Creative: Strengthen Your Spirit
Piano in the Meadow
I've had this fantasy for years: airlift a grand piano to a serene mountain meadow. Hire a concert pianist to put on an afternoon recital. Invite all your friends. Spread the blankets. Pour the wine. Slice the cheese. Break the bread.
There's a guy named Mauro Ffortissimo who collects unwanted pianos and finds a new home or creative use for them. Last summer he got the idea to haul twelve of these pianos out onto the beach at Half Moon Bay on the coast of Northern California. He left them there for a few days so that beach-goers could sit down and rattle the ivories. Here's an excerpt from the article in the San Jose Mercury News, "Half Moon Bay artist stages encore: 12 pianos along the San Mateo County coast"
A small crowd gathered on a foggy Wednesday evening around a baby grand in Miramar just south of Surfer's Beach. Lisa Spector, a classically trained pianist who lives in Half Moon Bay, played Chopin's Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor. Local filmmaker Dean Mermell, Ffortissimo's collaborator, shot footage for a documentary.
Beatrice Theodorou, 52, and Diane Pimentel, 53, watched with their lap dogs from low-slung chairs. It was the third night in a row the El Granada neighbors and childhood friends from Brooklyn had stopped by. The music and setting were beautiful, Theodorou said. It seemed like a miracle "to see a piano sprout from a field" she passes every day. "It's food for the soul," she said. "The energy and the time and the love that inspired the act is what's miraculous."
"It's the idea of taking the music out of the concert halls and bringing it to the outdoors -- to the 99 percent," Ffortissimo said of "Opus Two." "The music is free in nature. It doesn't bounce off any walls."
Moss Beach resident Tom Devine stopped by the Miramar piano Wednesday afternoon to play some classical tunes, then returned in the evening to listen to Spector. "It's actually creating a little community here," said Devine, 66. "I've been meeting people from the neighborhood that I haven't met, and I've lived here 10 1/2 years. So it's been really nice."