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Classical 101

Ludovico Einaudi: Tiny Desk Concert

Ludovico Einaudi was on a North American tour, playing before audiences in the thousands, when he stopped by the NPR office to play a far more intimate setting: a Tiny Desk set. It's the first tour for the Italian pianist and composer since the beginning of the pandemic, following the release of his 2022 album, Underwater. It's an album that captures how many have felt in the pandemic — feeling underwater, or trapped in another world.

It's that relatable feeling — like we're treading water trying to remain above the surface, powering through the adversity of the last two years — that makes Einaudi's music so emotional and reflective. The pulsating strings of the opening song to his Tiny Desk concert, the track "Experience" from his 2013 album In A Time Lapse, demand attention, captivating the audience. The fact that the song recently went viral due to a TikTok trend only proves how welcoming Einaudi's music is — and why he is the most-streamed classical pianist of all time.

Ludovico Einaudi's presence at the piano keeps you waiting for more. His fingers glide over the keys effortlessly, but he never seems rushed. As he plays, his eyes are closed. And in this concert, you can tell his music moves him as much as it does his audience.
SET LIST

  • "Experience"
  • "Fly"
  • "Flora"
  • "Low Mist"

MUSICIANS

  • Ludovico Einaudi: piano
  • Federico Mecozzi: violin
  • Redi Hasa: cello
  • Francesco Arcuri: percussion

TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer/Director: Kara Frame
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Director: Joshua Bryant
  • Creative Director: Bob Boilen
  • Series Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Editor: Kara Frame
  • Videographers: Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Michael Zamora, Pierre Kattar
  • Production Assistant: Jill Britton, Joby Tanseco
  • Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Maia Stern
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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Kara Frame is a video producer for NPR and pursues personal projects in her free time. She most often produces for NPR's explainer series, "Let's Talk: Big Stories, Told Simply." She's crafted stories about housing segregation in Baltimore, MD; motherhood in a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece; and food deserts in Washington, DC. Frame enjoys a break from the news when filming the Tiny Desk Concerts.