Piano player Stefan Aaron is a man with an unusual dream; he yearns to play an orange piano and sing beneath the red North Pole sign. This might seem a rather random ambition, but it’s actually part of an effort to raise awareness of global warming. It’s also part of a tour of extreme locations, known as the Orange Piano Tour, which has included a mock flying carpet suspended from a helicopter, the Great Wall of China, a 4204-metre mountain in the Swiss Alps, and a 600-metre Norwegian cliff called Pulpit Rock. This is far from a gimmick, though; he uses each location as the inspiration for the song that he plays, seeking to replicate the spectacular settings via the music that he creates. In this case, an exclusively written and produced North Pole pop track will be the played. It will be the first time anyone has performed at the North Pole.
Stefan’s performance in the North Pole will be an impressive logistical feat, involving his piano and film crews being brought there from the Russian port Murmansk with the help of 50 Years of Victory, the largest nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. He aims to use this event to raise awareness of climate change. Given that sea ice in the Arctic is thought to be declining at such a rate that it might even cease to exist altogether by the end of the 21st Century, this is clearly a worthy cause. He already has all of the practical considerations worked out, and is almost set to go. All he needs now is the necessary finances, which he is attempting to raise via the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
Stefan is one of the most innovative performers of recent years, combining dramatic settings with equally captivating compositions. This performance of his North Pole song is set to be his most impressive yet. If he pulls it off then he will undoubtedly go down in history as a true musical pioneer, who never shied away from a challenge and sought to push his creativity to the limit.