The Coolest Music in the World: Siberian Ice Drummers Using Frozen Lake Baikal as an Incredible Musical Instrument
When the music lives within it doesn't matter what you use for an instrument, beautiful music will always come out. In this case its a group of Siberian percussionists ice drumming on a frozen Lake in Siberia called Baikal and they have become an internet hit with their impromptu interpretations.
In minus 20C, they found by pure chance that the one metre thick ice has a distinctive and haunting rhythm all of its own, reported the Siberian Times.
'I felt like we were playing on the drums that Nature has left out for us, alone under the sun on the frozen waters of the world's most magnificent lake,' said Irkutsk architect Natalya Vlasevskaya, 31, a mother-of-one and organiser of Etnobit percussion group.
The 25 million year old lake, which freezes in winter, is the deepest and oldest in the world.
The group use the frozen waves of the lake to make an unusual, evocative melody - but they realised the musical potential of Baikal only after the wife of one of their drummer's fell over walking on the ice.