Fresh from the triumph of the Nomadland and The Father soundtracks, illustrious composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi releases Underwater, his first new solo piano album in 20 years. Underwater was born in lockdown, utilising the rare opportunity for song-writing in its purest and most intimate form: just Einaudi and his piano. It features 12 newly composed solo piano tracks, beautifully showcasing his unmistakable musical style, which is renowned around the world.
Alongside Underwater, today at 1 pm, Einaudi will premiere an intimate new performance video for single Temple White, available to watch here. In addition, on Monday 24th January at 6 pm, Einaudi will perform songs from Underwater, live from his stunning home in the countryside. This live stream will be available to watch on YouTube here.
On the making of Underwater during the pandemic, Einaudi explains: “It came naturally, more than ever before. I felt a sense of freedom to abandon myself and let the music flow differently. I didn’t have a filter between me and what came out of the piano; it felt very pure. The title Underwater is a metaphor – it is an expression of a very fluid dimension, without interference from outside.”
Underwater follows an astounding 2021 for Einaudi with the release of soundtracks to Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe-winning films Nomadland and The Father (which include tracks from his chart-topping 2019 release Seven Days Walking), and the compilation album Cinema, featuring his composition achievements in film and TV. 2021 also saw the launch of new podcast mini-series Experience: The Ludovico Einaudi Story, starring celebrated filmmakers including multiple award-winning actor and director Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), BAFTA-winning director and screenwriter Shane Meadows (This is England), Academy Award winner Florian Zeller (The Father), and multiple award-winning director Eric Toledano (The Intouchables).
This year will see Einaudi return to the UK for a string of sold-out live performances in March including a week’s residency in London for three performances at London’s Eventim Hammersmith Apollo accompanied by his band and two nights of solo performances at London’s Alexandra Palace.
Einaudi is one of the most ubiquitous contemporary composers of the century, repeatedly topping the classical charts globally, and has become the highest-streamed classical pianist of all time.
For Einaudi, Underwater is a deep dive to another place, where he could swim freely. Here time stops, as these songs without words become hypnotic, each touched with an innocent, delicate beauty.
Underwater is out now via Decca Records and is be available on CD, 2LP, coloured vinyl, digital download, streaming, Atmos, Spatial & as sheet music ORDER HERE
Ludovico Einaudi, 2022 Live Tour Dates:
SOLD OUT: LONDON EVENTIM HAMMERSMITH APOLLO (Band Performance) 21ST, 22ND & 23RD MARCH
SOLD OUT: MANCHESTER 02 APOLLO (Band Performance) 24TH MARCH
SOLD OUT: LONDON ALEXANDRA PALACE THEATRE (Solo Performance) 26TH & 27TH MARCH