Ludovico Einaudi: musical journey under water

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Pianist Ludovico Einaudi, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, as part of the Festival international de jazz de Montréal.

The Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi was in Montreal for two concerts as part of the International Jazz Festival (FIJM). Spectators were able to witness a bewitching underwater piano epic.

Monopolizing the classical music charts, Ludovico Einaudi is the first classical composer in more than 20 years to earn a place in the top 15 album sales. It seduces an audience of music lovers of all ages around the world. And Montrealers are no exception.

The magic happened in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts on July 3 and 4, when the virtuoso presented Underwater< /em>, his latest solo album. These presentations were originally scheduled to take place in April 2021, but have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ludovico Einaudi: musical journey under water

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Monday evening's concert began with Ludovico Einaudi alone at the piano, under a single thread of light illuminating his scores. 

Plunged into darkness, the crowd had the illusion of being in the heart of the ocean thanks to projections on a transparent curtain lowered in front of the pianist. Images of a waterfall or marine ecosystems scrolled by as the first songs progressed, like a musical film.

On several occasions, when the crowd cheered him, Ludovico Einaudi turned shyly to greet his admirers, who gave him more than one standing ovation. “Bonsoir Montréal!”, Launched in French the man who has accumulated more than 30 years of career.

For the second part of the concert, three musicians joined him on stage. The intensity kicked up a notch, especially when the famous transparent curtain finally rose, revealing more of the percussionist, violinist and cellist alongside the pianist. 

Ludovico Einaudi finished the show with Experience, one of his well-known compositions that can be found in several films, including Mommy by Xavier Dolan and Intouchables by Olivier Nakache.

The Montreal International Jazz Festival continues until Saturday, July 9.

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