Anyone who has ever taken piano lessons as a child has probably toyed with the idea of smashing the piano in frustration, or maybe even burning it. Well, 66-year-old Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita did just that. Except instead of destroying his piano in a rage of fury, the renowned jazz pianist did it as an artistic gesture.
Yamashita, clad in a firefighter’s flame-proof suit, ended up playing an impromptu number for about 500 spectators on a beach in Ishikawa Prefecture. For anyone familiar with his work, the display was actually an encore performance. In 1973, Yamashita did his flaming piece as part of the short film, aptly titled “burning piano.”
Check out this video to see what looks to be Yamashita’s original performance in “burning piano” followed by his most recent artistic display.