Dance of the Sandhill
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 it's 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 it's 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 MUSICIAN's list 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.