SEND A PIANA TO HAVANA
Vicar St, Dublin Sun 8pm ¤50 0818-719300; Black Box, Galway Wed 8pm ¤45 091-569755
Next February, a team of Irish piano tuners will fly out to Cuba. Pianos have a tough time there. It’s the heat, humidity and ravenous termites, who see an instrument and immediately think, “food, glorious food”. That’s why, 12 years ago, an American piano tuner, Ben Treuhaft, started a scheme to get pianos donated and sent to the music schools in Havana. Even if the termites are kept away, there’s still the climate, which plays hell with a piano’s tuning – and there aren’t enough skilled people there to plug the gap, hence the tuners from Ireland, who will bring supplies, expertise and finance to establish a school of piano tuning. To raise funds for this cause there are two concerts, one in Vicar Street next Sunday, the second in Galway next Wednesday, at which pianistic skills in various musical idioms will be heard; they feature Barry Douglas, Joanna McGregor, Micheál O Súilleabháin, Mel Mercier, and the Vladimir Karell/Ronan Guilfoyle Quartet, with the Newpark Cubanos in the Dublin concert and Samboeire in Galway. The Dublin event will be emceed by John Kelly.