||Wednesday, September 30 2009 @ 12:05 AM CDT
|| Vancouver, BC Canada
It seems we live in a world that has largely forgotten the value of beauty. But beauty is important. Beauty is invaluable because in the presence of beauty we are transported into the moment. In that moment all our fear, anxiety, anger and concern disappears and we are present to who we are and what really matters. The only thing that really matters is the moment you are in right now and in that space we are free to dream, adventure, explore what’s possible, and go beyond the boundaries and constraints that hold us back. In that space we are naturally present to love and being connected with the world outside of us. We are no longer alone.
As a musician, I express and contribute beauty in various ways. I compose music, I improvise music, I perform at events, I create intimate salon concerts, and I do Under the Piano sessions. Of all those expressions, the last two most powerfully fulfill on what I believe about beauty, but especially Under the Piano. When I improvise at the piano during an Under the Piano session, beauty and connection become present to me and the individual or couple under the piano in a remarkable way. Because they are “physically” under the piano they physically become part of a experience that far exceeds being near the piano. This physical connection, both to me and the piano, envelopes them in the experience mentally, emotionally, physically and for some spiritually. They are no longer bystanders to be enticed, cajoled or drawn into the beauty of the music. They are the music.
About Craig Addy
I was born in 1962 and have been improvising at the piano since he was a child. I have two music degrees: A B.Mus from the University of British Columbia and an ARCT Performer’s Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
As a child, I used to lie under the piano while his mother played beautiful classical music. A visit to the Fazioli Piano dealership in 2010 gave me an opportunity to get under a piano again. It had been over 30 years. The power of my childhood experience came flooding back, but this time with a conscious awareness of the effects the vibrations were having on my entire body.
I've combined my unique improvisational artistry with the experience of lying under a grand piano and began sharing this with people in my life. “Under the Piano” was born.