Saturday 1 October 2016

Paris Attacks: Man who played 'Imagine' on grand piano outside Bataclan is identified

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 16/11/2015 | 17:21

Martello cycles away, towing his piano after his impromptu performance
Credit:Twitter/BigSurfDon
Martello cycles away, towing his piano after his impromptu performance Credit:Twitter/BigSurfDon

The man who played 'Imagine' on a grand piano outside the Bataclan in a moving tribute to the victims of Friday's terror attacks has been identified.

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David Martello (34) is well known for visiting conflict zones and playing the piano as a gesture of peace and unity.

Martello, from Konstanz in Germany, arrived at the cordoned-off area in the 11th arrondissement on Saturday morning and played John Lennon’s legendary song for a small crowd that had gathered at the scene.

He transported his piano to the venue using a hitch attached to his bike.

He has previously performed during demonstrations in Istanbul, in the midst of a revolution in Kiev and amid the civil war in Donetsk.

Martello said he was motivated to travel to Paris after watching the heartbreaking scenes on television.

In a message posted online following his return home, he said he was exhausted after a 24 hour drive from France to Germany.

"Everything started in a Irish pub in Konstanz while I was watching the soccer match between France and Germany.

"After I saw that insane violence I just followed my heart and went to Paris with my piano.

"That was one of my most touching moments in my life and I need to rest and reflect about what happened in this short time.," he wrote.

Martello has previously been recognised by the European parliament for his “outstanding contribution to European cooperation and the promotion of common values”.

According to his website, his goal is to “play in every capital of the world with his grand piano”.

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