<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:33:30 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[The Casio GP series brings Bechstein keys to the hybrid digital piano]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 05:22:52 +0000 We sat down with Richard Formidoni from Casio America, who brought us a closer look at the flagship GP-500 Celviano Grand Hybrid.

John Ebata takes a look at the Casio GP-300 and GP-500 series, bringing the quality engineering of Bechstein keys in a hybrid piano.

Order the Casio GP-300 here and the GP-500 here.

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<![CDATA[Free Piano Teacher Workshop: My First Piano Adventure Featuring Jon Ophoff]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:19:31 +0000 In Conjunction with Faber Piano Adventures and Hal Leonard

Workshop | Giveaways | And FUN!

Join us in welcoming Jon Ophoff from Faber Piano Adventures for this informative workshop before the Fall rush!

Explore the world of a 5 to 6 year-old, where fun motivates play and play is the child’s magic formula for learning. Through songs, games, and engaging pedagogy, the My First Piano Adventure® course shapes the small hand for good piano technique, builds rhythm skill and develops especially strong music readers.

Plus, energize your Fall teaching with these exciting new releases: Scale and Chord Book 2, Piano Adventures Player app and Adult Piano Adventures — now with Classics and Popular books and new online video support!

My First Piano Adventure Piano Teacher Workshop

My First Piano Adventure Featuring Jon Ophoff (Piano Teacher Workshop)

Date: Tues August 23rd, 2016
Time: 9:30AM - 12PM
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: FREE!
Casio PX-160 Privia Digital Piano

Door prizes & a Casio PX-160 Privia Digital Piano will be given away!

Value: $629.99 - COURTESY OF SF Marketing

PLUS receive discounts on all Hal Leonard publications including Faber Piano Adventures and all pop, broadway and movie collections for piano

RSVP Details (space is limited)
Cristina D'Alessandro
Dept. Head, Print Music
905-770-5222 x310

About Jon Ophoff

Jon Ophoff is Production Manager of Faber Piano Adventures, working with Nancy and Randall Faber on all aspects of book production and multimedia support. As a workshop clinician, he educates teachers in effective use of the publications in studios across the United States and Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan School of Music where he studied Film Music Composition, and was a winner of BMI’s Pete Carpenter Fellowship. He has produced custom music for media, with brands including Best Buy, Levi’s, and Dockers. At the Faber Piano Institute, Jon enjoys teaching students of all ages. He encourages creativity through composition and improvisation, incorporating music technology alongside traditional tools.

And there's more...

Richard Formidoni

Casio Celviano Grand HybridRichard Formidoni from Casio USA will be on hand to chat with teachers during workshop breaks about Casio's Celviano pianos that will be used throughout the session. There will be an opportunity for teachers to touch and try all of the models listed below:

Casio GP-500BP CELVIANO Grand Hybrid

Casio GP-500

Casio GP-400BK CELVIANO Grand Hybrid

Casio GP-400

Casio GP-300BK CELVIANO Grand Hybrid

Casio GP-300

An EXCLUSIVE special event savings package will be available on the above models for attendees.

About Casio CELVIANO Hybrid Grand Pianos

The Perfect Combination of Innovation and tradition

From the moment your hands touch the keys, the Grand Hybrid delivers the authenticity your performance demands. The revolutionary new Natural Grand Hammer Action keyboard is made with full-length wooden concert grand piano keys, using the same materials and processes as the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos. A keypress sends a hammer along the same vertical path as a grand piano, with the same essential weighting and pivot points, resulting in a true and uncompromising piano touch.

Casio’s new AiR Grand Sound Source provides not just one, but three of the world’s finest grand pianos. Dubbed the Berlin, Hamburg, and Vienna Grands, each one is the result of countless hours of precise analysis and study of their unique characteristics. They are faithful and expressive recreations of these distinctive pianos. with the Berlin Grand sound having been developed in collaboration with C. Bechstein. String/damper resonance, mechanical sounds, and other subtle nuances complete the experience of owning three of the finest pianos on Earth.

