Ludovico Einaudi - 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. In the middle of the icy waters, Einaudi played the composition Elegy for the Arctic, inspired on the Arctic beauty and the threats it's facing. In view of the absence of sea ice in the place where Einaudi's performance was due to be held, owing to its spectacular retreat caused by the effects of climate change, the organisation built a 2.6 x 10 metre artificial iceberg, made from more than 300 triangles of wood stuck together and weighing a total of nearly two tonnes. A grand piano was then placed on top of the platform. On it, Greenpeace placed the grand piano which travelled from the factory in Germany to the Arctic in the hold of the Arctic Sunrise. "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", said Ludovico Einaudi from the Arctic Sunrise. "It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it." Today marks the start of an important event for Arctic protection. From today until 24 June, Tenerife (Spain) is the setting for the OSPAR Commission meeting. OSPAR is the organisation that governs international cooperation for the protection of the marine environment in the North-East Atlantic. At the meeting, OSPAR has to make a decision on setting up a protected area at Wahlenbergbreen Glacier - Svalbard, Norway - Monday 20th June 2016
As far as eclectic genres go, iTunes Festival have pretty much covered all the bases with a host of exciting acts ranging from Jake Bugg to Jessie J, and Queens of the Stone Age to Einaudi.
Since yesterday's (19 June) mega announcement that superstar 'Sex on Fire' rockers Kings Of Leon,had been added to the bill, along with 'A-Punk' New Yorkers Vampire Weekend, there's a palpable excitement in the air as fans apply for tickets and sit tight.
Gone are the old ways of leaping to your laptop at 9 am as tickets go onsale and hitting the refresh button with shaking hands whilst thousands of others do the same in a bizarre battle of the F5 keys. iTunes have revolutionised the festival - instead of making fans shell out hundreds to be treated like medieval peasants, wading through excrement whilst clutching a £5 pint of warm beer - they're holding their month long celebration of sound at the recently refurbished and highly trendy Roundhouse venue in Camden.
There's enough pop acts to make any fan of the mainstream wet themselves, including Jessie J, Justin Timberlake, Jake Bugg and Rizzle Kicks, with an added healthy dosage of big-hitting names in the rock world, such as Paramore, Queens Of The Stone Age, Primal Scream and Kings of Leon.
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American rockers Vampire Weekend and Kings of Leon have both been added to this year's free iTunes Festival, which will be held at London's Roundhouse venue throughout September.
It won't be solely a festival of rock though - artists from other genres have also been invited, giving everyone at this September's festival something to look forward to, such as Justin Timberlake, Jessie J, Jake Bugg, Rizzle Kicks, and classical composer Ludovico Einaudi.
Having being held since 2007, the annual iTunes festival is held over every night in September and this year will host over 60 acts at the Camden venue.
Islands: Essential Einaudi is a best of collection of pieces composed and performed by Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi; the ambient, meditative and beautiful natures of Einaudi's compositions are showcased perfectly by this selection.
Of Einaudi's best known tracks, 'I Giorni' is a favourite for TV adverts and heart string tugging moments of TV dramas and film. A simple solo piano composition with a gently soothing yet logical melody, 'I Giorni' then develops with more movement to become more busy, together with a slight crescendo, before dying to a much quieter interjection and gradually, calmly and seamlessly returning to the original theme, building to a pause before fading into a delicate coda and crescendoing slightly to a definite finish. From the very opening of Einaudi's 'Essential' selection, the great expression and emotion in his compositions is perfectly clear. 'The Earth Prelude' continues with a similar moving and expressive piano line, this time accompanied by an ensemble of soaring, soothing strings. As simple as the composition may be, and frowned upon by many academic music scholars, the music is loaded with feeling, with emotion, and drenched in lush harmonies giving it a very clear flavour of film soundtrack music and sounding delicacy alongside power. Another of Einaudi's best known solo piano compositions 'Le Onde' (the waves) really does conjure images of delicacy twinkling (right hand) over an undulating lower ground (left hand). The music is largely beautiful and tranquil but with a slight uneasiness glimmering through the harmony, and also swells and fades much like the ocean it takes inspiration from.
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