SEND A PIANA TO HA­VANA

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS MUSIC - Ray Comiskey

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.

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