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Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes

by Jill Haley

Instrumental, original music performed on piano, oboe, English horn, cello,guitar, bass and French horn about Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Each of the 12 pieces capture a different spirit of a place in Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Floating in the Narrows
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2. Hoodoo Silhouettes
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3. Watchman Trek
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4. Sunflower Cantilena
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5. Cerulean Sky
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6. Queen's Garden
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7. Tumbling Desert Waters
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8. Spilled Sunshine On Red Rocks
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9. Paria Point
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10. Navajo Loop
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11. Emerald Pools Mist
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12. Waves of Wind
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes" is a recording of original instrumental music about Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Pianist and oboist/English horn player, Jill Haley, wrote 12 pieces about specific places in the Parks. She is joined by guitarist, David Cullen, French horn player, Dana Cullen, and cellist, Graham Cullen.
The CD package includes a 12 page photo booklet of places in the parks that inspired the titles. Visitors to these parks will recognize many of the places the compositions were titled after, and others who have not visited these parks will hopefully enjoy the music in an enhanced way with the photographs of the titles.
The music is an eclectic mix of many different musical styles such as folk, new age, classical and jazz.
Bill Binkelman of the New Age Retailer writes of Jill's last recording "Glacier Soundscapes" : "Few nature inspired musicians have achieved the heights that Jill Haley does. Her soulful woodwinds along with David Cullen's guitars bring solid cohesion to her musical vision."


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Michael Diamond

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Having listened to and reviewed numerous albums that listed Jill Haley as a session musician, it’s a treat to see and hear a CD under her own name showcasing the full range of her considerable musical talents including her choice of instruments that are not as much heard in this genre of music – namely the English horn and the oboe. Also on the album are David Cullen on guitar and bass, cellist Graham Cullen, and Dana Cullen on French horn.

As mentioned, Jill is best known for her exquisite playing on oboe and English horn, so it was a pleasant surprise to find what an excellent pianist and composer she is as well. The piano is the foundation for most of the compositions with embellishments by string and wind instruments. The warm woody timbre of the oboe provides a perfect accompaniment that glides effortlessly over the piano arrangement, such as on the first track “Floating In The Narrows.” I particularly enjoyed the sweet alchemy of the oboe interweaving with the rich sustained tones of the cello on the second track. A nice change-up takes place with track 5, “Cerulean Sky,” as the classical guitar makes its debut on the album and defines the structure for the piece, rather than the piano.

Jill Haley has done a magnificent job of capturing the spirit and evoking both the feel and natural beauty of these precious National Park lands in her instrumental “soundscapes.” Inside the glossy eco-package is a beautiful full color 12-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 music for a wonderful cause, and it was gratifying to see her step out of the role of a supporting musician and into the spotlight of her own creations. All in all, the album provides a peaceful and uplifting listening experience that is enhanced by the natural beauty of the photos that accompany the CD.
To read a full-length review of this CD, and others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

REVIEWS NEW AGE

La naturaleza tiene su música
La naturaleza tiene su música, notas que surgen de la mente al vislumbrar un escenario que tan sólo en sueños se puede imaginar. Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes es el nuevo trabajo de Jill Haley, un álbum escrupulosamente diseñado, mimado hasta el último detalle y con el único fin de hacernos soñar… y por qué no, volar; una música de corte clásico, inspiradora y de una belleza arrebatadora. Cabe señalar que el diseño se aleja del típico digipack o jewel case que acostumbramos a ver, Jill presenta el álbum en un interesante formato libro, donde se capturan las imágenes que le inspiraron para componer este trabajo, escenarios de los parques naturales de Zion y Bryce Canyon (Utah); cada pieza es acompañada por la bella imagen y la descripción de la zona. Para que la majestuosidad de Zion y Bryce Canyon penetre con fuerza en el oyente, Haley acompaña sus instrumentos de vientos con la guitarra de su marido, David Cullen, el cuerno inglés de Dana Cullen y el chelo de Graham Cullen; todo un entramado de melodías que nos mantiene expectante y nos hace llegar el aroma de esas colosales vistas.

