Ice Music Festival in Norway

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Added On February 13, 2017

Creating a truly unique aural experience, the world's only Ice Music Festival returns for a trailblazing 12th year in Norway. With all instruments made of pure natural ice and snow, musicians pay a tribute to art, the environment and one of the world's most vital resources -- water.

A piece of Scandinavian music played by an ice saxophone attracted attentions from visitors during an Ice Music Festival in the idyllic mountain home of Geilo in Norway.

In addition to the ice saxophone, other instruments like bass, drum, and guitar, all made of pure natural ice, are performed by musicians during the festival.

Creating a truly unique aural experience, the world's only Ice Music Festival returns for a trailblazing 12th year from the 9th to 12th February 2017.

SOUNDBITE(English): TERJE ISUNGSET, Founder and Curator of the Ice Music Festival

"I think it was 17 years ago. I was just to have a concert in a frozen waterfall in Norway. As a composer, I decided to use elements from the waterfall -- stones, wood, sound of the floating water, and even ice. And when I heard the sound of ice, I just fell in love with it. It was so beautiful, the sound and the visual of it."

But not all the ice blocks are qualified for ice instruments.

SOUNDBITE: TERJE ISUNGSET, Founder and Curator of the Ice Music Festival

"And the nice thing is that the water has to be really fresh, nice, and non-polluted to make good sound. Artificial ice has no sound, only natural frozen ice. And we have some really nice lakes here with good ice."

Constructed and formed exclusively from naturally harvested ice and snow, the Festival is a tribute to art, the environment and one of the world's most vital resources -- water.

 Xinhua News Agency correspondents reporting from GEILO, Norway.

(XHTV)