After 20 years, Ludovico Einaudi, one of the most acclaimed contemporary composers on classical music charts worldwide, is back with his album “Underwater”, a calm and reflective solo piano album created in times of a pandemic and with the artist, according to EFE, “has earned return to freedom.”
It was in 2001 when he wrote his last piano solo album “I Giorni”, an album that had a personal touch, as for its compositions he was inspired by his travels in Africa. The origin of this new work, he said, is very similar, because it is based on his life experience at that time (confinement).
“I just returned from a tour of Asia and Australia, so I decided to take a vacation with my family in the Piedmont mountains. What we didn’t know was that a week would turn into a month, as we were left there ‘trapped’ by the arrival of the virus and the ensuing confinement. At first I was angry because I had concerts scheduled, but then I knew how to see this goodness and I connected with nature,” he explained.
“I didn’t need to concentrate too much on it, because the outside world was still quiet and desolate, so I immediately immersed myself in a free and unlimited space – the artist’s continuation of the album’s origins –. I am isolated and enjoy the peace that surrounds me. I felt that, after a long time, I was breathing again.”
Also, she says, that her head is “oxygenated” by all the everyday thoughts that press her down, “nothing dramatic”, but that she suddenly feels “detoxified”. “Not having a deadline ahead of me puts me ahead of a perspective similar to the one I had at 18, when my future was still unclear and I was making music for my lover,” he said.
Einaudi (Turin, 1955) stated that with this album he felt “total freedom” and allowed music to “flow more freely”: “I have no filter between what comes out of the piano and me. Music thus becomes a kind of manifesto about the way we need to reconsider our future lives, also with regards to nature reacting violently during lockdown.”
Regarding the title, “Underwater” (Bajo el agua, in Spanish), he explains that “it is a metaphor” of the situation, as it refers to “a very fluid dimension, without outside interference.” In the same way, the artist points out that the titles (all in English too) of the 12 compositions are born as “poetic additions very free to interpret, each one able to find its own meaning”.
“The songs have very strong melodic characteristics, I think they are instrumental songs. I say this because the duration of the track does not exceed 3/4 minutes. I love being in the poetic movement of a song that never goes beyond the space of the moment. A kind of sudden energy that runs out very quickly,” he added.
Throughout his recording career, which began in 1988 with “Time Out”, Einaudi has sold more than 1.5 million records and has become the most widely circulated classical artist of all time, with over 1 million subscribers on YouTube. In England, one in ten classic reproductions bears his mark.
“I am very happy to know that there are many different people who listen to me and this certainly gives a stronger meaning to what I do. To be honest, it’s not something I think about a lot and every day, but of course I’m very happy to see that, even now with the album, I’ve captured something in people’s souls, and that’s been understood”, he proudly said. .
In addition, he has scored more than 20 films, including “The Intouchables,” “Nomadlan” and “The Father” (which includes stills from the hugely popular 2019 release “Seven Days Walking”), and series such as “Derek” or “This is England 90”.
He currently has a bunch of film proposals on the table, though he currently admits he hasn’t picked any. He said that for now he will focus on preparing for a concert tour in Italy, and then in Europe, to present the new album.
Silvia Garcia Herraez
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