Dirty Downhome Democratic FUN!

We were honored to have Maria Choban, a fantastic pianist and long-time supporter, be a part of our opening concert. Five pianists, one conductor, and Richie Greene, the composer, performed Askew Reflections - Richie's piece for 5 pianos commissioned for this event. You can hear more of Maria on our compilation CD.

...this was exactly what I had hoped and more. democratizing music. the variety of ages was like nothing you’ll see anywhere. little 5 or 4 year old dancing in the aisle through several acts. street folks sitting on the cement wall (park block side) enjoying.
— -- Maria Choban

Rescuing pianos

Portland Arts Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to host a fantastic restored piano from Piano! Push Play! in City Hall this Summer.

City Hall’s piano was designed by North Agency, and is an ode to Forest Park. On Tuesday, bring your lunch, and join us for a mini-concert. Jackson Grace, a talented 11-year-old, will serenade us with a farewell concert for the piano.
— City Hall Staff

Piano. Push. Play. Brings Pop-Up Pianos to Portland

We are so proud and happy to successfully partner with Portland technology innovator Urban Airship to blend art and engineering in our mobile app this year. They were super helpful and supportive.

The app, initially created by Airshipper Misty DeGiulio and classmate James Stiehl as coursework for Portland Code School, uses Gimbal proximity beacons and Urban Airship’s real-time mobile engagement platform to help people find nearby pianos available to play. Piano. Push. Play. will also leverage beacons to help track how many app users visit each piano.
— Melissa Manser, Urban Airship

Project plays it forward with rescued pianos set up around Portland — and the help of an app

The Portland Tribune did an excellent job reporting on our process, our pianos, and all the people who help this project happen.

This whole project is about creating an experience and giving the public a chance to share their talent and appreciate music in and around the community.
— Misty DeGuilio, app developer

We're Big in Japan!

Well, not that big, but we're getting mentioned in the press. Sotokoto, a Japanese "social good and eco lifestyles" magazine, visited Portland and featured Piano. Push. Play. in their November 2014 issue. 

Piano! Push Play! brings music to Portland's masses

Portland's premier news source, the Oregonian, covered our installations and our collaboration with other local organizations. They also got some great pics and vids. Check it out!

“Our goal for next summer is to increase to 10 pianos, and have some on the other side of the river,” McGeorge says. “Then we want to build a permanent public piano network, so somebody could use a map or an app to find the closest open piano to play.”
— Kelly House | khouse@oregonian.com

Piano! Push Play!

We caught the attention of the Community Legacy Program of Our United Villages, "... a free resource for sharing community-building stories, strategies and ideas."  They're great allies in our community mission.

Piano!PushPlay! grew from setting up one piano, to rolling out over four pianos throughout downtown Portland. Pianos placed in Pioneer Square and Portland Waterfront drew people in to play, listen, and meet each other, in the spirit of spontaneity.
— Evan Goldberg and the Community Legacy Program Team

XRAY.FM's "Thank You Democracy" with Jefferson Smith Interviews Megan and Adam Zucker of Awesome Portland

With Awesome Portland celebrating their 2 year anniversary as an organization they spoke with Jefferson Smith of Thank You Democracy on XRAY.FM to share how they were celebrating and to discuss some of their favorite projects;  which included Piano! Push Play!. We tagged along and gave Jefferson some insight into the adventures of our summer installment. 

Her idea was great. It’s been one of the most successful grants that we’ve had and was really kind of a magical experience ... seeing people playing the pianos around town.
— Adam Zucker, Awesome Portland Trustee

OPB "State of Wonder" with April Baer interviews Awesome Portland about Piano! Push Play!

Piano! Push Play! was honored to win a $1000 grant from an amazing local organization called Awesome Portland dedicated to funding projects that make Portland better and more….Awesome! 

Here we are on OPB's State of Wonder talking about how we came into contact with Awesome PDX, winning the grant and our pianos. 

Nobody vandalized them, homeless people played them, young people played them, older People played them. It brought joy, which is the definition of what we want: Wow! that’s awesome!
— Leslie Rogers, Dean of Awesome Portland

Music on the Street talks with Megan McGeorge of Piano! Push! Play!

Here we are speaking with Matthew Bernstein of Oregon Music News about our very first public piano donations and about how excited we are for our debut album Please Play Me!. With so many diverse and talented musicians participating we really captured some beautiful pieces of piano music played with incredible range and emotion. 

Piano! Push! Play! was one of those organizations that had a really interesting concept-putting pianos in public areas for people to just play.
— Matthew Bernstein

McGeorge’s organization has two main objectives: to give young gifted pianists a new way to share their talent with the public and to give the public a chance to experience trained musicianship in settings different from more traditional performance venues.

“I want to be an advocate for music in general and … I want to just find more ways for people to experience live musicians and trained musicianship outside a concert hall,” McGeorge explains
— Ifanyi Bell, OPB Digital Producer

Beyond simply having a public piano for people to play, this project intrigued me in terms of how it reactivated and energized the outdoor space between the buildings of the Portland Art Museum. And each time I stop by the piano, I am struck by the people gathered around, talking to each other and listening together.
— Mike Murawski, Art Museum Teaching

But until the instruments leave at summer’s end, anyone can play any of the pianos at any time, and many have, day and night. And if McGeorge has her way, PianoPushPlay! will soon be bringing the gift of music to many more Portlanders who might otherwise never receive it.
— Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch