Started by German composer and piano virtuoso Nils Frahm, PIANO DAY grew out of an online playlist collaboration into an annual worldwide celebration of the piano. The event comes to Beirut for the first time this year, showcasing the magic of 88 keys with an all-star line-up of local musicians playing across the spectrum, from classical solo to electro duo and jazz funk trio.
“Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most importantly, the listener.” – Nils Frahm
7:00pm | NORD KEYBOARDS | Live Demo by Arthur Satyan
8:00pm | DANIEL KAROUT | Classical
8:45pm | ARTHUR SATYAN TRIO | Jazz
10:00pm | JAD TALEB & VLADIMIR KURUMILIAN | Electronica
Daniel Karout is a classical pianist and composer. From a young age, his passion for music led to the piano, performing a repertoire of classical, musicals and rock, while teaching himself to play other instruments. He studied piano and composition with Ghassan Yammine at Ecole des Arts Ghassan Yammine, and is currently in his final year of masters at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, studying piano and composition with John Thwaites and Anthony Hewitt.
Vladimir Kurumilian An interior architect and classically trained pianist, Vladimir is at his consummate best on the piano, whether playing improvised solos, audiovisual performances or online with his Late Night Thoughts videos. He collaborates with other musicians on unique projects that remain memorable for the sounds and emotions created in these one-off experiences. Vladimir is instrumental in the organization of this first Piano Day in Beirut and looks forward to sharing his passion for the 88 keys.
Arthur Satyan As one of the longest running and influential jazz musicians in the region, Arthur plays and composes with one foot planted firmly in jazz, the other in his Armenian roots. Larry Coryell, John Hicks, Charles Davis and Sonny Fortune are among the international jazz stars who’ve visited Beirut eager to meet, hear and play with Arthur, seduced by his smooth tone, deep repertoire and impeccable delivery.
Jad Taleb is a sound designer, producer, film composer and co-founder of electronic rock band Flum project and the audiovisual platform, Assault on Structure. He released his debut solo EP “Transitory” in 2016, toured in Germany, France and Tunisia. When not in the studio, Jad plays techno and electro-Arabic DJ sets across Beirut’s bars, clubs and live venues.
Partners: Piano Day, Instruments Garage, Ecole des Arts Ghassan Yammine, Nord Keyboards, Seebeck Audio
Artwork by Nader Tfayli