He packs halls all over the world, and his last 10 albums have set the gold standard in Italy. His latest CD, Divenire
, is in the top 25 of Billboards classical crossover chart, and hit No. 1 on iTunes classical chart. And now, Ludovico Einaudi is making his U.S. debut promoting Divenire
, an album that's captivated millions of fans around the world, including Sony Blu-Ray, who recently used one of its tracks for an ad. Something of a cross between Philip Glass and Windham Hill, the Italian composer/pianist superstar's music has defied categorization, although most critics try to pin it down to Minimalism, which Einaudi grudgingly accepts. "In general I don't like definitions," he maintains, "but 'Minimalist' is a term that means elegance and openness, so I would prefer to be called a Minimalist than something else." We might put Einaudi in another category: Etherealism. If you like music that makes you feel like you're floating in other dimensions without drugs, he's your man. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd.; Tues., Nov. 18, 8:30pm; $40 advance, $45 day of concert. (310) 855-1350, www.largo-la.com/largohome.html.
Tue., Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m., 2008