terje isungset: ice trumpeter seeks glaciers

One thing that strikes me about at Norwegian percussionist Terje Isungset's invented instruments is how personalized they are. Isungset is one of only a handful of people in the world to make ice percussion instruments. And I'm pretty sure he's the world's sole crafter - or at least the master crafter - of ice trumpets.… Continue reading terje isungset: ice trumpeter seeks glaciers

ice music: not one, but two! annual festivals

¬† My interest in the science of ice is pretty much instantly displaced by a surge of creative alertness the minute I hear ice music. Ice drum, ice marimba, ice trumpet, ice harp: the sounds are indescribable, ranging from haunting to melodious to intensely beautiful but almost unfriendly. If you hear them out of context… Continue reading ice music: not one, but two! annual festivals

ice trumpet: Terje Isungset

Ice music produces a range of sounds that seem familiar and strange at the same time. There's an airiness in some sounds, while other ice pieces sound almost like glass when struck. In this excerpt from a London concert last December, the Norwegian free-jazz composer and percussionist Terje Isungset plays a set of sculptured ice… Continue reading ice trumpet: Terje Isungset