Indie Rocker Aims to Play 60 Pianos Throughout City Parks in One Day

By Ben Fractenberg on June 21, 2010 10:15am 

A women plays a piano that's part of a city-wide art installation. 60 pianos will be scattered throughout city parks and public spaces from June 21 through July 5.
A women plays a piano that's part of a city-wide art installation. 60 pianos will be scattered throughout city parks and public spaces from June 21 through July 5.
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Play Me I'm Yours

By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — A Baltimore musician plans to perform on 60 pianos being set up in city parks and public spaces as part of an art piece around city public parks and spaces on Monday.

J. Roddy Walston, 29, and his band The Business will hit up all 29 Manhattan locations before moving on to the boroughs, the Daily News reported. The plan is to start in Battery Park at 9 a.m. and work their way up to Harlem.

"I thought we should blaze through New York and play as many of the pianos as possible," Walston told the News. "We've got about 12 hours to do it."

Walston said he is giving himself 12 minutes per piano and 12 minutes travel time between stops.

While Sinatra’s classic "New York, New York" might not make the cut, Walston did say he planned to play Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”

The art instillation, by British artist Luke Jerram, will run through July 5. Check out the official website for locations around the city.
 

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