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Italy’s Einaudi Will Perform in Tehran

Ludovico Einaudi performing ‘Elegy for the Arctic’ in Svalbard, NorwayLudovico Einaudi performing ‘Elegy for the Arctic’ in Svalbard, Norway

Renowned Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi will perform orchestral concerts in Tehran.

Einaudi, 62, who created the memorable score of the movie ‘The Intouchables,’ (2011) will visit Iran with his orchestra. His concerts are slated for April 24-26 at the Ministry of Interior Auditorium.

It will be Einaudi’s first performance in Iran and is organized by the music news agency and website of Ritmeno (Ritmeno.ir) where the event is publicized.

The program was previously planned for two days, but given the public demand for tickets Ritmeno extended it to three days. Tik8.com offers the tickets.

Einaudi’s music is ambient, meditative and often introspective, drawing on minimalism and contemporary pop.

Einaudi composed the scores for several films and trailers, including ‘This Is England’, ‘I’m Still Here’, the TV miniseries ‘Doctor Zhivago’, and ‘Acquario’, for which he won the Italian film award Grolla d’oro for best soundtrack in 1996. He has also released a number of solo albums of piano and orchestra, notably ‘I Giorni’ in 2001, ‘Nightbook’ in 2009, and ‘In a Time Lapse’ in 2013. ‘Taranta Project’, a collaborative album, and ‘Elements’ were both released in 2015.

But many know him by his ‘Elegy for the Arctic,’ specially composed to help protect Arctic environment. In June 2016, Greenpeace, an activist environmental group, persuaded the Italian musician to play on a specially built ‘iceberg’ within 100m of a crumbling glacier in Svalbard, Norway, as part of the group’s campaign to save the Arctic.

Einaudi premiered his composition Elegy for the Arctic, as governments gathered in Tenerife, Spain, to consider a proposal to protect 10% of the Arctic Ocean. According to Greenpeace, three countries - Norway, Denmark and Iceland - oppose the measure. The Arctic is becoming vulnerable to exploitation for fishing and oil drilling because the extent of sea ice covering the ocean has fallen to record lows in recent years.

 

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