Upside Down Piano Performers Dazzle At MOMA
NEW YORK (CBS 2) – Standing in a hole carved in the center of a piano, Evan Shinners reaches over the top playing from above and using his feet to push the instrument across floors.
It’s not a joke. It’s the latest exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, reports CBS 2’s Dana Tyler.
Artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla carved a hole in the center of the piano, and their work of art draws a crowd every hour as one of five pianists climbs in and dazzles the crowd by playing Beethoven’s Ninth upside down.
“You do a lot of thumbing some notes and sometimes get pretty inaccurate but that’s part of the effect,” said Shinners, a Julliard graduate, who also played his own arrangement of “Ode to Joy.”
While he’s playing, he’s also pushing the heavy piano.
“It’s got some good wheels. I’m driving a piano. It’s a hybrid,” he said.
Each performance lasts about 30 minutes—long enough for music fans, art lovers and the curious to check it out.
“I think he’s crazy in a good crazy way,” one onlooker said.
The performance exhibition runs now through Monday at the museum.