Dan Kaufmann, a professor of business and entrepreneurship, was long intrigued by the power technology has to revolutionize our public spaces
“I frequently look at our streets and squares and am amazed by how little technology they incorporate to bring people together. Passersby are so busy with their screens and personal space that they have few opportunities to interact with strangers and enrich their public experience”.
When he first saw a public piano on the streets of Geneva he was amazed by the power it had to bring people together around the universal language of music. But just as soon as people got used to the piano it was whisked away – a classical piano unfortunately cannot live long when exposed to rain, wind and sun.
After years of developing the design, structure, and intellectual property he met Evelyn Rubin, former venture capitalist and music enthusiast who fell in love with the concept of the world’s first concrete piano and joined him to bring permanent pianos to public spaces worldwide.
“I am amazed by how pianos reflect their immediate surroundings, and tell a unique story of the spaces in which they reside. A permanent piano has the potential to mirror its community while bringing people together for a short interlude or drawn out jam session”.
In August 2017, the Jerusalem municipality installed the first Cadenza piano to overwhelmingly enthusiastic response of citizens and tourists, Jews and Arabs, old and young. A second piano was installed at Sapir College, where students gather throughout the day to jam to the music of the piano. An online community of music lovers sprung up where people share their experiences playing. And thus Cadenza was born. Come rain or shine, come play.