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TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a series of world renowned conferences based on the mission to disseminate "ideas worth spreading". Past speakers have included Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, and several Nobel Prize winners. The TEDx Talks are locally organized events based on the spirit of TED and designed to foster dialogue at the community level. At a recent TEDx event in Asheville, North Carolina, classical pianist Sam Haywood gave a demonstration of his use of technology in performance, using an iPad to read sheet music, and an AirTurn BT-105 to turn the digital pages on his iPad hands free and wirelessly.
Legendary rock keyboardist Jordan Rudess, best known for his role in the progressive metal band Dream Theater, is endorsing the BT-105 Bluetooth hands free page turner for the iPad by AirTurn, Inc. The Juilliard-trained Rudess is renowned for his use of cutting edge technologies to craft and perform his music, having recorded 59 albums to date, and was recently voted by MusicRadar as "the best keyboardist of all time". 
 
 
"Being an iPad madman, I'm able to ditch paper binders and carry all my compositions with me on tour in a single super slim device with crazy good battery life," says Rudess. "I've found the AirTurn BT-105 to be an awesome companion to my iPad, enabling me to turn pages hands free like magic so I can keep my fingers on my tunes instead of swiping screens for page turns."

Violinist David Kim, Concermaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, shares some great stories about his "D.K. moments", the hassles of paper music, and his decision to go digital with his iPad for reading sheet music and his AirTurn BT-105 for turning pages hands free.

Chicago Singer Songwriter, Dave Tamkin, is currently living in Boulder, Colorado. He has created his own unique style of rhythmic-acoustic rock. His shows vary from intimate solo acoustic performances to a full band experience encapsulating a mixture of personal lyrics and skilled songwriting set against a high-energy percussive backbone.

Hugh Sung interviews cellist Matt Haimowitz and discusses his work with the Uccello ensemble to present "Angel Heart, A Music Storybook" in performance, on CD, and on tour.  Matt Haimowitz is a pioneer of reading music digitally with iPads and the AirTurn wireless page turning pedals.

Jenny Q Chai is an active pianist specializing in contemporary music. She has premiered numerous works by such composers as Nils Vigeland, John Slover, Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Frederick Rzewski, among others. Ms. Chai introduced the concept of the prepared piano to Chinese audiences with the world premier of z"Mallet Dance" by John Slover at the Shanghai Concert Hall. Her performance of Chen Yi's "Duo Ye was" also well received by the composer, who remarked that "...she has spoken out in my voice, she played the music in my style, and she really presented the colorful musical images with clear layers and focused sound."
I love AirTurn pedals! It is the best invention for a contemporary pianist like me, who needs to deal with hundreds of pages of music! It lets me turn pages effortlessly faster than the blink of an eye, and from now on, no more carrying heavy music around!
 

When I was a youngster, I dabbled with a bunch of different instruments. I tried my hand at playing a little guitar, fooled around with the harmonica, took some lessons on the french horn and even studied the violin semi-seriously for a few years. Frankly, I stuck with the piano because it was the easiest instrument to make a decent sound out of, and I was super lazy about practicing. So when a one-trick pony like me hears about a multifaceted musician like Steve Hoover, my envy streak makes Kermit the Frog look like an albino gecko! Here's a guy who can do EVERYTHING -- he plays the keyboards, bass, trombone, tuba, and he even sings for crying out loud! And that's just the performing side of his talents!

Sharyn Byer, Flutist, is another example of a forward-looking musician who enjoys a very active performing and touring life.  Here’s a look at Sharyn’s 4-C setup for her digital sheet music needs.