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|Born||November 2, 1944 |
|Associated acts||The Nice|
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Keith Emerson Band
Keith Noel Emerson (born 2 November 1944 in Todmorden, Lancashire) is a British keyboard player and composer. Events 1570 - A Tidal wave in the North Sea devastates the coast from Holland to Jutland, killing more than 1000 Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Todmorden is a Market town and Civil parish, within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, in West Yorkshire, England England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Progressive rock (often shortened to " progressive " " prog " or " prog rock " is a form of Rock music that evolved A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers An electronic organ is an Electronic keyboard instrument originally designed to imitate the sound of a Pipe organ. A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a Musical keyboard. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. The Nice were an English Progressive rock band from the 1960s known for their unique blend of rock, Jazz and classical music Emerson Lake & Palmer ( ELP) were an English Progressive rock supergroup. Events 1570 - A Tidal wave in the North Sea devastates the coast from Holland to Jutland, killing more than 1000 Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Todmorden is a Market town and Civil parish, within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, in West Yorkshire, England Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located A keyboardist is a Musician who plays Keyboard instruments Until the early 1960s musicians who played keyboards were generally classified as either pianists Formerly a member of the Keith Emerson Trio, John Brown's Bodies, The T-Bones, V. I. P. s, P.P. Arnold's backing band, and The Nice (which evolved from P. Pat Arnold (born Patrica Ann Cole 3 October 1946, Los Angeles, California, professionally known as P The Nice were an English Progressive rock band from the 1960s known for their unique blend of rock, Jazz and classical music P. Arnold's band), he started Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP), one of the early supergroups, in 1970. Emerson Lake & Palmer ( ELP) were an English Progressive rock supergroup. SuperGroup is a Reality show on the channel VH1. The show puts together five Heavy metal musicians packed into a large mansion that must play a show after Following the breakup of ELP, circa 1979, Emerson had modest success with Emerson, Lake & Powell in the 1980s. Emerson Lake & Powell, sometimes abbreviated as ELPowell were an English Rock band, an offshoot or variant lineup of Emerson Lake & Palmer, that released ELP reunited during the early 90s. Emerson also reunited The Nice in 2002 for a tour. The Nice were an English Progressive rock band from the 1960s known for their unique blend of rock, Jazz and classical music A concert is a live Performance, usually of Music, before an Audience. He currently tours (through 2007) with The Keith Emerson Band.
Emerson grew up in the seaside resort of Worthing, West Sussex, England. Worthing (ˈwɜrðɪŋ is a large seaside town and a local government borough in West Sussex, England Settlements Most settlements in West Sussex are either along the south coast or are situated in the M23 corridor England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland As a child, he learned western classical music, from which he derived a lot of inspiration to create his own style, combining classical music, jazz, and rock themes. Classical music is a broad term that usually refers to mainstream music produced in or rooted in the traditions of Western liturgical and Secular music Jazz is an American Musical art form which originated in the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African Emerson became intrigued with the Hammond organ after hearing jazz organist Jack McDuff perform "Rock Candy" and it subsequently became his instrument of choice for performing in the late 60s. The Hammond organ is an electric organ which was invented by Laurens Hammond in 1934 and manufactured by the Hammond Organ Company "Brother" Jack McDuff ( September 17, 1926 - January 23, 2001) was a Jazz Organist and Organ trio In 1969, Emerson incorporated the Moog modular synthesizer into his battery of keyboards. Moog modular synthesizer refers to any of a number of monophonic analog Modular synthesizers designed by the late electronic instrument pioneer Dr While other artists such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had used the Moog in studio recordings, Emerson was the first artist to tour with one. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960
He is known for his technical skill and for his live antics, including using knives to wedge down specific keys of his Hammond organ during solos, playing the organ upside down while having it lie over him and backwards while standing behind it. The Hammond organ is an electric organ which was invented by Laurens Hammond in 1934 and manufactured by the Hammond Organ Company He also employed a special rig to rotate his piano end-over-end while he's "playing" it (purely theatrical, since acoustic pianos cannot function when turned upside down in this manner). Along with contemporaries Richard Wright of Pink Floyd, Tony Banks of Genesis, Billy Ritchie of Clouds and Rick Wakeman of Yes, Emerson is widely regarded as one of the top keyboard players of the progressive rock era. Richard William "Rick" Wright (28 July 1943 &ndash 15 September 2008 was a pianist and Keyboardist best known for his career with Pink Floyd Pink Floyd are Anthony George "Tony" Banks (born 27 March 1950 is an English Songwriter, Pianist /keyboard player and guitarist Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967 With approximately 150 million albums sold worldwide Genesis are among the top 30 highest-selling recording artists Clouds were a 1960s Progressive rock band that disbanded in October 1971. Richard Christopher Wakeman (born 18 May 1949 in Perivale, London) is an English Keyboard player best known as the Yes are an English Progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. Progressive rock (often shortened to " progressive " " prog " or " prog rock " is a form of Rock music that evolved . All Music Guide refers to Emerson as "perhaps the greatest, most technically accomplished keyboardist in rock history. " 
