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Rehabilitation Through Music For Imprisoned Pianist

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"

"Right Now," by Maimon Pony

"Send in the Clowns"

"Send in the Clowns," Maimon Pony

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

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.


Crosscurrents From The Producers Of UncuffedBay Area Beats
An avid listener of radio, award winning podcaster, and published author, Bryan Mazza spends his time writing, teaching, and training service animals for those in need. A native of California, Mazza uses his experiences to help others and to shape his artistic perspective in his many endeavors in both radio and creative writing.
Joe Kirk paroled in 2020, after serving 5 years. The one thing that kept Joe going in prison was the memory of his grandparents' farm on the outskirts of Peoria, Illinois.