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Way Way Way Up North, There’s A Performance Hall. And What They Do There Is Simply Awesome.

In the northernmost part of Sweden, Swedish Lapland, there is an orchestra that is unlike any other. They embrace their arctic ancestry by creating music with something we’ve never seen before: ice. Ice Music is a “celebration of the winter spirit” of Swedish Lapland, which is a winter wonderland for most of the year. Their “ice-struments” are all custom made and are capable of making absolutely beautiful music.

Sculptor Tim Linhart creates the ice instruments from large ice blocks.
The Ice Music orchestra plays in a giant “cosmic igloo,” that glows and pulsates along with the music.
The Ice Music orchestra plays in a giant “cosmic igloo,” that glows and pulsates along with the music.
Photo: Ice Music

Because of the icy performance hall, guests are encouraged to dress warmly and in layers.
Because of the icy performance hall, guests are encouraged to dress warmly and in layers.
Photo: Ice Music

Each instrument is custom carved for the performances.
Each instrument is custom carved for the performances.
Photo: Ice Music

Sculptor Tim Linhart creates the ice instruments from large ice blocks.
Sculptor Tim Linhart creates the ice instruments from large ice blocks.
Photo: Ice Music

Violins, violas, cellos, contrabass, banjos, mandolins, guitars, drum kits and xylophones are created by hand for the performances.
Violins, violas, cellos, contrabass, banjos, mandolins, guitars, drum kits and xylophones are created by hand for the performances.
Photo: Ice Music

Violins, violas, cellos, contrabass, banjos, mandolins, guitars, drum kits and xylophones are created by hand for the performances.
Photo: Ice Music

You wouldn’t think so, but all of the instruments are able to create crisp and beautiful music.
You wouldn’t think so, but all of the instruments are able to create crisp and beautiful music.
Photo: Ice Music

With the help of lights and projections, the ice hall is magically transformed into something out of this world.
With the help of lights and projections, the ice hall is magically transformed into something out of this world.
Photo: Ice Music

The Ice Music concerts started at the end of December 2013 and continues to beginning of April 2014.
The Ice Music concerts started at the end of December 2013 and continues to beginning of April 2014.
Photo: Ice Music

The Ice Music concerts started at the end of December 2013 and continues to beginning of April 2014.
Photo: Ice Music

It’s amazing that the performers are able to do such a good job with their temporary instruments.
It’s amazing that the performers are able to do such a good job with their temporary instruments.
Photo: Ice Music

This is just too cool.
This is just too cool.
Photo: Ice Music

Watching these performers create stunning music from ice would be mesmerizing. It’s hard to believe that, before the concerts, all of the violins and cellos didn’t even exist (and soon would retire to just being ice again).

Playing a musical instrument with gloves on? Now that takes talent.

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