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Social Piano Experiment Has Jerusalem Passersby All Keyed Up

Piano Jaffa (Photo: youtube/screenshot)

If you get a chance to stop by Jaffa Street in Israel this fall, you might get to hear a live piano performance by someone in the community! Thanks to the latest musical project by Cadenza Piano, anyone who wants to share their piano skills can simply use the grand piano open to the public. We love watching all the latest performances, like the cover of Adele’s “Someone Like You.”

It was a Tuesday morning in September, and a small crowd had gathered around the grand piano on Jaffa Road, listening to a medley of jazz improvisations performed by a guy who plunked his battered fedora hat on top of the piano…

Unlikely as it may seem, it was a fairly typical scene for the second month of the Jerusalem piano experiment of Cadenza Piano, a company created by two Israeli entrepreneurs who wanted to see the effect of the musical instrument in a public space…

This Cadenza, however, is all about the grand stretch of the piano keyboard and the random passersby who sit down to play. Or listen.

“It exposes people to pianos,” said Rubin, who spent 10 years learning to play as a child and is now considering trying it again. “Jerusalem is an intense city, but this brings something to the wider mix.”

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