World renowned italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi has performed a historical concert, set on a floating platform in the arctic ocean! Against the icy backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway, the pianist has played one of his own compositions ‘Elegy for the arctic’ for the first time.
A monumental early retreat of sea ice as a result of climate change allowed for the construction of an artificial iceberg made from more than 300 triangles of wood, on which a grand piano sits.
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.’