Ice Music

Friday 7 - Sunday 9 January 2011
River Terrace, South Wing

This unique winter experience featured live music by acclaimed Norwegian composer and instrumentalist Terje Isungset using instruments of pure ice such as ice horns, an iceophone and ice percussion brought from the mountains of Norway. Using these fragile instruments, some carved from ancient glaciers, Terje gave three concerts a day together with the Norwegian singer Lena Nymark in this intimate setting.

At other times throughout the day an ethereal sound and video installation animated the space. The Idea of North, commissioned by Opera North Projects, saw Terje Isungset join forces with Phil Slocombe from Lumen to create a distinctive experience evoking the lands far to the North. Using rare archive film and footage, Phil's intricately patterned, often mysterious imagery combined with Terje's intensely physical soundscape created purely from ice.

Terje Isungset (ice instruments) / Lena Nymark (vocals) / Phil Slocombe (film)

For more information about Ice Music and Idea of North visit

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