J Hamilton Isaacs – Circumzenithal Arc


A while back I became fixated on an atmospheric optical phenomenon known as Sun Dogs. You’ll see them when there are ice crystals in the upper atmosphere and light from the sun is reflected and bent to form a halo at 22ยบ. At the top sometimes an arc of light that looks like an upside down rainbow is visible. This is called the circumzenithal arc. CZA is a musical appreciation and interpretation of these forms and how they manifest in nature and art. Around the time of completing this piece I received a commission from the Denver Botanic Gardens to provide musical interpretations to 5 large outdoor sculptures selected from their Spring 2019 exhibit entitled Human Nature.

This music was made from a perspective of finding beauty in physical light and channeling that appreciation to shine an inner metaphorical or metaphysical Light within.


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