Opus One

Playing for dolphins and whales.

Playing for dolphins and whales.

Mauro ffortissimo is a northern California artist and musician. In February 2013 he brought a grand piano to a bluff overlooking the Pacific and played during every sunset for two weeks. It struck a nerve, and thousands of people came. So did the media including front cover stories in the HMB Review, SF Chronicle, and LA Times. By Valentines day, Sunset Piano was something of an international phenomena. When asked why he did it, Mauro said, "I wanted to play for the whales". 

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Opus Two

Hunting for locations and whales

Hunting for locations and whales

In early July, Mauro deployed twelve pianos at select locations along the beautiful San Mateo coastline following Highway 1 south of San Francisco. They were discovered and played by the community, tourists, and notable Bay Area musicians. The installation brought attention to the fragile state of the world's oceans, as well as the near extinction of the craft of piano making.  Several pianos were "collected" by state park rangers, while others remained for impromptu concerts, gatherings, and photographs.

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Twelve Pianos: The Film

Twelve Pianos is the official documentary film currently in production about Sunset Piano. Filmmaker Dean Mermell follows Mauro ffortissimo through the entire scope of Opus Two, capturing the challenges, the passion and the joy of this unique guerrilla art project. Disappearing pianos, world class musicianship, and awe inspiring landscapes are the backdrop for this inspired tale of music and wonder. This film is being funded by hundreds of loyal Sunset Piano supporters. 

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