This December the Geelong CBD will be home to a stylish new street piano, which will be located outdoors over Summer in The Secret Courtyard, located between the Geelong Performing Arts Centre and the new Barwon Water Building.
Creator of the concept is Geelong-based presenter and performer Joel Carnegie, who insists that the piano is there for everyone to enjoy.
“As a piano player, I want to encourage anyone who wants to play, to give it a go. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a concert pianist or whether you haven’t played for 30 years – everyone is welcome. Just make sure you tag your Instagram pics #thepeoplespiano!”
The People’s Piano bares a remarkable design painted by Geelong artist, Ayrlie Lane. With many avenues for inspiration, Lane finds that the design of the piano was inspired by her youth.
“I am inspired by my own childhood, surrounded by gardens and animals and sound, my own life as a musician, raised as a classical cellist in a household filled with blues and rock, performing with local bands in local pubs or in musicals on the stages of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre itself,” says Ms Lane.
“The People’s Piano to me reinvigorates that age old tradition of crowding around the old upright in the parlour and singing along to your favourite tunes. The piano may be sitting outside in the bright Summer sun instead, but that sense of spontaneity, the joy of comradery, still exists…”
The People’s Piano has been made possible thanks to the support of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, the City of Greater Geelong’s Arts & Culture Department and The Space Company.
Launched last night at GPAC’s 2018 Theatre Season opening with a performance from Paris based Jazz singer, Hetty Kate alongside Kym Dillon.
The piano will move outside once the rain has passed.