It began a number of years ago when an oboist and two guitarists decided to compose and perform their own music. They wanted their sound to be an alternative to other acoustic ensembles by exploring many musical styles yet maintaining an inspired and distinct voice; thus was the inception of
The members of ONE ALTERNATIVE are Jill Haley on oboe/English horn plus two guitarists, Mark Oppenlander and David Bozenhard. Rather than having its music labeled by others, One Alternative describes its music as an "acoustic fusion”. Acoustic fusion is a blending of the compositional form found in classical music with improvisational elements found in jazz and rock. The mixture of these elements forms a driven, ever-changing and enjoyable listening experience.
ONE ALTERNATIVE has performed throughout the Eastern half of the United States. Past performances have included Penn’s Landing and the Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia as well as the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. The group has shared the stage with, Spyro Gyra, Oregon, Pentangle, Larry Coryell, Acoustic Alchemy, and the Dixie Dregs among others. Reviewing a One Alternative concert, Susan Pena of the Reading Eagle wrote: "One Alternative captivated the audience by displaying the precise playing and sinuous melodies that have gained them increased popularity.”
ONE ALTERNATIVE has released six recordings. The first Greenlawn, was recorded in 1985 and described by Jonathan Takiff of the Philadelphia Daily News as the "tastiest independent record project to come out of these parts in many moons.” The second album Take Note, released in 1988, received much praise from Billboard and CD Review where John Diliberto wrote: "There are a lot of artists masquerading as new acoustic musicians with saccharine new age formulas. But One Alternative brings a much needed vision to an increasingly faceless genre.” In 1990, the third album Shadows was recorded and released. Airplay for this recording was heard on several hundred radio stations in America as well as Japan and Spain.
ONE ALTERNATIVE released recording number four in 1996 with Yet To Be. John Diliberto said "...it's their best yet." and Jonathan Takiff gave the recording three stars stating that "Open minds will delight as the trio flits cheerfully from oeuvre to oeuvre like a bee between flowers...” Echoes, a highly regarded radio program that is syndicated throughout the country picked Yet To Be as one of its 25 Essential Echoes CDs of 1996. In 1997 One Alternative appeared in a second "live" performance on Echoes as part of the Living Room Concert Series. From that performance the piece "Siena" was chosen to be part of The Echoes Living Room Concerts Volume 3 compact disc series. 1998 marked the release of One Alternative’s fifth recording called Changes on the J-Bird Records label. Changes is a compilation of music from the four previous albums, all remastered, plus the newly recorded title track. Acoustic Guitar magazine reviewed Changes saying that "The recording is first rate and the entire work is thoroughly enjoyable.”
In 2003 ONE ALTERNATIVE released its sixth recording Pendulum.
Once again, Echoes gave One Alternative the thumbs up by naming Pendulum ECHOES CD OF THE MONTH for July 2003. Pendulum continues One Alternative’s tradition of highly evolved compositions played with enthusiasm and precision. The addition of 12-string guitar, slide guitar, and in one composition- a woodwind quintet, adds to the musical palette set forth on this latest release.
The year 2011 marks the 28th year of
ONE ALTERNATIVE. Recording number seven titled Air Sculpture was released in late 2011. This time released as a CD/DVD combo, Air Sculpture continues the One Alternative tradition of writing and performing excellent instrumental music.