When I started Human Harmony Project in January 2020, I set out to play music in a public space and find out what music meant to people through short interviews with listeners. The public piano at San Jose Mineta Airport’s Terminal B fit perfectly: its placement would catch people both arriving and departing from the international airport and offer the chance to talk to a great range of people. When the COVID-19 pandemic spread to the United States, however, this virtue became a risk.
To continue social distancing, I resumed the Human Harmony Project online. Swapping the well-loved airport piano for my own, I now post videos of parts of my sets and invite responses from online viewers all around the world. Visit the Share page to learn more!
I’ll be your host, Allison.
I am a pianist, and I started this project to share my music in a public space and engage with my audience. Through telling individuals’ stories with the angle of music, I hope to illuminate small slices of the story of how music became this ubiquitous part of the human experience.
The Human Harmony Project was inspired by the public performers of New York City — the subway car a capellas, the street corner fiddlers, and the outdoor public piano at Lincoln Center that I never worked up the courage to play. The style of the project was inspired by Humans of New York, which catalogs the unique stories of everyday city inhabitants. Most importantly, thank you to my piano instructor and “rallying sherpa” Grant Kondo, who pushed me to refresh my musical perspective when I didn’t even realize that I needed a push.
The subtleties of Schubert’s Impromptu No. 3 as captured by AirPods.
All the clouds will roll away…