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Saturday, 8 January 2011

Ice Music and Norwegian Lullabies

Freezing hands occurred bringing this image to you.
Norwegian artist Terje Isungset first carves and sculpts musical instruments from his native lakes, rivers and ancient glaciers. He then plays these fragile instruments and is accompanied by the voice of Lena Nymark singing traditional lullabies.

The sound is hauntingly beautiful.
Playing in a temporary igloo on the terrace of Somerset House this weekend. Although the few concerts are sold out, you can buy one of their CD's.
I was able to get a quick shot of a couple of the instruments (left) before they were whisked into the freezer for protection until the next concert. The small instrument above, I suspect a broken piece, was the prize for this lad who missed out on tickets to the show.

9 comments:

Babzy said...

i love the concept , what a good idea ! :)

John said...

They were talking to him on the radio yesterday about his music.

Sharon said...

You've introduced me to something I had never heard of before! Amazing!

Gunn said...

Well,I have to say that this I have only seen on TV here in Norway.
Hope you have a nice weekend!:)

jabblog said...

It must take a great deal of skill and indifference to cold to play these instruments. I can imagine the sounds must be very delicate and clear.

Ruela said...

nice one.



p.s.

Mo


maybe it's some temporary error from blogger...try again.

Karine said...

What a fascinating idea! I went to listen to the sounds clips and it really is lovely!

Jack said...

That is very interesting. I have never heard of this artist. I like the photo of the smiling young boy.

Caroline said...

What will they think of next. How utterly fascinating! Having been subjected to temperatures in the forties (Celsius) here it is good to see some ice!

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