Ludovico

Reviewed: Ludovico Einaudi at The Sydney Opera House 2015

Last night I witnessed one of the greatest musicians of our time take to the stage at the Sydney Opera House.

After seeing Ludovico Einaudi live at the Sydney Opera House in February 2014 I had very high expectations for his performance last night. But Einaudi, being the very talented musician that he is, was able to meet each and every one of those expectations.

Before the show I was lucky enough to attend the backstage ticket-holders special where Ludovico answered questions for a podcast that was being recorded. Understanding his background and how he came to be the musician he is today helped me appreciate even the beautiful music he produces even more. He shared personal stories about his family, his childhood and his writing process which is unlike any musician I have listen to before. The Sydney Opera House will be uploading the recording of the podcast soon so be sure to check it out for yourself!

Last year’s concert featured a piano played by Mr Einaudi himself accompanied by six other musicians, including one very VERY talented tambourine player! This year Einaudi was joined by the Sydney Opera and Ballet orchestra. The sounds were bigger, the crescendos were more powerful and moving and the bass was fuller. The orchestra completely embodied the songs and rather than simply accompanying the piano, they were an incredible piece as one.

The orchestra and Einaudi played songs from the albums I Giorni, Le Onde and In a Time Lapse. As explained by Einaudi himself before the show, the songs were pieced together carefully by himself so that the audience would feel as though they have been on a journey, much like the journey one takes when reading a book. The concert and each set of songs from the albums had a beginning, a middle and an end.

Before last night’s concert, Ludovico was one of my favourite musicians, composers and song writers. Now, he is my absolute favourite, without a doubt. Proving himself to be versatile yet performing the songs in a way that sound better but the same as when heard from the album, he completely embraced what being a musician means to me; being passionate about music.

If you ever get the chance to watch Ludovico Einaudi perform live, please do so! You won’t regret it. :)

Have you seen Ludovico Einaudi perform live?
What was your favourite concert? Let me know!  :)

Ash
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My Scandinavian Adventure Holiday

I’m back!

As you are probably already well aware, I recently spent a month travelling around Scandinavia and now I’m back to tell you all about. Don’t worry, I’ll keep it as brief as I can and I won’t bore you with all the details (I’m planning on writing more blogs in the future where I’ll do that :P).

On 20 December 2014 I flew from Sydney to Copenhagen with my boyfriend David. We spent four days in Copenhagen which included a white Christmas! We were told not to expect one because it hadn’t snowed in Copenhagen on Christmas Day in at least 12 years, so the odds were against us. But the snow gods blessed us and this is the result.  :)

Christmas Day in Copenhagen, Denmark

Christmas Day in Copenhagen, Denmark

We reluctantly left our new favourite city Copenhagen and cruised our way to Oslo in Norway. Here is where we got out real winter weather (or so we thought). It was -10 degrees Celsius on the first day we arrived but we knew things were about to get much colder.

Sognefjord on Norway in a Nutshell Tour

Sognefjord on Norway in a Nutshell Tour

After exploring the fjords (which is would highly recommend to anyone travelling to Norway!) we headed back to Oslo before making our way to Sweden. In Sweden we fell in love with Stockholm and Kiruna! We were also lucky enough to spend the night in an ice hotel which was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had!

Our room at the Ice Hotel, Kiruna

Our room at the Ice Hotel, Kiruna

After surviving the night in a room carved from ice, a couple of nights in a tree house hotel and spending some time in the Arctic Circle we made our way to Finland’s Kakslauttanen.

Glass Igloo at Kakslauttanen, Finland

Glass Igloo at Kakslauttanen, Finland

And before you ask, yes, we experienced the Northern lights twice on our trip, once in Sweden and once in Finland. They were absolutely AMAZING! People will often argue that it is too hard to explain in words the feeling of watching the Aurora and they’re right! It’s definitely something that needs to be experienced for yourself. Pictures will never do the lights justice.

So that’s all from me for now. I’ll be reviewing some of my favourite experiences, the hotels we stayed at and the cities we explored in future blogs. In the meantime check out my Instagram page for more of my holiday snaps.

Until next time,

Ash
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Why I’m More Excited About Life After Uni

Graduating from university can be a pretty daunting time. You’re expected to get a full time job as soon as possible and start looking at moving out and becoming a full-blown responsible adult.

I recently completed a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Journalism. When I say recently what I actually mean is October last year (yeah, I’m pretty behind with the whole blogging thing at the moment but I’ll catch up, I promise!) :P

I’m super excited about life after graduating university because I’m so ready to learn even more about the world. I’m also really, REALLY looking forward to doing more of what I studied to do, write.

I was offered a full time job before the end of my final university semester, which I accepted of course. This year will be the first time I experience working as a full time employee of a company which actually values my writing and editing skills.

I know the long months of holidays are over but I am looking forward to having more money to spend on travel which is really all I’ve ever wanted to do. I also won’t need to worry about bringing work home or having to write a 2000 word essay within a few weeks. I actually get to relax when I get home, a concept I don’t completely understand just yet.

I’m also super excited about the change in routine. I’ll have a proper routine this year which makes it easier to schedule in time to watch TV shows I’ve been dying to catch up on and read books I’ve had waiting on my shelf for months. I’ll even get to catch up with friends I haven’t seen in a while which is great!

Maybe I’m overly optimistic and maybe I’m imagining a fairytale ending to university, but I’m certainly looking forward to this new chapter of my life.

What are you excited for after graduation?
Got big plans for 2015? Let me know! :)

Ash
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