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PIANO DAY

Happy Piano Day 2022, Piano Lovers all around the world!

We want to thank everyone who participates, shares the music and love, and keeps the Piano Day spirit alive every year.

To celebrate Piano Day 2022, Piano Day Official & LEITER created a compilation with thirty-two exclusive and unreleased piano pieces from various corners of the world – meticulously selected for our favorite holiday of the year.

Piano Day aims to create a community platform for bringing together piano players from all around the world. With this compilation, LEITER gives the community home on vinyl.

The compilation is available as a 2LP vinyl and digitally with two bonus tracks. You can listen & order here.

> Official Piano Day Playlist on Spotify
> Piano Day Playlist 2022 on Soundcloud

“Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.” – Nils Frahm

Piano Day, an annual worldwide event founded by a group of likeminded people, takes place on the 88th day of the year – in 2022 it’s the 29th March – because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated.

The aim of the day is to create a platform for piano related projects in order to promote the development of musical dimensions and to continue sharing the centuries-old joy of playing piano. Piano Day welcomes all kinds of piano lovers — young and old, amateur and professional, of any musical direction – to join in. It is intended to be the most joyful of all holidays!

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‘Piano Day Vol. 1‘ is the first compilation of an upcoming series and reflects the piano in its diversity and allows artists from contrasting styles, ages and backgrounds to connect and celebrate the piano together.

Piano Day aims to create a community platform for bringing together piano players from all around the world. With this compilation, LEITER gives the community home on vinyl.

The compilation is out now! ‘Piano Day Vol. 1’ is available as a 2LP vinyl and digitally with two bonus tracks. You can listen & order here.

Featured artists:

Vargkvint – Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch – Lambert – Rose Riebl – Rubin Henkel – Lisa Morgenstern – Michael Price – Balmorhea – Poppy Ackroyd – Tristan Eckerson – Neil Cowley – Alice Baldwin – Hior Chronik – Büşra Kayıkçı- Johannes Motschmann – Ólafur Arnalds – Natalia Tsupryk – Grace Ferguson – Kara-Lis Coverdale – Julia Gjertsen – Sergio Díaz De Rojas – Chilly Gonzales – Thomas Enger – Nils Frahm – Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres – Kaada – Moritz Fasbender – Vetle Nærø – Malakoff Kowalski – Simeon Walker – Tiny Leaves – David Shongo

Visit the LEITER website here

Piano players, whether amateur and professional, of any age, or any musical persuasion have kindly shared their specially composed pieces with the piano lovers all over the globe. Listen to the last years Piano Day playlist of these tracks:

There are so many pianos that are not being played for several reasons: they are broken, stored in piano shops or used as items of furniture rather than a musical instruments. At the same time there are loads of talented pianists who have no possibility to own a piano. Piano Day gives an opportunity for the holders of the unused pianos to place them where they can be enjoyed by a lot of people. Everybody who wants to share the joy of playing and listening to piano music is invited to participate and take action!

For the 2015 and 2016 editions, Nils Frahm released some special Piano Day treats. “Solo” and “Solo—Remains” are still available for free download in 24bit and mp3 format.

“In the end, every album production leaves you with the same tough task – making the choices for the final track selection. You leave out some tracks for various reasons: some of the tracks are wonderful by themselves, but they simple don’t fit anywhere in the album and others have to be left out because otherwise the vinyl would become too long for a cut in good quality. However, these outtakes are often as important as the final selection and I thought, they might be a great surprise for Piano Day too. I hope in this case, it’s both …“

The first project revealed by the Piano Day team in 2015 was the building of what will be the world’s tallest piano, the Klavins M450 designed by the visionary piano builder David Klavins.

Unlike traditional concert grand pianos, which are usually built horizontally, this giant is orientated vertically. Weighing nearly a tonne and standing at 4.5m high the M450 stretches over two floors, a design that allows the strings to vibrate better. However, the project is not about setting world records in terms of size. The aim of it is to expand and go to the not yet reached physical limits of the piano instrument and it’s sound and thereby opening doors to new musical possibilities and dimensions.

Because of it’s much longer strings and larger soundboard among other factors, the sound of the M450 will be characterised by an even clearer sound with a lot more depth and richness of overtones, producing an unrivaled large harmonic spectrum and intensity of tone, which will increase the musical capabilities of the piano, for modern music in particular. M450 is meant to continue the centuries-old history of the piano instrument and and it´s evolution which had rather stagnated in recent decades.

THANK YOU

Piano Day would be nothing without you – dear piano lovers all around the world. We want to say a heart-felt thank you for your commitment to the Piano Day projects. The desire to celebrate this versatile instrument is growing greater than ever and we are more than happy to share this feeling with you.

Piano Day is a worldwide celebration of the piano every 88th day of the year.
Leiter Verlag GmbH & Co. KG · Urbanstraße 116 · 10967 Berlin · Germany · [email protected]

Piano sounds played and recorded by Nils Frahm. Piano images by Lia Darjes.
Design and realization by Studio Torsten Posselt and Sebastian Schmieg.
Website by Built with Understanding.

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