Free July Performances of Mesa Verde National Park Inspired Music
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
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Musician and composer Jill Haley, a 2013 Mesa Verde National Park Artist in Residence, is returning to the Mesa Verde area in July 2014 to give two free performances of music written during her residency. These outdoor concerts will be held at the Cortez Cultural Center's plaza on Saturday, July 12, and at Mesa Verde National Park's Morefield Amphitheater on Sunday, July 13, both at 7:00 p.m. They are free and open to the public. Jill will be joined for these performances by guitarist David Cullen and local pianist Lillian Wakeley.
Jill Haley, a pianist, oboist, and composer, recently released "Mesa Verde Soundscapes," a recording of music that was written while she was a Mesa Verde National Park Artist in Residence. In May 2013, Jill was invited to stay in the park for two weeks while working on her project--in this case writing music. She would visit various sites such as Spruce Tree House and Cliff Palace and then compose music that was inspired by these historic and spiritual sites. The "Mesa Verde Soundscapes" recording also includes a 14-page photo booklet of images that inspired the 14 pieces of music. "Mesa Verde Soundscapes" is the third recording in a series of music Jill has written about the national parks in the United States. Her previous recordings in this series are "Glacier Soundscapes" and "Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes." Copies of these recordings will be available for purchase at Jill's concerts.
Jill's oboe and English horn playing draw from classical, folk, and jazz styles, creating a sound that is her own. She can be heard on numerous nationally released recordings by many artists. She also can be heard playing original music with her trio, "One Alternative." Jill performs in the oboe section of several orchestras. Jill has adapted one of her Mesa Verde compositions for the Four Corners Community Band.
Mesa Verde National Park's Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program provides professional artists the opportunity to become part of a long established tradition of artists creating works in our national parks. The AIR program is managed for the park by the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association. Learn more at www.nps.gov/meve/supportyourpark/artists_in_residence.htm.
Did You Know?
The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.