Renowned Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi, who is more accustomed to performing in recital halls in major cities around the world, has given an “awe-inspiring” (Billboard) performance whilst floating on the Arctic Ocean surrounded by ice.
Taking time out of his Elements tour, Einaudi – who cares passionately about the environment – partnered with Greenpeace for this moving performance, which took place in front of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier off the coast of Svalbard, Norway.
Einaudi gave his first ever performance of the original composition, Elegy for The Arctic, on behalf of the eight million voices who are calling for governments to save the arctic, whilst ice crumbled into the ocean from the nearby glacier. The stunt was timed to coincide with the OSPAR Commission meeting in Tenerife, where delegates have the opportunity to safeguard 10% of the Arctic Ocean – an area roughly the size of the United Kingdom.
The video, which was originally posted by Greenpeace Spain, has been heavily shared on social media as well as major media outlets including The Guardian, The Telegraph, International Business Times, Classic FM and CBC News.
In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Einaudi said: “I’ve been about to see the purity and fragileness of this area with my own eyes and perform a song that I composed on the best stage in the world. It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, [and] stop its process and protect it.”
The Washington Post described it as “one of his most stunning and accomplished performances” and “absolutely haunting and beautiful”.
Praise for Einaudi’s unique performance was echoed by The Huffington Post, who said: “In a stunning visual reminder of what’s at stake as the earth warms, an acclaimed Italian composer and pianist delivered the performance of a lifetime.”
Greenpeace has set up a website, https://www.savethearctic.org/en/voices/, dedicated to the cause.
Don’t miss Ludovico Einaudi’s recently announced fall dates for his Elements tour:
October 4 – San Francisco – Herbst Theatre
October 5 – San Francisco – Herbst Theatre
October 6 – Davis, CA – Mondavi Center
October 8 – Los Angeles – Royce Hall Auditorium
October 11 – Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall
October 13 & 14 – Toronto – Koerner Concert Hall
October 15 – Montreal – Masion Symphonique
October 16 – Quebec City – Le Palais Montcalm
October 18 – New York – Skirball Center
October 20 – Washington, DC – GWU Lisner Auditorium