Luke Jerram creates live arts projects. This summer he has placed thirty pianos around London (http://www.streetpianos.com/london2009/). Each is uniquely decorated and all say, in big letters, “Play Me, I’m Yours.” There’s a wonderful slideshow of people interacting with the piano’s at http://www.streetpianos.com/london2009/gallery.
An of course, there is a growing body of YouTube videos of people playing the pianos. Here are some of my favorites so far:
“I’m A Believer” on Carnaby Street
You can also watch this pianist lead choruses of “Hey Jude,” “Help Me,” and “Daydream Believer.”
The Gents: “Let’s Have Us a Singy Song” in Soho Square and on Carnaby Street
Katzenjammer Play 24 Pianos in 8 Hours
Here’s one where the piano at the Millenium Bridge is used in a rather more high production number:
Andrew Balkwell “Nothing (‘Bout Your Girl)”
I really like these mixes by artists around the world from Playing for Change.
A Tweet from Garr Reynolds introduced me to Playing for Change, a global movement to bring the world a little closer through music.
Here is a video introduction to the movement by its founder, Mark Johnson:
Here is the video that started the movement, “Stand By Me:”
Here’s a video (2:56) showing how Bang-Yao Liu made “Deadline.”
This short movie is the senior project of Bang-Yao Liu, a student at SCAD (the Savannah College of Art and Design). Very cool.
Thanks to Garr Reynolds for directing attention to this.
Artist Jorge Columbo created this week’s New Yorker cover with a $4.99 iPhone app. Here’s how he did it.
A great 30 minute video by my cousin Stephen Martin of a backcountry skiing expedition in February 2009 to Yellow Aster Butte in the North Cascade Mountains.
Amazing video from inside and under a huge wave.
And to think, when I was a kid, I thought I was cool when I pulled a wheelie. This kid is incredible.