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THE STORY OF THE PIANIST ON THE ARCTIC OCEAN

06/24/2016,

Here’s the story of a man, the ocean and a piano… and about the fragility of our planet.

I read long ago the book “Novecento” by Alessandro Baricco:  a brilliant theatrical monologue which narrates the story of Danny Boodman “Novecento”. He was abandoned on the transatlantic Viginian soon after his birth and never  got off that ship. He becomes a pianist that relieves passengers from their fear of the ocean  by playing his terrific music.

 

16/06/2016 Wahlenbergbreen Glacier, Svalbard, Norway Greenpeace holds a historic performance with pianist Ludovico Einaudi on the Arctic Ocean to call for its protection Through his music, acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic. Einaudi performed one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the middle of the Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). The famous musician travelled on board Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise on the eve of a significant event for the future of the Arctic: this week's meeting of the OSPAR Commission, which could secure the first protected area in Arctic international waters. © Pedro Armestre/ Greenpeace Handout - No ventas -No Archivos - Uso editorial solamente - Uso libre solamente para 14 d’as despuŽs de liberaci—n. Foto proporcionada por GREENPEACE, uso solamente para ilustrar noticias o comentarios sobre los hechos o eventos representados en esta imagen. © Pedro Armestre/ Greenpeace Handout - No sales - No Archives - Editorial Use Only - Free use only for 14 days after release. Photo provided by GREENPEACE, distributed handout photo to be used only to illustrate news reporting or commentary on the facts or events depicted in this image. 16/06/2016. Glaciar Wahlenbergbreen, Svalbard, Noruega Greenpeace organiza un concierto hist—rico con el pianista Ludovico Einaudi en el ocŽano çrtico para pedir su protecci—n El prestigioso compositor y pianista italiano Ludovico Einaudi ha unido su voz, a travŽs de la mœsica, a la de los ocho millones de personas de todo el mundo que piden la protecci—n del çrtico, con la interpretaci—n de una pieza creada especialmente para la ocasi—n sobre una plataforma flotante en mitad de ese ocŽano, 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 reuni—n esta semana de la comisi—n OSPAR, que podr’a asegurar la creaci—n de la primera zona protegida en aguas internacionales del ocŽano çrtico. © Pedro Armestre/ Greenpeace Handout - No ventas -No Archivos - Uso editorial solamente - Uso libre solamente para 14 d’as despuŽs de liberaci—n. Foto proporcionada por GREENPEACE, uso solamente para ilustrar noticias o comentarios sobre los hechos o eventos representados en esta imagen. © Pedro Armestre/ Greenpeace Handout - No sales - No Archives - Editorial Use Only - Free use only for 14 days after release. Photo provided by GREENPEACE, distributed handout photo to be used only to illustrate news reporting or commentary on the facts or events depicted in this image.

© Pedro Armestre/ Greenpeace Handout – Photo curtesy of Greenpeace

 

I could not forget this text when I saw that world renowned pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi played  this June a historic concert.  Ludovico performed his own composition, Elegy for the Artic, on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svaldard, Norway).

I kindly ask you to dedicate the following minutes to watch this video and listen to his beautiful composition. Einaudi’s music reflects purity and delicacy, and through his music Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic.

 

 

The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise carried Einaudi, the grand piano and eight million voices to Svalbard. Speaking on-board the Arctic Sunrise, Einaudi said” It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it”.  But despite the significance and scale of the Arctic problem, it is actually the least protected ocean.

Nature is speaking, but we are not listening! Please watch with your family and share this second video about the ocean’s role in our climate.  It is our present, our future, our children’s future!

 

 

Please add your voice! For complete information visit Greenpeace and Save the Arctic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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