Almost everybody has at least once heard about Lake Baikal from Russia. It is situated in the South of Siberia and is said to be the most voluminous freshwater lake in the world.
This enormous lake contains about one fifth of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water reserve (about 20% of it). During a big part of the year, and mostly in wintertime, this vast stretch of water can be completely frozen. A group of percussionists wanted to do something impressive on this lake. They came up with the idea of playing some cool music, more exactly ice drumming on Lake Baikal during cold months, when it is frozen.
Percusion group drumming on Lake Baikal. Photo source: The Siberian Times
After one of the members of the Etnobit percussion group fell on it, they discovered that the one-meter tick ice has a distinctive sound of its own. So, they wanted to see how it would be to develop a performance on the ice of Lake Baikal. This show happened at a very low temperature of – 20 degrees Celsius, during March 2013. Nonetheless, the artistic performance became viral all over the World Wide Web, almost in the blink of an eye.
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, declared Natalya Vlasevskaya, one of the members and organizer of the group, for the Daily Mail.
Have you enjoyed watching this unusual music performance on Lake Baikal? It’s quite impressive, don’t you think?