NEW YORK, NY (September 23, 2015) — NewBay Media, publisher of Keyboard, has announced that acclaimed musician and music journalist Gino Robair has been named Editor of Keyboard, responsible for the editorial direction of the magazine, website, newsletters, events and social media. Robair is a long-time contributor to NewBay Media Music Group publications, including Guitar Player, Keyboard, Mix's "Robair Report," and the Ultimate Guide to Guitar & Bass Gear.
From 1998 through 2009, Robair was on staff at Electronic Musician, eventually becoming Editor in Chief. Robair has also written two books, including The Ultimate Personal Recording Studio.
"Gino is one of our industry's most respected music technology experts," says NewBay Media Music Group Editorial Director Michael Molenda. "He's also a player who actually uses the tools. We're jazzed that he is bringing his evangelism, curiosity, wisdom, and passion to Keyboard’s print, digital, and social outlets.”
In addition to his music-journalism credentials, Robair has recorded with artists such as Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, Terry Riley, and Lou Harrison; has written music for film, dance, and theater; and was the music director for the CBS television series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat. He currently lives in Bay Area and is a Trustee of The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter.
"I have been reading Keyboard since 1978, when it was called Contemporary Keyboard," says Robair. "Gary Wright was on the cover of the first issue I bought. I have always admired how practical the articles are, whether it's an artist interview, a lesson, or a review. I plan to continue bringing the reader fresh and compelling content through all of our media channels while ensuring that it is relevant to keyboardists in every musical genre."
Stephen Fortner, who has guided the magazine superbly as its Editor in Chief since 2009, has decided to step down to pursue other interests. Fortner recently oversaw the concept and production of the seminal music-tech magazine's 40th anniversary issue (October 2015), and will continue to contribute web and print content in the future.