In this 5th edition of our Musical Encounter blog, meet 5 of our Piano Pilgrim Sisters reflecting on their summer of 2019.
“We had our family summer holidays booked and planned for, when I learned we were visiting a rather active region of street pianos. Even though these pianos were never planned to be the highlight of our trip, they became a common theme from one city to the next. In 2 ½ weeks, me and my brother just followed our ears navigating to our next street piano and played like a dozen of them in Vancouver (CA-BC) and Portland (US-OR) . As a bonus, we found a new co-organizer too to add to the World Pianos website. We loved playing their piano a Bridgeport-Village, right in front of Regal Theater.”
“As much as I’m used to playing concert grands, I left an open space in my heart for street pianos. Playing in public space is different from a stage performance on a concert piano, it requires a different level of concentration. Mainly, it’s a great opportunity for me to visit new places and meet up with some of my musical friends.”
Rhea’s a Pilgrim Sister in the outer category. Not only did she play hundreds of Public Pianos in various countries over the years, she’s been featuring many of them in her Playing Outside foundation’s yearly Piano festival in Nijmegen (NL). Nowadays, you can still run into her when she’s playing her mobile piano in the city. Make sure to check Rhea´s Youtube-account with some 150k-view recordings.
“I travel as much as I can to various cities in the Netherlands and abroad. To meet my street piano friends and make new ones allong the way, that remains special. In my hometown Nijmegen, people know where they can hear me play. My street performers permit allows me to remain in one place for a maximum of 30 minutes, so me and my piano remain on the move.”
When we met Marcie during Sing For Hope 2018 and SFH 2019, we learned the difference between playing and performing. Whether she sings to a nursing home, a party restaurant or the streets of New York, she’ll bring energy to her audience, have no doubt!
“Being an annual volunteer/ambassador for Sing for Hope Pianos (NYC), I found out many players were visiting New York from oversees, mainly for the pianos. The joy they bring to our city is contagious and – for me – so is their eagerness to find new Public Pianos to play worldwide. As a professional, I played grand-pianos in numerous countries, but street piano performances are a different challenge for a player. Getting a random audience to do a sing-along can be quite rewarding, especially in New York City where people tend to live their own lives separately.”