MOTHER will premiere at the 2018 Florida International Toy Piano Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, where l’Ao has been selected as the 2018 Toy Piano Pioneer Artists in Residence at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.


If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.…Its substance reaches everywhere; it touches the past and prepares the future; it moves under the poles and wanders thinly in the heights of air. It can assume forms of exquisite perfection in a snowflake, or strip the living to a single shining bone cast upon the sea.
— Loren Eiseley, The Immense Journey


MOTHER is a love letter to the ocean, a hand-made card from her grateful children. Life was conceived through her union with our father, the sun. This life multiplied and evolved, spreading through her depths and moving away, onto the land. Our Mother still tends to us, birthing the clouds that bring her life-nourishing water to us. She sings to us when we visit. She has never forgotten us.


MOTHER is a tribute to the ocean, which covers approximately 71% of Earth’s surface and is integral to our continuing life. We have abused the ocean, fishing to the point of extinction and dumping all manner of garbage and waste beneath its shimmering surface. It is time to meditate and reflect on her presence. It is time to renew and redefine our relationship with her. She is still our loving Mother.


“I love you,” I whispered into the ear of the ocean. “Ever since I’ve known you, I’ve loved you. I must see all of your marvels, know all of your beauty.…” And the ocean listened and snuggled still closer to me.
— Hans Hass, Diving to Adventure