Playing Instruments Made From Ice


(gentle orchestral music) – [Tim] An ice instrument has the purity and the clarity of the heavenly realm. It’s not of the earth in the way that a wooden instrument would be. There’s so much potential in
ice as an acoustic material. (classical piano music) My name is Tim Linhart, and I
am the founder of ice music. Ice music is the music that
we make on this orchestra of ice instruments. The idea first came to
me about 21 years ago. I was an ice sculptor for many years. Decided one of my sculptures I’d like to build a giant violin. And I had a friend who
was building guitars and he just asked the question: Gee, I wonder how that one’s gonna sound? And that question has swallowed
much of the rest of my life. The instruments are made of white ice, which is a mixture of snow and water. It’s filled with
snowflakes and air bubbles and all kind of different things going on. To make a single instrument
a violin, or viola here, the ice part takes about five or six days. I can probably build the
whole orchestra, here, in about seven or eight weeks. We have violins, violas,
cellos, bass, guitars, mandolins, banjos, drums, and xylophone. – [Photographer] Hold, hold, grazie. – Ice music is not just classical music or experimental music, it’s a wide variety of different things. This winter we’ll put
on about 45 concerts. The concert hall has a specific design, it’s one giant ice cave. The igloo, right now, is
10 degrees fahrenheit. It’s definitely an issue in ice music that people’s fingers get cold. People play with a variety
of different kinds of gloves. Some people play barehanded,
but for me the temperature is, you know, the thing that I really need to make ice music work. (audience clapping and cheering) So many people just
cannot wrap their brain around a piece of ice making
a sound, or a beautiful sound. When they come in to the ice concert hall, they’re just very, very
pleasantly surprised and that releases a real,
kind of, a high for people. And then, wow, it’s amazing.