Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi is set to kick off a new North American tour Friday evening (June 29) at Shubert Theatre in Boston. The Essential Einaudi tour will see the veteran musician hitting cities across the United States and Mexico for the first time in his career.
The intimate, 11-date route will have the composer — whose music has been heard in dozens of film, television and commercial scores — play his debut show at Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 30 along with stops in Montreal and Mexico City. For the first time, Einaudi will play Texas, North Carolina and Georgia.
“I am very excited to get the vibe and the action from the audience in these new places that I have never played,” Einaudi tells Billboard. “I don’t have any idea of what the vibe will be, but I am sure it will be great.”
The Italian pianist spent last summer touring his latest album, Elements, at prestigious venues throughout Europe, including Waldbuhne in Berlin, Terme di Caracalla in Rome, Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens and Palacio Vistallegre in Madrid. He also performed at the famed Dubai Opera in February, selling out back-to-back shows.
As an instrumental musician, Einaudi feels it is easier to share his music throughout the world without diluting it with translations.
“I am very happy to be able to cross borders to go to China, to Mexico, to America, everywhere and there is an instant understanding of what I do,” Einaudi says. “This is incredibly beautiful because you’ve suddenly communicated with everyone without speaking the same language. The language of music is able to go anywhere.”
Einaudi has been playing and composing music since the 1980s, and in 2013, he became the first classical musician to play the iTunes Festival in London with artists like Arctic Monkeys, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar. His 2015 release, Elements, an opus inspired by nature, matter, sound and color, hit No. 3 on Billboard‘s Classical Albums chart and helped garner a million Spotify listens.
The North American tour will have Einaudi playing more intimate venues like Sony Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto and Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia.
“I prefer to play in smaller venues because I like the intimacy, the connection with the audience,” Einaudi says. “Generally, I prefer the sounds of the smaller places.”
Essential Einaudi will feature a six-piece accompaniment onstage with the composer, with multi-instrumentalists playing violin, cello, organ, synthesizers and electric, acoustic and bass guitar. The three-part show includes work from earlier in his career, his newest album, and many numbers that have been featured in scores. Einaudi’s work can be heard in Casey Affleck’s film I’m Still Here, Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, and the trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.
“It is a show that contains different parts of my work. There is a solo part in the middle of the concert, and the first part is more recent music from my last album Elements. The second part, I go more into the repertoire,” Einaudi says. “I will play some of the music that people have maybe discovered from the films. There is quite a variety of sounds and dynamics. It is a mix, a portrait of my work.”
A full list of tour dates for Essential Einaudi can be found here.
This article first appeared in Billboard.