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“Play Me, I’m Yours” – Street Pianos

November 28th, 2009 in Piano News by | 6 comments

Artist Luke Jerram has put together street pianos installations in various cities.
The initiative comes as a reaction of a creative individual to the general rule, prohibiting anyone to play music in public places without special arrangement – no matter how skilful you are at playing your piano or how popular your music is with the audience.
Any musician would have been stopped immediately by security outside the City of London and Sing London festival.

In 2007 artist Luke Jerram installed 15 streetpianos across Birmingham, UK for the public to play. In just 3 weeks 140,000 people across the city played, listened and connected with one another.
Jerram said “Questioning the rules and ownership of public space ‘Play Me I’m yours’ is a provocation, inviting the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment.”

São Paulo
13 pianos have been installed in São Paulo. Luke Jerram reported that many of those who stopped at the pianos had never played a real piano or even seen one.

30 Street pianos were set up across Sydney for the Sydney Festival 2009. A website (www.streetpianos.com was set up for the public to upload and share their films, photos and stories of the pianos being played.

In June – July 2009 30 Play Me, I’m Yours painted pianos by Luke Jerram were installed across London “like a creative blank canvas” for members of the public to play. The painting on each paino was chosen to suit it’s location.
The project was produced by Sing London and City of London Festival at a cost of £14,000. A music license had to be obtained for the location of each piano.

15 Street Pianos were located in and around Bristol in September 2009.

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More info: http://www.streetpianos.com/

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  • Piano Prices says:

    Wow, it’s such a great idea! There’s a musician in each one of us, it’s great to showcase whatever knowledge we have of the instrument. It’s good to touch it and play it with free hands, in the streets where creative freedom thrives. The sound of the piano should be shared to everyone.

  • P1anoM4n says:

    This genuinely brings tears to my eyes. What a marvellous idea. Kudos to you Mr Jerram. Respec’ M

  • erika neher says:

    I am a councillor in my township, but this is a fantastic idea. I think I will do this here for the week of Glenn Gould between September 25, and October 4. every year. He would have loved this idea. I shall let you know how it works out. Wonderful idea.

  • Val Dawson-Miles says:

    This is the most wonderful idea – I wish they would come to Edinburgh!!

  • Megan Utley says:

    i am a piano player myself and i have yet to find an instrument more beautiful. i think that this is a great way for people break free from that social confinement around strangers and to connect in public places. if only this idea were to touch the states.. maybe it will some day.

  • Brian says:

    He really should come do it here in Pretoria as well. I only have an ancient, rather tinny-sounding electronic piano; playing a “real” one is a luxury for me. :-)

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