"Ray" — by designer: Vania Vananina
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.
I was born and raised in Baja California, México. Baja California as in the Mexican border state with the United States, as in the northern part of the beautiful peninsula, as in heaven for your taste buds.
I am a self-taught visual artist that enjoys working with different materials. While painting may be my favorite medium, I discovered that ceramics led me to fun, playful artwork. My colorful work, infused with my feelings and current inspiration, reflects my unique style.
I love bright colors, patterns, stickers, postal mail, comfy socks, traveling, talking to people, big music and good food.
Ray Charles, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". He was often referred to as "The Genius". Charles was blind from the age of seven.
He pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic Records. He also contributed to the integration of country music, rhythm and blues, and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his two Modern Sounds albums. While he was with ABC, Charles became one of the first black musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company.
His style and success in the genres of rhythm and blues and jazz had an influence on a number of highly successful artists, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Billy Joel, and Steve Winwood. According to Joe Levy, a music editor for Rolling Stone, "The hit records he made for Atlantic in the mid-50's mapped out everything that would happen to rock 'n' roll and soul music in the years that followed"
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ABOUT PIANO! PUSH PLAY!
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.