ICEtruments band perform in igloo symphony hall

Photo: Karin Aberg/icemusic.se

You know music is great when it gives you chills, and in the case of Ice Music, that's meant quite literally.

Based in Luleå, Sweden, Ice Music is a frosty artistic project in which bundled up musicians celebrate the spirit of snowy Lapland winters by playing on instruments handcrafted from blocks of ice.

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Violin made of ice

Photo: Karin Aberg/icemusic.se

The orchestra boasts an impressive stock of these delicate "ICEstruments," including a violin, viola, cello, contrabass, banjo, mandolin, guitar, drum kit and even a xylophone.

Watch the video below to hear how an ICEviolin sounds:

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Ice string instruments are supported with ropes

Photo: Graeme Richardson/icemusic.se

Because the ICEstruments are so fragile, musicians have to take special precautions to ensure their safety, including hanging the ICEviolins and ICEviolas from the ceilings with ropes.

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Hand crafting an ice instrument

Photo: Karin Aberg/icemusic.se

A great amount of patience and craftsmanship is required to build an ICEstrument.

Ice Music founder Tim Linhart, who has been an ice artist for more than 30 years, builds all the pieces himself from his home garden.

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Icy igloo music hall

Photo: Karin Aberg/icemusic.se

To ensure an optimal environment for these delicate yet functional works of art, performances take place in the specially constructed ICE Concert Hall located in Luleå's Gültzauudden nature park.

The "gigantic cosmic igloo" stays at constant minus 5 degrees Celsius (that's 23 degrees Fahrenheit) regardless of the outdoor temperature, so visitors are strongly encouraged to dress in warm winter clothing.

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Ice instrument

Photo: Karin Aberg/icemusic.se

ICEMandolin

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Guitar made of ice

Photo: Karin Aberg/icemusic.se

ICEGuitar

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Icy xylophone and drum kit

Photo: Graeme Richardson/icemusic.se

ICEXylophone

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Contrabass made of ice

Photo: Graeme Richardson/icemusic.se

ICEContrabass

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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.