A new CD from the Icemusic inventor, now celebrating 15 years of icemusic.
Ice from Antarctica and Arctic * Canada * Greenland * Norway * Sweden
Crisply fresh ice recording.
A unique record release did take place during the 10th anniversary of the Ice Music Festival in Norway, where Terje Isungset launched his new album “Meditations”.
How does one hundred year old ice from the middle of the South Pole actually sound? Does it ring differently from five hundred year old ice from Spitsbergen? Can one sense the nuances compared to a seven hundred year old glacier in the Italian Alps? Ice from all corners of the world provides the g-clef of Isungsets newest music, which explores the tones of nature`s water cycle, the changing climate and the place for humans in touched and untouched nature.
Meditations was recorded over the last four years, and most of the recordings were done near the site where the ice was harvested, and when temperatures were at their most inhospitable. The colder the ice, the better the sound. During the recording by the Hudson Bay Company in Canada, the mercury crept down to 38 degrees below zero. That's cold. Very cold!
In 2002 Isungset released the worlds first record with ice music. Today All Ice Records has seven ice CD's in its catalog. Terje Isungset is counted as one of Europe's most acclaimed and innovative percussionist. For over two decades, he has experimented and challenged the limits of jazz and Scandinavian traditional music, and created his very own unique instruments from local natural materials. Meditations is Terje Isungsets greatest artistic accomplishment to date and offers a unique musical journey.
Ice from different parts of the earth comes together on the album Meditations, through the musical energy of Isungsets icehorn, ice-percussion, iceofon and ice drums in interplay with Arve Henriksens trumpets, Lena Nymarks vocals, and Svante Henryssons icecello. Ice selected from Canadian fresh water lakes and salty oceans, from thousand year old Svartisen and Nigardsbreen glaciers, as well as massive icebergs in Upernavik, Greenland. Anders Jormin sounds out bass tones, whereas Mats Eden caresses the violin. Ice from Geilo, Kirkenes and Lillehammer blend with cold matter from Jukkasjarvi, Siberia and the French Pyrenees, whereas unique archival field recordings of Canadian Inuit and Norwegian Sami people crank the proverbial ice drill even deeper into the historic ice.
Reidar Skaar binds it all together with his keys and programming. The result is exotic and poetic.
Some details from the album:
Terje Isungset: icehorns, ice percussion, iceofon, crushed ice, voice & icedrums (all tracks).
Lena Nymark: voice (track 4, 5&6).
Arve Henriksen: trumpet & voice(track 1&5).
Anders Jormin: double bass(track 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8).
Mats Eden:viola d’amore (track 2, 3, 4, 5, 9).
Svante Henrysson: ice cello(track 7).
Reidar Skår: keyboards & programming (track 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
All ice instruments were recorded 2010 till 2014 at the following locations: Greenland(Upernavik), Russia(Perm), Norway(Geilo, Jostedalen glacier, Norwegian Polar Institute of Tromsø, Kirkenes, Lillehammer), Italy(Val Senales), Canada(Iqaluit), Sweden(Jukkasjarvi) and France(Pyrinees).
Ice used on this CD is:
100 years old ice from the center of the South Pole(Antarctic).
500 years old ice from the Spitsbergen glacier Austfonna (Arctic).
700 years old Glacier ice from the Italian Alps(Val Senales).
1000 year old ice from Norwegian glaciers: Svartisen and Nigardsbreen.
Icebergs from the Greenland ice sheet(age unknown).
Sea and fresh water ice from Canada (Iqaluit).
Fresh water ice from Norway(Geilo, Kirkenes & Lillehammer), Sweden (Jukkasjarvi) and Russia (Siberia).