Piano no. 40, TOGO, Tallinn

Like many Finns, I’ve visited Tallinn many times, as it is easy to take a ferry from Helsinki, and the sights of the Old Town are very familiar.

This time, however, I was also on a lookout for a piano, and found TOGO Pianoclub, a cozy place hosted by two charming Italians, upstairs in the same location as the popular Hell Hunt pub.

After playing the measure 40, we stayed for some time and enjoyed some nice live music by Tommaso and Maurizio.

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Piano no. 39, Kauppayhtiö, Rovaniemi

During the wintertime I visited Rovaniemi for couple of days. I found a piano in a restaurant/cafe/bar Kauppayhtiö.

This is the northernmost piano I have captured so far.

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Piano no. 38, Pikku Hanhi, Lahti

Back to roots!

It’s Lahti, my town of origin. Chicago of Finland, Business City, meat-mugs, hemohes-wintersports, radio towers, Lanu statues and whatnot!

There’s also a rather nice new bar called Pikku Hanhi, with live music, jam sessions and all. Also, they have a piano in the back, which I obviously wanted to play.

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Piano no. 37, OBA Bibliotheek, Amsterdam

It’s time to publish the last piano from year 2015, which was a public one in a library in Amsterdam, where I traveled after Paris on the first days of November. The library was located near the center, in a neat location by the water.

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Piano no. 36, Gare De Lyon, Paris

One last Piano in Paris. Gare de Lyon railway station.

Wow, how time flies! Lots of stuff happening in my life. Still one more video to edit and publish from last year, and then I will start to look for new pianos.

The 100-Piano Quest might have slowed down from what I originally planned, but it doesn’t matter. It will continue, and also be an exercise in patience during these hectic times :)

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Piano no. 35, Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France

The next place I visited in Paris, was an english-language bookstore called Shakespeare and Company.

This bookstore, located in the centre of Paris, at a bank of the river Seine close to the gorgeous Notre Dame cathedral, is a very intriguing place.

Founded in 1951 by George Whitman, It has been an important place for expats, writers and artists, among others. Many famous authors have visited the store.

It is also possible to stay in the bookstore as a quest. Yes, you can be accommodated there, in the upstairs there are beds along the book-filled walls. In order to stay there, you have to read one book per day, help in the store, and write an one-page biography about yourself.

Read more about the bookstore here

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Piano no. 34, Le Tennessee, Paris

Hello!

Back to business after the Christmas break, which turned out to be longer than expected. We are now well into year 2016, and I hope to catch many pianos this year, but, first some from 2015.

Paris, France was my destination after London, so here is the first piano I captured there, a jazz bar Le Tennessee.

Oui je t’aime!

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Piano no. 33, St. Pancras Station, London

More street pianos!

This one was in St. Pancras International station, where trains towards continental Europe leave. There were actually three pianos, but I chose one. Short visit to Buckingham palace put in as an extra.

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Pianos no. 30-32, Canary Wharf, London

It’s been a while since last update, life has been busy. But now I’m back, and here is a triple update!

One rainy evening in London, area called Canary Wharf, I was looking for pianos by Street Pianos, or Play Me I’m Yours and captured three of them!

Check out this amazing project that places pianos in cities all around the world.

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Piano no.29, Jam Circus, London

I believe in the power of music to bring people and cultures together and to act as a catalyst for positive change. This was the main reason I started to do this quest, and it is now more important than ever, considering recent happenings and developments in the world.

If we give in to fear and hate, we will give our power away to those who wish to control us. It is ok to feel those emotions of course, but not to let them control you. Transferring those feelings into ones of love and hope is the challenge for us.

With that in mind, we will go now to London, which was my next stop. Coming in terms with the transportation system upon arriving to Gatwick, I took a train to Lewisham, where my place to stay for couple of days was located.

My most helpful host gave me a hint of a place nearby, called Jam Circus. So there I went, to discover a piano named Joanna. She was apparently rescued from being trashed, was then repaired, and given new home at Jam Circus, a friendly pub where there were also some nice live music later in the evening.

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