New York Times: “Ludovico Einaudi, a Classical Artist for the YouTube Age”

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Blog, News & Info | Comments Off on New York Times: “Ludovico Einaudi, a Classical Artist for the YouTube Age”

By STEPHEN HEYMANDEC. 30, 2016 The Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi, 61, is one of the world’s most-streamed classical artists, with more followers on Spotify (about 740,000) than Mozart (680,000). His music, by turns minimal and lush, incorporates an array of influences from Bach to rock to West African kora music. While sold-out audiences across Europe find something sublime in his searching style, some classical critics disagree — like Ben Beaumont-Thomas of The Guardian, who says it’s nothing more than the “dashed-off poignancy of an Instagrammed sunset.” No one, however, debates his commercial success. His latest album, “Elements” (Decca/Ponderosa Music&Art), climbed the charts in several countries, including Britain, where it became the first classical release in 23 years to break into the Top 15, briefly outselling pop stars like Taylor Swift. This past summer, Mr. Einaudi became an even more visible star when Greenpeace filmed him playing the piano on a floating platform beside melting glaciers in the Arctic Ocean, to highlight the effects of climate change. That piece, “Elegy for the Arctic,” has been watched more than 2.5 million times on YouTube. The following are edited excerpts from a conversation with Mr. Einaudi. Ludovico Einaudi – “Elegy for the Arctic” – Official Live (Greenpeace) Video by Ludovico Einaudi Your father, Giulio Einaudi, founded an iconic Italian publishing house, and your grandfather Luigi Einaudi was Italy’s president from 1948 to 1955. Do you think that coming from such a public family has made being onstage more natural for you? I never thought about that. Even though my grandfather was the president of Italy after the war, he was a very sober, studious person, completely unlike today’s politicians who are constantly talking on TV. My father was more eccentric for sure, but even if his publishing house was very famous, he was still very concentrated on his work rather than being a public person. Is there a genre or category that your music fits into? I never feel at ease when they try to categorize my work. Also I think labels are in a way restricting. You can put the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the same category, but the types of music, the colors each band evokes, are completely different. It’s the same with Mozart and Beethoven — they express two very different aspects of music. Today when they ask me if my music is minimal, is classical, is contemporary — I can say yes or no, but it doesn’t make sense of what I am doing. What about “classical crossover” — a genre that’s perched between classical and pop music, which some people say vulgarizes or dumbs down classical music? I don’t like the idea of “classical crossover,” even if sometimes I see this category given to what I’m doing. There are many commercial projects in that genre, where they make a quartet out of beautiful fashion models or whatever. I take things more seriously than that. And I don’t have a commercial perspective in what I’m doing. On the other hand, the idea of “crossover,” of crossing boundaries, is interesting in the arts, but this...

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Christmas 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Blog, Events, News & Info, Newsletter | Comments Off on Christmas 2016 Newsletter

