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William Susman: Oil on Ice

Belarca Records presents Oil on Ice, the award-winning soundtrack by composer William Susman and featuring Joan Jeanrenaud, cello with Adeline Peter Raboff, vocals.

WINNER Pare Lorentz Award - 2004 International Documentary Association: The film, directed by Bo Boudart & Dale Djerassi, represents the "democratic sensibility, activist spirit and lyrical vision of the legendary documentarian."

WINNER Best Film Score - 2005 Moondance International Film Festival

WINNER Best Film Score - 2006 Park City Film Music Festival


"... a nuanced variety of music within his predominantly post-minimalist, sometimes neo-romantic style."

"Virgil Thomson’s film music was written entirely for socially conscious films of the WPA era. Susman’s work seems to be following a similar trajectory some generations later." - New Music Buff


Oil on Ice is a vivid, compelling and comprehensive documentary directed by Bo Boudart & Dale Djerassi, connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to decisions America makes about energy policy, transportation choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters. Caught in the balance are the culture and livelihood of the Gwich’in people and the migratory wildlife in this fragile ecosystem.

Soloists grammy-nominated cellist Joan Jeanrenaud and vocalist Adeline Peter Raboff, a prize-winning author and Gwich’in environmental activist. The film opens with Adeline singing a folk song, “Shik'eenoohtii” (Take Care of Me) with a melody by dJohn Luther Adams.



Joan Jeanrenaud, cello
Adeline Peter Raboff, vocals
William Susman, piano and keyboards


Produced by William Susman

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stephen Hart
Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA on May 5 & 6, 2004


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