Steinway Pop-UP Piano Series

ELEW with Pop-Up Miami Piano 2011 the Black Key Group. ELEW performance was passionate perfection and Black Key Group creates MAGIC for the CITY...

Pop-Up Piano at Mary Brickell Village

                                    Siblings Serge Cruz and Yezabel Buergo

We first heard about Pop-Up Miami Piano 2011 while compiling the amazing calendar events for Art Basel Week in and around Downtown Miami. The idea seemed genius, eleven Steinway Pianos artistically customized by a local artist popping throughout Miami during Art Basel week. Post Art Basel the pianos are being donated to local schools where they will be put to great use.

While walking around Mary Brickell Village we were struck by hearing a live rendition of "Yankee Doodle Dandee" in the middle of the day and in the middle of the courtyard. One glance at the distinctive art and we knew this was a Pop-UP Piano and we were being entertained by brother and sister Serge Cruz and Yezabal Buergo. This was the second POP-UP PIANO they had found in a day set aside for them to find and play all the pianos in this series. It became instantly clear, while reading about this innovative approach to blending art and music was interesting, coming across the actual experience was magical.

Pop-Up Miami Piano 2011 was the brainchild of Whitney Lykins and Isabella Acker, co-founder of The Black Key Group.
They took some inspiration from Sing For Hope, which set up street pianos in New York City last summer. Sing for Hope mobilizes professional artists in volunteer programs.

As part of the Pop-Up Miami Piano 2011 program, musical performers were featured throughout Art Basel Week. We decided to hop on the metromover to get the overall Pop-Up Miami 2011 experience at a special Food Truck Fridays at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. See Photo Album here

This piano which was positioned at the Adrienne Arsht Center was artistically customized by Raymond Adrian and Daniel Fila, known by his street name “Krave.” They called their design “Hear Colors.”


"Hear Colors" what an ideal title for this beautiful Steinway. A stream of colors was heard loud and clear as "ELEW' performed live to those fortunate enough to have made it over for this lunchtime event.


Standing just a couple of feet away from ELEW as he blended Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirt" with the classic, "These are a few of my favorite things" was like being showered with a burst of heart thumping notes. Our thanks to Black Key Group and the Adrienne Arsht Center for such an electrifying performance.

This piano truly "popped" and a few minutes following his performance, ELEW delighted fans that had arrived late by giving them an encore...talent and class.                        

ELEW’s debut album—ELEW Rockjazz Volume 1—is now available for digital purchase on iTunes and Amazon. He recently finished the recording of his follow-up album, ELEW Rockjazz Vol. 2, which will include covers of classics by artists ranging from Michael Jackson to Katy Perry to the Doors. The album is currently set for a Holiday 2011 Release.

ELEW’s friend and longtime fan, filmmaker Bobby Kennedy III, is currently in the process of filming a documentary feature about the pianist. You can watch a promotional excerpt

Adrienne Arsht Center (Downtown) – Krave & Surface Merchants
Bakehouse Art Complex (Wynwood) – Brian Butler
Gigi’s Restaurant (Midtown Miami) – Arnaud Pages
Living Room presented by (Design District) – GG
Louis Bar-Lounge (Miami Beach) – Lebo
Mary Brickell Village (Brickell) – Alouishous San Gomma
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus (Downtown) – Rodrigo Echeverri
The Collective (Wynwood) – Trek Six
Village Green Park (Village of Key Biscayne) – Kazilla & Lorie Setton
Zadok Gallery – Miguel Paredes

At the closing party The Closing Party held Saturday, December 3rd at
Ideobox Artspace, the permanent location for all eleven artful Steinways was announced. 

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