LOCAL > Piano notes replace tear gas in Taksim as musicians play for Gezi Park protesters

ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency

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Davide Martello (L) also played with the crowd as he brought his grand piano to what was the center of a battlefield a day earlier. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

Davide Martello (L) also played with the crowd as he brought his grand piano to what was the center of a battlefield a day earlier. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

The thousands of demonstrators who gathered once again late on June 12 in Gezi Park had an opportunity to chill out thanks to a joint piano concert performed by the German musician Davide Martello and the Turkish musician Yiğit Özatalay.

The Italian-born pianist and composer, who visited Taksim Square and the park, surprised its “occupiers,” bringing with him nothing less than his piano and gave a mellow concert for the crowd, Doğan news agency reported.

Martello, who is accustomed to such spontaneous performances, played sonatas among other classic tunes.

Martello was on a world tour and he wanted to play in Istanbul to support the protesters, daily Hürriyet reported. “I brought the piano with my car. I play at the squares for people’s freedom. I came here to support the demonstrations,” Martello said.

Özatalay, 28, also said he played to make a statement about the restrictions on human rights.

“Our freedoms are being restricted. I don’t accept this as an artist,” he said.

Meanwhile, the park and Taksim Square were quiet late yesterday compared to previous nights. However, many people had expected a police intervention at the park and some asked the governor via Twitter about the issue. Istanbul Gov. Hüseyin Avni Mutlu said via his Twitter account that there wouldn’t be any intervention in the park last night.

“Some provocative rumors are being shared saying that there will be an intervention in Gezi Park. Do not pay attention to these rumors. Good night,” said Mutlu via his Twitter account at midnight. 


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Mehmet Ungrateful

6/13/2013 7:21:34 PM

Wow, what car has he got? He has a bigger heart than all the tyrants put together. When the new opera house is built maybe they will learn to appreciate the arts, wishfully thinking.

mara mcglothin

6/13/2013 3:35:57 PM

Percisely RIMON Where is MFO and AJDA when you need them????

michele suzanne

6/13/2013 3:05:35 PM

Totally agree with Roger, Sam and Rimon - they all said it so well! I ALSO hope for more of these type of performances and that the protesters remain calm and resolute. If there is anymore force used against these innocent and peaceful protesters by Erdogan and his terrorists police force, the whole world will come down on him like a ton of bricks. Come on Turkish artists and musicians - go to Gezi to perform for the good folks there and show solidarity.

Roger Harding

6/13/2013 11:45:15 AM

Moving. Let us have more. Despite all problems, Turkey is a wonderful place. This fight is to keep it that way. Gezi Park shall prevail with non-violence, love, humour and creativity. In the face of unprecedented opression. Gezi Park is Turkey's future.

sam stevens

6/13/2013 9:10:10 AM

What's not to like about these people, if you have to protest this is the way to do it ! These bright youngsters are the rulers of tomorrow, they will be telling their grandchildren how things were in the Gezi & Taksim battle............the futures is bright for Turkey, this fight will be worth it, gone will be the days of oppression & bullies........Erdogan & his cohorts will just be an ugly memory.

Rimon Tree

6/13/2013 1:51:23 AM

What an extremely lovely and genious idea! Fight the dictator with love, with music and with violence-free determination. Bravo Davide! Protestors and supporters are getting more and more undeterred and fearless inspite of the brutality of Police. By behaving like that you put all the shame on the dictator and his helpers. Maybe some more musicians will join.That would be great!
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