Jill Haley | The Waters of Glacier

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The Waters of Glacier

by Jill Haley

Original instrumental music about the water and weather in Glacier National Park that captures the many moods of this amazing place.
Genre: New Age: Nature
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1. Clouds on Apgar Range
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2. Rain on Huckleberry Mountain
4:26 $0.99
3. Glacial Lakes
4:51 $0.99
4. First Passageway
4:51 $0.99
5. Running Eagle Falls
3:26 $0.99
6. Falling Gold
5:07 $0.99
7. Frost Tinged Evergreens
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8. Montana Rivers
4:41 $0.99
9. Ox-Bow Point
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10. Ripples on Two Medicine Lake
4:56 $0.99
11. October Snow
3:59 $0.99
12. Solitude
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Album Notes
This is the fifth recording in a series of instrumental music releases inspired by the National Parks in the United States. This music was written by Jill Haley when she spent a month as an Artist in Residence living in Glacier National Park in Montana. The month turned out to be the rainiest October ever documented in Glacier. Choosing to embrace the constantly changing weather instead of being discouraged led to music about the lakes, rivers, waterfalls, rain, mist and snow.
Instrumentation includes oboe, English Horn, piano, guitar, handbells,additional digital keyboards and bass by guest bassist, Michael Manring.
“There is an abundant friendliness inherent in Haley’s compositions, and her playing is marked not just by virtuoso technique but a subtle passion married to a simple sincerity.” Bill Binkleman



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"The Waters of Glacier" is the fifth in series of recordings about the US National Parks by Jill Haley. Her 2016 release, "National Park Soundscapes," was a "thank you" and celebration of the Park Service's 100th anniversary. Known primarily as an oboist and an English horn player, Haley is also a very accomplished pianist and plays the piano extensively on these wonderful recordings. In 2016, Jill was able to spend a month in Glacier National Park as an Artist in Residence and composed several of the pieces on the album while she was there. She also took photographs, some of which grace the booklet inside the CD. In addition to Haley’s musical artistry, her husband, David Cullen, appears on guitar and her daughter, Dana Cullen, plays horn. Tom Eaton performs on electric guitar and keyboards, and Eaton and Michael Manring play bass on different tracks. The music is varied, as is the scenery in this spectacular park. When Haley arrived at Glacier in October, she was expecting beautiful fall weather. Instead, she was greeted with rain and snow. She decided to accept this “change in plans” as a gift and focused on the water in its various forms within the park. The results are beyond beautiful.

"The Waters of Glacier" begins with “Clouds on Apgar Range,” a piece performed with handbells, English horn, piano, bass, and keyboards and inspired by cloud formations floating among the Apgar Mountain Range. Slow, serene and graceful, it’s a lovely start. “Rain on Huckleberry Mountain” is a duet for piano and English horn (how does she do that???). Cool and refreshing, the piano suggests the steady rhythm of falling raindrops as well as a walking pace while walking a mountain trail as the English horn creates a feeling of peaceful solitude. I really like this one! “Glacial Lakes,” a duet for guitar and English horn, is also very calm and soothing, evoking images of ripples on the surface of a lake as a gentle breeze quietly stirs the water. “Running Eagle Falls” picks up the energy level in a tribute to a Blackfoot tribeswoman and the waterfall that bears her name. “Falling Gold” is an ensemble piece for piano, oboe, keyboards, electric guitar and bass that gracefully describes the golden aspen leaves drifting in the air and carpeting the surrounding area. I really like this one, too! “Montana Rivers” is a trio for oboe, guitar and bass (Manring) that captures the power and majesty of the waterways flowing through Glacier Park. “Solitude,” the only piano solo, brings the album to a close as it expressively describes Glacier National Park as “a perfect respite from the busyness of daily life” (quoted from the liner notes).

I have reviewed four of the five albums in this National Parks series and love them all, but I think "The Waters of Glacier" is my favorite (so far!). Recommended!