Destination Downtown South Boston members hope to bring its South Boston streets alive with the sound of music in a street pianos project, encouraging everyone to tickle the ivories.
The purpose of the project is simple. It›s about bringing people delight.
Street Pianos are pianos placed on the street in which passersby are encouraged to play and enjoy.
“We want to invite the public to engage with and take ownership of their environment and share their love of music and the visual arts. Come on your coffee break, bring your GoPro and your music, and be happy,” said executive director Tamyra Vest.
A public piano changes the dynamic of the environment that it’s in, according to Destination Downtown South Boston board members.
They said people stop and smile; stop to play, or they stop to listen. People linger, encourage and applaud, according to the organizers.
“It’s a smile generator. It brings people joy. It may be the first opportunity a child has had to touch a musical instrument. It could give a person who hasn’t had access to a piano for many years, a chance to dust off their skills, and re-acquaint themselves with a long-lost love. Or a current pianist could have the opportunity to bring their practice out of a lonely corner of their home into the light of day,” said Vest.
With this project, organizers hope to give the public a “new, exciting way to share their talent and hard work,” and while giving the public the chance to experience music outside of the typical concert hall.
“It’s about developing more ways for people to see, hear and enjoy the piano in action. This gives the public a new, exciting way to share their talent and hard work, and gives the public the chance to experience music outside of the typical concert hall. It’s about developing more ways for people to see, hear and enjoy the piano in action,” said Vest.
Their first street piano will be located on North Main Street next to Images by Swanson Photography.
Organizers said they’re still looking for a piano bench. If anyone has one to donate, call 434-575-4209.
“If you happen to snap a selfie while playing the piano, post it with the hashtag, #SoBoStreetSounds,” Vest concluded.