Ludovico Einaudi Drops Luxe CD/DVD Box Set During this year’s world tour, Ludovico and crew were planning a box set release and filming a number of concerts for it. This special limited edition box set includes the entire Elements album, plus three solo piano variations and the never-before released track ‘Elegy for the Arctic’,  performed atop an iceberg earlier this year for a global Greenpeace Campaign. The box set will be available in time for holiday gift giving. Download “Elegy For The Artic” wav file here. Additionally, Ludovico’s new webpage is designed so that you can perform the brand new track ‘Elegy For The Arctic’ on your keyboard or mobile  device. It’s fun! Check it out here The box set also includes an hour long DVD featuring nine live tracks from London’s Royal Festival Hall concerts in July 2016 plus 16 color postcards featuring exclusive tour photographs. “A thing of rare beauty” – GQ Magazine “The hippest classical artist the world has ever known” – Never Enough Notes “A highly polished performance of music so incredibly tasteful” – The London Times   Helen Jane Long Tour Wrap, New Album, Xmas Single and Future Plans   Helen Jane Long performed at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco as part of her U.S. tour in support of her 4th album “Identity”,  and hired local musicians in each city to play her original scores. Helen Jane Long just wrapped her U.S. tour dates in support of her 4th album, “Identity” and it was a triumph for the composer.  All dates were extremely well attended and Helen greeted her fans after each show, typically in the lobbies of the venues.  A big shout out to all the appreciative audiences that travelled in from far and wide to see Helen perform in New Orleans, Lancaster PA, Chicago and San Francisco. We are already planning tours for 2017, with the first kick off in spring in New York City. Watch Helen’s facebook page for announcements. We have so much in store for you including a live album, recorded last year at St. James Church in London, releasing on December 10th.   And, for all of you vinyl fans, watch for news about the forthcoming companion “Identity” album releasing on orange vinyl! We’re just setting up distribution now but Helen’s fans can always order directly from Helen’s website. It’s coming in the next few weeks. We’d like to thank all the radio stations and fans who have supported Helen’s music and tours over the course of her growing career.  We are attaching here Helen’s version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” for your seasonal pleasure and wishing you the coziest holiday season ever. Download “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” WAV file by Helen Jane Long here.   Andy Iorio Is Writing and Recording A New Album For 2017 Download Andy Iorio’s Christmas single “We Three Kings” Andy Iorio had a great year. Tons of radio airplay exposure, lots of live shows and an HMMA nomination for best Contemporary Classical track, “Rush”, that appears on Andy’s “II” album. The media had alot to say about Andy...

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Helen Jane Long Unveils ‘Identity’ -Pollstar

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Helen Jane Long Unveils ‘Identity’ -Pollstar

Article by Lori Felker / Pollstar U.K. composer/pianist Helen Jane Long announces a handful of U.S. dates in November. The jaunt supports her latest album, “Identity,” and she will be accompanied by her string section, The London Players. More than talented, Long is gifted. The mastermind started playing piano by ear at age four and went on to be classically trained. She also taught herself how to play cello, violin, and guitar. Helen Jane Long Her credential are endless. Long has composed scores for 10 feature and short films, seven commercials and 11 documentaries in addition to her four albums. She was hired by Howard Shore in 2003 as the Musical Score Continuity Director for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. She released her second album, Embers, on her own BLE Records after ending her contract with Warner Classics, who dropped her debut, Porcelain. Embers was the most requested LP on London’s Classic FM radio and earned her the “honor of being the only female composer in the Classic FM Hall of Fame.” Her U.S. gigs wrap Nov. 16 in San Francisco and tickets purchased for the SF show include a CD copy of Identity, “redeemable with your ticket stub at Amoeba Music.” Nov 10 New Orleans / Marigny Opera House Helen’s New Orleans debut! Nov 11 Philadelphia / Make Films Studios This show will be filmed for later release. Nov 14 Chicago / Pianoforte Foundation New show added!  Helen’s Chicago debut! Nov 16 San Francisco / Herbst Theatre Tickets are on sale now. Visit HelenJaneLong.com for more...

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September 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Blog, Events, News & Info, Newsletter | Comments Off on September 2016 Newsletter

