Bus Shelter Ballade

Here’s a Thursday morning improvisation on one of our public pianos here in Guelph, Ontario. Every September, 12 pianos are placed outside various establishments throughout the downtown core. The project is called Happy Making and it invites residents to indulge their creativity in a public space.

If you are a perfectionist then this is a great project for you! These pianos have soul, but are often lacking in basic things like keys and

Yes, this is in a bus shelter. I’m pretty sure the A below middle C was possessed. I loved how that motorcycle accompanied my crescendo as it whizzed by.

Apparently the video wobbles on my iPhone with the vibrations of the instrument. Kind of a neat effect. It’s such a great idea and I wish it was all year round (well at least during the warmer months).

2 thoughts on “Bus Shelter Ballade

  1. Deb C. says:

    Wow, that’s a cool project. How did you even get the piano into the shelter? Did the front of the shelter have to be removed first?

    • darrylspiano says:

      Good question! This is actually part of a project that happens in Guelph every September called Happy Making. There are about a dozen pianos scattered throughout the city for that month and anyone is welcome to play them.

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