A piano sits in the open air in a square in Montevideo. And anyone’s welcome to play it.
See what happened…
Lucila plays Amelie
It was an unseasonably wet April this year
A writer’s mum sings a tango
Writer and poet, Horacio Cavallo, works in the bookshop where the piano was stored at night and had enjoyed hearing the piano being played by different passers-by. “On Sunday I heard a song which made me step outside the bookshop. I can’t explain why,” he posted on Facebook. “Then suddenly I realised that the person who was singing along was my mother!”
Apparently his mum had been passing by, heard a song she knew being played on the piano and fancied striking up herself.
Soy tu Piano (I’m Your Piano)
The piano appeared in the Plaza del Entrevero (also known as Plaza Fabini) in downtown Montevideo every day throughout April between 10am and 7pm weather permitting.
The initiative was thought up by a group of artists and musicians aiming to bring access to music and arts education into public spaces in Uruguay, and promote harmonious (literally!) interaction between the residents of the city, musicians and non-musicians alike.
They’ve come up with two types of action.
“Free Piano” where anyone who wants to can sit down and play, and “Spontaneous Concerts” where established pianists –such as Uruguayan jazz legend Hugo Fattoruso who played in the plaza on April 21– take the piano through its paces for the public.
The piano was painted by street artists at Casa Wang.
In the future, expect to run into a piano on the high street, in a bus station, or even in a hospital.