Street Pianos Boston Event Celebrating Music and Wellness Day
In recognition of the unique strength of Boston's healthcare and cultural communities, Sunday September 29th will be designated "Music and Wellness Day," with a city-wide flash mob for health at 3 pm. People are invited to make joyful sound all over the city; and an afternoon of all sorts of free arts activities and performances has been scheduled including: yoga, a family oriented performance by a local folk musician, an art activity, a ragtime performance by a local piano teacher, a rousing performance by Fenway Park organist to usher the Red Sox into the postseason, and more.
3 pm - 3:15 pm: Music Performance by Juan Chen Juan is an international student at Lesley University, working on her Masters degree in Music Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. She graduated from Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China in June 2009 and has worked in hospitals, schools, ad counseling centers as a music therapist. Juan believes that "Art is the shortest way towards the unconscious." To her, music, drawing, dream, and symptoms are metaphors for life and using those metaphors to help people achieve a new balance in their lives is a beautiful thing.
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm: Yoga with Barrett of Five Points Yoga Barrett Lauck Reinhorn has been teaching yoga since 1998 throughout the metro Boston area. Trained in Astanga Vinyasa Yoga and Interdiscipilnary Yoga, Barrett melds asana, breath, music, meditation, and rhythmic improvisational movement into her vinyasa and prenatal sessions. Every class of Barrett's is unique, combining the energies of the sun (dynamic warmth) and moon (calming cool) so that students are deeply rooted in their bodies and yet light and free in spirit.
3:45 pm - 4 pm: Music Performance by Mo Lotman and Liz Vaughan Mo is a keyboard player, songwriter, and singer who performed in the Boston area for about twenty years, most recently as bass voice for the a cappella group Funkin' A!, from 2009 to 2013. From 2004 to 2006 he was the original keyboardist of the 14-piece funk/disco cover band Booty Vortex where he had the pleasure of playing numerous sold-out shows at Johnny Ds as well as weddings, parties, and other gigs. Liz is an amazing singer and together they will perform jazzy covers of pop tunes.
4 pm - 4:15 pm: Music Performance by Lilly Kinas Lilly is a local music director, accompanist, vocal coach, pianist and singer. She is a former dance accompanist for the Boston Ballet, Harvard University and the Hartford Ballet Company. Lilly received her degree from the Hartt School of Music and currently teaches voice and piano at the Dana Hall School of Music in Wellesley and in her private home studio. Her performance will feature ragtime hits.
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm: Open Piano Play and Art Activity with Tova Speter This is your chance to play the piano outside! This time slot will be set aside for aspiring artists or curious onlookers to engage in playing the piano and/or engage in creating some art. Tova is a local artist, art therapist, and community muralist. She is constantly involved in working on a number of projects including teaching art classes, using the arts therapeutically to help individuals express themselves, consulting with community organizations, and engaging various communities in creating murals. Her work has been exhibited in local businesses, independent galleries, and Open Studios since 2003; and her mural projects have been empowering communities (local and international) since 2005. The art project will feature a colorful response to the music of the performances, to the uniqueness of each individual, and to the beauty of the Greenway in Boston.
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm: Music Performance by Alastair Moock Alastair is a three-time NAPPA Gold Award Winner. Long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, he turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin girls in 2006. When one of Alastair's twin five-year old daughters, Clio, was diagnosed with leukemia in July 2012, Alastair and Clio sang and wrote together while she was in the hospital and over the next year Alastair continued to write and collect songs that came together in an album called Singing Our Way Through: Songs for World's Bravest Kids which has already been distributed to nearly 1,500 patient families at hospitals, clinics, and patient camps around the country. His performance will feature songs from this latest album.
4:45 pm - 5 pm: Music Performance by Josh Kantor Josh Kantor has played the organ for Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park since 2003. He plays organ, piano, and accordion in indie-rock bands the Baseball Project, the Split Squad, and Jim's Big Ego. He has played organ on ESPN and at Symphony Hall and TD Garden, and has performed with members of R.E.M., Blondie, the Dream Syndicate, the Plimsouls, the Fleshtones, the Posies, Mountain Goats, and Drivin' 'N' Cryin', and with Chuck Prophet, Ben Gibbard, Jon Langford, Erin McKeown, Robyn Hitchcock, the So So Glos, Joseph Arthur, and Ellis Paul. His Sunday performance will feature medleys of popular songs often heard at the ballpark.