The Back Issues - 2000 News



New reviews of Harris-Coates Duo recordings

Enthusiastic reviews are coming in for "Dances in the Madhouse," the classical flute & guitar recording by the Harris-Coates Duo: Debora Harris, flute and Mike Coates, guitar.

This just in from classical e-zine, FanFaire: "These superbly recorded CDs coming out of Fargo, North Dakota are a delightful discovery! You only have to listen to the first few tracks on either disc to realize that flute and guitar belong together. Debora Harris and Michael Coates have been performing as a duo for the past decade and their perfect chemistry shows in their playing. They have assembled charming, diverse pieces, many transcribed from compositions written for other instruments, that take the listener through a most enjoyable journey of the flute and guitar repertoire, from early 19th century to the present. It is obvious these CDs were produced by the duo with a lot of care - for the music, the sound, and the broad audience they are trying to reach. Even the program notes are educational pieces in miniature - scholarly but engaging like their music, and never boring!"

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And a short excerpt from a lengthy review by John Bent in New Millenium Guitar e-zine: "...Now the next piece is from a composer not often heard in recitals involving guitar: Hector Berlioz! This exquisite "Trio" is an interlude played between "scenes" of the oratorio "The Childhood of Christ". Originally scored for two flutes and harp. Here the scoring is for guitar and two flutes (with each part played by Ms. Harris on separately recorded tracks). This music is simply ravishing, exquisitely arranged by Mr Coates, and played with all the tenderness and exuberance the music requires. For methis is the highlight of the entire CD!" Follow the e-zine links to read these reviews in their entirety.

The Harris-Coates Duo will be performing several times in the coming months: at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo on their holiday noon concert series on Thursday, December 21 (officially the first day of winter...yeah, right), as part of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra's Chamber Concert Series on Sunday, February 11; and on Sunday, February 25 in a special program at the Fargo-Moorhead Unitarian Universalist Church with readings by poet Mark Vinz. March will see the duo touring the midwest with performances in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. Visit the duo's calendar for frequent updates.



Linda Coates to provide marketing services to Fargo-Moorhead Symphony

Former Executive Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Barking Dog Records/Raptor Studios co-owner Linda Coates has been hired as a freelance marketing consultant for the orchestra beginning with the 2000-2001 season. Joel Revzen, Music Director, said, "The Board of Trustees and I are thrilled that you will be involved with us again, particularly with marketing and design. I eagerly look forward to working on season planning with you again!" Linda's work will include graphic design overhaul of printed materials and advertising, creating promotional concepts and providing marketing input on season planning and repertoire.

Symphony post-production and concert sound by Mike Coates

Since early summer, Mike Coates has been contracted to provide post-production of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony's concert recordings and sound consultation for the concert venue, NDSU's Festival Concert Hall. FMSO concerts are broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio's "Regional Artists in Concert" series, produced and hosted by Diane Wolter. Bill Law, Executive Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, is enthusiastic about the improvement in the orchestra's recordings. "It's like night and day -- Mike does flawless work and has the best ears in the business. I trust him implicitly."

Mike's proposal to the Symphony for the acquisition, installation and operation of a $20,000 acoustic enhancement system for the concert hall has now become reality. This system, which utilizes the revolutionary Sony DRE2777 Sampling Digital Reverb which re-creates the "real" ambience reverberation of various sound environments by combining the sound of the orchestra with sampled data taken from actual reverberant sound spaces. "Dial-up" configurations include famous European concert halls (including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw), American spaces (including St. John the Divine cathedral and the Grand Canyon) and more. This system is now in place and received its trial run at the symphony's October concert.



Barking Dog Records signs saxophonist Russ Peterson

Barking Dog Records is proud to announce the signing of an extraordinary classical artist--Russell Peterson. An accomplished classical/jazz saxophonist, bassoonist and composer, Russell is winner of numerous prizes, including the Grand Prize at the International Geneva Saxophone Concours, (Switzerland), and first place winner of the MTNA National Music Competition. He has soloed with orchestras in the United States and Europe, including the Dana Chamber Orchestra (USA), Concordia Orchestra (USA), Bowling Green Philharmonic (USA), L'Orchestra de la Suisse Romande (Switzerland), Collegium Musicum (Switzerland), The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra (USA), The Orchestra Conservatorio Superior De Música (Spain), and The St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Russia).

Russ Peterson is an active chamber musician, performing extensively throughout Europe and The United States with the Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet, and is currently also performing with the Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet in Fargo-Moorhead. The Hard-Bop Quartet's first CD release, "Don't Step On Your Neck," is now available on Sea-Breeze Records, and the TSQ's debut CD is soon to be released on Albany Records featuring works by David Maslanka, David Stock and Russell Peck.

