News and Calendar of Upcoming & Recent Events
Pause Play Connect Fridays
Sunset Piano brings a piano and music to UN Plaza in San Francisco every Friday from 11-2pm.
Pause Play Connect
Sunset Piano at the Commonwealth Club
The Commonwealth Club of California hosted an event with Mauro and Dean on August 7th. We addressed the sold out crowd about the cultural implications of our work with placing pianos in unexpected locations, Flower Piano and the birth of the interactive music festival, and the repurposing of pianos into other kinds of instruments. We also performed a composition for liberated and prepared piano.
Flower Piano was one of the most needed and wonderful events San Francisco has seen in a long time. We are extremely grateful to the Garden's staff, Sunset Piano musicians, and everyone who came out to help make and enjoy the world's first interactive music festival! If you want to see what happened, go to YouTube or Google and simply search for Flower Piano, Botanical Garden. We're a little bit in shock at how successful it was. We hope to bring you more events like this in the future.
Friday, June 26 11am: Patricia's Green, San Francisco
Sunset Piano was on hand to play at the dedication of David Best's new temple in SF, on Patricia's Green, Octavia at Linden st. The installation will remain up for at least one year. Mauro and Tom Jonesing played for the people.
Friday June 19 from 10am to 2pm : United Nations Plaza
Mauro and Dean will be at Civic Center Plaza by the Art Institute building with the first public Sunset Piano of the season, from 10am to 2pm. Bring your lunch, play our grand piano, say hi! We'll have posters! It has begun.
Saturday June 6 @ 4pm
San Francisco International Arts Festival
We kick off the summer of pianos at the SF Int'l Arts Festival at Fort Mason, with Things That Used To Be Pianos. Mauro and Dean will play set improvisations on a seven foot liberated grand and a prepared piano a la John Cage. We'll be outside the Firehouse at the east end of Fort Mason for about 2 hours. Come play a small liberated upright and see what it's like to interact with the inside of a piano, producing sounds you never thought could come from a parlor room instrument. Lots of exciting news coming soon, stay tuned!
April 9 & 10
Market Street Prototyping Festival
Sunset Piano will have a piano out on Market next to The Hall x 6th and 7th streets for SF's coolest new street festival.
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Sunset Piano : 2014
Sunset Piano Opus 3 in San Francisco was made possible by a grant from the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Here's a taste of our large event featuring 12 pianos in UN Plaza and along Market Street on May 15, 2014.
Black Friday at The Commons
"Black Friday" brings an eclectic line-up of performers to downtown San Jose on November 28th, 2014. Hosted by Santa Clara County Poet Laureate - David Perez, the night promises a celebration of ballet, opera, and chamber music with performances by ballerina Grace-Anne Powers (Ballet San Jose), classical pianist Dan Zemelman, playing on a grand piano provided by Sunset Piano (http://www.sunsetpiano.com/ ), chamber ensemble Trio Ménage, and soprano Alexandra Sessler. Violinist Ishtar Hernandez and soprano Rachel Larsen, Commons’ favorites, return for their second appearance with the festival.
Free and all ages!
For the Facebook event page, click here.
United by Music: United Nations Day, Friday Oct 24
The United Nations Plaza in San Francisco was built to commemorate the signing of the UN Charter in 1945. While the overall success of the UN as an institution of peace is questionable, the intention is hard to fault. October 24 is United Nations day, and Sunset Piano is hosting a program of music at UN Plaza during Friday Night Market, from 4 to 6 pm. We’ll have an amazing jazz trio, classical piano, surprise guests, and songs of love and peace by Tom Jonesing. Poetry by Mauro ffortissimo and famous local poet Jack Hirschman, and more. This will likely be our last large public event this year. Join us!
