Geilo Ice Music Festival is exactly what it sounds like – if you think it sounds like a festival where all the musical instruments are carved out of ice. From the frozen water emerged guitars, harps and brass instruments, to name but a few.
This year, a big crowd – including a couple hundred foreign tourists – made the journey to the small town (a popular winter sports destination) to experience the concerts. The program included international names like the kora player Mamadou Diabaté, as well as Norwegian artists Arve Henriksen, Trio Mediæval and Martin Halla, and others.
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The ice that was used to create the instruments, the stage and the amphitheatre was cut from a nearby lake.
“To make the best sound the ice should have no bubbles – typically the kind of ice found deep under the surface, near running water,” says the man responsible for its carving, Even Grue Rygg, to the World Travel Guide.
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The musicians are themselves responsible for carving their own instruments, however, with the help of American expert Bill Covitz. He is flown in to assist them every year.
This was the 11th annual Geilo Ice Music Festival.
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Geilo is a well known and popular resort town in the mountains of Eastern Norway and offers varied activities and events all year. Geilo has a population of 2,500 inhabitants and is located halfway between Norway's two main cities, Oslo and Bergen.