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Play Me, I'm YoursWhen: Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 12:00pm to 11:59pm
Where:30 sites across the Southland
For three weeks beginning April 12, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra brings Play Me, I'm Yours to Los Angeles. Touring internationally through 22 cities from New York to Sydney since 2008, Play Me, I'm Yours is an artwork by artist Luke Jerram. Thirty pianos, designed and decorated by local artists and community organizations, are featured across Los Angeles County and are available for everyone to play, in celebration of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane's 15th anniversary as LACO (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra) music director. Visit laco.org to learn more about Jeffrey and the Orchestra.
For three weeks until the end of the installation on May 3, the pianos are available to you and any member of the public to play and enjoy 24 hours a day. Go to their website streetpianosLA.com and upload photos and videos of you playing the pianos. The event kicked off on April 12 at 12 noon with the "lunch launch" of Play Me, I'm Yours, with a simultaneous play-in of the Preludes from Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier by thirty pianists, including promising local music students as well as acclaimed musicians, at all 30 pianos.
Designed to foster hubs of creativity through spontaneous music-making, pianos are decorated by local artists– celebrated and amateur, children and adults, able-bodied and disabled – and installed in high-traffic shopping centers, corporate centers, schools and other public spaces in Downtown LA, Santa Monica, Monterey Park, Watts, San Pedro, Panorama City and Points Between. Scroll down or go to their website to find one near you.
Says LACO Executive Director Rachel Fine, “With the pianos serving as blank canvases upon which people can share their own creativity, we look forward to hearing our neighbors, co-workers, and other fellow Angelenos play these instruments. Beyond solo playing, we encourage choirs, bands, other musical ensembles and even dancers to incorporate rehearsals or jam sessions at the piano sites. Some people may seek out all 30 pianos to see the different locations as well as the unique visual aspects of each instrument. The pianos are there to be enjoyed by everyone.”
In Los Angeles, LACO has organized the donation of 30 upright pianos from generous individuals and organizations facilitated by the Hollywood Piano Company. Additionally, the Orchestra invited visual artists to paint the pianos and community organizations to decorate them and act as site hosts. It has also arranged for “piano buddies” (volunteer caretakers) to oversee the care of each piano throughout the three-week period. Each piano is equipped with a plastic cover in case of rain, and the pianos will be tuned throughout the installation to ensure playability. After each presentation of the project, the pianos are donated to schools and community groups in the area. “Play Me, I’m Yours” is a capstone to Discover the Arts LA, a city-wide celebration of the arts created annually by LA INC.
Pianos are on display and accessible for public to play 24 hours per day, 7 days per week at the following locations:
Downtown Los Angeles
San Gabriel Valley/The Foothills
South LA/Harbor area
San Fernando Valley
ARTISTS DECORATING PIANOS:
In addition to the many community partners donating time, space and assistance to help make the installation possible, “Play Me, I’m Yours” sponsors include Wells Fargo Foundation; Faucett Family Foundation; and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; with in-kind support from LA INC. and Discover the Arts LA; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; and the Hollywood Piano Company. Media sponsors are the Los Angeles Times and Classical KUSC 91.5 FM.