Piano Information:

"Maria" — by designer: Neil M. Perry


Society Hotel Rooftop


Neil M. Perry


Maria João Pires


Tom and Chris Neilsen

We rescue pianos and put them on the street for everybody to enjoy. We want to give pianists more opportunities to play for the public.



While developing the theme for my piano, knowing that it would be presented in public places around Portland, I wanted to seize the opportunity to express a positive message about immigration. At a time when the issue has been harnessed by politicians to exploit the worst aspects of humanity it is important to make a statement against the current abhorrent practices directed at people from other places hoping to move to the United States.

Children in cages is obviously horrifying on so many levels, but it’s crucial we remember that this is not a new phenomenon. Our society is built on a framework of white supremacy which is present in numerous ways, both overt and obscure. Japanese internment, ethnic cleansing of native american peoples and enslavement of Africans are examples of America’s propensity to dehumanize and subjugate minority communities. This is Fascism and should be apologetically called out as such.

In spite of all of this, migration is a beautiful and irresistible force.

Abolish Ice.

Photo: http://www.neilmperry.net

Photo: http://www.neilmperry.net


Neil M. Perry is an artist and illustrator who grew up on the North East coast of England, currently living and working in Portland, Oregon. Neil has participated in group and solo exhibitions at galleries in Europe, the United States and Japan. Thanks largely to David Attenborough, he has been fascinated by the animal kingdom since childhood. This has driven him to develop a body of work which utilizes animal association, color psychology and recognizable patterns/symbols to engage in social commentary. Neil is always interested in learning about new opportunities for exhibitions and personal commissions.

Photo by Governo De Sergipe - Maria João Pires treina sozinha no palco, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23906389

Photo by Governo De Sergipe - Maria João Pires treina sozinha no palco, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23906389

Namesake Musician:
Maria João Pires

Pires was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Her first recital was at the age of five, and at the age of seven she was already playing Mozart piano concertos publicly. Two years later she received Portugal's top prize for young musicians. In the following years, she studied with Campos Coelho at the Lisbon Conservatory, taking courses in composition, theory, and history of music. She continued her studies in Germany, first in the Musikakademie of Munich with Rosl Schmidt and then in Hanover with Karl Engel. ... From 2012 to 2016, she was a Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium, where she gave piano lessons and master classes to young talented pianists from all over the world.


To foster young musicians, she launched the Partitura Project. At the time of her move [to Brazil in 2006], she commented that she had suffered much adverse publicity in Portugal due to her Belgais Centre project to help tackle the significant problem of underprivileged children, a project that the Portuguese Government helped to fund but publicly shied away from. The centre continued to operate at her farm in Portugal and she subsequently started similar projects in Brazil.


-- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_João_Pires


Society Hotel Rooftop


Up on the roof overlooking Portland in the summer air. Open during business hours.


Tom and Chris Neilsen



We rescue pianos, put them on the street for everyone to enjoy, and then give them to schools, community centers, artists, and others who will love them as much as we do.


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