In 2015, an outstanding pianist, producer and composer Nils Frahm came up with the idea that March 29th should become a worldwide celebration of the piano. Hania Raniszewska, like Nils Frahm, is a pianist herself and for the second time she organizes the Polish edition of Piano Day. She explains that the date chosen by Nils Frahm is not a coicidence. March 29th is the 88th day of the year, and the full piano keyboard has 88 keys. On the website www.pianoday.org you will find a list of concerts as part of this year’s celebration. The events start on March 22nd and end on April 15th and are planned not only in Great Britain, Germany and Poland, but also eg. in the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Denmark, Ireland, Peru, Luxembourg, Canada, USA and Korea.
Two events will take place in Warsaw. On March 29th, Andrzej Karałow and Jerzy Przeździecki will perform at Otwarta Pracownia in Jazdów (Jazdów 3/6). They will premiere their latest album “Wir”. Secondly, the main event will take place on April 8th at NIEBO (21 Nowy Świat St.). Who will perform? Amongst others: Luke Howard, for the first time in Poland, a world-class Australian pianist associated with the prestigious Mercury KX label (Ólafur Arnalds, Lambert); Hior Chronik – ambient producer of Greek origin, associated with the Berlin based label K7 Records (pictured above) and Pianohooligan – Piotr Orzechowski, an excellent young pianist who will perform the music from the recently released album “24 Preludes & Improvisations”.
The full list of artists will be announced until the end of the week. To ease the wait I made a mixtape, where the piano reigns. Happy listening and happy Piano Day!
Nils Frahm – Brainwash
Arcade Fire – Photograph
Library Tapes – Feathers
Feist – Intuition (piano solo)
PJ Harvey – The Garden
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Minuet For A Cheap Piano
Aphex Twin – Aisatsana
Eighth Blackbird – Doublespeak
Misia Furtak – Nie zaczynaj (piano solo)
So I’m An Islander – Bræuw Fra æ Bjæuw (Letters From the Mountains)
Luke Howard – Atlases
Olafur Arnalds – Study for Generative Piano
Hania Rani – Esja
Szymon Kaliski – Or Delicate
Wacław Zimpel, To Tu Orchestra – Under Surface
Hauschka – Craco
Chilly Gonzales – Knight Moves
Dustin O’Halloran – Opus 11
Nick Cave – Into My Arms