Pioneering Street Pianos: Instrument of change
From Glasgow to London, from New York to San Jose 1,900 pianos destined for landfill are being placed on the streets of 60 cities worldwide. Luke Jerram launched this project in 2008. It was called 'Play me, I'm Yours.' From this movement the documentary Instrument of change was created. Instrument of change follows the stories of the extremely talented and creative people that play these pianos and all the wonderful memories and experience that the pianos have gifted to them. This piano movement is an platform for strangers to interact and connect with each other. Jools Holland said 'You don't need language, you can communicate without using these blunt instruments that we call words... but music rises above all of that because you can communicate with sound.'
One of the most memorable contributors in Instrument of change is Micheal aka 'The piano man' a homeless man who lives for playing the piano as he 'eats, sleeps and plays the piano.' He loves to share his music and help others. He especially loves playing to the younger ones as he believes they 'understand music better' he says. Music is his medicine as he puts it, 'the piano heals me.'
Fabio, another talent contributor who loves and is inspired by Micheal, travels all over the world to play these street pianos. He's played 770 public pianos across the globe and is still going.
Together is calling for people to play Christmas songs to bring everyone together in this festive season. Together is teaming up with the campaign to End Loneliness to tackle the issue of loneliness in the UK. There are 4 million lonely elderly people in the UK and many of these people will spend Christmas alone.
'Instrument of change' premieres on Together on Saturday 15th December 9pm and repeats again on Christmas Day also at 9pm.
Freeview 93, Sky 173, Virgin 269 and Freesat 164.