Ludovico Einaudi’s New Album “Elements”
Alt-classical composer/pianist Ludovico Einaudi – whose unique musical style is renowned around the world – returns with a brand new album ‘Elements’, which will be released on 16th October on the Ponderosa Music & Art label. “Elements springs from a desire to start anew, following a different path of consciousness”, Einaudi reveals. This latest album brings together a musical alchemy that draws on elements of electronicam, world, rock and classical music – reflecting Einaudi’s unique position on the international music scene.
Einaudi has quietly become one of the most successful musicians on the planet. His hauntingly beautiful and evocative music tops the classical charts worldwide, and he has sold millions of records. He is the most streamed classical artist in the UK with over 130 million streams and remains the #4 most synched composer in the world.
‘Elements’ was recorded this year at Einaudi’s Italian home in the Langhe countryside – he describes it as “a unique experience, accompanied by the pulsing rhythms of an explosive spring.” Comprised of 12 tracks, the album interweaves piano, strings, percussion, guitar and electronic instruments. It is inspired by the world around us: nature’s elements, mathematical and scientific elements, musical forms and works of art including those by Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Gustav Klimt. This album brings these seemingly disparate elements together into one concept.
“I saw new frontiers – on the edge between what I knew and what I didn’t know – that I had long wanted to explore: creation myths, the periodic table, Euclid’s geometry, Kandinsky’s writings, the matter of sound, and of colour, the stems of wild grass in a meadow, the shapes of the landscape. For months I wandered in a seemingly chaotic mix of images, thoughts and feelings. Then, gradually, everything came together in a dance, as if all the elements were parts of the same world, and myself within it.”
Einaudi created the album’s cover artwork himself – drawing a variety of different symbols and illustrations, which combine to stunning effect. This ties in with Einaudi’s concept for the recording: “If it wasn’t music, it would be a map of thoughts: sometimes clear and distinct, sometimes overlapped: points, lines, shapes, fragments of an ongoing interior flow.”
Einaudi’s music has been heard by millions worldwide – especially through adverts, trailers, film scores and TV soundtracks. He has provided music for more than 20 films, the most recent including ‘The Water Diviner’ (directed by and starring Russell Crowe) and Ricky Gervais’ TV series ‘Derek’.
Einaudi has performed to sell out crowds at venues around the world including Blenheim Palace, Hammersmith Apollo, Barbican and headlining the iTunes festival at the Roundhouse.
Einaudi has drawn together an incredible group of musicians for the new album – ‘Ludovico’s band’ includes Francesco Arcuri, Marco Decimo, Mauro Durante, Alberto Fabris, Federico Mecozzi and Redi Hasa. It also features the Dutch string ensemble Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Berlin electronic musician Robert Lippok, the percussionists of the Parco della Musica of Rome, the Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco and acclaimed violinist Daniel Hope, who plays on the opening song, Petricor.
LUDOVICO EINAUDI has released 12 studio albums: Time Out (’88), Stanze (’92), Salgari (’95), Le Onde (’96), Eden Roc (’99), I Giorni (’01), Una Mattina (’04), Diario Mali [with Ballaké Sissoko] (’05), Divenire (’06), Cloudland [recorded as the group Whitetree] (’09), Nightbook (’09) and In A Times Lapse (’13), as well as three live albums recorded at La Scala (’03), in Berlin (’08) and at the Royal Albert Hall (’10).