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Collapsed East Harlem Building Owned by Piano Shop Proprietor

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One of two East Harlem buildings that collapsed Wednesday morning after an apparent explosion was owned by the proprietor of Absolute Piano, a neighborhood shop.

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World's Oldest Piano Maker Pleyel To Close

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The company was founded in 1807 and supplied instruments to Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Grieg, Ravel and Stravinsky. It has struggled with high costs and increased competition.

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175 Keyboardists Come out to Play on a West Village Block

Friday, June 21, 2013

Pachelbel's Canon in D has been heard at millions of weddings and countless dinner parties but, until this week, probably never on a 175 electronic keyboards.

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Watch: 88 Sing for Hope Pianos Congregate at Lincoln Center

Monday, June 17, 2013

Over the past two weeks, 88 pianos were spread throughout the five boroughs as part of the "Sing For Hope" public art installation. The instruments came together for a grand finale at Lincoln Center on Sunday.

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Spinning on Air

Pianissimo 2

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Piano music can have a very personal touch. The piano allows a composer or performer to all alone manifest a full vision of what their music can be. David Garland presents another hour of lyrical, soulful, playful piano music, featuring recordings by Chilly Gonzales, Duke Ellington, and others.

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Steinway Says it's Close to Selling 57th St. Piano Showroom

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Steinway & Sons said Wednesday it is in “advanced negotiations” with a buyer for Steinway Hall, its longtime home on West 57th Street.

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Spinning on Air

Pianissimo 2

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Piano music can have a very personal touch. The piano allows a composer or performer to all alone manifest a full vision of what their music can be. David Garland presents another hour of lyrical, soulful, playful piano music, featuring recordings by Chilly Gonzales, Duke Ellington, and others.

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Gig Alert: Sea of Bees

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Sacramento indie-pop outfit Sea of Bees plays Pianos on Thursday night. Download the group's fuzzy rock-tinged tune "Marmalade." 

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WQXR Features

Play It Again, Man: Public Pianos Return to City Streets, Parks

Friday, June 17, 2011

What do the Jackson Heights Post Office in Queens, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights and the South Beach Boardwalk on Staten Island all have in common?

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Gig Alert: (The) Tony Castles

Friday, February 11, 2011

(The) Tony Castles joined the Brooklyn music scene back in 2008. Download the dream pop band's debut single “Black Girls in Dresses” here.

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Gig Alert: Rich Aucoin

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Rich Aucoin, who Spin magazine dubbed the Canadian Wunderkind, enlisted hundreds of people to play on his first commercial EP Public Publication. Download his homage to Daft Punk here.

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Features

Moving Pianos with Brain Power

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bill Hennessy of Keyboard Express has been moving pianos for 24 years and he says the key to tackling the ivories in New York City is parking and brain power. Check out WNYC's video of Hennessy and his team at work here.

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When Moving Pianos, Brains meet Brawn

Friday, January 21, 2011

Being a piano mover in New York City involves a host of special talents. Bill Hennessy, the owner of Keyboard Express, says that the biggest keys to moving a nine-foot concert grand are quick thinking and parking skills.

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The Arts File

Art Case Pianos

Friday, January 14, 2011

New York Times writer and author James Barron discusses the history of the world's most beautiful pianos.

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Gig Alert: Julian Lynch

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The ethereal indie pop-maker plays Pianos tonight. Download his otherworldly track "Just Enough."

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Gig Alerts: Teletextile

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This ambitious indie pop trio is finishing up a new album and they'll play Pianos tonight. Download "I Don't Know How to Act Here," an exclusive track from their forthcoming album Reflector.

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Gig Alerts: Moonlight Bride

Monday, April 19, 2010

This Tennessee post-punk outfit has been called one of the best unsigned bands around. Download their track "Love in the Dark," then see them tonight at Pianos.

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Gig Alerts: Choir of Young Believers

Thursday, March 11, 2010

This orchestral pop collective masterminded by songwriter Jannis Joya Makrigiannis will be playing Pianos tonight. Download their mellifluous track "Action/Reaction."

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Gig Alerts: Fredrik

Monday, February 15, 2010

This electro-acoustic Swedish sextet is playing Pianos tonight. Download their eerie track "Locked in the Basement."

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Gig Alerts: Bluebrain

Monday, February 08, 2010

Download the lilting track, "Royal Blue."

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