Between ice and water, the pianist Ludovico plays in the Arctic to ask for his protection
The Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has played in an unlikely scenario. His music has traveled to the Arctic and has sounded among the pieces of ice that float through the water, detached from the great masses. The thaw is a fact and save the Arctic, the goal. With 'Elegy for the Arctic' (Elegy for the Arctic), a musical piece composed especially for the occasion, Ludovico has condensed in 3 minutes the claims of 8 million people that ask that the international waters of this ocean be protected.
The Greenpeace initiative is carried out coinciding with the meeting between June 20 and 24 of the OSPAR commission, in Tenerife, to decide whether or not it creates a protected area in the international waters of the Arctic over which it has jurisdiction, an area equivalent to the extension of the United Kingdom, explains the environmental organization on its website.
Chords between ice and water © © Pedro Armestre / Greenpeace
To draw attention to such an important event, Greenpeace asked citizens for their signature, through the Save the Arctic website, so that the Arctic be declared protected space and encouraged them to express the reason why they believe that this space should be saved with the hashtag # voices4arctic. Some eight million people have joined this initiative and Ludovico Einaudi was inspired by his claims to compose the emotional piece.
The famous pianist traveled to the Arctic aboard the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise ship. Due to the lack of ice shelves in the place where it was to be touched, in front of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway), The environmental organization built a 10 by 2.6 meter floating platform with 300 wooden triangles linked together to simulate an iceberg. The piano was placed on her. The rest? Claim 'musicomágica', chords detached from a piano while the ice pieces collapse from the glacier.
Music to save the Arctic © Greenpeace