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Mesa Verde Soundscapes

by Jill Haley

Original instrumental music about Mesa Verde National Park that was inspired by the beauty and history in this World Cultural Heritage Site.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chapin Daybreak
5:29 $0.99
2. Curves of Burnt Orange
4:24 $0.99
3. Thread of Continuity
3:43 $0.99
4. Seep Spring Song
3:29 $0.99
5. Sandstone Angles
5:15 $0.99
6. Towers and Kivas
3:37 $0.99
7. Sleeping Ute Mountain
4:06 $0.99
8. Sipapu Emergence
3:15 $0.99
9. Vibrant Mesa Blossoms
4:32 $0.99
10. Living Walls
3:47 $0.99
11. Metate Conversations
3:43 $0.99
12. Far View
3:43 $0.99
13. Spruce Canyon
3:50 $0.99
14. Mesa Nightfall
4:58 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Mesa Verde Soundscapes is the third recording in a series of music about our National Parks by Jill Haley. The music was composed while Jill was an Artist in Residence at Mesa Verde National Park. The 2 previous recordings are" Glacier Soundscapes" and "Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes".
"Magnificent job of evoking both the feel and natural beauty of these precious National Parks"
"Impressive packaging marrying music and photography together"
BORDERLAND (United Kingdom)
Mesa Verde Soundscapes is a collection of 14 pieces that musically capture the beauty and spirit of the National Park. The music is performed on piano, guitar, cello, horn, viola, English horn, and oboe. The CD is packaged with a 14 page photo booklet of the images that inspired the compositions.



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Jill Haley’s "Mesa Verde Soundscapes" is the third in a series of albums inspired by US National Parks. During a two-week stay at Mesa Verde as an Artist-in-Residence, Haley was afforded the opportunity to explore many sites, dwellings, and landscapes while creating music. Anyone who has visited this magnificent park is forever changed by the experience of visiting the cliff dwellings and imagining the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people who lived there. The CD includes a 15-page booklet with gorgeous photos taken by Jill Haley to illustrate each of the 14 tracks. The music is exceptionally beautiful and features Haley’s family on some of the accompanying instruments. Haley performs on piano, guitar, bass, oboe and English horn (recorded by Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studio); Haley’s husband, David Cullen appears on guitar and bass; and her children, Dana, Graham, and Risa Cullen appear on horn, cello and viola respectively. It’s an impressive project that invites the listener to experience the sights and sounds of Mesa Verde by way of masterful musical expression.

"Mesa Verde Soundscapes" opens with the graceful and very serene “Chapin Daybreak,” a piano and oboe duet inspired by a sunrise viewed from the Chapin Amphitheater. As the light becomes more intense, the piece expands to include the songs of various birds and insects - a lovely beginning! “Curves of Burnt Orange” depicts the color of a sunset on the walls of Mug House, one of the cliff dwellings. Piano and English horn evoke images of lengthening shadows and a peaceful calm. “Seep Spring Song” has a very light, flowing feeling, representing the life-giving water near or in many of the dwellings. “Towers and Kivas” is a spirited trio for guitar, bass and oboe that tells of the space-saving methods of building vertically within the cliff dwellings - towers that rise in the cliffs and kivas that were created in sunken areas of the dwellings. The acoustic nature of this rhythmic piece is both contemporary and traditional. “Sleeping Ute Mountain” is quietly soothing yet haunting in its beauty. The pastoral “Vibrant Mesa Blossoms” describes the plants and flowers that have graced the area for centuries. If you’ve ever visited the cliff dwellings, you have experienced the feeling that the spirits of the ancestral Pueblo people live on in those spaces. “Living Walls” expresses that feeling via a wonderful piano and English horn duet. “Far View,” a very cinematic piece for horn, oboe and piano, is named for the largest building in the community and its expansive views. The music suggests vast open space and feelings of quiet contentment. The last Soundscape is an evocative piano solo called “Mesa Nightfall.” It expresses the magical time when the many of the colors of the sunset merge and blend to become the peaceful night sky.

Jill Haley is creating a wonderful series of albums inspired by the beauty and majesty of some of our National Parks - what an amazing tribute! Very highly recommended!

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
The majesty and grandeur of the Colorado U.S. National Park served as a most welcome muse for oboe and piano player Jill Haley on her third album celebrating America's treasures.

As with the previous two entries, this record is a family affair, with Haley's husband David Cullen on bass and guitar, daughter Dana on horn, son Graham on cello, and daughter Risa on viola.

In addition to the stirring music that perfectly captures the beautiful lyricism of the park, the package includes a glossy, high-quality photo booklet featuring breathtaking images of Mesa Verde in all its glory.

The result is an album that is both a fitting musical tribute and an inspiring travelogue.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
“Mesa Verde Soundscapes” is the latest release from wind instrument virtuoso Jill Haley, and is her third album in a series that centers on National Parks. As an “artist-in-residence,” Jill got to live in the Colorado park for two weeks and be inspired by its natural splendor and fascinating history. The packaging of this new CD is exceptional and bears mentioning. Physically, it is longer than a usual CD case and is closer in size to a DVD box. Inside the glossy eco-package is a beautiful full color 15-page booklet with photos of the places in the park that inspired the song titles, along with a descriptive sentence or two about each photo. It is quite lovely and is a wonderful companion to the music within.”

Jill appears as a studio musician playing oboe and English horn on many albums produced by other artists. In particular, she is a frequent collaborator on projects recorded at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studio in Vermont. So its no surprise that Jill recorded her tracks there, which she co-produced with studio wiz Tom Eaton, who mixed and mastered the album. In addition to the wind instruments she is so well known for, Jill is an accomplished pianist, as evidenced by her playing on these tracks. Also appearing on the recording are her husband David Cullen on guitar and bass, Dana Cullen on horn, cellist Graham Cullen, and Risa Cullen on viola, making this a true family affair.

Along with the gorgeous music, Jill’s photos and her comments about them really add to the experience, making it much more tangible than just hearing the songs. I have to commend Jill Haley for her efforts to bring the treasures of our National Parks to life. Like the previous albums in this series, “Mesa Verde Soundscapes” is a rich experience for the listener just as the park is for those who are fortunate enough to visit it. I highly recommend getting the full CD package with the booklet, rather than downloading mp3 files. While Jill Haley has made quite a name for herself in the role of accompanist, I’m pleased to see her step into the spotlight once again and bring her own artistic vision to life.

To read a full-length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com