Our hearing goes beyond simply left and right, and we can detect the origin of sound in all directions. Using an exclusive six-speaker amplification system, the new Grand Acoustic System reproduces the three-dimensional sound field generated by an acoustic grand. The top speakers present sounds normally heard rising upwards, and the downward-facing speakers present sounds heard from below the soundboard. This simulation fills the room with rich, complex sound, reaching both the performer and the audience.

<![CDATA[Exciting NEW Piano Books Series - The Lang Lang Piano Method Books]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:49:22 +0000 "I loved making my new series for complete beginners and presenting a new way of learning the piano that 21st Century children can relate to." Lang Lang 

Join the super hero world of Lang Lang and come on a piano adventure with The Lang Lang Piano Method Series.

Lang Lang Piano Method Book 1

Level 1

Level 1 introduces complete beginners to different five-finger positions, note reading, moving around the keyboard, and developing both hands equally right from the start. The five progressive books in The Lang Lang Piano Method provide a unique and imaginative way for complete beginners to learn the piano with the world's most successful concert pianist, Lang Lang. There's plenty to play all around the keyboard right from the start. Fun, imaginative pieces develop the left and right hands equally, and supporting audio features exclusive performances by Lang Lang of the concert pieces. Musicianship is developed through theory pages and listening to exclusive performances by Lang Lang of piano classics for children. "I've written The Lang Lang Piano Method to inspire today's kids with my passion for the piano." ---Lang Lang

Lang Lang Piano Method Book 2

Level 2

Level 2 builds on the first book by introducing eighth notes (quavers), simple hands together, and thumb-under technique.

Lang Lang Piano Method Book 3

Level 3

Level 3 continues the progression by extending the note range to an octave, exploring different keys, and including more hands-together in pieces.

All 3 Level books are NOW AVAILABLE and in-stock at Cosmo Music!

Hear some words from the man himself on his new series here:

<![CDATA[ROLI Seaboard RISE - The future of the keyboard]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:57:38 +0000

John takes a close look at the innovative and groundbreaking ROLI Seaboard RISE, a truly innovative keyboard.

Click below to order the ROLI Seaboard RISE:
ROLI Seaboard RISE 25
ROLI Seaboard RISE 49
ROLI Seaboard Grand Stage 61

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<![CDATA[Weber's White Pianos - Elegance meets musicality]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:54:24 +0000 John talks about the appeal of Weber's elegant white pianos, and the high level of craftsmanship behind these instruments.

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<![CDATA[The Yamaha CVP 700 Series Clavinova - Truly authentic digital pianos]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:41:33 +0000 John takes a look at the Yamaha Clavinova CVP 700 Series, a truly authentic line of digital piano. See the CVP-701 below:

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<![CDATA[An intimate look at the PHYSIS Piano with John Ebata and Tahirih Vejdani]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:52:13 +0000 PHYSIS Pianos are truly revolutionary instruments for the modern age. Our own John Ebata teamed up with singer Tahirih Vejdani to demonstrate the capabilities of these pianos, and give some inspired performances.

If you want to come to a PHYSIS clinic, we are hosting Thursday, August 27th at 7 PM with Earth, Wind & Fire's Myron McKinley in our Cosmopolitan Music Hall!

Watch an overview of the clinic

Watch John and Tahirih perform Jill Scott's "Golden"

Watch John and Tahirih perform Sting's "Fragile"

Watch John and Tahirih perform Joe Sealy's "Deep Down Inside"

<![CDATA[Physis Piano Clinic with Myron McKinley of Earth Wind and Fire!]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:08:04 +0000 Gifted pianist, producer, songwriter, and music director for Earth, Wind and Fire, MYRON MCKINLEY is an incredibly prolific musician and he'll be coming  to Cosmo Music to show us all about the exciting line of Physis Pianos!

