Upside Down Piano Performers Dazzle At MOMA

And To Top It Off They Do Beethoven's Ninth Justice

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.

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  • Sarah Floken

    Evan Shinners didn’t cut the hole. He just played the piece backwards and made the variations on Beethoven songs. Don’t jump on his back for playing this but yell at the artists who cut the hole. He’s like the only genius musician who can do this so that’s why he did it.

  • Hans

    True. Saw this today and it’s true. He’s great and fun to watch. Also heard him playing (frontwards and regular!) some classical music online.
    It’s true that everything he touches is gold.

  • Jenny

    I don’t care what anyone says- Evan is a genius I saw moma this week- that kid is a genius-

  • rkwebs

    wow that is amazing u rocks man

  • Keith

    The electric guitar is the most popular musical instrument for a reason. I play my Strat or Les Paul, I have both, thru a distorted Mesa Boogie amp and it makes me very happy. I love to practice, it’s not a chore at all. Just as long as I don’t turn the volume on the amp up too high, and then the police show up at my back door. Which has happened.

    • Muke

      Yo that shinners has a rock bad too- if Yo like guitars check him out I guess-

  • Johnny

    Another tool with too much time on his hands and the gobblers that would pay to see this.

    • David Porter

      You’re probably tool enough with time enough to spread hateful comments

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