My name is Harlan Mark Vale.
I am a musician.
I live and breathe music.
Without music, there is no life. I am also spirit. The journey that
got me to this realization is also the journey that created the album,
Bright Angel. The music I have created here is a free-flowing river of
the Divine expressing itself through me.
My formal music training began at The Evergreen State College in
Washington State in the 70’s, where I studied electronic music and audio
engineering. Later, I performed with Trillium, The New Art Orchestra,
and others creating free improvisational jazz and experimental genres
playing piano, synthesizer and percussion.
After years of playing and recording electronic music covering many
genres, I have finally returned to my beginnings; the piano. This is
where my hearts speaks to me most clearly.
The album title, “Bright Angel” came about after spending time at
the Grand Canyon. There is a feature in the canyon called Bright Angel
Point as well as a trailhead by the name of Bright Angel Trail. These
features are moving and inspiring by their very nature. While at the
canyon, I discovered a baby grand piano on the mezzanine above the lobby
at the El Tovar Hotel, situated on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
It was here that I gave birth to the music portrayed on the Bright Angel
CD. These pieces are my attempt to capture the majesty and serenity I
feel being and performing at the Grand Canyon.
As an interesting aside, I have conducted home studies of the music
on the Bright Angel CD using standard muscle testing techniques.
Listeners test stronger during and after listening to this music than
they do before. I would be curious to find out if these results could
be duplicated by others under more controlled conditions.
The journey to this point has been long and winding, but worth the
wait. I finally feel that the Universe and I are playing the same
piano. Nothing on the album have I written, it’s more that I am
allowing the music to emerge from me fully formed. My job is to make
the Divine connection, step out of the way and become the conduit for