WINNIPEG, Canada (NBC/CBC) - It's peaceful, majestic, and now a remote waterway is home to a concert series.
What started as childhood curiosity with the aquatic universe is now a multiyear art project for Kaoru Ryan Klatt And Laura Magnusson, two Winnipeg-based artists.
The idea: Put a boat on the Churchill River with a homemade underwater sound system, perform for beluga whales, and see what happens.
"They're very gregarious, playful, curious, extremely vocal," said Magnusson.
The pair apprenticed with a local beluga guide to learn how to approach the whales in a sensitive way. The hope is to bring art to the nonhuman world.
"I think this project is, in some ways, trying to imagine new ways of being in the natural world," said Magnusson.
The project is now getting bigger in scope -- a concert series, a bigger vessel. There are even plans for a high-tech whale suit to get even closer.
But for all the effort, do the whales like what they hear?
"If we start jamming together and getting rhythms and responses happening, then that's really an engaged feeling that we have with the belugas," said Klatt.
Sometimes the best moments aren't always musical.
One afternoon last summer the pair was floating in the water when, all of a sudden, 10 whales came behind them.
"We began to engage in a dance with the canoe," said Magnusson. "The whales would move one way, and we'd go the other."
They're moments they plan to include in a feature film next year.
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