Critically acclaimed Croatian cellist and founding member of 2CELLOS, Stjepan Hauser, has released a new full-length solo dance album titled THE PLAYER.
HAUSER brings his dazzling virtuosity to the world of Latin pop and jazz, unveiling new dimensions of the extraordinary musicality he originally displayed as part of 2CELLOS, who will play their last ever concert together later this year in New Zealand.
A bold departure from the quiet splendor of his 2020 solo debut Classic, a #1 hit on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Albums chart, THE PLAYER arrives as HAUSER’s most re-inventive body of work to date.
“Because so much music is artificially made these days, I wanted to highlight real musicians while creating a unique sound that brings something new to each song,” says HAUSER. To that end, HAUSER shaped the album’s lush and brass-heavy arrangements with the help of producer Steven Mercurio (a conductor/composer who’s also worked with the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Chick Corea, Andrea Bocelli and Sting), and enlisted the illustrious Czech National Symphony Orchestra for every track.
The stunning collaboration shines brightly in “Waka Waka,” the finale track to The Player, for which HAUSER debuts the colorful, dance-filled music video today. In a particularly brilliant twist, HAUSER blends the track’s triumphant brass, radiant strings, and wildly frenetic rhythms with the exultant harmonies of “Bongi Duma” (the same choir featured in Disney’s Lion King). HAUSER’s rendition turns up the heat on Shakira’s Afropop-inspired 2010 banger.
“With ‘Waka Waka’ I wanted to take cultures from all around the world and bring them together in one song,” says HAUSER. “There’s so many different influences happening, and the choir adds so much spirit—it was an incredible moment of love and unity and absolute joy.”
Revered around the world for his captivating live performance, HAUSER has already hit the stage in over 40 countries across the planet (including historic venues like New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall) and performed alongside such wide-ranging acts as Andrea Bocelli, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Elton John. He also performed at this year’s 79th Venice International Film Festival, opening the final evening’s awards and has even performed at the Vatican.
Other appearances include a wide range of TV shows such as The Bachelorette, Today Show, Good Morning America, Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CNN en Español, as well as sports broadcasts like the NFL and UEFA.
In August, HAUSER debuted a performance of the recent single “Let’s Get Loud” for The GRAMMY’s popular video series “ReImagined At-Home.” The GRAMMY’s raved about the “opulent, fiery” performance and called it a “glammed-up dance party.” True to HAUSER’s committed intent to create a global dance party with his music, his take on “Let’s Get Loud” is yet another testament to his multifaceted artistry.
The success of HAUSER extends far beyond his ever-growing devoted fan base and many millions of social media followers. With more than three billion audio and video streams, the Croatian musician is a phenomenon that thrives on audience interaction.
HAUSER holds an intrinsic ability to unify and inspire generations of music lovers. “The cello has a universal language that everyone can understand,” he affirms. “I want to create music that brings us all together to celebrate the gift of music and the spice of life!”
HAUSER will also be touring.
HAUSER – REBEL WITH A CELLO TOUR DATES:
December 17, 2022 – Prague, Czech Republic – Congress Center
December 22, 2022 – Budapest, Hungary- Budapest Arena
October 8, 2023 – Bordeaux, France – Arkéa Arena
October 10, 2023 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi
October 11, 2023 – Madrid, Spain – WiZink Center
October 12, 2023 – Lisboa, Portugal – Altice Arena
October 15, 2023 – Dijon, France – Le Zénith
October 16, 2023 – Zürich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
October 18, 2023 – Assago, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
October 20, 2023 – Rome, Italy – Palazzo Dello Sport
October 21, 2023 – Firenze, Italy – Nelson Mandela Forum
October 22, 2023 – Jesolo, Italy – Palazzo Del Turismo
October 24, 2023 – Belgrade, Serbia – Štark Arena
October 25, 2023 – Zagreb, Croatia – Arena Center
October 27, 2023 – Prague, Czechia – Tipsport Arena
October 28, 2023 – München, Germany – Olympiahalle
October 29, 2023 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
October 31, 2023 – Berlin, Germany – Mercedes Benz Arena
November 2, 2023 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
November 3, 2023 – Krakau, Poland – Tauron Arena
November 5, 2023 – Gdańsk, Poland – Ergo Arena
November 7, 2023 – Oberhausen, Germany – Rudolf Weber Arena
November 8, 2023 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
November 9, 2023 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclays Arena
November 11, 2023 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
November 12, 2023 – London, UK – The O2
November 14, 2023 – Paris, France – Accor Arena
For more information on HAUSER visit hauserofficial.com.
THE PLAYER Album Tracklist:
2. Livin’ la Vida Loca
3. La Isla Bonita
4. Bésame Mucho
5. Quando, Quando, Quando
6. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
9. Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (feat. Caroline Campbell)
10. Historia de un Amor
11. Let’s Get Loud
12. Waka Waka