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Pianos in the City: Street Artistic Expression

Pianos in the City: Street Artistic Expression
December 07
11:46 2013

One month ago, twenty pianos were put up in different places of Santiago, The activity takes to the streets of Santiago, with twenty pianos for whoever wants to “feel” and touch it, thus opening the possibility to Chileans to familiarize with this instrument.

SANTIAGO– The activity has been brought to Chile by Mall Plaza Egaña and supported by the National Council for Culture and the Arts, between October and December 15, where each piano has been operated by artists like Totoy Zamudio, Nicolas Echenique, Lorraine Rocco, José Yutrovich, Margarita Garcés,  Santos Guerra and Macarena Matte.

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One of the twenty pianos put up in different places of Santiago, here in Los Leones.
Photo: Julia Lefebvre

This intervention of pianos, created in 2007 in England by Luke Jerram, -under the name of “Play me I’m Yours” or “Más pianos a mi ciudad” in Chile-.has toured 37 cities around the world including Paris, New York and Sao Paulo, an attempt to allow access to music in different areas, regardless of whether the performer be a accomplished pianist or not.

The artist hopes that this initiative allows people to communicate: “The piano is an element that can change people’s creativity. Anyone can sit and express his creativity with himself or with the others. And in that sense, we can transform the streets, giving life to the city with music. ”

Plaza Ñuñoa, el Paseo Ahumada y el Parque Bicentenario, Los Leones are some of the points to sit and play piano outdoors, until 15 December.

“It’s great to see the reaction of people to be exposed to art. Not every day you meet a true genius of the music playing on the Plaza de Armas. That’s why nowadays, as a Council of Culture, we’re proud to announce that the Master Bravo will carry out a concert tour in 5 of the churches of Chiloé declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. This is a great initiative that continues with one of our goals to bring culture to the most Chileans,” said Roberto Ampuero, Minister of Culture.

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A passer-by in Los Leones, who played piano since she was 8, but who doesn’t have a piano in her home.

The intervention will run for 60 days and after the first week instruments have been moved in different areas of the city. In some places where their use is successful, the initiative could stay longer.



A few passer-by’s words:

Piano in the street allows people to come closer together, between down-passer and musician (even if they’re not good musicians it’s just to know better piano music. In Chile the culture is global, people are not used to listen piano at the TV or on air for example.”

I prefer popular music than classical music that’s why I prefer going to rock concert than opera

I played everyday to share my experience with people who’s just listen it, going to their office

Piano can be a popular art

I played piano and I can see that some people sit down and listen to me. They are curious to hear piano but they don’t speak to me. Maybe they are impress! But others joined me to play together

I’ve just discovered this initiative in the street and I love it! I studied piano years ago but few months ago someone stole my piano, that’s why I’m play sometimes everywhere I can “

“There were few people who can play piano in Chile because it’s expensive”

“I wish I had more time to play more”




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Julia Lefebvre

Journalist at I Love Chile for 9 months, interested in cultural events, such as theatre, concerts, exhibitions, but also about political and social problems. Besides that she loves sharing her testimonies, her travels experiences and her feelings about Chile. She loves it, she loves Chile


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