13 Songs, 1 Hour, 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s no mistaking Giovanni Allevi’s gift for a hook—his music is playful, romantic, skittish, always beautiful. This album, both solo and with sumptuous orchestral accompaniment, features stunning miniatures such as stand-out track “Flowers”, the Michael Nyman-inspired “Oxygen”, and “No More Tears”, a brilliant homage to JS Bach. The larger-scale, virtuosic “Piano Concerto No. 1” is an ingenious mix of 19th-century composer Saint-Saëns and jazz artist Michel Legrand, a combination of sophistication and grace, with a modern twist. And that’s exactly what Equilibrium balances so well.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s no mistaking Giovanni Allevi’s gift for a hook—his music is playful, romantic, skittish, always beautiful. This album, both solo and with sumptuous orchestral accompaniment, features stunning miniatures such as stand-out track “Flowers”, the Michael Nyman-inspired “Oxygen”, and “No More Tears”, a brilliant homage to JS Bach. The larger-scale, virtuosic “Piano Concerto No. 1” is an ingenious mix of 19th-century composer Saint-Saëns and jazz artist Michel Legrand, a combination of sophistication and grace, with a modern twist. And that’s exactly what Equilibrium balances so well.

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3:52
7:29
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3:15
3:23
3:20
2:30
14:25
7:06
7:37

About Giovanni Allevi

Though conventional wisdom would state that no one can serve two masters, Italian piano sensation Giovanni Allevi maintains an impressive career in music and continues to distinguish himself in the field of philosophy. Born in Ascoli Piceno on April 9, 1969, Allevi first pursued an education in music, earning high marks in piano and composition from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. Before entering the professional music world, he graduated cum laude with a Ph.D in philosophy, with a thesis titled The Emptiness of Modern Physics. Shortly thereafter, Allevi turned his attentions back to composition, releasing 13 Dita (Universal) in 1997. Allevi crossed easily over the line between the classical and contemporary music worlds, performing in venues ranging from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to New York's famous Blue Note jazz club. Compositions from 13 Dita became well-liked in contemporary piano circles, some of them even performed by Japanese virtuoso Nanae Mimura. Six years later his second album, Composizioni , was released. In the years that followed, Allevi would perform in key locations through the U.S. and Europe, as well as lecture regularly on philosophy and music. No Concept, released in 2005, garnered Allevi commissions and performance invitations from all corners of the classical music world, but also from jazz and contemporary music presenters. While on tour supporting No Concept, Allevi began work on his fourth album, Joy, which would reach his largest audience yet, thanks to a relationship with Sony/BMG. Allevi continues to maintain a busy performance schedule. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez

HOMETOWN
Ascoli Piceno, Italy
GENRE
Pop
BORN
April 9, 1969

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