Linhart created his first ice instrument two decades ago in a village in Sweden, he recalls in a video for Ice Music, the name for his frozen orchestra. He carved the body of a contrabass out of ice, and added real strings, tuning pegs, and the other components it needed, then played its first note. "I was so excited by what I heard that I put on my skis, I skied all the way down to the village, and I told them what happened to me and how excited I was," he says. "They pretty much thought I was a kook."
He continued, however, and created all sorts of instruments. Today, Ice Music is made up of violins, cellos, guitars, a marimba, and a wide variety of percussion. Since the instruments would melt in a normal concert hall, the musicians play in a special concert igloo in Luleå, Swedish Lapland, which is designed to vent the audience's warmth while keeping the instruments frozen. During concerts, colored lights glow from within the instruments, lending the performances an otherworldly feel.