Rehabilitation through music for imprisoned pianist | KALW

Rehabilitation through music for imprisoned pianist

Jun 24, 2019

Interviewer Bryan Mazza, producer Joe Kirk, and pianist Maimon Pony at the Uncuffed radio lab at Solano State Prison
Credit Steve Drown

From the series Uncuffed:

Maimon Pony’s career as a pianist was cut short by drug addiction. In Solano State Prison, he keeps practicing and waits for his release.

"I was nine years old. I was in a Nordstrom with my mom, and the piano player underneath the escalators, he went off to take a break. And I went on the piano and started playing, and they hired me on the spot."

Watch videos of Maimon playing piano before his incarceration.  

Recordings of Maimon from the Uncuffed studio:

"Right Now"

"Send in the Clowns"

Maimon Pony brought his keyboard to the Uncuffed radio lab to play a few of his favorite tunes
Credit Steve Drown

Uncuffed is produced by men at Solano State Prison. Learn more about them here.

KALW’s radio training program at Solano State Prison is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. All content is approved by a prison information officer.