Yamaha and Transport for London partnered on the #Platform88 initiative. It places pianos throughout the big metropolis’s subway stations so that commuters may play the piano if they so choose.
Imagine how excited everyone was when professional Brendan Kavanagh and another amazing musician arrived to perform a stunning song mix.
Live music performances in unexpected locales are just great. In a busy public space, a spontaneous piano performance may draw a big throng of delighted viewers. In this case, the crowd got a better performance than usual.
An older citizen sits at a public piano and starts playing jazz tunes. He’s clearly enjoying his music, and others are paying attention while the mass of folks rush past.
A stranger approaches the piano and begins playing with one hand. The elderly guy continues to sing while turning to face the crowd, beaming and briefly chatting. Even though they are playing together, the guys talk a bit.
Even though the two guys had never met or played music together, their song sounds like a well-rehearsed duet. By the time their song came to an end, a few people had taken notice. As delighted fans shout, many mobile cameras capture the scene.
When the elder guy starts playing some Mozart, the younger man joins in, playing the top piano notes with only one hand once again. The guys move fast from song to song before beginning an energetic piece of American jazz.
They seem to have been singing duets for a very long time. The newcomer alternates between playing with one and two hands, merely adding his own minor touches to the song while allowing the musician sat in the chair’s melody shine.
At this moment, a throng has formed, and the two musicians begin playing a cheerful tune with an Irish flavor. The musicians switch places many times while speaking and even performing small excerpts from Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
Surprisingly, the replacement performer was Brendan Kavanagh, a well-known British pianist known as “Dr. K.” Kavanagh, it turns out, likes showing up and joining impromptu pianists, much to the delight of fans and observers.