This unique winter experience featured live music by acclaimed Norwegian composer and instrumentalist Terje Isungset using instruments of pure ice such as ice horns, an iceophone and ice percussion brought from the mountains of Norway. Using these fragile instruments, some carved from ancient glaciers, Terje gave three concerts a day together with the Norwegian singer Lena Nymark in the intimate setting of an urban igloo or geodesic dome on Somerset House's River Terrace.
At other times throughout the day an ethereal sound and video installation animated the space. The Idea of North, commissioned by Opera North Projects, saw Terje Isungset join forces with Phil Slocombe from Lumen to create a distinctive experience evoking the lands far to the North. Using rare archive film and footage, Phil’s intricately patterned, often mysterious imagery combined with Terje’s intensely physical soundscape created purely from ice.