Dawn, the follow-up to Ola Gjeilo’s hugely successful 2020 album Night, will be released by Decca Classics on 19 August.
Gjeilo is best known for his compositions for choir and is one of the most frequently performed choral composers alive. That success has quickly translated to his work for solo piano. Dawn is the natural successor to 2020’s Night which was inspired by the twilight hours of his hometown of New York and has amassed over 50 million streams to date.
Raised listening to an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, pop and folk, and classically trained at The Julliard School and the Royal College of Music London, Gjeilo’s distinctive soundworld is often described as cinematic and evocative, lush and harmonious.
Improvisation has long been at the core of Gjeilo’s composition and performance, and that is clearly heard in his meditative, soothing work for solo piano.
As the release of Dawn is announced, Gjeilo says, “I’m excited to share my new piano album with you. It was written across a year on the West Coast and is inspired by the peaceful light and stillness at dawn.”