Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.
As the curator of 100% Sound, it is my mission to highlight the many ways in which horses and music intersect. Usually this involves a tip of my hat to the unifying power of clever equestrian-inspired lyrics, fashion, or cinematography. But this week, I have the distinct pleasure of highlighting an event that quite literally brought a musician and his muse face to face.
At 7:45 (AM!) last Sunday, renowned classical pianist Anil Srinivasan took a seat at his grand piano, which was not to be found in it’s usual concert hall, but rather was stationed quite neatly along side a row of paddocks for the performance horses at Madras Riding School in Chennai, India. Welcome to Piano by the Paddocks!
This unique event had horse lovers, classical music aficionados, and apparently even some party girls entranced, thanks not only to the originality of the surroundings, but also to the daring musical selections. Can you play songs by Cyndi Lauper and Sting at a classical concert alongside horses? Of course! There was simply nothing typical about this piano performance. And it was a soaring success!
To get the whole story about Piano by the Paddocks I heartily recommend you to the account of one who was lucky enough to be there: The Hindu writer, Shonali Muthalaly. You can read the story here: Music, unbridled.
Also, enjoy these photographs of musician, Anil Srinivasan, and muse, Elite Empire, communing at Madras Riding School before the grand performance.