Helen Jane Long’s U.S. Tour Behind 4th Release “Identity” Helen Jane Long is an award-winning film composer whose musicology brings indie culture to classical and soundtrack music. This one-time Warner Bros. composer left it all behind to create her own record label, publishing company and destiny. Her signature sound is cinematic classical and she’s kicking and dragging it into the future with her stunning fourth release, “Identity”. In 2006, Helen was discovered and signed a contract with Warner Classics who released her first album, Porcelain, the following year. It went on to critical acclaim in England and the U.S. Not one to thrive in a corporate environment, Helen walked away from her contract with Warner in order to pursue her own musical visions and released her second album, Embers, independently on her own BLE Records. The album rapidly climbed the charts to become the most requested album on London’s national Classic FM radio, and in 2011, earned Helen the honor of being the only female composer in the Classic FM Hall of Fame. By the time she released her third album, Intervention, in 2012, Helen had composed music for ten feature and short films, seven commercials, and eleven documentary films including scores for films by iconic American director Louis Schwartzberg and Batkid, a documentary by The Make A Wish Foundation. Her latest album, Identity, marks yet another shift in her composing career as it found its place on the Billboard Chart at #9 on the first week of release. Composed over the course of a year, Identity  marks a move toward a bigger sound as she embraces the full richness of soundtrack composition folded into her uniquely intimate melodies. Helen will be joined by her string section, The London Players, for her U.S. tour dates. Helen Jane Long “Identity” U.S. Tour: Nov 10 New Orleans / Marigny Opera House Nov 11 Philadelphia / Make Films Studios Nov 14 Chicago / Pianoforte Foundation Nov 16 San Francisco / Herbst Theatre Your ticket purchase to the SF show includes a cd copy of Helen Jane Long’s new album “Identity”, redeemable after the show with your ticket stub, at Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight St, San Francisco. Ludovico Einaudi’s U.S. Tour Behind “Elements” Album   Italian composer/pianist Ludovico Einaudi has evolved into one of the most successful musicians in the world. Upon its debut, his latest album, “Elements” topped classical charts in 42 countries across the globe.  In the United Kingdom it soared into the nation’s mainstream album chart at #12, the first time in over a generation that a classical artist achieved such heights. The Guardian points out that if you haven’t heard his music, “then it’s probably because you don’t know it’s by Ludovico Einaudi”.  His compositions have formed the soundtrack of film and TV productions including The Intouchables and the Black Swan working with a diverse range of directors from acclaimed Canadian Xavier Dolan to Oscar winner Clint Eastwood.  Brands such as NIKE and American Airlines have seamlessly sync’d his works in their advertising campaigns. Einaudi’s unique contemporary musical style, informed by minimalist, ambient, world and rock musics, has defied...

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Tickets Are On Sale For Helen Jane Long In New Orleans

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Tickets Are On Sale For Helen Jane Long In New Orleans

U.K. Composer/Pianist Helen Jane Long is touring the U.S. in support of her fourth album, “Identity”.  An award-winning film composer whose musicology brings indie culture to classical and soundtrack music, she has just announced a show in New Orleans at the Marigny Opera House on November 10, 2016. For this evening, Helen will be performing on piano with her string section, The London Players, and will cover music from all four of her albums as well as highlighting new pieces from her new album “Identity”. Tickets are available at...

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Watch Pianist Ludovico Einaudi’s Haunting Performance As He Floats By A Crumbling Glacier

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Watch Pianist Ludovico Einaudi’s Haunting Performance As He Floats By A Crumbling Glacier

In a stunning visual reminder of what’s at stake, an acclaimed Italian composer and pianist delivered the performance of a lifetime — playing a baby grand on a small floating platform as a glacier crumbled around him. Ludovico Einaudi performed “Elegy for the Arctic,” a piece he wrote just for the occasion, at the Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway. “Being here has been a great experience. I could see the purity and fragility of this area with my own eyes and interpret a song I wrote to be played upon the best stage in the world,” Einaudi said in a news release from Greenpeace. “It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it.” Greenpeace had the piano shipped from Germany to Norway, where it traveled on the Arctic Sunrise, one of the organization’s ships, to the glacier. “The timing of Einaudi’s performance is not by chance,” Greenpeace wrote in blog post. “This week, delegates at the OSPAR Commission meeting in Tenerife, Spain, have an opportunity to take an important step in protecting the Arctic. The proposal before them would safeguard 10% of the Arctic ocean, an area roughly the size of the UK.” Greenpeace has set up a website, Voicesforthearctic.org, dedicated to the issue.  — Huffington Post...

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