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The Twelve Pianos project and documentary is putting a dozen pianos on the San Mateo coastline, to play for the whales.
The Twelve Pianos project and documentary is putting a dozen pianos on the San Mateo coastline, to play for the whales.
492 backers pledged $27,612 to help bring this project to life.

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We've created this Kickstarter to make possible a unique performance art project, and the documentary film about it that's already underway. Please be sure to read the note at the bottom of this project description about joining our "Sunset Piano Secret Society".

Opus One:
Mauro ffortissimo is a northern California artist and musician. In February 2013 he brought a grand piano to a bluff overlooking the Pacific and played during every sunset for two weeks. It struck a nerve, and thousands of people came. So did the media (Google "Sunset Piano" and see what happens...more links below). By Valentines day, Sunset Piano was something of an international phenomena. When asked why he did it, Mauro said, "I wanted to play for the whales".

Links to news stories and photos from Sunset Piano Opus One:
NBC
    LA Times   SFGate   ABC  KQED  HMBreview   HMBpatch  

Opus Two:
In early July, Mauro is deploying twelve pianos at select locations along the beautiful San Mateo coastline. Anyone can come and play a piano by the sea, anytime. He's inviting some incredible bay area musicians to join him in bringing attention to the fragile state of the world's oceans, as well as the near extinction of the "personal" piano. Piano manufacturing has dwindled, and the neglect of acoustic pianos has caused thousands of them to end up in landfills. The "Twelve Pianos" project will focus the spotlight on two species with uncertain futures.

The pianos will remain for approximately two weeks, or until the powers that be force their removal. We hope you'll join our campaign to learn more and to show your support for this unusual guerrilla art project. 

Why the money? Our budget includes the following expenses:
Piano acquisition and moving
Repairs and tuning
Piano maintenance and protection during installation
Equipment and truck rentals
Moving crew
Rewards expenses
~and~
Film production and post production
Film by Dean Mermell www.storyfarm.tv

We've already spent a lot of money out of pocket, and films being what they are, we're really hoping this campaign is wildly successful and vastly overfunded, because hopefully that means we'll have enough!

~ The Sunset Piano Secret Society ~
Any donation to our mad cause automatically enrolls you as a member of our secret organization. Locations of Sunset Pianos will not be made public, however members will receive a map of their locations. Spend a day or two touring the installations. Members will also receive updates about specific times and locations of performances by well known bay area musicians and other "piano happenings", as well as updates to the project as they happen.

Sticker Design
Sticker Design
T shirt design
T shirt design
Small and Large photo books of Sunset Piano Opus One
Small and Large photo books of Sunset Piano Opus One
Inside the books
Inside the books
Mauro original drawing
Mauro original drawing
Another drawing
Another drawing


Photos from Opus One:

An incredible set of photos by Lars Howlett on Facebook

Risks and challenges

While it may seem relatively straightforward to drag a piano (or twelve) to a bluff overlooking the sea, there are a lot of logistics involved. Believe it or not, this action resides in a gray area that may not be considered strictly legal. However, we are committed to doing everything in a totally environmentally responsible manner and to leave no trace.

Filming and recording sound in these conditions is a challenge. We are all geared up with high end equipment and a stellar, award-winning crew that's eager to bring this event to a screen near you. We are aiming at a one hour documentary that will spotlight both the fragility of our watery world, and what appears to be the silent passing of the craft of one of the west's greatest inventions; the acoustic piano.

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    Membership in the "Sunset Piano Secret Society", (we'll keep you informed), plus an official sticker of the project created by Mauro, and a credit in the film "Twelve Pianos". Unlimited membership.

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    Membership in the SPSS, a credit in the film, plus an official sticker of the project created by Mauro, and a digital download of the photo book, Sunset Piano (Opus One), by Lars Howlett.

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