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Ludovico Einaudi renews Decca deal, announces seven album releases in 2019

By | Published on Friday 1 March 2019

Ludovico Einaudi

Classical pianist Ludovico Einaudi has announced a new worldwide deal with Universal’s Decca label, extending their existing agreement. Immediately fruitful, later this month he will release the first of seven new albums that are scheduled for launch this year.

“Ludovico Einaudi is without doubt one of the most innovative and inspiring artists that our label has the privilege to work alongside”, says Decca President Rebecca Allen. “His music connects in a way that unites audiences around the world. We feel truly blessed that our partnership continues to grow and we can further support the unique vision of this utterly brilliant artist”.

Universal’s Global Classics & Jazz CEO Dickon Stainer adds: “Ludovico Einaudi is an artist with a uniquely global footprint whose music continues to draw a dedicated and dynamic audience. We are THRILLED and honoured to extend our relationship with him throughout the world”.

Now, what about these seven albums? Themed around a week spent walking, the series has been cunningly titled ‘Seven Days Walking’. The first in the series, the even more cunningly titled ‘Seven Days Walking: Day One’, will be released on 15 Mar. Six further albums will follow each month until there are no more left. No more albums, I mean. There should still be some months left. And days. And walks. Fingers crossed, anyway.

“In January last year I often went for long walks in the mountains, always following more or less the same trail”, says Einaudi of the inspiration for the project. “It snowed heavily, and my thoughts roamed free inside the storm, where all shapes, stripped bare by the cold, lost their contours and colours. Perhaps that feeling of extreme essence was the origin of this album”.

The first of the albums – all of which were recorded last year at Schloss Elmau in Germany and London’s Air Studios – introduces various themes that will re-emerge in later releases. The musician explains: “In the end I decided to thread them all together in a sort of musical labyrinth, a little like stepping inside the twists and turns of the creative process, to understand how a musical idea can develop in multiple directions, and changing once again at the moment in which it is heard”.

Einaudi is set to play two sold out shows at Union Chapel in London on 28 and 29 Mar, with further UK dates set to be announced in the near future. The first single from ‘Day One’ – ‘Cold Wind’ – is out now. Here’s a trailer: