Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi composed “Elegy for the Arctic” for the Greenpeace “Voices of the Arctic” project. He then performed his piece on location at Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway. The music and visuals are most somberly sublime…
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“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,” Einaudi said in a news release from Greenpeace. “It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it.”
“The timing of Einaudi’s performance is not by chance,” Greenpeace wrote in a blog post. “This week, delegates at the OSPAR Commission meeting in Tenerife, Spain, have an opportunity to take an important step in protecting the Arctic. The proposal before them would safeguard 10% of the Arctic ocean, an area roughly the size of the UK.”
Greenpeace has set up a website, Voicesforthearctic.org, dedicated to the issue.
~ Ed Mazza