Taking a piano round the streets of Europe
Playing the Big Beach Busk in Portobello
I love playing ragtime and stride, preferrably performed to random crowds in a pedestrian zone with my acoustic streetpiano. Strangest thing that ever happened to me? I would say up there with the top moments is meeting the mayor of Brussels. However, he didn't invite me in for a cup of tea. He told me to take my piano away from the town square as nobody is allowed to set up there. I guess we shouldn't have ignored the traffic cones when driving in. He was very friendly : )
Playing the Meadows in Edinburgh
See the loading and unloading action of this small but heavy streetpiano:
From the press
Vroni Holzmann - travelling Europe with a piano
(Piano InForum, 3 March 2013)
“ Vroni Holzmann has been travelling through Europe with her Steingraeber piano since 2000. The cities she has visited already are painted onto the piano. In 2012 she travelled through Scandinavia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Latvia. She thinks of Germany and Great Britain as wonderful countries to play her piano in. The piano gets transported with a van. To unload the piano she tends to need a little help, but this has never been a problem so far. She could always find passersby who could give a hand.
The streetpianist delights the crowd with her piano, performing ragtime, jazz or boogie-woogie. Born in Rosenheim, she now resides in Edinburgh. In Great Britain there is no need to get a licence to perform on the street, but this is different in Spain and Italy. In Verona she even had to abort her street concert. The listeners found themselves arguing with the police that she should be allowed to continue performing. However difficult it is, she just wants to bring her piano to where people can see and hear it. Rather than in concert halls she wants to play in the street so people can find it easier to forget their everyday life.
In the meantime she has published her first album: 'Wandelung'. Now you can listen to Vroni Holzmann at home. "