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Music welcomes Summer
If you’re in Paris the evening of June 21, the first
day of summer, the Summer Solstice, you find yourself surrounded by music. It’s the Fetes de la Musique - a celebration of
music and community. Started in Paris thirty
years ago night of music is now a worldwide event celebrated in over 100 countries
on five continents.
In Paris the night is filled with music played by amateurs
and professionals in traditional venues, on street corners, in parks,
restaurants and bars. Walk to to dinner and you may hear jazz, hip hop and
even a gospel choir visiting from New York ( http://fetedelamusique.culture.fr)
year Fete de la Musique was not the only global musical event in the city. Street Pianos - Play Me I’m Yours event added
to the celebration.(streetpianos.com/paris2012)
Started in in 2008 by British artist Luke Jerram.
Street Pianos now appear in countries around the world. Since its inception four years ago 600 pianos
have been donated, decorated by local artists and played in cities as disparate
as Salt Lake City Utah USA and Sao Paolo Brazil. This June 21 there were 40 pianos placed around Paris in public spaces to be played by anyone who wishes to sit down and play. Street Pianos appeared at the same time
in New York and had been in Los Angeles earlier this year.
Anyone passing by one of the Play Me I’m Yours
pianos is welcome to sit down and play.
Within blocks I heard chopstix played by children and a few minutes of
Beethoven presented by an experienced pianist. Joyful surprises of music in unexpected places.
Global connections come through music, sometimes in unexpected ways. Happy summer.
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