PIANO SLAM 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 AND 9

The mission of Piano Slam is to utilize music as a tool and inspiration to give our youth a voice through artistic expression. Piano Slam is a poetry writing competition. It asks students to compose works of poetry inspired by their reactions to a selection of music. If they become finalists, they perform their composition at our Piano Slam event on the stage of the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.



2015 Piano Slam 7


The commissioned music for  Piano Slam 6 was “Seis Cantos del la Campos”, written by Gabriela Lena Frank.


Piano Slam 5’s music selection was Marcel Bergmann’s “Urban Pulse”.

The first video of Piano Slam 5 2013 is a 6 minute short version of the second video which is the entire one hour performance.


Piano Slam is a poetry writing competition that asks Miami-Dade MIddle and Hight School students to compose works of poetry inspired by music.
Finalists performed their words at Piano Slam 4 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on May 4, 2012 in an event featuring the International award winning Piano Duo Van Veen, DJ Brimstone 127, the poetess Alexis Caputo, dancers of the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, and the winning poets from Dade county Middle and High Schools, including the overall category winners for High School, Kathrin Beltres, and Middle School, Lauren Welch.
The performance was directed by Teo Castellanos.
Piano Slam is a production of the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation.

Here is the longer version of PS4.


Classical music meets hip hop at PIANO SLAM, the third installment of The Dranoff Foundation mash up featuring the classical music of Gershwin, John Adams and Bach performed by award-winning pianists Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia, mixed with the beats of DJ Brimstone 127! Also featuring Thomas Armour Ballet and the debut of works by Miami’s hot young poets. Recommended by the Miami Herald, PIANO SLAM is a fantastically hip musical showcase for the voices of Miami’s youth by an extraordinary collaboration of talented international and local artists. Directed by award winning theater producer and playwright, Teo Castellanos. Video produced and directed by award winning filmmaker Richard Fendelman.

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