Happy Piano Day

Nils Frahm live at the Barbican, 2018

In case it passed you by, today is Piano Day – a day organised by some amazing piano loving people and created from an idea by Nils Frahm in 2015 – held on the 88th day of the year, because of course pianos have 88 keys. I first heard about it back in 2018 when Olafur Arnalds and Halldór Eldjárn created an interactive installation called Stratus whereby people could essentially ‘play’ the pianos (at the time located in Harpa concert hall) via a website, and of course some super fancy computer skills – this was revived in 2020 and more info can be found here.

As well as the many events held around the world, many artists now release music to coincide with the event, and Olafur and Nils have released their respective tracks (Drifter and Brainwash) as singles today – which also feature on a compilation album released by German label Leiter. 32 pieces of Piano music especially to celebrate this years Pianno Day, you can listen to some of the submissions here on bandcamp where you can also purchase the album. Let me know your favourites!

As an aside another piano aficionado, the Italian composter Fabrizio Paterlini released Aria today on bandcamp, go check it out too.

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