Salvatore Lo Presti

Grotte, Italy

Changing Together


Behind the Music

Ian traveled thousands of miles to report on The Outlaw Ocean, encountering traffickers, pirates, mercenaries, thieves and poachers and even risking his own life along the way. He uncovered a massive network of exploitation and illegality, and showed us readers a reality full of tragedies, violence and unpunished crimes as illustrated through heartbreaking tales from people in search of better lives, no matter how unattainable. 

Ian’s writing is vitally important, and needs to reach people’s souls. Through music, a composer can sensitize listeners to different issues by arousing intense emotions. Thus, the songs created for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project serve as an innovative and impactful way to tell these stories and make others more aware of these issues. 

Salvatore Lo Presti
About Salvatore Lo Presti

Salvatore Lo Presti is an Italian pianist and composer. He was born on December 7, 1995 in Canicattì. During his childhood, he was immediately fascinated by classical music, therefore he began to study it at the age of eight. He graduated in piano at the ISSM “V. Bellini” of Caltanissetta on 4th April 2018. In the same year, he also started composing and publishing his own music on various platforms, including YouTube and Spotify. He loves the music of modern composers, such as Ólafur Arnalds and Max Richter. He also participated and reached the final round of the International Composition Competition “Maurice Ravel,” obtaining a special mention by the jury for his works. He recently received a master's degree in piano at the ISSM of Caltanissetta in June 2020.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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