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PIANO DAY 2020

“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, a annual worldwide event founded by a group of likeminded people, takes place on the 88th day of the year – in 2020 it’s the 28th 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 this years festivities. It is intended to be the most joyful of all holidays!

> Official Piano Day Playlist on Spotify
> Piano Day Playlist 2020 on Soundcloud

IMPORTANT UPDATE

The desire to celebrate this versatile instrument is growing greater than ever and we are stoked to be able to list more than 100 piano-related events this year from all around the world.
But due to the current situation and dynamics in regards to the coronavirus pandemic we obviously encourage all the piano lovers, organizers and promoters to cancel their events – we have to put everyone’s health and safety first, we all are responsible collectively for the well-being of everybody and should all help to prevent transmission of the virus!

Of course we are sad about the cancelled events and the circumstances, but we still want to keep the spirit alive and celebrate Piano Day 2020 and the power of music in this challenging times:
We would love to invite you to share your piano events via livestream on 28 March, and also send us your compositions and songs if you like them to be added to our Piano Day 2020 Playlist (please send your Soundcloud links to [email protected] and don’t forget to tag #pianoday2020 in the description of your piece).

Find a list of all originally planned Piano Day events below – as this is changing day-to-day please check yourself and click on the links to see if the event you are interested in is cancelled, postponed or will be shared via livestream.

Stay safe, act responsibly, and enjoy the music. Love, PD

Events

How will you celebrate the Piano Day? Share your videos, poems, photos and don’t forget to tag us in your posts! Let us know about your ideas and we will do our best to support your livestream event as well as to involve it in the worldwide Piano Day celebration.

Projects

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 FELD and Sebastian Schmieg.
Website by Built with Understanding.

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