Ice Music for London Revisited
In 2001, cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, working with the original composer Jim McWilliams, and Gregory Kuhn, Dan Collard, and Alessandro Moruzzi recreated Ice Music for London, performed by Charlotte Moorman in 1972.
A Few Differences in the Performance
Unlike Moorman’s premiere of the piece in London, Jeanrenaud used sculpted ice cellos – rather than an ice cube cello.
Jeanrenaud did not appear nude. She wore a tight, thermal, black bodysuit, and gloves that extended past her elbows – but no garland of live flowers.
This revival of Ice Music required great endurance; it lasted about 3.5 hours.
A Variety of Bows
Jeanrenaud used bows of split bamboo, barbed wire, and rasps. She used a hacksaw and a pitchfork to destroy the cello as well as the variety of bows.
Composer and sound artist Gregory Kuhn amplified and enhanced the sound of the water dripping off the melting ice cello. Jeanrenaud explained:
As in the original version, the cello I perform on is made entirely of ice that melts over an extended period of time. The sound created is from the ice melting and dripping onto surfaces beneath the cello that are then amplified and electronically manipulated so as to create an enveloping sound environment.
A Glowing Cello
During at least one of her performances, a spotlight created shadows of Jeanrenaud and made the ice cello appear to glow.
Watch Part of Her Performance at the Walker Art Center
- Geoff Gehman of The Morning Call. “Jeanrenaud Charms Crowd with Hot Visual Touches on Ice Cello.” Mcall.com, 25 Dec. 2018, www.mcall.com/news/mc-xpm-2001-11-24-3380850-story.html.
- “Joan Jeanrenaud’s ‘Ice Cello,” 2001.” Art Galleries, galleries.lafayette.edu/2001/11/16/joan-jeanrenauds-ice-cello-2001/.