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Ludovico Einaudi Performs 'Elegy for the Arctic' On An Iceberg For Greenpeace

16/06/2016. Wahlenbergbreen Glacier, Svalbard, Norway. Greenpeace holds a historic performance with pianist Ludovico Einaudi on the Arctic Ocean to call for its protection. Through his music, acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic. Einaudi performed one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the middle of the Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). The famous musician travelled on board Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise on the eve of a significant event for the future of the Arctic: this week's meeting of the OSPAR Commission, which could secure the first protected area in Arctic international waters. ©Greenpeace/Pedro Armestre Greenpeace organiza un concierto histórico con el pianista Ludovico Einaudi en el océano Ártico para pedir su protección. El prestigioso compositor y pianista italiano Ludovico Einaudi ha unido su voz, a través de la música, a la de los ocho millones de personas de todo el mundo que piden la protección del Ártico, con la interpretación de una pieza creada especialmente para la ocasión sobre una plataforma flotante en mitad de ese océano, frente al glaciar Wahlenbergbreen (en Svalbard, Noruega). Einaudi ha viajado al Ártico a bordo del barco de Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise, coincidiendo con el comienzo en Tenerife de una importante cita para el futuro del Ártico: la reunión esta semana de la comisión OSPAR, que podría asegurar la creación de la primera zona protegida en aguas internacionales del océano Ártico. © Pedro Armestre/ Greenpeace Handout - No sales - No Archives - Editorial Use Only - Free use only for 14 days after release. Photo provided by GREENPEACE, distributed handout photo to be used only to illustrate news reporting or commentary on the facts or events depicted in this image.
Chester Music’s Ludovico Einaudi has teamed up with Greenpeace in a campaign to save the Arctic. Two weeks ago the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise set off from the Netherlands carrying the voices of eight million people – messages from around the globe calling for governments to save the Arctic from threats such as oil drilling and destructive fishing. Inspired by this petition and in support of its cause, Einaudi has composed a new piano piece Elegy for the Arctic which was performed and recorded for the first time by the composer at the Arctic atop a 2.6 x 10 metre, 2 tonne artificial iceberg. Einaudi, who joined the expedition at Svalbard, Norway, said:
‘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.’

Speaking on board the Arctic Sunrise, Greenpeace Spain Arctic campaigner, Elvira Jimenez, said:
‘Despite nearly eight million people calling for a Sanctuary in the Arctic, Greenpeace Spain is very concerned that the OSPAR Commission will bow to pressure from Norway, Denmark and Iceland. These three countries are opposed to the only Convention with the power to recognise the Arctic’s environmental value by protecting a part of international Arctic waters.’
To find out more about Greenpeace’s Arctic Campaign click here.
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Get the sheet music for Ludovico Einaudi’s ‘Elements’ here.

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