“I’ve at all times loved new challenges and exploring various kinds of music,” says Swedish double bassist Viktor Reuter, who has performed on the Ice Music Competition Norway and toured in Germany and China with Isungset. “Enjoying an acoustic wood double bass, your physique is at all times in touch with the wooden and you are feeling these deep vibrations.”
Reuter explains that with ice, which is denser and heavier, the bass turns into a very totally different instrument. Harmonies have to be simplified and performed extra slowly, requiring improvisation and a renewed frame of mind.
Producing and sustaining the devices, making ready the venues, and drawing attendees to the frigid settings proceed to make ice music a difficult endeavour. However for these maverick musicians, adjusting to the unexpected comes with the job.
The artists typically need to take their music on to audiences. Along with touring to China, Isungset and his group carry out some 70 live shows a yr in locations starting from Australia and Japan to India and the U.S., typically in indoor live performance halls and utilizing native storage freezers to protect the devices. In the meantime, Linhart is engaged on a significant proposal in a bid to incorporate ice music as a part of the 2026 Winter Olympics celebrations in Italy.
For Isungset, it’s not simply concerning the music although. He’s additionally making an environmental assertion. In partnership with the Bergen-based Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, the Ice Music Competition Norway presents discussions and artwork installations illuminating the consequences of climate change on snow and ice.
“A very powerful factor for us is inventive expression that’s summary,” says Isungset. “As an alternative of telling folks what to not do, we share our message subtly.” The occasion itself metaphorically mimics international warming because it melts away each spring after the audiences have gone.
In any case, says Isungset, “Ice music isn’t a human challenge, however one absolutely directed by nature.”
Lola Akinmade Åkerström is a Nigerian-born journey author, writer, and photographer primarily based in Stockholm, Sweden. Observe her on Twitter and Instagram.