Saturday, June 14, 2008
Terje Isungset - Ice Concerts (All Ice Records, 2008) ****
Terje Isungset's "Ice Concerts" compiles tracks from live performances with various artists, including the percussionist himself on ice percussion, flute, voice, icefon, icehorn and ice, Sara Merielle Gaup on joik, Arve Henriksen on trumpet,vocal and icehorns, Unni Løvlid, Lena Nymark and Silvia Moi on vocals, and Jon Halvor Bjørnset on live sampling. As said earlier, Isungset's music defies categorization, yet it is of an extreme simple and true beauty. Most of the pieces are duets between percussion and voice, or percussion and trumpet, or icehorn. But the percussion is the real treat musically, sparse and reverent, of an intense purity, not unlike the sounds of real snow and ice melting, which he also uses on this album. Pretty unique.
The concerts were made outdoors in order to capture the true chill of things. It's hard to believe you can get anything recorded under these conditions, let alone sing or put your lips against the trumpet.