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Kimiko Ishizaka's World Tour, playing Bach's Well Tempered Clavier

on Sun, 08/05/2012 - 11:32

Kimiko Ishizaka is playing Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, Vol. 1, in 6 cities from now until January 2013. It's part of a larger project to record the whole WTC. This is a mammoth undertaking, and the results are going to be quite excellent. I'm organizing the entire tour.

Making Radio History with Wisconsin Public Radio

on Sat, 06/23/2012 - 15:47

Radio listeners in Wisconsin will have a special treat tomorrow (Sunday, June 24, 2012). They'll be the first-ever radio audience to experience a new score-following technology developed by MuseScore and SampleSumo. Wisconsin Public Radio is going to broadcast the entire 83 minutes of Kimiko Ishizaka's Open Goldberg Variations, and at the same time, invite listeners to watch the score by visiting the website The score that appears in the browser is the new edition of the Goldbergs that was produced by Werner Schweer as a part of the Open Goldberg Variations project. I was interviewed by Norman Gilliland on WPR's "The Midday" show, discussing the new possibilities that MuseScore scores and score-following technology brings us. Here is that interview.

I love Kimiko Ishizaka's Goldberg Variations!

on Mon, 05/28/2012 - 16:42

Today was an exciting day, as we released Kimiko's recording of the Goldberg Variations to the general public. For the past 20 months, this piece has consumed my existence, musically. Not only have I heard its many stages of development in Kimiko's hands, through numerous concerts, long hours of practice, and the five-day recording session in Berlin, but I've also scrutinized over a dozen other recordings of the piece by the great masters of the ages.

Release date for Open Goldberg Variations

on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 00:19



Music Notation on the Internet: My article in the International Arts Manager magazine

on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 19:36

This month's issue of the International Arts Manager features an article that I wrote lamenting the state of music notation on the internet. When notation can be represented in text formats (such as MusicXML), why can't we display it in the browser, copy and paste it from website to website, and expect the browser to be able to render it? For that matter, why can't we ask the browser to simply play a C#? The internet is broken when it comes to music notation.


Open Goldberg and MuseScore presenting at Classical:NEXT

on Sat, 04/07/2012 - 18:14

Classical:NEXT is a new music conference that will take place in May, in Munich. The movers and shakers of the classical world will be there in force, and it is being called "the big news in the classical music world". Kimiko Ishizaka, MuseScore, and I will be featured as a special presentation during this conference. In fact, we were given own category, and will be featured on the main stage of the Gasteig. Kimiko will one of only four solo artists to perform on the conference program. Naturally we're very honored and excited.

The presentation will be the public unveiling of the digital score and recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations that we've made together over the past 18 months. We will then do a special technical presentation of a new score following technology, provided by MuseScore and SampleSumo. Kimiko will play a section of the Goldberg Variations, and everybody in the room will be able to watch the score (the one we've created with MuseScore) as it follows along with her playing. The score will not only be projected onto the large screen, it will be available to everyone in the room with an internet capable device (granted the wifi is adequate). This amazing technology is only possible because we made the MuseScore version of the Goldberg Variations. 


Help Kimiko Ishizaka record the Goldberg Variations

on Thu, 04/14/2011 - 11:29

Together with MuseScore, I'm running a Kickstarter project to help raise money for a new score and recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. My wife, Kimiko Ishizaka, will be the pianist. The bit that makes this project special is that we'll be giving the new score and recording away for free - in the fullest sense - by contributing them directly to the public domain. There will be no usage or copy restrictions whatsoever, and everyone will be free to do what they like with them. Please support us!


Classical music is for everyone

on Mon, 12/13/2010 - 09:30

Kimiko at the German championships for weight lifting

on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 12:45

She placed 5th out of 9 in the up-to 63Kg weight class with a total of 130Kg in the two disciplines (55Kg snatch, 75Kg clean/jerk).