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Ludovico Einaudi Performs In Arctic To Highlight Greenpeace's Plea To Protect The Area

He performed while floating on the Arctic Ocean.

21/06/2016 11:17 | Updated 21 June 2016

Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi has performed his haunting 'Elegy For The Arctic' in icy waters to highlight the damage climate change is doing to the area.

The piece, inspired by the beauty of the Arctic and the threats it is facing, was originally supposed to be performed on an iceberg - but due to retreating ice, an artificial one had to be constructed instead.

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Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi played as icebergs crumbled

For the performance, Greenpeace brought a grand piano from Germany on their ship, the Arctic Sunrise.

Speaking from the ship, Einaudi 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 in 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."

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    Acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi is in the Arctic to perform one of his own compositions on a floating platform, in front of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). A banner reads "Save the Arctic." The composition, Elegy for the Arctic, was inspired by eight million voices from around the world calling for Arctic protection. The Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise carried Einaudi, the grand piano and eight million voices to Svalbard. Greenpeace is urging the OSPAR Commission that meets this week (20-24 June, 2016) in Tenerife, not to miss the opportunity to protect international Arctic waters under its mandate. El prestigioso compositor y pianista italiano Ludovico Einaudi ha unido su voz, a traves de la mœsica, a la de los ocho millones de personas de todo el mundo que piden la protecci—n del çrtico, con la interpretacion de una pieza creada especialmente para la ocasi—n sobre una plataforma flotante en mitad de ese oceano, frente al glaciar Wahlenbergbreen (en Svalbard, Noruega). Einaudi ha viajado al çrtico a bordo del barco de Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise, coincidiendo con el comienzo en Tenerife de una importante cita para el futuro del çrtico: la reunion esta semana de la comision OSPAR, que podr’a asegurar la creaci—n de la primera zona protegida en aguas internacionales del oceano çrtico.
  • Greenpeace
    Acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi performs one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean, in front of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). The composition, Elegy for the Arctic, was inspired by eight million voices from around the world calling for Arctic protection. The Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise carried Einaudi, the grand piano and eight million voices to Svalbard. Greenpeace is urging the OSPAR Commission that meets this week (20-24 June, 2016) in Tenerife, not to miss the opportunity to protect international Arctic waters under its mandate. El prestigioso compositor y pianista italiano Ludovico Einaudi ha unido su voz, a traves de la mœsica, a la de los ocho millones de personas de todo el mundo que piden la protecci—n del çrtico, con la interpretacion de una pieza creada especialmente para la ocasi—n sobre una plataforma flotante en mitad de ese oceano, frente al glaciar Wahlenbergbreen (en Svalbard, Noruega). Einaudi ha viajado al çrtico a bordo del barco de Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise, coincidiendo con el comienzo en Tenerife de una importante cita para el futuro del çrtico: la reunion esta semana de la comision OSPAR, que podr’a asegurar la creaci—n de la primera zona protegida en aguas internacionales del oceano çrtico.
  • Greenpeace
    Acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi performs one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean, in front of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). The composition, Elegy for the Arctic, was inspired by eight million voices from around the world calling for Arctic protection. The Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise carried Einaudi, the grand piano and eight million voices to Svalbard. Greenpeace is urging the OSPAR Commission that meets this week (20-24 June, 2016) in Tenerife, not to miss the opportunity to protect international Arctic waters under its mandate. El prestigioso compositor y pianista italiano Ludovico Einaudi ha unido su voz, a traves de la mœsica, a la de los ocho millones de personas de todo el mundo que piden la protecci—n del çrtico, con la interpretacion de una pieza creada especialmente para la ocasi—n sobre una plataforma flotante en mitad de ese oceano, frente al glaciar Wahlenbergbreen (en Svalbard, Noruega). Einaudi ha viajado al çrtico a bordo del barco de Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise, coincidiendo con el comienzo en Tenerife de una importante cita para el futuro del çrtico: la reunion esta semana de la comision OSPAR, que podr’a asegurar la creaci—n de la primera zona protegida en aguas internacionales del oceano çrtico.
  • Greenpeace
    Acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi performs one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean, in front of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). The composition, Elegy for the Arctic, was inspired by eight million voices from around the world calling for Arctic protection. The Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise carried Einaudi, the grand piano and eight million voices to Svalbard. Greenpeace is urging the OSPAR Commission that meets this week (20-24 June, 2016) in Tenerife, not to miss the opportunity to protect international Arctic waters under its mandate. El prestigioso compositor y pianista italiano Ludovico Einaudi ha unido su voz, a traves de la mœsica, a la de los ocho millones de personas de todo el mundo que piden la protecci—n del çrtico, con la interpretacion de una pieza creada especialmente para la ocasi—n sobre una plataforma flotante en mitad de ese oceano, frente al glaciar Wahlenbergbreen (en Svalbard, Noruega). Einaudi ha viajado al çrtico a bordo del barco de Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise, coincidiendo con el comienzo en Tenerife de una importante cita para el futuro del çrtico: la reunion esta semana de la comision OSPAR, que podr’a asegurar la creaci—n de la primera zona protegida en aguas internacionales del oceano çrtico.

Greenpeace organised the performance to coincide with the meeting of the OSPAR commission in Tenerife.

The commission governs international cooperation for the protection of the marine environment in the North-East Atlantic.

The commission is set to make a decision on setting up a protected area in the international Arctic waters under its mandate, an area equivalent to the United Kingdom. Greenpeace is demanding nearly 10% of this area be given Arctic Sanctuary status.

The group claims that 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".

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