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National Park Soundscapes

by Jill Haley

Original, instrumental music celebrating the United States National Park Service's centennial featuring 12 different Parks.
Genre: New Age: Nature
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1. The Ledges
4:50 album only
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2. Prairie Grass Dance
3:35 album only
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3. Waters of Acadia
3:45 album only
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4. Shenandoah Stillness
4:05 album only
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5. Towers and Kivas
3:32 album only
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6. Mariposa Sanctuary
4:33 album only
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7. Kaibab Trail
3:21 album only
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8. Waves of Wind
4:05 album only
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9. Sunrift Gorge
4:18 album only
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10. Sunflower Cantilena
4:43 album only
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11. Ten Thousand Islands
4:56 album only
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12. A Soldier's Sacrifice
3:52 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jill Haley has been writing, performing and recording music about our National Parks for the last few years. She has been an Artist in Residence at Mesa Verde and Badlands National Parks which afforded her the opportunity to live in the Parks while writing her music.
"National Park Soundscapes" includes 8 new tracks as well as 4 released on her previous albums, "Glacier Soundscapes," "Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes," and "Mesa Verde Soundscapes."
The music is performed on oboe, English horn, French horn, cello, piano, guitar, bass, and percussion.
"National Park Soundscapes" allows the listener to aurally experience the Parks while viewing photos of the places that inspired the music in the accompanying booklet.
A few reviews: "Impressive packing marrying music and photography together." Borderland- United Kingdom
"Magnificent job capturing the spirit and evoking both the feel and natural beauty of these precious National Parks in her instrumental landscapes." Music and Media Focus- United States
"Mesa Verde Soundscapes is a musical vista of outstanding natural beauty; this is one album that everyone needs in their collection." One World Music- Cyprus

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
2016 is the centennial celebration for the US National Parks, and "National Parks Soundscapes" is a collection of original pieces by Jill Haley that were inspired by twelve of the parks in the system. It is also a thank you to the Park Service and a reminder that we need to be diligent in ensuring that the parks are preserved for generations to come. Over the past several years, Haley has released "Mesa Verde Soundscapes" (2014), "Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes" (2012), and "Glacier Soundscapes" (2010). Four of the pieces from those three albums appear on this album and the other eight celebrate the beauty and splendor Cuyahoga Valley, Badlands, Acadia, Shenandoah, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Everglades, and Valley Forge National Parks. Haley is probably best-known for her distinctive English horn and oboe playing on many of Will Ackerman’s productions, but she is also an accomplished pianist and composer. In fact, "Mesa Verde Soundscapes" was awarded “Best Piano Album with Instrumentation” by the Zone Music Reporter in 2014. It is interesting to note that this National Parks series has been something of a family project with Haley’s husband, David Cullen performing on guitar and bass, daughter Dana Cullen on horn, and son Graham Cullen on cello; Tony Deangelis also appears on percussion and snare drum. Haley performs on piano, English horn, and oboe. The CD package also includes a wonderful 15-page full-color booklet with photos Haley took at each of the parks.

"National Parks Soundscapes" begins with “The Ledges,” a tribute to 300 million year old sandstone formations in a hemlock forest. Both graceful and soaring, piano, English horn and light percussion paint a vivid picture of this area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. “Prairie Grass Dance” is a wonderful duet for English horn and guitar (plus bass) that suggests vast open spaces and the movement of wind through the grasses - I love this one! In “Waters of Acadia,” the piano expresses the flowing movement of water while English horn plays a peaceful melody over the top. “Shenandoah Stillness” is a duet for piano and guitar inspired by the profound quiet of this park - another favorite! “Towers and Kivas,” a spirited trio for guitar, bass, and english horn, was a favorite from the Mesa Verde album. “Mariposa Sanctuary” was inspired by walking among the giant redwoods in Yosemite while sunlight was filtering through the branches - always a magical experience! This piece features Haley on piano, English horn, and oboe. “Sunrift Gorge” (Glacier) picks up the tempo a bit with a joyful trio for English horn, guitar, and bass - and yet another favorite! “A Soldier’s Sacrifice” is quite different from the other pieces. It begins with a solo snare drum that suggests a battlefield. Piano and English horn express the sacrifices made by so many at Valley Forge - a very stirring tribute and memorial!

If you have heard and enjoyed any of Jill Haley’s National Park series, this is a collection that you have to have! If you have enjoyed visiting any of our National Parks, you will love these soundscapes! If neither of those fit your description, then you really need to get this album to discover what you have been missing! Very highly recommended!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
If anyone comes close to expressing the ineffable splendor of nature through music, it is Jill Haley. Her National Park Soundscapes album illuminates both the grandeur and subtlety of these natural wonders. Each piece is beautifully written in tribute to a particular park and enhanced by the musical chemistry between Jill and her talented accompanists, making for a most enchanting listening experience.

