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Jun 1, 2016|

AN INTERVIEW WITH MEGAN MCGEORGE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF PIANO PUSH PLAY, AN ORGANIZATION THAT RESCUES PIANOS, PLACES THEM ON THE STREETS OF PORTLAND FOR EVERYONE TO PLAY, THEN DONATES THEM TO SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY CENTERS, OR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.

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This is microscope and intercom radio Portland public affairs program under blocks of the organization piano pushed play rescues piano's puts them on the street for everyone to enjoy. And then using the school's community centers artists and others who love them as much as they do. How does this organization do this let's find out I like to welcome to the show Megan McGeorge the creative director and founder of piano push play. I make it hello thank you for having me absolutely glad you can make it so yeah. Push play and what does it. It is turn into an annual events where. I place multiple cancer around the city apartment. Well yes we've seen them we've been doing this for a couple of your wish they we are now in our fifth year. Yes so if anybody Xena piano just kind of randomly subpoenaed in the downtown streets of port honored to kind of anywhere in the. Last year was the first year we went to the other side of the river so we were in peninsula park the actual parent up on mount Taylor. So with riverfront park then why partnered with parks and rec for the first time last time doing it again share. So what is the year what is the essence of piano crisply what are you doing this. I discovered. That I think almost anybody has some kind of connection. Or her. Interaction would this instrument. So I mean if panic later they played order and it always loved it's some kind of canned music. And so so almost everybody that comes into contact with it has some things. Can an act connection with the Canada they're interacting with. But me. Through just doing this project I've also found that there are all these old. In their living room. Comment that our relief being played. Anymore in the town in the home that they knew they were in and him. A lot of people are trying to find the right home for so basically what I'm doing is I'm rescuing. Foley's old piano is that that. You know somebody isn't playing. And I am I'm handing them out to artists a local artist in Portland where design company or. I'm mural Esther something like that. I let them revamp that and then I find a spot on the streets aren't a part. To put it in July and August when it's not raining or sitting on the and they're there for everybody to play and then after about a month or so I've I find a permanent for ever home for it in the school. Our community stunner health clinic her. You know sometimes even just oh if a friend nine knows that is actually a musician or songwriter. In a record producers of thing and we would love it and you know be playing it and take care of it her. You know it's it though the rest of the flight south of Tulsa. Season has been happening proved to be five years written smooth so take me back five years what how did you start this why did you start ocean where this lady comes yes. It's our origin story it's how we found our name I found this man and done I came out of thousands and I was watching Jeremy Wilson a friend of mine Jeremy Wilson had a little residency in house and one summer. He owns the Jeremy Wilson counties are humans that which is another great. That's the Wii tournaments that they have. Mr. Alexander is not McManaman is okay down hoots basement cut the trends below the crystal hotel break this is like thirteenth immigrants at. I watch I Sasha I came out with friends. And it's 9 o'clock at night they're sold lights and I look across the streets and there's a cellist playing at thirteenth and burned sign underneath. The zoo bomber rights movement and he's amazing and he has a loop paddle. I now know who this person is his name is guy a soul he plays but Saturday and market analyst at that he's amazing yet who. Amusing. Thing allying with his sack. Playing playing playing cello players and staff and I send my friends of the time is that I wish I can do that with a real piano would not just feet. Beautiful and a moment to take. Is people out of there. Every day walking on the street panel life. And also hey man I I wish that on all the music I get to play as a person growing up playing pompous classical music and the scanning music. I wish I got so late. I love that music and that more people with the with Levitt and you thinking enemy can't thinks this instruments like being stuff fear that music critic. He certainly not not everybody liking it. Kenny I said if but when she picked him honest you would not be just magical on contribute a good. Juxtaposition. Of urban life and this music. And I had no idea but I just thought there are so many barriers to that I thought it would appear inexpensive to bring it cannot SATA about a pianists or would never let me do that. That sounds a little agrees it. I think yeah I was just like man how to be a moment. The solos on the island is one bank loans larger thing yeah I mean and also the the magic is like how the heck did this Neutrogena banana Berry you know I like to surprise people. But I couldn't stop thinking about it and months went by this is. Is this is in the summer. At this happen and and finally announced anonymity Iran wintertime I realized meanders a channel store just a couple blocks away from this. Street corner I should go in and make friends and ask some questions and I went in there several times and missed playing in Canon and finally met some wonderful people