Terje Isungset

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Terje Isungset is an internationally acclaimed drummer and composer. Since the late 1980’s, Terje Isungset has combined natural elements in his music through the use of wood, stones, metal and other natural materials.

In 1999, Terje was commissioned to write music for a concert under a frozen waterfall at Lillehammer, Norway. He decided to use elements from the river itself as musical instruments in his composition; stones, wood and finally – ice. Terje explains, “I took the sound from underneath the waterfall, and then I hit the ice. I thought it was so beautiful. It was like falling in love.”

Discovering the sounds of natural ice opened up a whole new range of sonic possibilities for Terje, his ice journey had begun. Since then he has toured world-wide with his unique concept and, since 2006, run his world famous Ice Music Festival in Norway.

Terje released the world’s first Ice Music album in 2001, and has since released 10 more.


'...an extraordinary soundscape of quiet but transcendental vocals, glacial trumpet calls and crunching, chiming and ringing ice...' – Evening Standard

“One of the strangest and most memorable things I have ever heard. Wonderful.” Audience member from 2021 tour

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“…it’s a chiming, intimate and utterly beautiful world of sound.” BBC Music