El dúo de Dana Cullen y Jill Haley abre el álbum. “Floating in the Narrows” se inspira en el Zion National Park y con tan solo dos instrumentos, se crea una complejidad musical fascinante, dejando que cada uno de ellos realice su papel. El piano brota como el agua de entre las rocas, mientras el cuerno francés acaricia las montañas con su brisa. Me hipnotiza!.

Para “Hoodoo Silhouettes” se inspira en Bryce Canyon National Park, un espectáculo visual donde la erosión ha modelado la roca en formas asombrosas. El trío formado por el chelo, el piano y el cuerno inglés describen la paz y la claridad del escenario. Una música, que al igual que el paisaje que representa, invitan a escaparse, a evadirse. Sin duda, logra parar las agujas de nuestro reloj.

De regreso al Zion National Park, “Watchman Trek” nos presenta un piano más entusiasta y convincente, que acompañado por el oboe de Jill Haley, conforman un música clara, optimista, libre de tensión y con un sutil encanto.

Con una música que navega con dulzura y prolonga sus acordes con sentimiento, se presenta “Sunflower Cantilena”, una pieza que invita a la inspiración, a crear quimeras. El piano repite el toque variado de acordes, mientras los cuernos inglés y francés interpretan una de las melodías más profundas y relajantes de todo el álbum. La paz y la calidez que transmite “Sunflower Cantilena” son muy intensos. Otra de mis preferidas.

Conservando el mismo carácter que el track anterior, “Cerulean Sky”, es un plácido tema que describe la inmensidad del cielo y la inmensidad de la roca virgen en el Zion National Park. Por primera vez, aparece David Cullen con su guitarra y el bajo, acompañado de Dana y su cuerno francés. Jill Halley compuso esta pieza tras maravillarse por el contraste creado por el color azul del cielo y el color rojizo de las montañas.

Como extraída de una película del Oaeste, nace “Queen’s Garden”, y así regresamos al Bryce Canyon National Park, un espacio agreste, donde el color de la roca y las montañas predominan sobre algunas pinceladas verdes de despojadas y delgadas coníferas. Otra de las grandes composiciones de Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes, “Queen’s Garden” es delicada, la luminosidad de su melodía crea una fuerte alianza entre el oyente y el paisaje. Me gusta!.

Más fugaz y trepidante en comparación con las últimas piezas escuchadas es “Tumbling Desert Waters”, el agrado de ver como una cortina de agua cae entre las secas rocas del parque invitan a Jill a componer esta grácil pieza, interpretada por un activo piano y un alegre oboe.

“Spilled Sunshine on Red Rocks” es una de las piezas que pueden sorprender en este álbum. Describe el amanecer en Bryce Canyon National Park, cuando los primeros rayos de sol bañan las rojas rocas. Ciertamente, una de las piezas más alegres y seductoras de todo el CD, David Cullen realiza con alegría el rasgueo de acordes rápidos y Haley le acompaña con el penetrante sonido de su oboe. La sorpresa es mayúscula cuando Cullen ejecuta un solo de guitarra que dialoga perfectamente con el oboe de Haley. Es magnífico!.

Una música que apela a la soledad, al momento necesario de permanecer sólo y exclusivamente con nuestros pensamientos, así es “Paria Point”, un paraje de Zion National Park, donde predominan zonas verdes y senderos hacia las monatñas. Sólo piano y cuerno inglés, ambos interpretados por la propia Jill Haley, que juntos, dan vida a una música de fuerte carga emocional.

Para cerrar los ojos, agudizar los sentidos y dejarse arrastrar por el encanto de su música, así es “Navajo Loop”, un tema interpretado a dúo por Haley y David Cullen. La dulzura y el sentimiento brotan de cada nota, acariciándonos, haciéndonos soñar. Un pieza inspirada en un sendero entre montañas en Bryce Canyon National Park,

Entretenida y una de las más complejas piezas en este álbum es “Emerald Pools Mist”, donde un cuarteto formado por Whistler, piano, guitarra y oboe, interpretan una pieza juguetona y con cierta gracia, muy introducida en el género neo-clásico, “Emerald Pools Mist” es una de mis favoritas!.

Un estupenda forma de cerrar el álbum con algo de fuerza y arrojo. “Waves of Wind” mezcla ritmo con solos de instrumentos realmente interesantes, especialmente la guitarra de David Cullen. Un verdadero contraste, con algo de rock, comparado con todo el carácter ofrecido en el CD. Un sorpresa para finalizar!.


Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes ha sido un verdadero descubrimiento. Jill Haley es una destacada artista y una habitual en las producciones de Will Ackerman, pero poder disfrutar de producciones escritas por ella, es sin duda, algo fantástico. No cabe duda de que Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes es un álbum que adquiriría sin pensar, tan sólo escuchar la calidad de las composiciones, esa ligera acaricia al género neo-clásico y la fuerza con la que su música es capaz de trasladarnos hacia otro lugar del mundo, son puntos clave para decir que este álbum merece la más altísima de las valoraciones. Enhorabuena Maestro Haley!.

reviewsnewage.com
31/10/12

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
I have been familiar with Jill Haley’s contributions to other artists’ albums for almost as long as I’ve been reviewing, so it was a very pleasant surprise to receive an album in her own name. "Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes" is the second in series of recordings inspired by our precious National Parks (the first was for Glacier National Park in 2010) and dedicated to the National Park Service, which is celebrating its centennial in 2016. Haley’s soulful oboe and English horn have been regular fixtures on many Will Ackerman-produced albums, but I had no idea that she is also a composer and pianist. She is joined on this lovely album by guitarist (and husband) David Cullen as well as Dana Cullen on French horn and Graham Cullen on cello, making this a most impressive family project. The beautiful package includes twelve of Haley’s photos that show the inspiration for each piece along with a brief description of each place. So, although the National Park System is quite a large entity, "Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes" is a very personal (and impressive!) tribute expressed in the universal languages of music and photography.

"Zion and Bryce Soundscapes" begins with “Floating in the Narrows,” a piece for piano and English horn, both performed by Haley. The piano seems to express the flowing water while the English horn provides a lilting melody that conveys the feeling of floating effortlessly - a beautiful start! “Hoodoo Silhouettes” gracefully describes the changing light on the pinnacles that rise up from the amphitheater of Bryce Canyon. Composed for cello, piano, and English horn, it’s a beauty and one of my favorite tracks. “Watchman Trek” (for piano and oboe) is sometimes soaring and sometimes very haunting - a fascinating combination! French horn brings a feeling of majesty to “Queen’s Garden.” Piano and English horn provide the other voices to this stirring and very visual piece. My favorite track is “Spilled Sunshine on Red Rocks,” an energetic and upbeat composition for guitar, fretless bass, and oboe that exudes joy, freedom and warmth. I also really like “Navajo Loop,” a haunting duet for guitar and English horn that seems to tell of places that are both intimate and vast. The sound of the whistle on “Emerald Pools Mist” provides an interesting contrast to some of the other instrumentation. Accompanied by piano, guitar, and oboe, the sound is refreshing and light. “Waves of Wind” closes the set with piano, guitar, cello, and oboe describing the effects of wind swirling the sand and setting everything in motion - a colorful ending to a great album!

"Zion and Bryce Soundscapes" is excellent from start to finish and the beautiful photography makes for a very special package. Very highly recommended!

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Jill Haley, who plays English horn on many of the CDs reviewed on this site, presents a collection of original compositions inspired by and dedicated to the Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in Utah. Naturally, the music is as grand and as epic as the subject matter that informs it.

In addition to English horn, Haley also plays piano and oboe on the recording. She is joined by David Cullen on guitars and bass, Dana Cullen on French horn, and Graham Cullen on cello. While Haley’s compositions and instruments are the major components of the album, the contributions by the Cullens are just as integral to the overall musical portrait Haley paints of these majestic American landscapes.

The key to unlocking the beauty and grandeur of the Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in musical form is in creating subtle and gentle impressions that evoke humbled awe. Haley understands this and executes this with aplomb, aided and abetted by the skillful and passionate playing of the Cullens. As enjoyable as this CD will be to anyone who appreciates well-crafted instrumental music, I imagine that this would be a perfect soundtrack to take on a trip to the Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

An added bonus to the release is the album package itself, which includes Haley’s photographs of the Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and makes for a nice commemorative keepsake. The cover features a beautiful photograph of one of the stunning rock canyons, and the attached interior 12-page photo booklet includes more breathtaking views of the park sites that inspired each of the tracks.