World renowned Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi has performed a historic concert, set on a floating atop the arctic ocean, against the icy backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen Glacier in Svalbard, Norway. Einaudi has played one of his own compositions 'elegy for the arctic' for the first time. Created in collaboration with Greenpeace the timing of the performance coincides with a week-long meeting of the OSPAR commission in Tenerife, Spain — a platform which could see protected areas set up in international Arctic waters. Through his performance, Einaudi adds his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the arctic, from threats like oil drilling and destructive fishing.
“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,’ einaudi said from onboard the arctic sunrise. ‘it is important that we understand the importance of the arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it,” said Einauldi. While Ludovico is playing his piece, you can see pieces of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier and neighboring icebergs crumbling in the backdrop. Einaudi’s own artificial iceberg platform was in turn constructed from more than 300 triangles of wood, all pieced together to hold his grand piano.
If interested, lend your support along with eight million folks who are working towards saving this polar region here and watch his incredible performance below.