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Pianist Plays Hanging Upside Down From Crane

These incredible images show a musician playing a grand piano hanging upside down from a crane on a building site.

Alain Roche tinkled the ivories on the grand piano while both he and the musical instrument were hanging in the air over Sion, the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais.

Credit: CEN/ Olivier Carrel
Piano Vertical Show

Roche and his piano were safely secured to a large crane at the construction site of a new multi-storey car park for the local hospital.

Spectacular pictures show Roche sitting at the piano high in the air with Sion’s two hilltop sights, the fortified basilica of Valere and Tourbillon castle, making for a spectacular backdrop together with the Alpine mountains of Valais.

During the concert, Roche and his piano were constantly moved around the construction site by the crane operator, who had to follow an exact choreographic playbook without being able to hear the actual music.

The 200 people attending the unusual construction yard concert were given headphones to hear the music which was a personal composition from Roche and mixed his piano playing with prerecorded sounds.

Credit: CEN/ Olivier Carrel
Piano Vertical Show

Roche said he was seeking to confront the policed world of classical music with the raw world of construction sites in his composition.

He said: “These two poems are different, but can come together as one.”

According to local media, the audience were captivated by the harmony between the sounds of the construction site and the piano during the show.

After the show, Roche was safely brought back to the ground again by the crane operator.


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Story By: Koen BerghuisSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

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