Nature inspires Pango's tunes video

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Ashburton farmhand Vojtěch Zámečník aka Pango has been delighting the town’s locals which his street-side piano concerto’s. This was one of his musical forays to Christchurch

It was love at first sight when Pango first laid eyes on his grandmother's dusty piano in the wintering-barn attached to the family home in the Czech Republic.

The Ashburton farmhand, whose real name is Vojtěch Zámečník, has delighted town locals with his street-side piano concertos and recently performed in Christchurch. 

"I took regular lessons for nine years, which was great for theory, but the teachers all wanted me to play someone else's music," he said.

Vojtěch Zámečník, aka Pango, has a small converted flatbed truck, complete with kitchen, shower, toilet, mezzanine bed ...
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Vojtěch Zámečník, aka Pango, has a small converted flatbed truck, complete with kitchen, shower, toilet, mezzanine bed and a piano stowed in the rear.

"I've always been the black sheep and would create new variations. They'd fail me saying I hadn't played it right but I'd say I like it like that."  

Two decades on, Pango has stuck to his own original work.

New Zealand's natural beauty was his greatest inspiration for the improvised magic sweeping from his fingers. 

Ashburton farmhand Vojtěch Zámečník, aka Pango, of a musical foray to Christchurch.
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Ashburton farmhand Vojtěch Zámečník, aka Pango, of a musical foray to Christchurch.

"When I go to into nature and see all that beauty, that energy accumulates somewhere in my body," he said.

"When I play the piano the same day, all that energy goes straight to my fingers. Playing the piano is how I connect my mind with the universe. I don't create in my head. The notes come from my heart.

"Sometimes I feel I don't have anything to play and I need some new inspiration so I'll try to meet some new people or discover new places."

That is where his motorhome comes in. He has a small converted flatbed truck, complete with kitchen, shower, toilet, mezzanine bed and the piano stowed in the rear.

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"If I see people around me enjoying the music it gives me inspiration. It's the reason I do it.

"That's the magic of music - you don't have to speak the same language, music is the language."

Pango said his music was "about the moment". 

"When I'm playing I'm thinking about the music for the next seconds. I will never play the same thing twice.

"People often ask me if I have any CDs or records but I say you just have to focus on the present, to these few seconds of your life."

The piano is lowered on a trolley with an electric winch. Pango finds a car park and rolls the piano into position. He places a jack under the trolley, lays down a hat for donations and the concert begins.

 - Stuff

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