Spotted in NYC: Piano Across America
By Katie Hards
An upright piano is not the typical instrument of choice among street musicians, but that hasn’t stopped piano player Dotan Negrin from following his dream to play “Piano Across America.“ In 2011, the clever musician put wheels on his bulky instrument, left his home base in Long Island, New York, and traveled over 23,000 miles across the country with his spunky Chihuahua mutt, Brando. Out of the 44 cities he stopped in to play a few tunes, Dotan says that New Orleans and Athens, Georgia were his favorites; although he couldn’t get enough of the great people he met in Jackson, Wyoming. On his journey, Dotan even ended up playing his piano inside a redwood tree in Redwoods, California.
This summer, Dotan has embarked on a new challenge, aiming to play at 100 different locations around New York City … so far he’s serenaded passersby at 20. Inspired by the likes of Miles Davis and Bill Evans, Dotan says it’s his curiosity and passion for playing music that keeps him, Brando and his piano moving.
This winter, Dotan has plans to embark on his longest musical road trip yet — he’s set his sights on Brazil! If you want to follow Dotan and his adventures around NYC and (possibly) even on to South America, follow him on Twitter @PianoXAmerica.