there carrion. And and I kind of was saying hey T sever rent. You know Canas who put the let them outside neighbors they were lake. Yes we do that all the time in the summer fruit that organ something near for a couple people that give concerts outside and it. It was like I just that's true and then me and asked how much that was and it wasn't that crazy but and I kind of I just. Pitch them the idea of of doing that current real up popped up. Concert and the secret I said. I go to school at UC I have all these amazing friends I plates you. I would love to give a concert that street corners just two blocks away what do you think of that and they said. We love that and more mounted piano for you on a Dolly and whenever you want you can grab it you completion up the street and give your concerts. And so that first year. And why I called it you know piano display like I'm gonna grab a stand around a patient man. Plan. And so every Thursday. And pushed up the street and we take turns playing for 36. Like a cocktail hours you're single. And then we would push back and we did after two months we did that 98 or nine times as them. Over the course that this who months. And it's and of course. Over that time I I knew then batter I knew how their store worked and I also knew that they had all these old upright in the basement that were basically like trade ends and hallways when somebody buys nicer cannon part of the deal initial. They'll take away your old camp now. And or just you know they on the milling company at Camden company as well the Smart business and hearing and so a lot of people that just either and other moving lenient and moved. The company that does that and I said I. I loved just doing my name concerts and street and I have heard. As you know. Installments or around the world that just placing him on the street. And anybody can do because Weaver we are very much giving concerts you know our emerges like playing for people. It was like that anybody could anything the first year but they set I've heard of those and I don't wanna wait for wanna come here. And I know the have a legal pans your recent that you're not doing anything land and if I find. People to decorate them and places to put them and places to donate them people play and everything every other T telkom house five. Of those Canada's next summer. And he said yes. Well now. Well the great answer yeah. There the protein the company is super. Community minded and they want nothing more than. For people that love music and that the assessment be able to find the camp for them that would work for people of angry. Economic background I should say Blake. I've sent some money people over the years there especially people that I've met through this project that are like. I'm you know 25 them I don't even and so student and I love playing piano but. I have to lake sneak into a practice or at peace you know playing on our go to piano store and player around and I feel bad for just playing and leave you know that they've been able to find themselves like her real. You know real piano and it we'll work for their budget and can put the parent company that's also have. And you have. So I know who got his pin was on the street. DA asked that the so the second year. And we did multiple cans. I cold called the partner in Sam I called penny per square called Portland Saturday market. And a few other little spots and and I just said hey I'm doing this thing. We did in happening you can't outside. It's you Nina can't bring one. Like off a figure out every did you Italian I'll make sure it's too in all you know it's it's going to be Diop dot Heaton and picked up no bees and you're not enough to pay for anything. I just wanna do this. Novelist Lisa suggests after rain. Talked kind of talk and should the great idea a few times and I even. Had you know like my roommates are the ones gaining him not here or even I was I was spray pinning a couple of stems from the increased premium them. Let's make a network. And it's that art Louisiana or. From that first instantly I called and said you know can bring unit piano. Rob beard and he's the director of operations it was like yes. Multiple keep it as long as you like it took so is there for like a month and a half a mile two months the first summer and now 04 years later there are fiscal sponsor that's very had all these big kick off concerts. They're an incredible support tax beat and they love it ending. Love what it how it activates their partner in ways that they. He thousands of dollars to try and we happened interactions between. People. You know. So soon that control and we're going to be searching piano's experience. The street in certain areas yes certainly zoom. Well June 27 as the first pennant is the first day that they will be on street corners and in parks she's a Portland. And we have a big community kick off concert. I'm June 24. At the Portland art museum where we're bringing all twenty Janice from this year. Twenty PL's career. Yes so it went from one and have five to six to eleven and then now it's. Want me twenty piano yeah it's funny in our fifth scare them. Wow council in Geneva to rise again thank you he adds. It's. It's been a joy here really it really hasn't really been fun sick to continued to. Expand the ideas and the programs that would be involved and just continually. Putting us on each summer. You know to do more earth concerts each year in different places and we've even started making a few little video news and doing field recordings of local musicians and songwriters that used this answer. He you know writing tool. And it's you know we had an app developed for us last year we hide. Am. In and we part and parts of Iraq last year and me and they Europe