The Frozen Sound Of Ice Music

Norwegian percussionist and ice musician Terje Isungset creates music from instruments made entirely out of ice. In 1999, Norwegian jazz musician Terje Isungset was invited to create music in a frozen waterfall.

Ever since then, he has developed and performed his ice music in venues all over the world. His performance relies entirely on ice – blocks of frozen water are collected from lakes and rivers to be cut and shaped with chainsaws and knives to form musical instruments. Isungset has built and played instruments like ice horns, ice drums, ice harps and the iceophone – a glacial xylophone.

Depending on the location, Isungset’s instruments can be made of weekold ice from the local river or ice from glaciers hundreds of years old. In some concerts, he has even played on ice harvested from the South Pole.