Gaza’s only grand piano, a gift from Japan, reappears in public | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Gaza’s only grand piano, a gift from Japan, reappears in public

The only grand piano in the Gaza Strip was played in public for the first time in a decade, following a complicated international restoration effort to fix the instrument after it was nearly destroyed in an Israeli airstrike.

Some 300 fans attended the performance on Sunday, staring in awed silence as Japanese and local artists performed for them. For many, it was the first time they had ever heard a piano performed live.

“Playing this piano is feeling like playing history,” said Japanese pianist Kaoru Imahigashi. “It’s amazing. I felt the prayer of peace for many people.”

The piano’s story goes back many years, mirroring in many ways the story of Gaza.

The Japanese government donated the piano some 20 years ago, following interim peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians. An ensuing Israeli-Egyptian blockade, meant to weaken Hamas, and severe damage after a three-week war with Israel in January 2009 closed the resort altogether.

The piano was silenced and sat unused until 2014, when an Israeli airstrike during a third war with Hamas destroyed the al-Nawras hall. The piano was miraculously found unscathed, but rickety and unplayable.

After the piano was discovered, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, which sponsors development programs in Gaza, got involved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bless you, Japanese International Cooperation Agency!!

This very much reminds me of a video you should see, titled "Tuning with the Enemy."

It features Ben Treuhaft, a tuner from California, who episodically brought acoustic pianos over to Cuba, for young, amazing students to play, plus a cadre of 25 other tuners.

You would not believe the utter ration of excrement the State Department gave this guy, for a truly humanitarian act, although no charges were ever filed against him.

But as he made his journeys around the island, he had discovered that a lot of kids, playing existing pianos,could never get the sound they were supposed to out of them, because they had been eaten by termites; hence, it became his passion for getting these pianos delivered.

But talk about a champion of keyboard music,and the tough way he had to get these new pianos to these kids; bravo, and well-done, Ben!!

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