Company Concert Cards

For the ultimate Company QRistmas Card experience, we’re introducing our first video-based Concert Card, appropriately titled “The Twelve Days before Christmas.” Starting on December 14th, we feed a different Christmas Song Video to the code on the card, every day until Christmas. The selections are performed by world-class Yamaha artists on a mix of Yamaha products.

Designed Exclusively For Yamaha Piano [Keyboard] Dealers

The Artists

Do you hear what I hear? I hear a host of talented keyboard artists such as Craig Knudsen, Tom Folenta, Dan Rodowicz and Tom Zink, with special guest vocalist Anne Walsh. Each will be performing a mix of exciting arrangements everyone’s traditional Christmas favorites. We asked each artist to offer some thoughts and insight as they are prepared to take center stage inside the screen of your smartphone…

TOM FOLENTA
Yamaha Artist, Product Specialist, President of Link-to-Learn Music and Music Dealer Web Kit

“This was an enjoyable project for me, because I got a chance to play some of my personal favorites.... Read more »

DAN RODOWICZ
Yamaha Artist, Software Developer & Marketing Consultant.

“I've known Tom since 1976 and we have had lots of fun musical journeys together, including several fun-filled Clavinova... Read more »

TOM ZINK
Yamaha Artist, Software Developer & Marketing Consultant.

"Greensleeves/What Child is this?"  is probably one of the most performed and know of the Christmas songs... Read more »

CRAIG KNUDSEN
Yamaha Artist, Software Developer & Marketing Consultant

“When Tom approached me with this project, I immediately said "yes". Tom and I have worked together for... Read more »

JIM LEVESQUE
Disklavier Marketing Manager, Yamaha Corporation of America

"I was extremely excited when Tom told me about this project! And I can't wait for Christmas Day... Read more »

ANNE WALSH
Yamaha Artist, Software Developer & Marketing Consultant.

“Walsh’s vocals inject rays of light into somber and melancholic arrangements tooling a fluidity that is... Read more »

CRAIG KNUDSEN
Yamaha Artist, Software Developer & Marketing Consultant

“When Tom approached me with this project, I immediately said "yes". Tom and I have worked together for over two decades and have introduced untold numbers of Clavinovas for Yamaha throughout the country.  I think Tom and I work so well with each other because we compliment each others playing styles so completely. Knowing how brilliantly "crazy" Tommy is in his arrangements, I thought I would take a different approach and think more "inside the box" and implement a unique technology of the Clavinova called CueTime.  Working with mega arranger and composer Phillip Keveren, we chose the Nutcracker melodies,  who arrangements are very traditional,  but untraditional in that the background arrangements WAIT FOR ME - as a result, look carefully how I am controlling the tempo of the backgrounds, putting me in complete control of the music that comes out of the Clavinova. Iits almost as though there are small little Christmas presents waiting for me under each and every key.  Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!”

TOM FOLENTA
Yamaha Artist, Product Specialist, President of Link-to-Learn Music and Music Dealer Web Kit

“This was an enjoyable project for me, because I got a chance to play some of my personal favorites. It brought me back to when I was a kid, as Christmas songs often do. Because these classics have been played so many times, I really had fun using the technology of the Clavinova to help me arrange them in new "out of the box" styles. I worked up “Carol of the Bells” in free piano and Latin samba style. That was a blast, especially with the Latin vocal sound on the Clavinova. I also had the extreme pleasure of playing a solo piano arrangement of “We Three Kings” on the amazing AvantGrand Piano.

“On a personal note…when you start a new project, especially a creative concept project like this one — it can only come together when you have a great team of talent supporting your efforts. With this in mind, this project was also a wonderful reminder of how blessed I am to have such great friends. I would like to add a special heartfelt thank you to Craig, Dan, Tom, Anne and Jim for sharing the gift of their music. From all of us to all of you, thanks for joining our 12 Days Before Christmas Concert event — wishing you and your family a warm and wonderful holiday.”

—Elf Tommy

TOM ZINK
Yamaha Artist, Jazz Pianist

"Greensleeves/What Child is this?"  is probably one of the most performed and know of the Christmas songs for a reason. A very memorable melody and rich harmonic structure gives a player much to work with.  I started with a slightly more traditional approach, and moved into a more modern arrangement to take advantage of some small part of the song's flexibility.  "Oh Holy Night" has an equally rich history, and for this arrangement I decided to run against the grain of huge orchestral arrangements and simplify as much as possible allowing the arc of the music (and lyrics) to dictate how big the song gets.  Hoping this music is a blessing to you in this Christmas season. 

DAN RODOWICZ
Yamaha Western Regional Manager and Organist for the Oakland A's

"I've known Tom since 1976 and we have had lots of fun musical journeys together, including several fun-filled Clavinova introduction tours.  He is always creating and when he told me about this project, I thought it would be a blast to be a part of it.  The two songs that I will be playing are actually arrangements that I did a few years ago for my church's Christmas concerts, adapted for the Clavinova.  "Do You Hear What I Hear" is done with a Latin Jazz twist.  The medley of "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus / O Come, O Come Emmanuel" takes two songs originally written in two different meters and superimposes them. I hope you enjoy these arrangements!  Merry Christmas!

JIM LEVESQUE
Disklavier Marketing Manager, Yamaha Corporation of America

"I was extremely excited when Tom told me about this project! And I can't wait for Christmas Day when all of the "piano presents" have been opened and I can enjoy an outstanding concert from this incredible group of musicians! No Christmas song is more loved by young and old alike than "Away in a Manger." This tender children's carol, for some time was titled "Luther's Cradle Hymn" since it was thought to have been written by Martin Luther for his own children and then passed on by German mothers. Modern research discounts this claim, however. I chose this hymn because it offers a wealth of opportunities for reharmonization. I hope you like it, and wish you and yours a blessed Christmas!

ANNE WALSH
Disklavier Marketing Manager, Yamaha Corporation of America

"Walsh’s vocals inject rays of light into somber and melancholic arrangements tooling a fluidity that is soothing and natural. She has a graceful stride that brings out the beauty in these tracks, and the melodies seem to embrace the warmth that she provides.. 'Pretty World' is perfectly tailored to Anne’s register and philosophy about life, and is very persuasive in converting others to follow along her path. Her vocals have a graceful stride that brings out the beauty in these tracks, and the melodies seem to embrace the warmth that she provides.”
Susan Frances - Jazz Times