Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Terje Isungset...Musician and Artist!

Norwegian Terje Isungset is an accomplished percussionist and composer.  He takes music beyond our traditional boundaries, crafting his own instruments from elements such as arctic birch, granite, slate, sheep bells, and ice.  Yes, you heard right.  Ice.  He has produced 9 solo CD's as well as writing for commissioned events such as jazz festivals, dance performances, film, theater etc.

He is a pioneer in ice music, a dream of his which seemed unachievable, but he proved that wrong!  In 1999 he was commissioned to create a concert held in a frozen waterfall.  This was for trumpet, vocals, nature percussion and ice.  His first ice music CD, "Iceman Is", was recorded at Ice Hotel Sweden in 2001.  The world's first ice music festival took place at Gello-Norway in 2006.  His first ice music tour, a total of 33 concerts, took him to Japan, Norway and Spitsbergen.

Some of the instruments he has created can be found HERE.  Below is a recording of one of Terje's concerts with The Trondheim soloists and Lena Nymark in Olavshallen, Trondheim, Norway on January 20, 2012.  The string arrangements are by Knut Anders Vestad.