Pianos Pop-Up Art Basel Week 2011 12/1-10/11

Take Note And Tune In During Art Basel Week As Steinway Piano Gallery Of Miami Presents Pop-Up Pianos Miami A Public Art Project Made Possible By The Black Key Group
The Launch Event
Thursday, December 1st.
Louis Bar-Lounge at Gansevoort South
Miami Beach
Jacob Jeffries Band will play along with a surprise guest performance.
Private Event

The Closing Party
Saturday, December 3rd
Ideobox Artspace
Wynwood District
Piano donations will be announced including a special LIVE performance.

Art Basel Recovery Party
Saturday, December 10th
Ideobox Artspace
During Wynwood’s Second Saturday Art Walk where all ten pianos will be on display.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (Downtown) – Krave & Surface Merchants
Bakehouse Art Complex (Wynwood) – Brian Butler
Gigi’s Restaurant (Midtown Miami) – Arnaud Pages
Living Room presented by AlmostFamous.com (Design District) – GG
Louis Bar-Lounge (Miami Beach) – Lebo
Mary Brickell Village (Brickell) – Alouishous San Gomma
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus (Downtown) – Rodrigo Echeverri
The Collective (Wynwood) – Trek Six
Village Green Park sponsored by Art in Public Places Board (Village of Key Biscayne) – Kazilla & Lorie Setton
Zadok Gallery – Miguel Paredes


Thursday, December 1
5:00PM – Suenalo
Location: Zadok Gallery (2534 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33127)
Piano artist: Miguel Paredes

*LAUNCH PARTY (invite only / media please RSVP with media contact)
9:00PM – Jacob Jeffries Band (Doors open to the public at 11pm)
Location: Louis Bar-Lounge at Gansevoort Miami Beach (2325 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139)
Piano artist: Lebo

· Friday, December 2
1:00 PM – Performance by renowned “Rockjazz” pianist ELEW
“Food Truck Fridays” at the Adrienne Arsht Center – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Free event: Gourmet food trucks, performances, art & giveaways – open to the public!
Piano artist: Krave and Surface Merchants
Location: 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132. Lot C at NE 2nd Ave. between 12th and 13th streets (South side of Ziff Ballet Opera House)

5:00PM- Brendan O’Hara
Location: Gigi’s (3470 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33127)
Piano artist: Arnaud Pages

8:00PM – Juke
Location: The Collective at The Kohn Compound (215 NW 24 ST, Miami, FL 33127)
Piano artist: Trek Six

· Saturday, December 3
12:00PM- Raffa and Rainer
Location: Living Room presented by AlmostFamous.com (North Miami Avenue and 40th street in Design District)
Piano artist: GG

5:00PM- Elastic Bond
Location: Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd Street, Miami, FL 33127)
Artist: Brian Butler

*CLOSING PARTY (open to the public)
10:00PM- Afrobeta
Location: Ideobox Artspace (2417 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33127)
Piano artist: Rodrigo Echerverri

· Sunday, December 4
12:00PM – Duran Blu and Big Brooklyn Red
Location: Village Green Park sponsored by Art in Public Places Board, Village of Key Biscayne
Piano artist: Lorie Setton & Kazilla

For more information about additional locations and performances, visit www.PopUpPianoMia.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

During the week of Art Basel Miami Beach 2011, Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami presents the premiere of Pop-Up Pianos Miami 2011 (PUPM), a public art project made possible by The Black Key Group and a host committee of young, local professionals. The concept of Pop-Up Pianos is inspired by the New York City organization Sing for Hope. Sing for Hope mobilizes professional artists in volunteer programs that benefit schools, hospitals and communities. Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos celebrate the vision of arts accessibility for all. The inspirational project motivated the Co-Founders of The Black Key Group, Whitney Lykins and Isabella Acker, to bring Pop-Up Piano to Miami with the support of Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami.

Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami is a factory-owned retail location for Steinway & Sons, maker of the world’s finest pianos. They have donated ten pianos to be strategically placed throughout locations in Midtown Miami, Downtown, Wynwood District, Brickell, and Miami Beach.

