David Klavins plays his new creation, the M470i vertical concert grand piano.
Soaring to new musical heights, a German-born innovator has crafted what is believed to be the world's largest grand piano.
It is without question one of a kind: attached high on the wall of a concert hall in Latvia, the steel-framed vertical grand piano hangs as if in mid-air some three storeys above the audience.
To play it, pianists must climb a steep flight of steel stairs to a balcony.
High school dropout
"Since I was 16 years old and dropped out of school to become a piano restoration apprentice, I have been trying to explore new designs and principles, which deviate from the 140-year-old construction of the traditional grand piano," Klavins, now 65, told AFP while sitting at the 450i.
He crafted his first vertical piano in 1985. Now at his workshop, the Klavins Piano Manufaktura based in the town of Vac just north of the Hungarian capital Budapest, he dreams up his signature vertical designs.
"Traditional pianos are meant to be transported in and out of the concert venues, but my vertical design has to be mounted on the building's structure," Klavins said.
"The size of the piano and length of strings do not set records for a record's sake: the idea is to create the best imaginable sound for all the performers and listeners who come to this particular hall," he added.
On display to the public for the first time on Friday, the instrument has already created a buzz among piano enthusiasts.
Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs has his fingers crossed that the record-breaking piano will help the industrial port city of 40,000 rebrand itself into a family-friendly tourist destination.
"We're hoping to attract foreign music lovers as well," he said.
Fans of Ivorian singer DJ Arafat opened his coffin Saturday to take photos of the corpse, prompting police to fire teargas after an overnight funeral concert where tens of thousands paid tribute to the one of West Africa's most popular stars.
Ric Ocasek, the frontman of synth-heavy new wave innovators The Cars, was found dead Sunday in New York, police said. He was 75 years old.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami announced that Padma awardee S.P. Balasurahmanyam will be laid to rest with full police honours to add to his fame and glory as he had found a place in the hearts of the people across India.
There was “this wonderful woman there, who I had looked at all my life and she’s just sitting there, she’s just lovely, talking about different things”.
From shooting a multilingual film to doing an action packed web series, the actress has done it all in 2022. But what turned out to be thrilling for her is ‘Splitsvilla’
Based on Flynt’s notes from dozens of visits with Lee over a decade before her death in 2016, the book is like sitting on a porch and hearing tales of Lee’s childhood and family in rural Alabama, her later life in New York and everything in between.