DANCE OF THE SANDHILL
is a musical metaphor honoring the inspiring mating ritual of The Sandhill Crane. In Japan, cranes symbolize longevity. Many folktales talk of cranes living a thousand years. They are known to have endured on this planet for millions of years. The curious musical motion of Sandhills affect our own human survival in intriguing ways.
Consider the relationship of the cranes dancing of on the cover image...(take out yet) at second glance we observe the relationship of two continents juxtaposed in the clouds. One vision of The Montana Mandolins has always been to play music around the world, for music has no boundaries - neither do the cranes. This CD celebrates dance in its infinite living forms. We see ourselves in these works of nature and discover the hidden language of the soul; the dance of human life. There is a dance in every one of these songs, an interplay between the instruments and their tones within each moment of the music. Sometimes thoughtful and reflective, sometimes playful, there is always a dance. If our music makes you smile, cry or tap your foot......we know we’ve done our job.
the fourth CD produced by
The Montana Mandolin Society
an internationally recognized touring mandolin orchestra known for its unique sound, “The Montana Sound”. The Society tours regularly and has been featured through NPR and The Kennedy Center.
The Cover Dancing Cranes
Limited Edition Print by Monte Dolack
A native of Montana, Monte Dolack grew up surrounded by the same sweeping vistas and big sky that inspired Charlie Russell. A love of the natural world combined with his exuberant curiosity and travel shapes the content of Monte's imagery. This original artwork was commissioned by Maureen and Mike Mansfield in 1995 for the “Landscapes and Communities in Asia and the Pacific Northwest” Symposium.
Monte Dolack Gallery
Dennis White - mandolin, banjo, guitar
Lindsay Turnquist - hammer dulcimer,octave mandolin
Dennis Hunt - mandola, mandocello,octave mandolin,hammer dulcimer
Kevin Fabozzi - mandolin, mandola
Ron Crete - mandolin
John Piccolo - mandola, bass
Kyle Brenner - cello
Sara Williams - violin
Jeff Ashear - Classical Guitar
Craig Hall - Guitar, bass
Mike Gillan - Percussion
Adam Greenberg - Percussion
Recorded at The MIX PIT-Bozeman, MT
Produced by Dennis White and The Montana Mandolin Society
Engineered by Jeremiah Slovarp
Mastered by David Glasser at AIRSHOW-Boulder, CO
Management and liner notes by Lori Brockway
Package Design by Scott Johnson at SPUTNIK DESIGN
Crane Photos by Ron Crete
Mandolin Photo by Michael Blessing