Ice -Tunes: Sweden’s incredible ice orchestra

They’re among the rarest instruments in the world, but they’ll be discarded come spring.
They’re so fragile even the players’ breath risks nudging them out of tune.
Turn up the temperature in the concert hall and you’d have, not a finely chiseled viola, flute or conga, but a glass of water.
“And you’d be healthier for drinking it!” says Tim Linhart, ice-instrument maker extraordinaire to an orchestra playing a series of concerts throughout the winter in the remote Swedish town of Luleå, just beneath the Arctic Circle.

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Hearing is believing

Hearing really is believing when it comes to these evanescent instruments made — bar the strings and other odd parts of metal or wood — entirely from frozen water.

 

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