Thursday, December 17, 2015

United Pianos: 11 Musicians From 6 Continents

International Music




The Times of Israel reports on a wonderful initiative by the Israeli mission to the United Nations involving 11 pianists from 11 nations and six continents. Called “United Pianos,” the project was produced by CRC Media and by Israeli musician Idan Raichel and composer Tomer Biran, who, the article says, “have created a special rendition of a melody from Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’.”
The video features pianists from Israel, Turkey, USA, Vietnam, The Bahamas, Germany, India, Australia, Russia, South Africa and Poland. The pianists represent the nations of the world, and include men and women, Jews, Muslims and Christians, playing together and conveying a message of peace and inclusion. Meytal Cohen from LA, known for her viral drumming videos on YouTube, makes a special appearance in the video as well.
The video shows each pianist in his or her home country, playing a part of the arrangement, as the player’s national flag appears in the top left-hand corner of the screen. The two-minute piece is a riff on the theme symbolizing Peter from Sergei Prokofiev’s masterpiece, written – remarkably – over the course of four days in 1936.
“Music is a global language, it has the power to unite us together, by bridging cultural and political gaps,” said Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon to mark the release of the video.
Yes, indeed.

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For more, go to [TOI]