Emerson has performed several notable rock arrangements of classical compositions, ranging from J. S. Bach via Modest Mussorgsky to 20th century composers such as Béla Bartók, Aaron Copland, Leoš Janáček and Alberto Ginastera. WikipediaWikiProject Composers#Lead section.2 This article is written in British English including maximised use of "-ise" Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (Моде́ст Петро́вич Му́соргский Modest Petrovič Musorgskij) ( March 21 March 9 1839 &ndash March Béla Viktor János Bartók (March 25 1881&ndashSeptember 26 1945 was a Hungarian Composer and Pianist, considered to be one of the greatest Aaron Copland (November 14 1900 &ndash December 2 1990 was an American Composer of concert and film music as well as an accomplished Pianist. Leoš Janáček ( (July 3 1854 &ndash August 12 1928 was a Czech Composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher Alberto Evaristo Ginastera ( Buenos Aires, April 11 1916 &ndash June 25 1983 Geneva) was an Argentine Composer of classical music Occasionally Emerson has quoted from classical and jazz works without giving credit, particularly early in his career, from the late 1960s until 1972. The song "Rondo" by The Nice is a 12/8 interpretation of "Blue Rondo à la Turk" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, originally in 9/8 time signature. Rondo, and its French equivalent rondeau, is a word that has been used in Music in a number of ways most often in reference to a Musical form The Dave Brubeck Quartet was a Jazz Quartet, founded in 1951 by Dave Brubeck; featuring Paul Desmond on saxophone and Brubeck on piano The time signature (also known as " meter signature" is a notational convention used in Western Musical notation to specify how many beats The piece is introduced by an extensive quote from Bach's Italian Concerto, third movement. The Italian Concerto, BWV 971 original title Concerto nach Italienischem Gusto ( Concerto after the Italian taste) published In fact, considering the Bach and Emerson's own improvisations, the Brubeck contribution is merely the anchoring theme.
On ELP's eponymous first album, Emerson's classical quotes went largely uncredited. "The Barbarian" is heavily influenced by Allegro Barbaro by Bartók, and "Knife Edge" is virtually a note-for-note restatement of "Sifonietta" by Janáček. Note-for-note extracts were taken from pieces by Bartók, Janáček and Bach, mixed in with some original material, and credited completely to Emerson, Lake, Palmer and roadie Richard Fraser. Richard Fraser (sometimes spelled Frazer) was a Roadie and lyricist for the British Progressive rock band Emerson Lake & Palmer (ELP By 1971, with the releases Pictures At An Exhibition and Trilogy, Emerson began to fully credit classical composers, Modest Mussorgsky for the piano piece which inspired the first album, and Aaron Copland for "Hoedown" on the second. Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (Моде́ст Петро́вич Му́соргский Modest Petrovič Musorgskij) ( March 21 March 9 1839 &ndash March Aaron Copland (November 14 1900 &ndash December 2 1990 was an American Composer of concert and film music as well as an accomplished Pianist. Emerson was adamant that he did not use Maurice Ravel's orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition in developing his own version. Pictures at an Exhibition (Картинки с выставки &ndash Воспоминание о Викторе Гартмане Kartinki s vystavki &ndash Vospominaniye
In 2004 Emerson published his autobiography entitled "Pictures of an Exhibitionist", which deals with his entire career, particularly focusing on his early days with The Nice, and his nearly career-ending nerve-graft surgery in 1993. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The Nice were an English Progressive rock band from the 1960s known for their unique blend of rock, Jazz and classical music Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar)
Emerson has provided music for a number of films since 1980, including Dario Argento's Inferno and World of Horror, the 1981 thriller Nighthawks and, more recently, Godzilla: Final Wars. Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Dario Argento (born September 7 1940) is an Italian Film director, producer and Screenwriter. Inferno is a 1980 Italian Supernatural Horror film written and directed by Dario Argento. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Nighthawks is a 1981 Thriller film starring Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta is the fiftieth anniversary film and the twenty-eighth film in the ''Godzilla'' film series. He was also the composer for the short-lived 1994 animated television series Iron Man. Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) Iron Man is an Animated television series based on Marvel Comics ' Superhero Iron Man.
