Pop-Up Piano Miami Second Edition During the Week of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012
December 6 – 9, 2012
During the week of Art Basel Miami Beach, Steinway & Sons Miami will present Pop-Up Piano Miami 2012, a public arts project that premiered during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011. With the continued support of Steinway & Sons Miami and new participating sponsors, this year the program is set to launch on a significantly larger scale by not only supporting local music and arts programs but also joining a global initiative.
Steinway & Sons Miami, a factory-owned retail location for Steinway & Sons, maker of the world’s finest pianos, has donated eight pianos that will be strategically placed by Wynwood Shipping across Downtown Miami, Midtown Miami, Wynwood, and Design District areas.
Sugarcane raw bar grill Location / Desiree Kawass piano
Performance: Friday, Dec. 7th at 7:30PM – Locos Por Juana & Suenalo
Wynwood Cigar Factory / Ross Van Rosenberg piano
Performance: Saturday, Dec. 8th at 7:30PM – Juke, Heavy Pets, Arboles Libres
Gigi’s (Midtown Miami: 3470 North Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33127) giginow.com, Artist Ivan Roque
Jimmy’z Kitchen (Wynwood: 2700 North Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33127), jimmyzkitchen.com, Artist Arnaud Pages
The Tent at Soho Beach House * Soho Beach House Members Only (Miami Beach: 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140) sohobeachhouse.com, Artist Waseone
South Street Restaurant & Bar (Design District: 4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137) southstreetmiami.com, Artist Rodrigo Gaya
SUGARCANE raw bar grill (Midtown Miami: 3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL 33127) sugarcanerawbargrill.com, Artist Desiree Kawass
Wynwood Cigar Factory (Wynwood Miami: 101 NW 2nd Ave. Miami FL 33127) wynwoodcigar.com, Artist Ross Von Rosenberg
Fisher Island (Private) Artist Federico Carosio III
Heineken Mural: Universal Aloha by Prime, Estria and Trek6 (313 NW 25th St.) Artist Ruben Ubiera
The Mixed Media Collective and PrintHouse USA are providing maps and other marketing materials. They will be popping up in several art-centric Miami locations in the coming months.
Each of the eight pianos will be crafted by artists at one of Miami’s iconic mixed-use arts complexes, Miami Iron Side. Miami Iron Side will also host a Pre-Art Basel Mixer where media and the community can view the almost completed pianos and meet the artists while savoring special delights such as tea tastings by Steep City Teas and sweets by Patty Cakes Cupcakes. Pearl Paint, the largest art supply store in the world that began on Canal Street, New York in 1933 as a family-owned company, will be supplying all the artistic materials for the following artists to create their masterpieces on the pianos:
- Alex Mijares (mijaresart.co/category/alexander-mijares-2/)
- Desiree Kawass (desireekawass.com)
- Federico Carosio III (federicocarosioiii.com)
- Ivan Roque (allhailtla.com/Home.html)
- Rodrigo Gaya (rgayaphoto.photoshelter.com)
- Ross Von Rosenberg (rossvon7design.com)
- Ruben Ubiera (urbanpopsoul.com)
- Waseone (iamwaseone.com)
Surprise locally acclaimed musicians will have “pop-up” performances that will be announced via social media outlets throughout the duration of the project. Art Basel week spectators will have access to tickle the ivories between scheduled performances by these talented musicians.
Nationally acclaimed musicians will have “Pop-Up” performances that will be announced via social media outlets throughout the duration of the project. Art Basel week spectators will have access to tickle the ivories between scheduled performances by these talented musicians. The performers are planned to be announced on October 9, 2012.
PUPM will host an opening fundraiser event in collaboration with the Friends of the New World Symphony on Wednesday, December 5. The event will feature a performance by a renowned, possibly Steinway-signed musician. The event will also host a silent auction of unique treats and donated gifts from partners. Funds that are raised from the auction and event tickets will be donated to Central Africa’s only symphony orchestra, Kimbangus Symphony Orchestra, located in Kinshasa (the heart of the Congo) to help them meet their goal of building a music school particularly for the Street Children which is Kinshasa’s leading issue.
Maestro, conductor, and founder of the symphony, Armand Diangienda states “my house became a music school because we don’t have another place. It’s a big project for the future to find a place where we can build more rooms for the orchestra to practice as well as the street children, giving them a place of refuge from the streets…giving them hope for a life.”
After Art Basel Miami Beach week, the pianos will be donated to local charities. PUPM will also work to expand, develop and implement specially designed music programs and workshops at some of the charities where the pianos will permanently reside.
The concept of Pop-Up Pianos was 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 and committee members Patricia Baro (Mixed Media Collective); Gaudi Castro (HEARD.); Meris Thomas (Freelancer – Event Production); Arnaud Pages (Macias Advertising); Daniel Rivero (WLRN); and Jessica Wade Pfeffer (Jessica Wade Inc.).
Stay tuned for musician, sponsor, and piano location announcements as well as event details. For more information, visit www.PopUpPianoMia.com. To keep track of piano locations, artists, and musicians, please follow Pop-Up Piano Miami on Twitter and Facebook.Be sure to tell them Soul Of Miami sent you!
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