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88 Keys - 88 Days

Elizabeth Alker looks back at some of the highlights of the 2018 Piano Day.

Elizabeth Alker looks back at some of the highlights of the 2018 Piano Day.

Piano Day was started in 2015 by Nils Frahm but it has since taken on a life of its own, becoming an international phenomenon with special one-off events and recordings happening all over the world. To celebrate the 88 keys on a piano, Piano Day is always celebrated on the 88th day of the year, and from Leeds to Lisbon, Shanghai to Shropshire and St Petersburg to Seoul, musicians and composers of all different disciplines came together last year on March 29th.

Elizabeth will celebrate and explore the possibilities of the piano, whether that's covering strings inside the piano with paper, hitting them with a £1 Ikea toilet brush or arranging new music for as many as eight pianos and tape loop. Expect the strange and the blissful, music that is freaky and gorgeous and definitely some sounds you've never heard before. There'll be brand new beautiful and experimental recordings from artists such as Nightports with Matthew Bourne, Poppy Ackroyd, Laurence Crane, Peter Broderick, Four Tet and Simeon Walker.

This is a repeat of a programme first broadcast last year.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Laurence Crane

    10,000 Green Bottles

    Ensemble: Ives Ensemble.
    • Nimbus Alliance.
    • NI6337.
  • Nightports

    This Trip

    Composer: Matthew Bourne. Performer: Nightports. Performer: Matthew Bourne.
    • Leaf Records.
    • BAY 108CD.
  • Poppy Ackroyd


    Performer: Poppy Ackroyd.
    • One Little Indian.
    • TPLP1430DL.
  • Luke Wyland


    Performer: LWW.
    • Leaf Records.
  • Simeon Walker


    Performer: Simeon Walker.
  • Arthur Jeffes

    Black Hole 5.0

    Performer: Arthur Jeffes.
    • EPC Music.
  • Peter Broderick

    We Rejoice!

    Performer: Peter Broderick.
    • Erased Tapes.
  • Four Tet


    Performer: Four Tet.
    • Text Records.
  • Erland Cooper

    Solan Goose for 8 pianos, 1 violin & 1 glockenspiel

    Performer: Neil Cowley. Performer: Anna Phoebe. Performer: Hayden Norman Thorpe. Performer: Leo Abrahams. Performer: William Doyle. Performer: Alex Kozobolis. Performer: Charlotte Greenhow. Performer: Aisling Brouwer. Performer: Jake Downs. Performer: Erland Cooper.
    • Phases.
    • PHA001LP.
  • Micachu

    Riding Through Drinking Harpo Dine

    Performer: Eliza McCarthy.
    • Foom.
    • FM009.
  • Sarah Nicolls


    Performer: Sarah Nicolls.
  • Devendra Banhart

    Middle Names (Piano Day 2018 version)

    Music Arranger: Nils Frahm. Performer: Nils Frahm.


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