they rare. Every vote for joy and and very pleased. That come to see what happens with the with the pianist last year they were kind of like. They were thinking that. That community wouldn't be as respectful alert you know enjoy it as much since you know they thought you know might be thrown rivers something like pat. But they came back they said you know it was always being played. By everybody and almost everybody with a good two very good player just people you would never think. You know. So what we're yells get on the street anybody can play great you can just walk up to it and start playing young don't have to Blake. Sign up for or pay a fee you're doing you know up to it anybody of any skill level yeah display the Vienna. Yes of course. Super cool now it's open it's public it's it's for you at all about access with access to music fit to be able to make music. To be able to play this piano and not it's not this I think so often we see this is your rent and it's hasn't don't touch sign on and at the air for her her you know in a lot and assigned lobby of the hotel and air. Or it's you know up on a concert hall you know that this is kind of taking to the complete opposite saying we want you can now is Clinton in his. Please claiming they he's farming Allstate please clinging on them. So what kind of music are you hearing when you when people come up and play the piano really playing classical early playing. Need to run on the plane ran out an incredible Mexico there is classical like you lease the a lot of little kids that unless they see as a sprint in the come up to some new kids. Tell me kids take a year or two or even more of you know piano lessons they'll come up and they start saying now for at least there's some baccarat whenever. But from. I remember I think the second or third year there is this. This son. 22 guys were friends and they were a part of at new avenues for years they were saying there's they and I saw them every day for a week at all the various Canas because I was going around checking and they would. Stand together in one of them would play. This Rihanna song that Rihanna song stay you know no one of the piano and the other one was saying and they would just play it over and over and over hang out in the I think they had two other songs in their repertoire but and you know and they where they're at times I would walk by and it would be like trying to say it was in this. Doing something for them. Thomas. But it. It's everything there's a lot of people that are in there and better just making something up on the spot and you know it's it's like an edit Tate as. Thing you know them Nina do you wonder around them please PM oh yeah yeah. Answering. Your classically trained musician I am yes yes I I aid started you know. And played classical piano for about twelve years I was younger but now. I actually and more of a songwriter Ani that I used this is his main tools you write my songs into rape. My music you know XIA. Write music firm. Short films and digital contents and theme song then that's my other. Job at the snow but it all started and this instrument you know. So we kick off party in community for the kick off in early June 24 at 7 PM at the Portland art museum penalty. When he. BB greens are gonna be there at the Portland art museum in like the courtyard area. So outside her and then they're all going to be decorated anonymous do you have these out as we speak being. Yes there rats and tons of different artists' studios around town yeah and they're gonna do and whatever they want to rent to make them a little fun. Yeah I mean inviting bed you know there's certain. Certainly that's just it's very few were to restrictions added you know they we just want them to say please claiming somewhere and we want them you know we give them some just some suggestions you know maybe. A theme about music or the city of Portland aren't. A few of other things but. I I like giving them freedom to tune him. For human being honest. Yes after the kick off party than the twenty piano's get delivered to their summer location. Yes as he's really in the same location all summer. For the time they're out where they move around. So this gets a little complicated it's bay it's it's just because they wanna get. A lot of cameras out there it is a lot of different places since half of these cam has hurt our basic Arab. Parts of wrecks and it's a ton of them go to apartment park okay. For two weeks and then it goes to another Portland park for two weeks broken and the other ten kind of stand one place for about a whole month but yeah. Yeah that's also what parks. What we're gonna Ian at holiday park peninsula park. Along the east bank a split nine. We're going to Kelly point park. Worked try we're hoping to get one on top of pal via earnings. Council crests. Can tension man's skiing can seizure all. So decides though we. Parks and wrecked places around the city were also leading to be there to be entombed some of those records for a yes yes so they're going to be at the present art museum. To their longest him. It's scared from its alliance in August almost every Friday night we have the free. Concert at 7 PM. Where all Alaska for a fight pianist to come and play. You know. They're there to retrieve favorite song is only on get up and that's very much to stand around and to break through them now. So in other places for gonna take one to pay across square for a little bit. I have one other aboriginal education thirteenth and burns diet. As well outside Doug fir on eat and east grand science and we're still look for a couple other. Spots actually says people have a bin. The rain kind of a place where you know the public has access to it. I thought to hear from me and you