United by Music: Sunset Piano Celebrates United Nations Day
Friday Oct 24 2014, from 4 - 6pm
UN Plaza, Market and 8th st
Friday, September 12, Sunset Piano will host a grand piano and music in the beautiful courtyard out front of the UC Hastings College of Law, 200 McAllister st, for the pre-show reception of an exciting aerial dance performance by Flyaway Productions, "Multiple Mary and Invisible Jane." We'll be there from 5:00 pm. For more information about the reception, as well as the show which follows on the outdoor wall on the back side of the Larkin Street Parking Garage, with performances at 8 and 9, visit http://flyawayproductions.com
And here you'll find Central Market NOW's event page on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1pIWljj
On Thursday September 4, Sunset Piano brings a grand piano, a prepared piano, and a special open piano to the Exploratorium's After Dark evening. It's an 18 and over night and we're really planning something special, with Benjamin Larsen Strong Gribble and Mauro ffortissimo on the pianos, as well as screening visuals from the film in progress by Dean Mermell, Twelve Pianos. Tickets and more information about After Dark available here: After Dark
Last year at about this time, Sunset Piano was mischievously placing pianos in county parks in San Mateo, and getting in quite a bit of trouble for it. While well intentioned, we didn't go through the accepted channels, which may have taken, well, forever, to get approval. So we just went ahead and planted a few pianos in beautiful locations, and managed to upset a few rangers. This year, rather than dodging the powers that be, we've been invited by Santa Clara County to bring our pianos to four county parks, where they are now waiting for you in beautiful settings! The parks are Vasona, Sanborn, Alviso Marina, and Ed Levin. Each location is uniquely beautiful, fun to play at, and the pianos will be there until late September. We REALLY want to thank DC Piano in Berekely for their generous donation of these pianos to this project! And a huge thank you to Karen Cotter and Sandie Day of Santa Clara County Parks for making it happen!
Third Street Green
Sunset Piano comes to Los Altos with a piano at Third Street Green, a downtown summer park. Many musical expressions will take place through the month centered around our grand piano. Mauro and friends will play on Friday August 15 at 5, and Tom Jonesing plays Saturday August 23 from 3-4pm. Third street between State and Plaza North in Los Altos.
Central Market Now
Friday August 8 2014 from 5 - 8pm : Another fabulous Central Market NOW ArtBlock Party on Market near 6th... Pianos in UN Plaza, art at SF Camera, the Luggage Store Gallery, Hospitality House, and more! http://centralmarketnow.org
July 24, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, Hops and History, at the old Mint in SF! Sunset Piano will bring a grand piano to the vault floor and a Liberated piano to the main courtyard, played by Mauro ffortissimo, to this cool event at the SF Mint on Thursday July 24. Tickets here: hopsandhistoryround2.eventbrite.com
July 11, 5-8pm, Central Market NOW presents Inner City Apex at Kunst-Stoff, 1 Grove St, SF
~ Lots of great music, performances, and art ~
Look for pianos in the area along Market Street
June 13th, 5-8pm, Grand Pianos at 6th and Market and in UN Plaza
Central Market NOW #PhotoFriday
Thursday June 19th, 4-8pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
ConVerge: Paz de la Calzada's Solstice Labyrinth Walk
ALSO on June 19th:
June 19th, 6-9pm
Side Walks and Neighbors, Photography Exhibit Reception
SF Museum at the Mint
88 5th street
Saturday June 21 12-5pm
ULUV Music Day: One piano at Chile Lindo, 2944 16th st @ Capp & another piano at UN Plaza
It's a big month! Note that these are not 12 piano events, those are big endeavors, but some will have as many as 3 or 4 grand pianos. As always, we will have our own musicians there and anyone else is also welcome to play.
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A couple of thousand people were on hand to celebrate the unveiling of Caruso's Dream, Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn's massive sculptural installation, in San Francisco on February the 23rd. Sunset Piano wheeled 12 grand pianos to the event which were played by our musical volunteers. It was an epic, one of a kind event.
~ Piano Party at 6th and Market ~
Friday December 27 2013
Join us for our first official San Francisco street piano party, in front of Showdogs, at 6th and Market. Mauro and other fine pianists will be there and we'd love to see you!