Kiki Ebsen is an official
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My journey as a Yamaha artist began in 1987, when I was hired by the band Chicago, recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as their MIDI tech and offstage keyboardist on tour in support of their album Chicago 18. To recreate their signature keyboard sounds, we used TX 816 modules triggered by Yamaha KX 88 controllers.That rig served me well as I moved to stage front, playing and singing with Grammy-winners Al Jarreau (featuring Rickey Minor and Ricky Lawson), and Christopher Cross as well as Grammy nominees, Belinda Carlisle and Jeffrey Osborne.
The Yamaha motif series was my go-to keyboard for several tours including Peter Cetera, Bill Champlin, Boz Scaggs and Tracy Chapman. For three decades I toured extensively with many Grammy-winning artists,faithfully recreating the sounds of their hit songs using Yamaha equipment. For 20 years, performing in front of hundreds of thousands of people from South Africa, to Russia, Japan, Australia, Europe and the US many times over represents many happy days and nights early in my career..
Over the years, my music has been featured on multiple recording compilations in Germany, Switzerland, Southeast Asia and the United States. As a recording artist, Grammy-winning producer Paul Brown produced my second album, “Kiki.” My performances aRe also featured on numerous albums, including Colin Hay (Men at Work), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Paul Brown, and Peter White.
For Summer, 2016, I was pleased to be playing the new Yamaha Disklavier piano at the Festival of Arts in Laguna, CA. My first event was my Joni Mitchell Tribute Band in July. The second concert is slated for August featuring my Kiki Ebsen signature band as we perform my original compositions from my first 5 CDs as well as the songs that are dedicated to my father’s career, from Scarecrow Sessions. This sixth and latest CD is essentially the soundtrack to my Tribute Show that we’re touring throughout California: “To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen.”
My first exposure to the Yamaha Disklavier came in 2000, when I contributed to the Yamaha PianoSoft series, recording my performance to Grammy-winner Christopher Cross’s Greatest Hits Live album. What Yamaha Disklavier owner doesn’t want to learn how to play “Sailing” and all the other hit records from this talented multiplatinum-selling composer/performer?
Working as the former house keyboardist of the Wayne Brady show (KTTV), and vocal and co-music director of Lifetime’s Women Rock were my initiation into television performances. Since then, I have been a regular TV and video performer on late night television shows, with hosts Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Arsenio Hall, Conan O’Brien and Roseanne. Whether festival stages, cabarets, clubs, symphony orchestras, television, I’ve always been able to depend on Yamaha. Most recently, I have been relying on my Yamaha MOXF8 to headline feature concerts and events.
My sophomore record, Love Loud, produced by Mark Browne, was recorded exclusively on a Yamaha 02R digital mixer. For my album, “Cool Songs, Vol. 1,” liner notes remind “Kiki uses Yamaha keyboards.” My latest CD, Scarecrow Sessions, was recorded on a Yamaha C7 Grand piano.
January 2017 will mark the sixth consecutive year as a featured performer at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).