Ten artists have been carefully selected to customize each of the pianos based on their particular style of art, ranging from graffiti and acrylic paints to 3D sculptures. The Black Key Group and host committee have taken great strides to include a mix of prominent and local artists, all of whom reflect some aspect of Miami culture including Lebo; Surface Merchants and Krave; Rodrigo Echeverri; GG; Reinier Gamboa and Jose Mertz (Creative Native); Arnaud Pages; Alouishous San Gomma; Kazilla & Lorie Setton; Brian Butler; and more.

While there will be important announcements of specific concert dates and times where musicians will perform, Art Basel week spectators will have the chance to tickle the ivories in between performances. In addition to the local talent, various nationally acclaimed artists’ “Pop-Up” performances will also be announced via social media outlets throughout the duration of the installation.

After Art Basel week, the pianos will be donated to Miami-Dade Public Schools with arts programs, local charities, organizations and/or music venues, enriching the cultural and arts community of South Florida.

Stay tuned for musician announcements and event details as well as the specific locations where the pianos will be placed. For more information, visit www.PopUpPianoMia.com. To keep track of piano locations, artists, and musicians, please follow Pop-Up Piano Miami on Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare (during Art Basel week).

Timothy Feager, General Manager of Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami, stated “Steinway & Sons is very excited about getting behind Pop-Up Pianos. We need to bring more awareness to the arts, and this is a great and fun way to accomplish this task.” In its 158th year, Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street. Over the next thirty years, Henry and his sons, C. F. Theodore, Charles, Henry Jr., William, and Albert, developed the modern piano. They built their pianos one at a time, applying skills that were handed down from master to apprentice, generation after generation. Steinway is dedicated to the ideal of making the finest pianos in the world. The result is instruments renowned for their unsurpassed quality. Pianos with such superior sound and responsive touch they enchant the most demanding pianists to date.

Whitney Lykins and Isabella Acker, Co-Founders of The Black Key Group, an artist marketing management company that strives to discover, promote, and revive the local music scene in South Florida. For more information, visit www.theblackkeygroup.com .

The Black Key Group (Whitney Lykins and Isabella Acker) created a special host committee of young, savvy professionals throughout South Florida to assist in creating, executing, and facilitating Pop-Up Pianos Miami. From curating artists to securing locations for the pianos, the following list of people volunteered on the committee: Yuval Ofir (yo-miami.com); Gaudi Castro (HEARD.); Meris Thomas (Freelancer – Event Production); Arnaud Pages (The Black Key Group – Graphic Designer, Videographer, and Artist); Daniel Rivero (WLRN); Andy Bilbao (Made You Look); Myk Likhov (Authentic.ly); David Yaffe (No Vacancy Films); and Jessica Wade Pfeffer (Jessica Wade Inc.).

Opened in 2008 by founder/partner, Tanya Brillembourg Capriles and director/partner, Herman Leyba in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, Ideobox Artspace is an experimental space where artists, collectors and art lovers interact to live and consume contemporary art. From its inception the space has held innovative exhibitions and represents a diverse range of artists from around the world. Ideobox is a postmodern concept where art can be created, appreciated and enjoyed. The intent of the space is to bring the most cutting edge work to the forefront transforming the consciousness of the art community. Guests are welcome to lounge in the space and become a part of the dynamic environment. With two exhibition areas under one roof, the space represents artists in solo and group shows. In addition, Ideobox contributes to the art community by actively participating in philanthropic endeavors in affiliation with organizations such as, SaludArte Foundation, founded by Tanya Capriles Brillembourg, who also acts as an Honoree Advisor for the art space. For more information, visit www.ideobox.com.

The Opium Group is one of the country’s most successful hospitality conglomerates, operating Miami’s top Mansion, SET, Louis Bar-Lounge at Gansevoort South, Cameo Theatre, and Mokai as well as Opium at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. A driving force behind South Beach’s ongoing cultural renaissance, The Opium Group has been heralded by Harpers’s Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, People, Time, The Miami Herald, and numerous other publications for drawing A-list celebrities and the international jet-set to Miami Beach.

Sing for Hope is a non-profit organization that mobilizes professional artists in volunteer service programs that benefit schools, hospitals, and communities. Each Sing for Hope program is defined by the needs of the community, the service of professional artists, and our belief in the transformative power of the arts. To learn more, please visit www.singforhope.org.

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