Saturday, 7 February 2015
The ice music really turned it on yesterday. There were two sessions on offer (8pm & 10pm) and although I only saw the 2nd one, Jon said the first one (icelandic music with 3 vocalists) was really good too. I'm liking the fact that each session is only about an hour or a bit less (because it's cold, and the musicians have to play with bare hands and mouths I guess), but my favourite thing about it so far, is that the instruments they are playing can suddenly shatter! Awesome!
Yesterday there was a fantastic xylophone player and singer from Africa whose xylophone bars began to break apart during his last song. That was followed by what seemed to be the equivalent of a garage band of older blokes with a sound desk guy jamming with all sorts of ice drums & horns & vocals. They also had two big ice bells which shattered as they banged them together during the finale. Very awesome.
They played with a bit of a sense of humour which was fun too - so as things broke they would grab new things or find ways to keep playing with their suddenly modified instruments.
So I'm really looking forward to tonights performances - although it seems like the weather might be against the organisers as cyclone Ole is hitting the coast of Norway today - it's already pretty windy here this morning - we'll have to wait and see what the day brings.