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Cast members from Broadway’s Hamilton join The-Piano-Art-Project
Cast members from Broadway’s Hamilton join The Piano Art Project
The-Piano-Art-Project is an immersive two-dimensional musical and artistic experience, wherein a modified piano paints the notes of a song onto a canvas as it is being played, resulting in visualizing the music on the canvas. For the festival, The-Piano-Art-Project will be accompanied by the voices of contemporary singers, including ensemble cast members from the hit show Hamilton.
Led by Abe Melamed, the creative force behind The-Piano-Art-Project, which was born out of his passion and love for both music and art. The project’s objective is for the piano hammers, which are attached to paint brushes, to paint onto canvas as each note is played. The end result will show softer flowing brush strokes at calm parts of the song, and harsher, closer coupled brush strokes at a song’s crescendo. Ultimately you can visualize the music on the canvas and listen to the song and immerse yourself in both experiences. Abe was classically trained in piano from a young age and also plays guitar, drums, flute and violin. He has also been painting from a young age. The idea for the project came when Abe first opened up a piano as a kid and learned how the hammer action works. Many years later and the project finally came to fruition. It has undergone a few iterations to date and is still evolving constantly. Abe hopes with some minor tweaks the final version will produce a clean visual of the music on canvas.
Abe is joined for the festival by the vocals of contemporary singers, including ensemble members of the cast of the hit show Hamilton, and is accompanied on the piano by his amazing wife Devora (who is a much better pianist than he is).
This project is dedicated to the memory of my mother (Frida Levona bat Shalom), and to my kids' bubby (Yehudis Chava bat Yakov), who also had an incredible outlook and inspiring light about her, always showing love and uplifting everyone around her, just like my mom.