Crossover Purposes

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 Billboard’s 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,
Tue., Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m., 2008

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