Pianocean is an artistic and maritime
project led by the piano and voice of
Marieke Huysmans-Berthou. Sailor, piano player and sonwriter, she sails from port to port to give concerts.

When each concert takes place, the piano is lifted from the back cabin to the deck by a customised system which transfoms the deck into a stage. An integral sound system has been installed onboard to enable
performances for the public on the quay.

Each port of call is an inspiration for the singer. At the end of each sailing season, she records a new album.


A mobile recording studio allows the singer to record songs all along the way. Every year, a new album is released. The songs are inspired by the life onboard, people met, local cultures and stories. Each album is like a musical travel diary. The songwritter often writes in the local languages, as a tribute to the places she discovers.

A poetic, a human and musical reflection of the adventure.

What People Say

« The idea looks crazy, utopian…
but it follows an implacable logic »

Bateaux Magazine

« The vessel of the piano lady belongs to eternity.
She’ll haunt you untill your last breath.
In the end, only the music will remain.»

Voiles et Voiliers / J. Bourgois

« Marieke writes her songs « on the road »…
inspired by athmospheres she encounters.
This dimension, just like with Jack Kerouac,
gives a very remakable existential depht to her on stage »