One of the most appreciated things about Art Basel this year, was the incorporation of art and music, which could be found at various venues around the city. One notable star-studded musical performance in particular took place at the Related Group's Pop-Up Piano Miami (PUPM) event, a three-day concert series.
Musical performances included Rami Jaffee of the Foo Fighters, Jessy Greene (who has performed with Pink and the Foo Fighters), former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen, Norah Jones’ guitarist Jason Abraham Roberts, Jonny Kaplan (singer of Jonny Kaplan and The Lazy Stars), and Jokin Salaverria (bassist of Jonny Kaplan and The Lazy Stars)
The free series was held at SLS Brickell, Hyde Midtown and Paraiso Bay sites, all designed by Arquitectonica. The collaboration with PUPM is part of Related's longstanding commitment to the arts. Carlos Rosso, President Condominium Division at he Related Group and Sonia Figueroa, Vice President Condominium Development at the Related Group were both in attendance.
Pop-Up Piano Miami is a public arts platform which empowers individuals to use music and art as a means to advance social responsibility in their communities and around the world. The hand-painted pianos by well-known and emerging artists on display this year were particularly special, as one was donated by the grandson of holocaust survivors, who had the piano in his family for decades. After his father passed he gave the beloved instrument to PUPM.
This citywide public arts project launched during Art Basel Miami 2011 and was inspired by Sing for Hope, New York City. PUPM enhances and contributes to music programs around the world.