Project will bring pianos to downtown NashuaBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent February 25. 2016 7:15PM
NASHUA — Urging creativity and self-expression, a new musical initiative is about to take Main Street by storm.
Following in the footsteps of cities such as Boston and Salt Lake City, Nashua will launch its own Street Piano Project this spring — geared to inspire and encourage public entertainment.
“I hope there is a lot of good that will come out of this, and hopefully it could bring some random happiness downtown,” said Mike McAdam, founder and director of North Main Music.
Its mission is simple: place two colorful pianos along Main Street and watch the magic unfold, according to McAdam.
The Street Piano Project in Nashua is inspired by British artist Luke Jerram’s internationally touring “Play Me, I’m Yours” street piano project, which has placed about 1,500 pianos in more than 50 cities throughout the world since its inception in 2008.
The Gate City is ready for this type of unique musical experience, according to McAdam, who is confident that it will provide a motivational stage for pianists of all abilities and ages.
“In general, I think this is a great opportunity for local musicians to have this new outlet, and the real win for us would be people listening and connecting to the music,” he added.
North Main Music is partnering with Great American Downtown to implement the new program this spring.
Two pianos will be decorated by local artists and placed strategically along Main Street with an invitation for anyone to play and enjoy.
One of the pianos will likely be stationed outside of The Nashua Bank near Fratello’s Restaurant, and the location of the second piano has yet to be determined, according to McAdam.
“The piano is literally the orchestra at your fingertips,” said McAdam, describing it as a blank slate that is waiting to be filled with noise and love.
The two pianos will remain outside from May to October, and will receive maintenance and tuning twice a month. Businesses helping to sponsor the program will also assist in covering the pianos during inclement weather.
“One of the great strengths in our downtown community is in the arts. The downtown Nashua Streets Piano Project will further contribute to that cachet — that artistic flair,” Paul Shea, executive director of Great American Downtown, said in a statement. “We are very excited to partner with North Main Music to bring this creative element of living art to Main Street.”