Composed by Joe Chrisman (Bachelor of Music in Composition - Piano, 2023). Performed by Joe Chrisman, Phillip Buchman (Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies - Drums, 2023), Aaron Snyder (Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies - Saxophone, 2023), Ryan Venora (Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies - Trumpet, 2023), and Ben Wood (Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies - Bass, 2023).
This piece is based on the painting Lumberville Streaks I (c. 1970) by Jon Carsman and the photograph Ice House (2010) by Gregory Holm. The painting provided the form while the photograph provided the contour and harmonic choices. Because of the painting's stark contrast of dark eerie shadows and a light comforting home, the music combines a soft rhythmic shuffle with a vibrant and soaring "chorus.” The melody oscillates sharply to reflect the stalactites and stalagmites of the ice and the chords are harsh like the abandoned environment depicted in the photograph.
This project is part of an on-going partnership between UMMA and the U-M School of Music,
Theatre & Dance, supported by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund and the Greg Hodes and
Heidi Hertel Hodes—Partners in the Arts Endowment Fund.