Why You Should Play the Unplayable Piano

When Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett is reluctant to perform on an old, damaged piano and a young promoter is unable to find a replacement instrument, there appears no alternative but to cancel the concert at the Cologne Opera House which is expecting an audience of 1,400 to arrive in a few short hours.

In this talk recorded at TED Tim Harford tells the story of how "The Köln Concert", the best selling solo album in jazz history, and the all-time best-selling piano album came to be recorded, despite difficult circumstances that led to Keith Jarrett almost refusing to play at all.

It's a hard lesson backed up by research (and Brian Eno's track record) that shows how against your better judgement disadvantage and the unexpected can often lead the way to great work.

I also made an Android app containing some of Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies.

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