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#Pianodrome Live (Sound Mirror)

By | Published on Tuesday 7 August 2018

The pianodrome is an amphitheatre built from old “upcycled” pianos – including five working instruments – and is an agreeably resonant place to hold a musical party. ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winner, the hilarious Will Pickvance, was our host in Edinburgh’s Botanical Gardens (the bar is under a lime tree!), introducing the excellent house band S!nk and tonight’s guests, violinist Kate Young and accordionist Raphaël Decoster. The amphitheatre inspired a good-humoured gladiatorial energy between the highly engaging multi-instrumentalists, who stalked and confronted each other while the audience clapped and shouted encouragement. A favourite moment was when saxophonist Matt Wright ran round squeaking his instrument in mock alarm! All was resolved when performers and audience danced together and so I give these gladiators the thumbs up.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]