Emerson has released a number of solo albums and is currently working on another with regular collaborator Marc Bonilla and producer Keith Wechsler. Marc Bonilla is a guitarist He has worked with Keith Emerson (including on 1995's Changing States and in Emerson's 2006 touring band Glenn Hughes (on The new album will be released in mid 2008.
On stage Emerson started out on Hammond organ, with a grand piano toward the back of the stage. By the end of his time with The Nice, the standard arrangement was two Hammond organs, a C-3 and an L-100, placed facing each other with the C-3 to the left from the audience point of view. The Hammond organ is an electric organ which was invented by Laurens Hammond in 1934 and manufactured by the Hammond Organ Company The Hammond organ is an electric organ which was invented by Laurens Hammond in 1934 and manufactured by the Hammond Organ Company The L-100 took plenty of abuse during the stage act and was usually reinforced, to the point where it weighed so much that, on at least one occasion, Emerson became trapped beneath it and had to be rescued by a roadie. At any given time Emerson is said to have owned several L-100 models, in various stages of repair, to support his act. The C-3, in contrast, seems to have lasted for years.
Although the Hammond L-100 with its shorter manuals is considered a “poor man’s” Hammond, Emerson not only played much of the early Nice music on his L-100, but also made good use of some of its unique features which his bigger Hammond C-3 does not provide. The L-100 has a self-starting motor, which - if turned off and on in short intervals - renders the whole organ into a wailing howl while the note generator tries to recover to pitch. The L-100 also features a spring-loaded reverb tank, which produces bomb-like noises if shaken. Both effects can be heard in abundance on “Rondo 69”. On “Ars Longa Vita Brevis” Emerson even uses the reverb tank as a musical instrument, tapping the internal spring against the tank bottom in an effort to create a chromatic scale of "boings".
With ELP Emerson added the Moog synthesizer behind the C-3 with the keyboard and ribbon controller stacked on the top of the organ. A ribbon controller is a User interface used to control parameters of Electronic musical instruments, primarily used with Analogue synthesizers (See The ribbon controller allowed Emerson to vary pitch, tone or timbre of the output from the Moog by moving his finger up and down the length of a touch-sensitive strip. It also could be used as a phallic symbol, which quickly became a feature of the act. When the Minimoog entered the act it was placed where needed, such as on top of the grand piano. The same location was also used for an electric clavinet keyboard, used almost exclusively for the encore piece Nut Rocker. A Clavinet is an electrophonic Keyboard instrument manufactured by the Hohner company "Nut Rocker" was a single for B Bumble and the Stingers which went to number 1 in the UK singles chart in May 1962.