UPDATE: Morris O'Connor, Serg Dimitrijevic, and John Paris from Earth, Wind & Fire guys joined Myron McKinley for an impromptu jam! See it below:

Watch Myron McKinley show off some of the awesome features of the Physis Piano:

Upon graduating from USC, McKinley quickly began performing with award winning artists such as Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, CeCe Winans, Harry Connick Jr., Jodeci, Yolanda Adams, Chicago, Puff Daddy, Dr. Dre, Brandy, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright, Karen Clark-Shears, Chante Moore, Tupac Shakur, Doc Powell, Vesta, Backstreet Boys, Regina Bell, Tyrese, Hanson, James Ingram, Brian McKnight, Patti LaBelle, Monica, Dru Hill, Keith Sweat, Morris Day, Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, Gerald Levert, Ashford & Simpson, Deborah Cox, Tamia, Emotions, Gloria Gaynor, Christina Aguiliara, En Vogue and Earth Wind & Fire to just name a few.

McKinley has toured with Grammy award winner Whitney Houston (World Tour), Kenny Lattimore (For You, World Tour), Stanley Clarke, En Vogue (World Tour), and has toured as the Musical Director for Philip Bailey (Japan Tour), Cherokee (Polo Tour), Doc Powell (Smooth Jazz Tour), Shai (World Tour) and currently for the last eight years serves as the Musical Director for Grammy award winners and pop music giants Earth, Wind and Fire.

That's one impressive resume.

And he'll be showing off one of the most impressive pieces of equipment to hit the keyboard world: The Physis Piano, a feature rich and innovative keyboard that represents the evolution of a hybrid piano/keyboard.

Physis Piano Clinic with MYRON MCKINLEY of EARTH, WIND AND FIRE! 

Date: Thurs Aug 27, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Admission is FREE. RSVP to john@cosmomusic.ca

Join the Facebook Event Page here!

<![CDATA[Hands On with Hammond Featuring SCOTT MAY - Cosmo Music, July 18th at 2 PM]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:02:56 +0000 Come down to Cosmo Music for a FREE event on Saturday, July 18th to get "Hands On" with Hammond Organs - the sound, the soul, the ONE!

Grammy-nominated Musician/Producer (Organist of Chicago's Ides of March since 1990) and Hammond International Clinician, SCOTT MAY will be on hand to discuss the legacy of Hammond and its modern innovations while demonstrating the power that these instruments have to pierce the soul!

Word on the street is that attendees will be treated to duelling Hammonds!

Hammond Event

Date: Sat July 18th, 2015
Time: 2 PM
Where: Cosmo Music
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email john@cosmomusic.ca or phone 1-800-463-3000 x330.


<![CDATA[Yamaha Music and Cosmo Music Present Susan Albers & Peter Baartmans, Fri Mar 13th at 7PM]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:40:57 +0000 SUSAN ALBERS is a pianist / vocalist from Germany and performs concerts all over the world and touches the hearts with her warm and emotional voice, and her own piano-arrangements of world famous songs, including her own compositions. Encompassing a variety of styles from tender balladry to stylish uptown R&B, her vocal dexterity ensures that Susan can cover a wide range of musical bases. This versatility allows comparison with such artists as Celine Dion and Alicia Keys.

Since 1981, the Dutch pianist PETER BAARTMANS has been traveling the world as a presenter for Yamaha digital pianos & keyboards. His great experience, unique style of presentation, the mixture of classical, jazz and pop, and the superb sound quality of Yamaha's latest digital instruments results in a unique and exceptional performance.

Together they present a journey through the history of music, presenting the audience world-famous soundtracks, Jazz-standards, Classical music and Pop/Rock songs.
Inspired by many world famous Yamaha artists, the music they perform is based on their shared passion for powerful, touching music.

Please join Cosmo Music in welcoming these two incredible performers to the Cosmopolitan Music Hall stage for an evening to remember!

Yamaha Music and Cosmo Music Present Susan Albers & Peter Baartmans 

Date: Fri Mar 13, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Tickets are complimentary and available on a first-come, first-served basis. While quantities last. Please RSVP by email to events@cosmomusic.ca to reserve your tickets today! Max. of 4 tickets per request.

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

Susan Albers and Peter Baartmans