Pianist Envy

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Above the shrieks of dancing teenagers and the rumble of passing buses, Manuel Vega played the piano at Fordham Plaza in the Bronx. He's not a concert pianist. He's just a regular guy who happened to see a piano on the sidewalk.

Fordham's piano is one of 60 sprinkled throughout the five boroughs by artist Luke Jerram and the nonprofit Sing for Hope. The brightly colored pianos will be available for anyone to play from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until July 5.

Listen to free jazz in Brooklyn, Hava Ngila in Jackson Heights and crickets at Grand Army Plaza in WNYC's "Play Me, I'm Yours" piano mash-up video.


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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from

What a ingenious idea to have so many pianos in public outdoor areas available to all and sundry to exalt in expression of their OWN feelings. Such a venture will surely encourage the young, in particular, to seek their own musical expression, whatever their instrument or singing voice. Music can be a positive force and liberate!
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Wagnerian heldentenor and opera composer: "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare" and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute.

Jun. 24 2010 01:03 PM

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