courtesy of Michael Bramley Gordon Sutherland accompanying Michael Bramley singing "Over The Rainbow". Photo courtesy of Annabelle Bramley Club Secretary, Colleen Kerr, and Club President, Gordon Sutherland, dueting "Cabaret" to a Hollywood style. Photo courtesy of Michael Bramley

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Club Night 5th October 2010

Some evenings are just magical and our Club Night this month was one of those. Our members played great in the first half. It was good to welcome back our out-of-town professional musician member, Carole Littlejohn. Carole brought the house down with her rendition of "The Black and White Rag". Thanks for coming all the way from Papamoa to share your music Carole.

The second-half of the evening was given over to our special guest artist, Dave Hallam, who gave us a magnificent concert for the best part of an hour (that disappeared very quickly with the superb music).Dave Hallam had us enthralled with his carefully chosen songs and arrangements. Dave got through 14 numbers plus an encore!   Dave gave us a wonderful diversity of styles both on his lovely new Yamaha PSR-910 keyboard and on the Club's state-of-the-art Yamaha Clavinova CVP-509. The big screen worked very well too so that everybody in the Club Rooms got a 'birds-eye' view of the the keyboards being played.







Colin Crann kindly did the honours for the arrival music. Warren Levick played three very nice arrangements for us on the Clavinova. This photo of Warren playing in June 2010 at the Club as the photo shot on the night was unfortunately blurred. Committee Member, Ken Mahy, played four songs on his Korga Pa1X for us. Ian Jackson played some very nice gently ballads for us. John Beales played four great arrangements for us on his Korg Pa500 Carole Littlejohn played the Clavinova as well some pretty slick vocals to enhance her great arrangements. Carole Littlejohn crooning away for us on the Clavinova. Her final number of 'The Black and White Rag" was a show stopper. Dave Hallam absorbed in his playing for us on his brand new Yamaha PSR-910. Dave Hallam invited John Stent to jam with him on one of the numbers - completely impromptu - and completely enjoyable - with John's wonderful lifetime's accumulation of musical talent.                Club President, Gordon Sutherland, thanking Dave Hallam for a fantastic concert! Photo courtesy of Club Secretary, Colleen Kerr.

Club Night 5th October 2010

Definitely an evening of music not to be missed! Why not bring your friends along as visitors are always most welcome.
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