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#1629140 - 02/27/11 10:57 AM nora the cat
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Nora is a gray tabby cat, rescued from a shelter in Cherry Hill, New Jersey,[1] who has become famous for "tapping" the piano. The Times of London, in its online edition, characterized her music as being "something halfway between Philip Glass and free jazz."[2]

Nora was named after the artist Leonora Carrington. Nora was adopted, and when a year old, Nora climbed up onto the bench in front of a Yamaha Disklavier piano in the middle of the night and began to play.

Since that time, Nora has continued to play the piano on a daily basis, sometimes playing duets with her owner and her owner's students. The students encouraged the creation of a YouTube video, which was uploaded in early 2007. It received large numbers of views and attracted the attention of other media. It was featured on many talk shows, newspapers and news channels including Martha Stewart, CNN, The Daily Show, Public Radio International, The Today Show and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Nora was featured on the syndicated television show, Wild About Animals, episode #332, in September 2010.

Nora has attracted the interest of both musicians and scientists, who are fascinated by her rare behavior[citation needed]. It appears that she likes the attention it brings her, but she also plays when alone. She does express a preference for playing with students, when they play Bach, and for playing a specific piano, a Yamaha Disklavier. In addition, she gravitates toward the D-E-F range on the keyboard and includes the black keys in her playing.

The National Science Foundation has included Nora in a video about animal behavior[citation needed] which was shown in museums in the fall of 2007. Pianist Magazine, based in London, featured her in an article,[2] and a video of her playing was used at the 2007 National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy. Dean Santomieri, an avant-garde musician from San Francisco, used a loop of Nora's playing in an improvised group performance in July 2007. A dance student at a college in Leeds, England gave a solo performance using Nora's music.[citation needed] Betsy Alexander has written a composition called Fur Release: A Prelude for Paws and Hands, incorporating Nora's music. A CD of music with one song incorporating Nora's playing has been released by the Laurel Canyon Animal Company.

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#1629240 - 02/27/11 01:12 PM Re: nora the cat [Re: adenflint]
Johan B Online   content
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Brrrrrr.......cats and piano's......not a good match...... sick sick sick

Johan B
Yamaha clp320PE(sold) Kawai CA95SB

My two mottos:
'Music is a way of living' & 'Nil volentibus arduum'

#1629249 - 02/27/11 01:30 PM Re: nora the cat [Re: adenflint]
polyphasicpianist Offline
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Registered: 02/21/11
Posts: 1238
Originally Posted By: adenflint
Nora is a gray tabby cat, rescued from a shelter in Cherry Hill, New Jersey,[1] who has become famous for "tapping" the piano. The Times of London, in its online edition, characterized her music as being "something halfway between Philip Glass and free jazz."[2]

I not sure if that says more about Nora the Cat, or if it says more about Philip Glass and Free Jazz. laugh ha

#1629281 - 02/27/11 02:05 PM Re: nora the cat [Re: adenflint]
starbug Offline
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Registered: 06/15/09
Posts: 245
Loc: Scotland, United Kingdom, Sol,...
Can this cats owner not make money some other way? This was cute back in the day, but now it's tawdry.

What annoys me is all the hangers on releasing their music and trying to latch it onto the success (!!!??) of a cat.

I like cats, but can't we let Nora go back to killing small animals?


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