Where Night Never Comes isn’t Olivia Belli’s first album. It is, however, her début as a composer. It’s common for one musician to play the work of another. Therefore, it hadn’t crossed my mind that there was a distinction between a Composer and a Performer. I revisit Olivia’s 2017 album, Max Richter: Piano Works, often for its vivid and unique reinterpretation of one of my favorite composers. She has also released two other albums of music composed by Ludovico Einaudi and Philip Glass. But then, Olivia Belli gifted us with Where Night Never Comes, an album of original work.
Olivia, four albums later, what inspired you to compose an album of original work?
Where Night Never Comes is an invitation to appreciate nature. Olivia Belli lives in Marche, Italy. Her home is embedded in her sound. The region’s mountainous landscape, expansive valleys, deep gullies, and winding roads create a vivid image when listening to her work. Like myself, many of her fans live in big cities where nature is a destination. When listening to Olivia’s crisp tones and use of negative space you can imagine yourself walking through her olive orchard, enjoying the space between trees and relaxing in the shade of their growth. The first track on her album “Your Mornings Sweet” begins with a field recording of birds effectively transporting us into her morning landscape.
Tell me about the role of nature in your work. How does the landscape shape your perspective as a composer?
Olivia Belli is an independent artist by choice. This fact seems to permeate her art, lifestyle, and family. After retreated from London she moved into a derelict country home and restored it. She cultivated the surrounding landscape, created a family, and home schools her two children. Independence is a way of life for Olivia. Fortunately, there are many avenues available for independent artists. Using her own funds to compose and record Where Night Never Comes, the mixing, mastering, and manufacturing were crowdfunded.