Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Piano Drop
A musical/historical installation

February 11–March 15, 2019

Piano Drop conversation: Sunday, March 17, 4pm
Seattle historian, Helix co-founder, and KRAB programmer Paul Dorpat and other participants in the original 1968 Piano Drop event will share their stories.

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Open during evening and weekend events at Jack Straw

Helicopter with piano
Dropped piano remains


In 1968 KRAB FM—which was founded and run by the Jack Straw Foundation, now known as Jack Straw Cultural Center—collaborated with the Helix newspaper and KRAB producer and musician Larry Van Over to drop an upright piano from a helicopter at Van Over's farm in Duvall, Washington.

Piano Drop, a commemoration of this historic occasion, publicly displays what remains of this instrument for the first time since the event, along with historical film footage and documents, and recordings of new music composed and performed on the instrument.

This exhibit is a collaboration of Jack Straw Cultural Center, the KRAB Archive, Paul Dorpat (Helix co-founder and KRAB programmer), Charles Reinsch, and the musicians who responded to our open call: James Borchers, Jeffrey Bowen, Gust Burns, Amy Denio, Luke Fitzpatrick, Lori Goldston, Bruce Greeley, Jay Hamilton, Bradley Hawkins, Aaron Keyt, Dave Knott, Austin Larkin, Constantin Parvulescu, Stanley Shikuma, Ski, and Brandon Lincoln Snyder. Special thanks to Larry Van Over and our friends in Duvall, without whom the piano drop would never have happened.

Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, Raynier Institute and Foundation, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.

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About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Productions, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to listen to our New Media Gallery artist podcasts and learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.


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