BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 03 July '16

World-renowned pianist Ludovico Einaudi plays historic concert on Arctic Ocean

Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi performed one of his own compositions, Elegy for the Arctic, on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean last week, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway.

Elegy for the Arctic

 

A ‘classical superstar’

Through his music Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic.

Ludovico Einaudi, defined by the Guardian as a ‘classical superstar’, is one of the most popular pianist and composers in the world. He has sold out concert halls worldwide including the Royal Albert Hall and the Scala of Milan, composed a string of award-winning film scores and been nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ at the BRIT awards.

‘Being here has been a great experience. I could see the purity and fragility of this area with my own eyes and interpret a song I wrote to be played upon the best stage in the world. It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it.’

LUDOVICO EINAUDI
Pianist and composer

The musician, known for his composition for the film Black Swan and the television serial Doctor Zhivago, travelled onboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise on the eve of the week-long meeting of the OSPAR Commission, which could secure the first protected area in Arctic international waters.

The artificial iceberg

The massive early retreat of sea ice due to the effects of climate change allowed the construction of a 2.6 x 10 metre artificial iceberg, made from more than 300 triangles of wood attached together and weighing a total of nearly two tonnes. A grand piano was then placed on top of the platform.

Despite the significance and scale of the Arctic problem, it is actually the least protected ocean. International Arctic waters, increasingly accessible due to receding sea ice, are firmly in the sights of oil, fishing and transport multinationals.

The Arctic Ocean is the leading player in one of today’s greatest ecological disasters: the continuing loss of sea ice volume caused by rising temperatures. This not only puts its rich biodiversity at risk but is also having a direct impact on the rest of the planet.

The deterioration of the Arctic Ocean could be linked to increasingly frequent extreme weather events in the Northern hemisphere, such as flooding, superstorms and droughts.

Click here to read the Greenpeace report, What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic.