While Yamaha and Yamaha Motor may represent vastly different industries—the former specializing in musical and audio devices, and the latter in motorcycles and marine products—the two are linked by their mutual desire to create "Kando" with their customers, presenting artists and athletes alike with the musical instruments and machines that inspire exquisite sensitivity and performances surpassing expectation, and indeed inspiring "Kando" within all who witness them.
As companies sharing the same "Yamaha" brand, these manufacturers are continuing their joint initiatives for enhancing the value of their brand with “Two Yamahas, One Passion” as the key theme. As of this year, both Yamaha Corp. and Yamaha Motor have dubbed the days celebrating their respective anniversaries as "Yamaha Day" (October 12th for the former, July 1st for the latter) with various activities planned for the days leading up to and following that date. This event was one such example of how they intend to celebrate.
During this event, presenters related stories on the concept of "Kando," a key value shared by both of these companies, relating how products such as musical instruments and motorcycles were near and dear to their hearts and drawing parallels between the vastly different roles played by musician and rider. Mr. Tristano went on to present a world-premiere new composition called "Time Grid," which he was inspired to pen after watching the MotoGP race held this year August in the Czech Republic. Deftly bending Yamaha’s concert grand piano CFX, the MONTAGE, and the Reface CS synthesizers to his artistic will, Mr. Tristano took audience members on a journey to the racetrack, weaving the tense silence of the grid with the white-hot fervor of the race, bridging a connection between the five MotoGP riders and the audience at the venue. With many other crowd-pleasing moments, such as Johann Zarco’s surprising talk-session revelation of his passion for the piano, capped off by his own impromptu performance, the "Two Yamahas" event was clearly a rousing success, providing unique experiences one could not find anywhere else.