In 2015, German musician and composer Nils Frahm declared the 88th day of the calendar year Piano Day (cuz, duh, a piano has 88 keys). The aim of the celebration, the official website explains, "is to create a platform for piano related projects in order to promote the development of musical dimensions and to continue sharing the centuries-old joy of playing piano."
Today, March 28th, the 88th day of 2016, marks the second annual Piano Day.
Last year, Frahm used the occasion to surpise release the album Solo, made from recording sessions with David Klavins' M370 — the world's largest piano. This year, for our Piano Day present, Frahm gives us Solo — Remains, an EP of previously unheard material from those same sessions. You can listen to "Him" below. The entire album is available for free digital download here.
In true holiday spirit, Frahm also donated a piano to a Berlin community centre and encourages others to similarly help give the gift of music. The Piano Day website collects information about events and festivities planned all over the world, as well as live streams, and other initiatives and ways to participate. Montreal-based pianist Jean-Michel Blais, for example, performs a "virtual concert" recorded at CBC's Studio 211.
And if that's not enough, here's an official Piano Day playlist from Nils Frahm, featuring 108 compositions by key-ticklers all over the world:
What better day to realize that your mom was right: you should have stuck with those piano lessons.