They've been popping up in neighborhoods all over Rochester. Pianos painted with messages of peace and love. They're being seen as part of a solution to a big problem.
They're sounds you don't usually hear at lunch hour in Rochester.
"So today we're having a mini outdoor concert here at Aquaduct Park," said Marisa Balonon-Rosen, Pianos For Peace.
This is music with a message.
"I've found that music really brings people together. Random strangers will stop, and listen and just start talking to each other."
Pianos are the conversation starter for a conversation that many say needs to happen.
"The name of the project is Pianos for Peace, and we've placed several pianos in many different neighborhoods throughout Rochester."
On Parcells Avenue, Dorothy Barnes helps paint a piano that sits in a community garden.
"I live at the other end of Parcells," Barnes said. "I figured this was a good way to give back to the community."
A community which, as a whole, has been stung by violence. Most recently, a weekend where seven people were shot, one killed, in a single night.
"It seems like a lot of the problems we have stem from a lack of community, and a disconnect," said Joe DiFiore.
"I really wish there was so much more that we could do to stop this."
Pianos for Peace is a start, bringing neighbors together all over the city, in music, art, and conversation.
"These days I think it's more crucial than in the past," said Barnes. "Our youth, our children, everybody really needs to learn to get along."
"When you know your neighbors, when you know the people around you, it makes sense that you're going to be less likely to wrong them in any way," DiFiore said.
"It's just been great to see how the community has embraced this project. It has come together from all angles," said Balonon-Rosen.
The pianos are in place in 11 different spots in the city of Rochester. They'll be there through the end of the month.
Anyone can sit in for a song or just a few notes. Just getting involved, say Pianos for Peace organizers, means you're part of the solution.