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Pianist silences Turkish protest with poignant performance

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As protests in Turkey continue into their third week, occupiers are being given a brief reprieve by two musicians who showed up in Taksim Square with a piano.

Italian-born Turkish composer Yiğit Özatalay and Davide Martello, a German pianist, have been playing sonatas and classical favorites for the crowd since Wednesday.

Surrounded on all sides by protesters, it’s a truly a sight to behold, as the music temporarily silences and inspires the restless crowd.  

Here’s a livestream of their concert.

The two are currently in the middle of a world tour.

“I brought the piano with my car.” Matrello told the Hürriyet Daily News. “I play at the squares for people’s freedom. I came here to support the demonstrations.”

“Our freedoms are being restricted,” Özatalay added. “I don’t accept this as an artist.” Here’s a clip of yesterday’s concert in Gezi Park.

Photo via @arzugeybulla/Twitter