February 5, 2023

Composed over the past two years throughout a interval of uncertainty and concern, RIOPY’s new album, THRIVE, “represents the internal power that pushes us to battle in moments of doubt or sorrow.”

Scheduled for launch on 14 April, THRIVE comes because the pianist-composer RIOPY embarks on his first main UK tour, with ten dates in London, Bristol, Manchester, Gateshead, Leeds, Edinburgh, Bury St Edmunds, Coventry, Canterbury and Southampton between 1 and 12 February.

RIOPY got here to music in a unprecedented and strange manner. Escaping to the UK following a childhood spent in an oppressive French cult, his fortunes modified when he was given a possibility to check at Oxford Brookes College, after which gifted a Steinway piano by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who recognised his want and potential. He has since channelled his troubled previous – which included drug and alcohol abuse introduced on by despair and anxiousness – into his music, which now serves as a supply of solace to hundreds of thousands all over the world.

RIOPY’s previous trilogy of albums, RIOPY (2018), Tree of Mild (2019) and Bliss (2021), have accrued 600 million streams worldwide and achieved vital chart success, with greater than 120 weeks for Tree of Mild on the US’s Billboard classical chart.

Lana Del Rey not too long ago introduced that she has tailored one in every of RIOPY’s compositions. His meditative piano enjoying and melody will characteristic on a observe on the American singer-songwriter’s subsequent album, Do you know that there’s a tunnel underneath Ocean Blvd, coming March tenth. When saying the brand new album, the singer thanked RIOPY “for lending me your delicate piano compositions which can be infused with melodies I solely want I might dream up”. Particulars might be confirmed at a later date.

Following this success, THRIVE marks the start of a brand new chapter for RIOPY. It will likely be the primary of his albums to incorporate strings alongside his evocative and highly effective pianism which has earned him an ever-increasing worldwide following.

THRIVE can be a metaphor for RIOPY’s private journey. In opposition to the needs of his cult leaders, a younger RIOPY discovered solace in music, improvising on the piano alone as a way to flee the stress and anxiousness of the true world. When he listened to classical music, RIOPY would think about expansions of the melodies he heard. The album THRIVE was born from the identical course of: “Sooner or later, I used to be enjoying Satie’s well-known Gymnopédie and saved increasing it and from that little seed, THRIVE was born. In taking inspiration from the best classical composers, I wished to indicate how I interpret and form their music in my thoughts.”

In addition to new compositions for solo piano, the album options the composer-pianist’s tackle well-known music which has most impressed him, together with works by Satie, Pachelbel, Beethoven, Fauré, Debussy and Chopin. He has reworked their much-loved melodies into cinematic scores of his personal and composed lush preparations for string orchestra. He explains: “the piano has at all times helped me discover this momentum, this internal power, and composing for strings has opened up new horizons for me. The reinterpreted melodies on this album are a metaphor to indicate that every little thing can evolve.”

Embodying THRIVE’s spirit of progress and renewal, RIOPY has not too long ago turn out to be an official ambassador for Restore the Music UK, a charitable group that helps to fund music training in excessive socio-economic deprivation faculties nationwide. RTM has partnered along with his tour promoter, Critical, to supply blocks of free tickets to college students and academics benefitting from the charity’s work at his concert events in London, Manchester, Gateshead and Coventry.

The primary single of THRIVE, ‘Nocturne’ is launched on January twentieth, with seven extra launched within the lead-up to the album’s launch on April 14th. The album might be obtainable digitally, on CD and on vinyl.

Extra details about RIOPY’s upcoming tour dates is out there right here, and a pre-order hyperlink is out there right here.

RIOPY – THRIVE, April 14 2023
Inspirations on Chopin, Pachelbel, Satie, Debussy, Brahms, Beethoven and Fauré


Reminiscence of Water
Costa da Caparica
Piano Allegretto
Ascent of the Moon
Ever After
Lily’s Lullaby
Internal Peace
A Secret Place
Essence of Mild
Daybreak of Evolution
La Nocturne


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