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Beautiful tunes in beautiful places

KELVIN Smith’s love of the piano and Tasmania has helped inspire people and put a smile on their faces during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Piano of Tasmania started in December with Mr Smith playing his piano in iconic locations across Tasmania.

Mr Smith said he wanted to build joy and pride in the state by surprising passers-by with beautiful tunes in beautiful places.

“I love Tasmania and it’s beautiful places, and I love piano, so it was just a matter of bringing the two together for me,” Mr Smith said.

“Once Coronavirus hit, it was important that people had something to smile about.

“It’s about reminding people that even though we are going through difficult times, there are beautiful places out there and there is cool music, so by putting the two together we can have a bit of fun – it comes down to helping them smile.”

Mr Smith has played at numerous locations across Tasmania, including the Tahune Airwalk, Cornelian Bay, Hobart waterfront, Mortimer Bay and Port Arthur.

“I feel really privileged to be able to travel around Tassie and play in awesome locations,” Mr Smith said.

“I’m actually surprised how many awesome locations there are – you only need to travel 10 kilometres down the road and you’ve passed three places that are just phenomenal.”

Mr Smith said he started playing piano when he was ten years old before having a break for 20 years.

He started playing piano again six years ago after hearing the soundtrack to the movie, ‘The Piano’, and after receiving a piano from Sue Hanek on the condition it was played in beautiful places.

“It was always in the back of my mind how cool it would be to take a piano to random places and after I met Sue and she provided me with a piano, it was possible,” Mr Smith said.

“I want this story of Sue’s generosity to inspire others to live generously.”

Unfortunately, Mr Smith had to retire Ms Hanek’s piano as it got significantly water damaged, and is now using an Albert Fahr piano donated by Julie Shelton.

“My favourite thing about playing piano is that I get to disappear into the music, it’s just my little piece of heaven on earth,” Mr Smith said.

“My favourite gigs have been neighbourhood gigs – I love how music brings people together.”

The pianist recently received a Resilient Hobart Grant that assisted him to continue to inspire people throughout the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Smith said he used the grant to upgrade his trailer with a hard cover to protect the piano.

“It has helped me continue to keep the quality of my gigs going.”

Caption: Kelvin Smith takes his piano to iconic locations across Tasmania to spread beautiful music.