United Pianos

United Pianos For Peace: “If music be the food of love, play on”

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

United Pianos

Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, with NY pianist, Colin Huggins playing at Union Square Park, New York City for the United Pianos Project. Photo courtesy Israeli Mission to the UN

“Music is a global language, United Pianos has the power to unite us together, by bridging cultural and political gaps,” says Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon.

 Amid the usual hotbed of controversy that the United Nations ignites, the Israeli Mission to the UN has sought to soothe the soul through a Social Media campaign entitled United Pianos.

 It’s the world’s first 22-hands piano concert featuring 10 international classical pianists with World Music star, Israel’s Idan Raichel of The Idan Raichel Project performing a riff on Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. LA-based Israeli drummer, Meytal Cohen, from her eponymous Metal group, adds a comic twist.

The selection includes men and women, Jews, Christians, and Muslims – all playing together to celebrate “unity through music.”

The video clip highlights the performers playing in a variety of global locations from famous concert halls to the beach. Flags from each of their countries flash in each edit.

Idan Raichel

Israeli World Music star, Idan Raichel produced United Pianos with Israeli composer Tomer Biran and CRC Media.

United Pianos musicians are:  Australian pianist Anna Goldsworthy, playing at the University of Adelaide; Bahamian musician Lee B. Callender, at the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Nassau; German pianist Hauschka, at Glienicke Palace, Berlin; Indian pianist, Utsav Lal, at the Bahai Lotus Temple, New Delhi; Poland’s Hanna Lizinkiewicz at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music, Poznań; Russian pianist Kseniia Rychkova at the Bogolubov Library, Moscow; South Africa’s Jason Reolon on location at Milnerton Beach, Cape Town; Turkish pianist Can Çankaya at Yeniköy, Istanbul; Colin Huggins playing at Union Square Park, New York City; Vietnamese pianist, Pham Quynh Trang at Vietnam National Academy of Music, Hanoi; and Israeli-American drummer Meytal Cohen, filmed at EastWest Studios, Los Angeles.

The United Pianos project – released to YouTube and Facebook  – was produced by CRC Media together with Idan Raichel and Israeli composer Tomer Biran.