During the Brain Salad Surgery tour of 1974 (shows of which were recorded and released as a 3-album set, "Welcome Back My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends"), Emerson's keyboard setup included the Hammond C-3 organ, run through multiple Leslie speakers driven by HiWatt guitar amplifiers, the Moog IIIC modular synthesizer (modified by addition of various modules and an oscilloscope) with ribbon controller, a Steinway concert grand piano with a Moog Minimoog synthesizer on top of it (used for the steel drum part on Karn Evil 9, 2nd Impression), an upright acoustic-electric piano that was used for honky-tonk piano sounds, a Hohner Clavinet and another Moog Minimoog synthesizer. An oscilloscope (commonly abbreviated to scope or O-scope) is a type of Electronic test equipment that allows signal Voltages to be viewed Emerson also used a prototype polyphonic synthesizer produced by Moog, which was the test bed for the Moog Polymoog polyphonic synthesizer. The original synthesizer setup as envisioned by Moog was called the Constellation, and consisted of 3 instruments - the polyphonic synthesizer, called the Apollo, a monophonic lead synthesizer called the Lyra, and a bass-pedal synthesizer, called the Taurus. Moog eventually produced the Moog Taurus bass pedal synthesizer as a separate instrument, as well as the Polymoog Synthesizer and Polymoog Keyboard. The Apollo polyphonic synthesizer is currently at a keyboard museum in Calgary, Canada. Emerson still owns the Lyra synthesizer.
Occasionally Emerson used a pipe organ, when available. The pipe organ is a Musical instrument that produces sound when pressurized air (wind is driven through a series of pipes, controlled by a keyboard In particular, at the Newcastle City Hall he used the Harrison & Harrison pipe organ for the introductory section of Pictures at an Exhibition. Newcastle City Hall is a Concert hall located in Newcastle upon Tyne, which has hosted many Popular music acts through the years Harrison & Harrison are a firm of Pipe organ builders in the UK, examples of whose work can also be found in many other countries The organ is located at the rear above the stage, at the top of a series of steps where choirs can stand. The end of the introductory passage is followed by a drum roll, covering the time while Emerson descended the steps. While all went well for the recording used to produce the album, the debut tour performance at the same venue ground to a halt as the power failed, just as Emerson arrived at the Hammond organ to open the next part of the piece. After a lengthy delay the performance continued with only the Hammond L-100 functioning.
Emerson also used the organ at the Royal Festival Hall for "The Three Fates" from the eponymous debut album by the group; he also used another pipe organ for "The Only Way (Hymn)" from the sophomore Tarkus album. Royal Festival Hall is a concert dance and talks venue within Southbank Centre in London, England. Emerson Lake & Palmer is the debut Album of British Progressive rock band Emerson Lake & Palmer, released in 1970 in Tarkus is the second Album by British Progressive rock band Emerson Lake & Palmer, released in 1971. It is not known if he also used it in a live context.
Amplifiers and speakers behind Emerson became more elaborate, including a Leslie unit. There was also a board attached to the front of the stack, intended as a target for his knife-throwing. During the Brain Salad Surgery tour, at the end of the show, a sequencer in the Moog Modular synthesizer was set running at an increasing rate, with the Moog Synthesizer pivoting to face the audience while a large pair of silver bat wings was deployed at the back of the synthesizer.
As the technology of electronic keyboard instruments became more sophisticated, Emerson was quick to adopt new instruments, such as the Yamaha GX-1 polyphonic synthesizer, one of which can be seen on the video promoting Fanfare for the Common Man. Fanfare for the Common Man is a work by American composer Aaron Copland, and one of the most recognizable pieces of 20th century American classical Emerson was reported to have spent $50,000 to buy the Yamaha GX-1 synthesizer at the time of the Works album. Emerson later bought a 2nd GX-1 from John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, to use to repair his GX-1, which was damaged by a tractor crash into Emerson's home studio. John Paul Jones (born John Baldwin on January 3, 1946) is an English Musician, Composer, arranger, Record Led Zeppelin were At the time that Emerson left England in the early 1990s to move to Santa Monica, California, he sold the majority of his keyboard equipment, though not the modular Moog. The original Yamaha GX-1 was bought by Hans Zimmer of movie soundtrack fame, while the John Paul Jones GX-1 was bought by a collector in Italy. Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany) is an Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Other more elaborate innovations have been previously described in this article.
In 1978 Emerson became the official endorser of the worlds first fully polyphonic synthesizers, namely the Korg PS-3300 and PS-3100. History The gargantuan Korg PS-3300 is one of the biggest and rarest synthesizers ever made He started recording with them around this time too and the Korg PS-3300 was heavily used on the ELP album "Love Beach". Only 50 units were produced of this mega-monster of a synthesizer and it has achieved cult status today partly thanks to Emerson's endorsement. He carried on using it into the 80s, for example the Korg PS-3300 also dominates the 1981 film soundtrack for "Nighthawks" which starred Sylvester Stallone.