know we're looking into a couple of food cart pods as well but. Give a favorite place to have the paean. I'm a one new plays and I'm excited about is quick tidbits food cart each month is that kind of have a stage already and they wanna. Have it their for a long time. Some I really do love the art museum. Placements because it always. It's always so different and all and there are a lot because you know there's a lot of coronation. Goes intent. Working with the with them and them. And also just organizing on these concerts but you know we're not giving one. There's always somebody they're giving their own concert and there's like the perfect kind of seeding for people live just on the museum they come out in the realize what's going on and then a lot of times they'll just sit on the little stair is the bench that's that's. Naturally be there. As you know as an audience and they'll collapse you know when people learn done and now sometimes they interact and they talk in all those plots at all you know and sit ferret. You know enjoying it. That's that's in Decatur place you know. People stop by when they're on the lunch break curve maybe I yeah I was so they just kind of for walking through. That area of space isn't the part boxer across the street and so and just get to enjoy some free music or point me plays some of their own free music yeah. Absolutely absolutely after the summertime d.s piano's the two pedal Paltrow singing beautifully decorated you don't need them to bury our organizations are so weighted where it ends where the on this here or where he given to. Given them in the past. So we give them and several suit kings school. Which is up on Albert its turnaround art school has this amazing jazz program the American music program that were purses there. They are middle schoolers I guess all the way and high school they've won international competitions. And they're led by airmen Marines like a legendary music educator in town and and I guess before we were able to donate pianist couple pianist and they they were practicing with like on a horribly out of tuneup fray with a broken paddles and all the different separatists. Amazing school with an amazing program but it just didn't even it's interesting reading gaps are I guess you know bet. So we've given them several pianists like a performance fun but a great practice signed. Food donated to that school on a couple different health clinics. In Rockland and aggression. And its. Eighty axed from which is on maker space. Without the use revolution hall has won in there. On the second floor I'm either box office that this is their frame ready to play if there. Mean for a show or buying tickets are just in the building. Sun. China's space is also another organization that we gave that we work we've worked with in the past we kind of had them build us an LED. Piano and they Aaron nonprofit that. Has a mission to. Make music Marxist bolted deaf and hard of hearing to the stuff in her her to caring community. So they meek. Petals like plug and play pedals for your guitar your base that. Plug into your answer employ about two and LED lights strip. So people can see. In the music seats that will also. Come anyway so they've built but can't trust that we propped on the scene and had there in an exhibit you know all through September through January of this. Past year the screen and a third they have that piano at their space which is on basically seventh Morrison. And anybody again tonight and during the day on planes to check out. Super cool you making it so accessible to everybody. To be able to play music or experience music that's so wonderful and learn and let's get in the summer of 2016 known and hasn't been as big kick off parts. It is Friday June 24. At the art museum 7 PM. We've got several of her. Regular lovely piano players from years past playing. Some of them classical some of them which does. Some of them you know they just do their own original Cephalon time we have one of the natural arts young artists. Performance. Performers. Playing as our finale she's fourteen years old machine is amazing. And then we also have a lot of us spots left for the audience though if you were a player yourself. Into that your name in the hat and you know throughout the concert penalties several draws throughout. And she can come up and play and those are always kind of like the most magical moment speed is in the audience is always. It's again just reiterating that thing is there's so many more people out there that are musical or our young players. Then you would think we just never get a chance to see because these cancer the system is always kind of and in a in a practice rooms in your living room honest nature kind of like off limits to touch you know so on. You know letting people see that and experience. Another. Person playing time and I pants. You know again are our greatness our mission. So now you doing such cool springs clay. Looked argue because this is to so. It's so Portland for stardom and it's just so. Cool that's linked to center and new word but it's it's super cool you're doing any such great stuff community to come this year absolutely we're winning it's I'm going to be there for sure. In June 24 to 24. Friday evening. Yes frightening 7 PM calls and a kick off awesome. Keep up okay thank you I well OK making the George creative director and founder of piano push play thanks for being on the so yeah. Welcome it's happening. Microscope is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks them if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like to let others know about it. You can email me my email address is microscopes that inter com dot com. 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