Friday, January 28, 2011

Icemusicfestival Geilo

Danish News

Look out for upcoming Ice music tours in 2011 & 2012

Ice music tours 2011!
There will be an Icemusic tour traveling with all the instruments in a freezer trailer in Germany the first week of September 2011.
Concerts confirmed are:
03.09 - Neumunster.
04.09 - Syke
05.09 - Stuttgart
07.09 - Berlin.

For booking and information:

Tour in England, November 2011:
Confirmed concerts:
Nov 08 - Terje Isungset & London Symphony Orchestra.
For booking and information:

Maija Handover
Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London E1 6AB
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7375 0025

One concert confirmed in Canberra June the 27th.

July 3 till 8th.
Holland tbc.

Planned tour in January/February 2012.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Opening of the Nansen/Amundsen Year 2011 - Tromsø

Med musikk komponert av Terje Isungset og framført på instrumenter skapt av hundre år gammel Sørpol-is og fem hundre år gamle iskjerna fra klodens nordlige pol, ble Nansen/Amundsen-året åpnet i Tromsø i ettermiddag. Mystisk og spennende musikk, akkurat som den verden Fridtjof Nansen og Roald Amundsen hentet hjem kunnskap fra.

Link to: TV 2 - Norway

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Review Ice concert London.

In The Arts Desk

In Evening Standard:

Great reviews of Isungsets Ice concerts in London - The Guardian

Percussionist Terje Isungset is one of those Norwegian musicians who can make beguiling sound out of almost anything: oil rigs, wood, stone. Over the past decade, he has concentrated on instruments made of ice, sculpting and cutting drums, marimbas, chimes and other percussion instruments from one of the purest materials ? frozen water from ancient lakes. The only added elements are air and electricity: live vocals and expert amplification.

"This is not the easiest way to make music," he comments ruefully as he introduces the final pieces. Isungset is playing a series of nine concerts in a temporary geodesic dome beside Somerset House. It's cold, and the crowd has wrapped up warm, but it's nothing like the freezing temperatures in Geilo, where Isungset founded the world's first ice music festival.

As a consequence, his instruments are melting, and a crew member who brought the gear by refrigerator lorry from Norway is busy taking instruments on and off stage, returning them to their freezer boxes after each number.

Yet visual spectacle aside, Isungset makes fascinating music ? it's not the sound art or ambient abstraction you might expect. Pure-toned singer Lena Nymark adds wordless vocals: folky, pentatonic motifs on New Day and a longer, more chromatic line that reverberates across Isungset's four-note ice marimba riffs on Mellom Fjell, a tone poem about the awe felt surrounded by high mountains and deep water.

On the closing Global Ice, a Nobel prize ceremony commission, Isungset picks up the wonderfully odd-looking ice trumpet, and produces a roar that soars across looped and pre-recorded ice percussion ? an abrasive, primeval sound that's far from ice-clear, but magnificent in its madness.