Even on the grand piano, Emerson refused to limit his technique to hitting the keys. He would sometimes reach into the interior and hit, pluck or strum the strings with his hand. The introduction to Take a Pebble includes chords and arpeggios played by pressing down on keys, to raise the dampers from the strings, and playing the strings inside the piano as one might play the autoharp. The Autoharp is a musical String instrument having a series of chord bars attached to dampers which when depressed mute all the strings other than those that form the In the live performance of Hang on to a Dream with the Nice, recorded for the post-breakup album Elegy, he performed a cadenza of sorts hitting the piano strings with a small hammer, followed by a lengthy wind-down returning to the song in which he alternated keyboard arpeggios with blows directly on the bass strings. In Music, a cadenza (Italian for cadence) is generically an improvised or written-out ornamental passage played or sung by a soloist or soloists usually The standard finale to the song has him reaching into the piano with fingers spread on both hands to pluck the final chord, presumably depressing the sustain pedal at the same time to lift all the string dampers. This can be clearly seen on a performance filmed for the television show Beat Club.
Despite his training, Emerson's finger technique has become highly idiosyncratic since surgery on his hand in 1993. He tends to curl up his ring finger and little finger while playing.
Note that lack of credit does not imply plagiarism. It is certain that, where required, royalties were paid to composers or their estates. Permission to use pieces was sometimes denied by the composer's family or estate, as for instance with Gustav Holst's Mars, the Bringer of War. Gustav Theodore Holst (21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934was an English Composer and was a music teacher for nearly 20 years Aaron Copland was said to be somewhat puzzled by Emerson's take on Fanfare For the Common Man, but approved its use. Aaron Copland (November 14 1900 &ndash December 2 1990 was an American Composer of concert and film music as well as an accomplished Pianist. Alberto Ginastera, on the other hand, was thrilled by Emerson's electronic realization and declared that he wished he could have done it in that fashion himself. Alberto Evaristo Ginastera ( Buenos Aires, April 11 1916 &ndash June 25 1983 Geneva) was an Argentine Composer of classical music
The surreal comedy series Big Train featured Keith Emerson, played by Kevin Eldon, as a Roman slave, fighting his enemies with Prog Rock. This is a list of notable Hammond organ players, both solo performers and members of ensembles Big Train is a surreal British Television Comedy Sketch show created by Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan Kevin Eldon ( b 1960 Chatham, Kent, England) is an English Stand-up comic and Actor. Progressive rock (often shortened to " progressive " " prog " or " prog rock " is a form of Rock music that evolved
He was given his trademark knife by Lemmy who was a roadie for The Nice in his earlier days. Lemmy (born Ian Fraser Kilmister, December 24 1945) also known as Lemmy Kilmister, Ian Willis or Lemmy von Motörhead
His favourite current-generation progressive rock band is Dream Theater. Progressive rock (often shortened to " progressive " " prog " or " prog rock " is a form of Rock music that evolved Dream Theater is an American Progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name " Majesty " by John Myung, John Petrucci
He opened the Led Zeppelin reunion/Ahmet Ertegun Tribute concert at the O2 Arena in London on 10 Dec 2007 along with Chris Squire and Alan White (Yes) and Simon Kirke (Bad Company/Free). Christopher Russell Edward "Chris" Squire (born March 4, 1948) is an English musician best known as the Bass guitarist and Alan White (born 14 June 1949 is an English Rock and roll Drummer best known for his 34 years of work with the Progressive rock band Yes are an English Progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. Simon Frederick St George Kirke (born 28 July 1949 but according to the Associated Press he was born 27 August 1949 is an English rock drummer best known as a member of Bad Company are an English Blues rock supergroup founded in 1973 consisting of band members from Free ( Paul Rodgers, Simon Free were an English Rock band, formed in London in 1968 and best known for their popular song " All Right Now " The supergroup played the new arrangement of "The Fanfare for the Common Man".
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||British keyboard player and composer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||2 November 1944|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Todmorden, England|
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