Seven Days Walking: The New Album Series By Ludovico Einaudi

Ludovico Einaudi

Seven is the connection number between us and Creation. Seven Days Walking, then, could be considered the creation process seen from the other side

Ludovico Einaudi, one of the world’s most famous piano players and composers, is about to present his new album, Seven Days Walking. Three years and a half after Elements, Einaudi returns to the scene with a particular and ambitious project: Seven Days Walking. Divided into seven albums each representing one day, it will be released at monthly intervals and then collected in a complete box-set in the autumn. Day One, the first variation of the main theme, will be released on March 15 by Decca Records. In the meantime, a new concert tour has just started from Italy and will continue throughout Europe and the States.

Ludovico Einaudi
Ludovico Einaudi

The concept of the album

The inspiration for the new album came from a personal experience, a powerful and touching contact with nature, as the author himself explained: “I remember that, in January 2018, I often went for long walks in the mountains, always following more or less the same trail. It snowed heavily, and my thoughts roamed free into the storm, where all shapes, stripped bare by the cold, lost their contours and colors. Perhaps, that feeling of extreme essence was the origin of this album.” Hence, the desire to make listeners relive the same itinerary by dividing the experience into episodes.

A sort of music labyrinth

“The idea first came to me as I was listening to the records of the first sessions: each version seemed to me to have its own personality, with subtleties so distinct from one another that I was unable to choose which one I preferred. I associated everything with walking, with the experience of following the same routes over and over, discovering new details each time. Thus, in the end I decided to thread them all together in a sort of music labyrinth, a little like stepping inside the twists and turns of the creative process, to understand how a musical idea can develop into multiple directions and change again as it is heard.”

A symbolic number

It is hard not to notice that seven is a symbolic, biblical number, as well as one of the units of measure we divide our time with. It is a divine number, as God, for Christians, created our planet and human being in seven days. At the same time, it represents a very human way to scan, measure and control our course of time. In a sense, seven is the connection number between us and Creation. Seven Days Walking, then, could be considered the creation process seen from the other side, the one of a man who tries to express his belonging to nature through an all-human medium: music.