The Official News Publication of Mason & Hamlin
This publication highlights of current Mason & Hamlin news & events from our company, our dealers, and our customers. All of the information in these newsletters is designed to be shared; please feel welcome to forward this publication to your fellow Mason & Hamlin fans.
MASON & HAMLIN IN CONCERT
Sara Daneshpour performs solo recital on a Mason & Hamlin CC-94
Rising star concert pianist Sara Daneshpour, winner of the 2012 XII Concours International de Musique du Maroc, performed a solo recital at the Grand Hall of the Indiana Landmarks Center in February. Known for her dazzling performances of Chopin, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninov, Ms. Daneshpour played a CC-94 provided by Ron & Kim Winter of Winter & Sons Piano in Indianapolis.
Model CC-94 featured in concert at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles with Shen Yun Performing Arts
The premier classical Chinese dance company, Shen Yun Performing Arts, is currently on their 2014 US tour. In their Los Angeles appearance at the Nokia Theater in March, Shen Yun Performing Arts used a Model CC-94 provided by Glenn Treibitz & Hollywood Piano. Pictured with the CC-94 is Shen Yun artist soprano Haolan Geng and her accompanist.
Mason & Hamlin Pianos at Napa Valley Jazz Getaway 2014
For 20 years, jazz pianist, composer, producer, and Mason & Hamlin artist Brian Culbertson has dominated the smooth/contemporary jazz scene with his expertly crafted albums and electrifying live performances. His musicianship is evident in the 14 albums he has released, with his last 7 albums charting at #1.
In 2012, Brian created the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, a 4-day music festival based in Napa Valley, CA that blends great contemporary jazz concerts with the world's finest wine and food experiences. For the third consecutive year, Mason & Hamlin was a corporate sponsor for Napa Valley Jazz Getaway. During the festival held in June, music & wine parties were held at various wineries throughout the valley. Brian hosted a Wednesday evening VIP Welcome Event held at Round Pond Estate Winery in Oakville and performed on a Model B.
Also performing at the VIP Welcome Event at Round Pond was legendary jazz pianist and Pianodisc artist David Benoit. Just south of Round Pond, Mason & Hamlin artist Cecil Ramirez performed with his band at Black Stallion Winery for the NVJG Welcome Dinner while the VIP Welcome Event was underway.
For the Friday VIP lunch event at Rutherford Hill Estate in Rutherford, Brian and David recreated their 2013 "piano2piano" concert with guests seated around the two pianos. Brian performed on a Model BB; David performed on a Model AA.
MASON & HAMLIN IN THE MEDIA
Jarrod Radnich performs on a Model BB in new Game Of Thrones video
A richly gifted pianist, composer, conductor & educator, Mason & Hamlin artist Jarrod Radnich has embarked on a journey to inspire students around the world to play the piano at a higher level of performance. His Virtuosic Piano Solo series of sheet music are designed to reward advanced students who master Jarrod's complex arrangements with a heightened musical experience and serious fun factor. His relevant and inventive approach to playing the piano has made Jarrod a piano hero to young players and his popularity is underscored by the 80 million plus views that his YouTube videos have received.
Jarrod's latest video is a production of an epic scale which highlights his newest virtuosic arrangement of music from the HBO series Game Of Thrones. Jarrod plays a Model BB grand provided by Mason & Hamlin.
Jarrod Radnich plays on a CC-94 in a laser-lit performance
Part of his Virtuosic Piano Solo series, Jarrod Radnich has created another amazing arrangement, covering the Journey hit song "Don't Stop Believing". In this video, he turns a CC-94 concert grand into an entire band, complete with fogged stage and a choreographed laser light show. Combined with Jarrod's rock star persona, this video is favorite, gathering almost 280,000 views since its release in June.
Model B appears in TV Show "Psych" with James Roday
In Season 7 Episode 15 of the USA Network TV Show "Psych", psychic sleuth Shawn Spencer (James Roday) enters a bar to track down a suspect who is known as a long-time regular customer who always played the piano there. In the scene shown above, Shawn confronts the suspect while he is playing a new Model B. The piano was provided by Sean Pacey and Pacey's Piano.
Mason & Hamlin in "An American Piano" at 67th Cannes Film Festival
"An American Piano" is a short film by Paul Leeming which premiered at the 67th Cannes Film Festival this year. The film is centered on a 16-year old pianist, Yoko Koshida, whose family left Tokyo to escape American bombing raids on the city during World War II. The family found refuge in a house next to an Allied prisoners camp in Yokohama. Yoko found solace from the ravages of war in her piano music, playing a Mason & Hamlin grand piano which sat next to a window in the home. Also finding comfort in her music were the British, US, Australian, and Dutch Allied prisoners captured by the Japanese; they would gather to listen to Yoko play through the barbed wire of their prison camp. Following the Japanese surrender, the men visited Yoko and her family to bring them desperately needed essentials as a gesture of gratitude for the comfort that her piano music brought them while in captivity. Pictured below is Ms. Koshida, now 85-years old, sitting at her Mason & Hamlin grand piano, the same instrument she played for the POWs. "An American Piano" is a story of humanity, compassion, and how the universal beauty of music reaches across the boundaries of language, nationality, and war.
The East River Piano
In May, a grand piano appeared under the East River's Brooklyn Bridge and mystified New Yorkers for weeks. The Mason & Hamlin piano, exposed at low tide and sitting partially submerged at high tide, has been featured in news stories and appeared in social media all over the world. Shortly after its appearance, the piano became a favorite of photographers, musicians and artists as well as tourists and locals. The 1915 Model A grand, which is missing it's plate and strings, even has its own Twitter account @Eastriverpiano. For Mason & Hamlin piano aficionados and historians, its no mystery how the piano has survived so long under such arduous conditions. Known as the worlds most expensive piano to build, with thick hard-rock maple rims and sturdy hardwood posts, the piano is substantially built and recognized as being in a class by itself for durability.
The mysterious East River Piano under the Brooklyn Bridge with Ballet Superstar Misty Copeland
A Mysterious piano sitting under the East River's Brooklyn Bridge has mystified New Yorkers for weeks. The Mason & Hamlin discovered in May sitting halfway submerged under water has captured the hearts and minds of native New Yorkers and the piano community at large becoming an international media sensation generating news stories and appearing in social media tweets and Facebook posts all over the world. The piano has become a favorite of photographers, musicians and artists as well as tourists and locals with thousands of photos appearing on the internet. The model A grand circa 1915, which is missing it's plate and strings, has its own twitter feed called @Eastriverpiano which includes a chronological history of the pianos appearance and eventual demise. For Mason & Hamlin piano aficionados and historians, its no mystery how the piano has survived so long under such arduous conditions. Known as the worlds most expensive piano to build, with thick hard-rock maple rims and sturdy hardwood posts, the piano is substantially built and recognized as being in a class by itself for durability.