Sunset Piano Opus 3

San Francisco

The Sunset Piano project came to town with a social experiment: how will music played outdoors affect human behavior in an urban environment? Here's what happened:

In the summer of 2013, Mauro fortissimo and Dean Mermell placed a dozen pianos in beautiful natural settings along the San Mateo Coastline. It generated a lot of attention, and we were invited by Ellyn Parker from the mayor's office in San Francisco to bring the project to SF in 2014.  And thus Sunset Piano Opus 3 came to be.

It began slowly, with a furtive piano sighting here and there. But then grand pianos conspicuously began to appear throughout the city without notice, pulled by ropes on wheeled platforms by specially trained "piano ninjas". Professional musicians, singers, and poets were scheduled to perform at free cultural events. It was amazing!

Pianos were brought to neighborhoods where some people have no home, let alone access to music. All kinds of city dwellers... music lovers, musicians, poets, dancers, and artists... gathered at piano happenings in both "sophisticated" and "unfashionable" parts of town to share their experiences of urban life. Art, music, and culture belong to everyone! Please keep watching our "Happenings" page for future piano events. It's 2015...Sunset Piano Opus 4 is coming soon!

Twelve Pianos: The Film

The feature length documentary of Sunset Piano, Twelve Pianos, is now in a massive push of post production. It begins in the summer of 2013, when a small film crew scrambled over mountains and coastal trails to document the sights and sounds of a massive two week installation. Sunset Piano Opus 2 created a musical landscape that resonated with the natural world. As the pianos came to San Francisco, this story continued to unfold on the streets of the city in Opus 3.  Read On...