Photo Credit: Emile Holba, icemusicfestival.no
As the midnight hour strikes on Feb. 6, a group of international musicians will perform at the annual Ice Music Festival in Norway. The festival brings in more than 1,500 attendees in sub-zero temperatures to hear unpredictable melodies produced by instruments made of ice and snow.
Norwegian percussionist and innovator of the festival, Terje Isungset, came up with the concept of ice music while performing under a frozen waterfall in 1999. The captivating sounds produced by the melting instruments attracted musicians and ice sculptors from around the world to partake in the festivities. Today, more than 30 volunteers work alongside the artists to make this annual phenomena come to life.
This year, the Ice Music Festival will be held in the exotic mountains of Finse, Norway, which can only be accessed by train. With colder temperatures, the audience will experience the ice music in its purest form. Attendees will be enticed by ice-trumpets, ice-percussions, and even dancers performing under the first full moon of the year.
To experience the remarkable festival, visit www.icemusicfestival.no