Mauro Ffortissimo, best known on the Coastside as the resident musician and organizer of art shows at the Enso gallery in Half Moon Bay, is broadening his musical horizons to join other musicians to play concerts in san Francisco’s Performance Art Institute.

Ffortissimo will appear in a total of four Sunday afternoon performances at the institute, at 4 p.m. The remaining three are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30, and Oct. 7.

Ffortissimo is performing in his “piano liberado” musical approach, which means taking a piano apart to show how it is made and how it works, discussing the history of the piano and then playing its strings with fingertips or mallets to access all the strings and be “consistent with micro-tonalities” to get at all the tones and overtones. “You end up with more strings,” he said.

He will turn this technique into concerts with jazz, tango, avant-garde and other musical styles, that pay tribute to four great composers: Igor Stravinsky, John Coltrane, John Cage and Sun Rah. He will be joined by guest musicians including Coastside flutist Viviana Guzman.

Tickets are $15/advance and $20 at the door. Visit for details.

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