Pianist Entertains Protesters in Istanbul

Created: 2013-06-13 14:11 EST

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Tension in Istanbul's Taksim Square were eased slightly on Wednesday (June 12) when a German pianist played for the gathered crowds.

Davide Martello plans to play piano in the capital cities worldwide and calls himself a klavierkunst—or a piano artist.

Surrounded by protesters wearing masks he enthralled the crowds, but many of those listening said they still felt unsafe and wary of a police raid.

[Gul, Protester]:
"It looks like it’s a peaceful atmosphere, but we cannot turn our backs to the police in a peaceful way. I still think that I’m under a great risk. We found peace for ten minutes, but still no one can turn their backs away, I am really worried."

Another protester said the music was gathering people in the square.

[Protester]:
"Music will gather everybody together. It leashes the fury inside people. Everybody is listening to it here and there is no intervention. Do you see?"

The mini concert played with a piano on top of a truck ended as protesters went back to the park.