Jill Haley is best known for her exquisite artistry on English horn and oboe and has been a guest artist on a great number of albums recorded by GRAMMY winning producer and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman at his iconic Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. However, as I discovered in writing about some of Jill’s own music, she is quite an accomplished pianist as well.

The album includes 4 tracks from her previous National Park albums, as well as 8 new songs inspired by other Parks such as Acadia, Badlands, Cuyahoga Valley, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Shenandoah, Valley Forge, and Yosemite. The recording is, to some degree, a family affair with Jill being joined by her husband David Cullen (guitar and bass), Dana Cullen (horn), Graham Cullen (cello), and Tony Deangelis (percussion and snare drum). All are excellent musicians in their own right and each brings their particular gift to this project.

I must also point out the gorgeous packaging of the CD, which includes a 15-page full color booklet with a photo of each National Park that is portrayed in the music. It added to the experience to look at the photos while listening and get more of a visual sense of the landscape. This kind of packaging has been a trademark of Jill’s National Park Series albums. It also makes the CD a wonderful gift for nature lovers everywhere.

One of the things I’m most impressed by in Jill’s playing is her melodic sensibility.
Every note is perfectly placed and just right for the context it is in. But beyond the structure of her music, is the emotional expressiveness Jill evokes from her instruments. These qualities are beautifully utilized in painting musical portraits of each of these diverse natural landscapes.

To read a full-length feature article on this album with descriptions of individual songs, please visit: www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapesradio.com
“National Park Soundscapes” is the fourth in a series of albums inspired by national parks of the United States from Jill Haley, an award-winning composer, pianist, oboist and English horn player. Comprised of twelve compositions spanning fifty minutes, she is joined throughout by David Cullen on guitar and bass, Tony Deangelis on percussion and snare drum, Dana Cullen on horn, and Graham Cullen on cello. An accompanying photographical booklet details the various landmarks across the country, from which each composition’s theme and title draws its inspiration.

Located in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park, “The Ledges” is named for its ancient sandstone formations inside a hemlock forest. This leisurely piece opens up slowly with gentle piano, followed by English horn and subtle percussive elements. Possessing a soothing, solemn sound, Jill’s horn is subtly contrasted by the fluidity and lightness of her piano. The more uplifting “Prairie Grass Dance” follows next, a piece named for South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. Characterized by acoustic guitar and horn, the piece moves along at a rhythmic pace while exuding a distinctly Americana feel, as the guitar-strumming and upbeat melody captures the exuberant warmth of a sunny day. My favorite composition is “Waters of Acadia”, which is named for Maine’s glorious Acadia National Park. This piece begins with the gentle sound of a rainstick followed by softly cascading piano and glistening chimes, which collectively mimic the flow of water. A stunning piece that captures the enchanting array of colors characteristic of Northeastern terrain, extended horn notes and a repeating piano riff throughout lend themselves to the composition’s rejuvenating, tranquil atmosphere. Located in Virginia is Shenandoah National Park, for which “Shenandoah Stillness” is named. This notably earthy piece opens with a bold piano melody that resonates richly throughout, as interwoven acoustic guitar provides an added dimensional layer to the composition. Named for the giant redwood trees of Mariposa Grove that are located in California’s famous Yosemite National Park, “Mariposa Sanctuary” captures its picturesque beauty. A lilting piano melody opens this piece, which is eventually joined by horn and oboe, as one can easily imagine taking a stroll through the park’s mountainous and thickly-forested terrain. “Waves of Wind” is another notable piece that deviates slightly from the other compositions. Inspired by Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park, piano and oboe are set to a waltzing rhythm, as cello and twangy guitar add a drier element to the composition. Moving along at a galloping pace, this piece brings to mind that of horseback riding along rugged terrain, as its musical elements perfectly capture the region’s arid climate. Closing out the album on a somewhat somber note is “A Soldier’s Sacrifice”, a piece inspired by Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge Historical Park. Led by the marching pace of a snare drum along with sparse piano and English horn, the composition’s distinctly patriotic tone makes for a most fitting conclusion.

Perfectly capturing the essence of some of the most awe-inspiring and breathtaking American landscapes, “National Park Soundscapes” plays out like a cross-country musical road map. Being especially fond of geography, as well as possessing a love of travel, the brief overviews given for each of the compositions were also a welcome educational experience, as I found myself researching, especially, the locations and history a few of the lesser-known national parks. Bordering on new age, contemporary instrumental and Americana music with classical overtones, the stellar compositions on this album felt overall grounding, connected to Earth and organic in nature, serving as a reminder with every walk, step and turn of just how much natural beauty and wonder exists throughout the United States!
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