Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 4, 2005–The renowned Concert-Pianist Joseph L. Ramos Cohen is prepared to set a world record of resistance which will make him the first pianist around the world to remain playing piano for 12-consecutive-hours, turning this magnanimous event in the longest piano recital in history. The vast repertoire will not only be measured for its lengthy nature, but also for its versatility, since it will include from dozens of classical pieces to popular music from around the world including Jazz and Improvisation. His biggest challenge will be to execute 12 uninterrupted hours entirely from memory and the question is Will He Resist? The answer to this question and the defying experience will take place Thursday, October 20, 2005, at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami Beach starting at 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Part of the proceeds will benefit Katrina’s hurricane victims.
The risks involved in the challenge are numerous: Rise of adrenaline, repetition of false sounds in the audible memory, thermal changes, nervous freezing and strong alterations in the peripheral vision as a direct consequence of the time in which the eyes are fixed in one direction on the same object. Adding to these that the sounds generated come from the piano executed by the same person who listens to it for an excessive amount of time which requires a repetitive action such as the continual movement of the fingers, thus requiring a physical and psychological activity, adding the possibility of internal repercussions of negative effect as much physical as psychological. As a result of the mental concentration, the rigor of keeping the body in one position, the silence which accompanies the interpreter during the activity of playing the piano for so many consecutive hours could also produce psychological alterations of great magnitude. The “recognition of time and space” could cause negative consequences – it’s a matter of going against nature, which does not allow normally a pianist to play for 12-consecutive-hours.
The behavior of a person in a fixed position at 3 feet from any machine or instrument which generates sounds for more than the allotted time which any regular person could dedicate to this activity (listen to music) could present visible negative changes which may be irreversible in a given short-term-period. Playing piano for 12 hours with no breaks implies being sitting in the same position in which the body has no rest, remaining in silence keeping the fingers on the piano’s keys in constant movement to act on the keys connotes a continuing ordering from the brain to the fingers at the same time. In conclusion, it’s a challenge to the mental activity directed in various directions during an extreme time period which only with a very methodical psychophysical preparation could be expected not to cause great damage.
Joseph L. Ramos Cohen is a world-renowned concert-pianist of Hebrew-Cuban descent which represented 13 million people in 26 different countries of Europe, Asia, Rusia, all Latin America and the Caribbean. The artist has won several prizes such as the Bela Bartok in Memoriam (2nd Place), UNEAC (1st and 2nd Place) as a composer. In addition, he co-produced with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and has been a member of internationally renowned popular groups such as Grupo Síntesis. He has been invited to international festivals such as Chopin in Memorian and from the early age of 14 traveled to Spain as a guest of honor to the Festival del Sol. Presently he is one of the most well-rounded musicians, since he has incurred as much in the symphonic or classical music as in the popular, and is a composer and arranger of various musical genres as well. In addition, he has been a piano and composition professor, has dictated conferences and is the author of the essay entitled: “The Intra-Psychological Effects of the Mayor and Minor Musical Keys”.
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