As an orchestral player, Russell has served as bassoonist with several symphony orchestras and is currently principal bassoonist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, as well as bassoonist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Wind Quintet. Russ has served on the faculty at Youngstown State University (Ohio), The University of Toledo (Ohio), Moorhead State University (Minnesota), and is currently instructor of Saxophone, Bassoon, and Jazz studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

We will be recording a new composition of Russ' -- "Concerto for Saxophone and Percussion Orchestra" at Concordia College in November with Russ and the Tri-College Percussion Ensemble directed by Dr. David Eyler, and re-mastering recordings of Russ performing "Sonata" by David Maslanka (saxophone and piano) and "Mahler in Blue Light" by Larry Bell (saxophone, cello and piano).

The premiere performances of "Concerto for Saxophone and Percussion Orchestra" and the CD release of this as-yet-untitled album are set for January 2001. Check out Russ' pages on this site.

Mike Coates to perform on chamber series

Classical guitarist Mike Coates will join tenor Todd Queen in a vocal-guitar recital as part of the Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera's new Chamber Concert Series. Mike Coates, co-owner of Barking Dog Records and Raptor Studios, is a former member of the music faculty at Minnesota State University Moorhead and maintains an active performing and recording career as a classical guitarist. Todd Queen is a member of the voice faculty at North Dakota State University and is finishing his doctoral degree from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

The FMCO recently announced its 2000-2001 season which will include a new Chamber Concert Series. Other artists on the new series include baritone Bob Jones, mezzo-soprano Meryl Mantione, violist Eva Stern, pianist Joel Schoenhals and soprano Tami Petty.

The Todd Queen & Mike Coates duo performance is set for April 24, 2001 at the Plains Art Museum. Repertoire will include excerpts from Dominick Argento's "Letters from Composers," songs by Elizabethan composer John Dowland, and more.

Mike is also set to perform with longtime duo partner, flutist Debora Harris, several times in the coming year. The Harris-Coates Duo will tour throughout the Midwest including the Shrine to Music Museum at the University of South Dakota, the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Michigan, and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Check the Harris-Coates Duo website for info on their latest CD release, Dances in the Madhouse, and their performance calendar.




Ded Walleye to perform at benefit for local band

Dozer, a popular Fargo rock band, was recently dealt a big setback. The band was playing in Alexandria, MN in late August when the club in which they were playing burned down taking all of their equipment with it. The replacement cost is enormous and little if any expense will be covered by insurance.

Rick's Bar in Fargo, along with a number of sponsors and local bands, have all decided to help out the band by holding a benefit show Saturday, September 23, from 3:00pm - 1:00am at Rick's Bar. An all-star roster of Fargo's finest rock bands will be performing including The Package, Undone, Sucker Punch, Side Show Bob, Mr. Scary, and the final feature band of the evening, Barking Dog Records recording artists, Ded Walleye. Come out and enjoy a day's worth of great local, live music and help support not only Dozer but all the bands playing.

Check out Ded Walleye's spiffy new logo (above) and also on the band's own website at



Debora Harris presents Flute Day,
Harris-Coates Duo to perform

An all-day event for flutists - FLUTE DAY - will debut at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Saturday, October 14. Barking Dog Records artist and MSUM faculty member Debora Harris has put together a wonderful event for flutists, junior high age though adult, who live in the Red River Valley region. Master classes and other sessions will be presented by Debora and guest artist Roger Martin (right) of Tennessee Technological University and the Cumberland Woodwind Quintet. The event is $10 for participants and begins at 9:30am with a warm-up session. The day concludes with a concert performance by Roger Martin and the Harris-Coates Duo (Debora Harris, flute and Mike Coates, guitar). For more information, check out the Flute Day web page.



3 Minute Hero breaks up, Brenda Weiler on her own

During the past twelve months, Barking Dog Records artists 3 Minute Hero and Brenda Weiler both decided, after two successful label releases, to record and self-release their third CD projects. 3 Minute Hero's "Operation Brown Star" came out this spring and Brenda's "Fly Me Back" is out this month. Unfortunately, the members of 3 Minute Hero are going their separate ways next month -- their final performance is set for Saturday, October 7, at the Fine Line in Minneapolis. Brenda plans to continue touring throughout the Midwest and Western states in the coming months to promote her new independent release. We wish these extraordinarily talented young artists the best in their careers and we continue to promote and distribute their releases on our label: bingo and everyday ninjas by 3 Minute Hero, and trickle down and crazy happy by Brenda Weiler.


Fargo Folk Festival 2000
The second annual Fargo Folk Festival was held on Thursday, August 17, 2000 in beautiful Island Park in downtown Fargo, ND.

Go to the Fargo Folk Festival 2000 page and check out pictures from the festival of performers Ray & Glover, Brenda Weiler, Stuart Davis, Accident Clearinghouse, Mark Reeves and Annie Humphrey.

Thanks again to our media sponsor High Plains Reader for wonderful ads and cover story, to event sponsors Zandbroz Variety, Deb Jenkins/TSW Catering, and Luigis; and to The Forum for excellent coverage before and after the event.




Brenda Weiler and 3 Minute Hero win Minnesota Music Awards

Congratulations to Barking Dog Records recording artists Brenda Weiler and 3 Minute Hero for 2000 Minnesota Music Awards and nominations! Last year we celebrated Brenda's nominations for Minnesota Folk Artist of the Year and Folk Recording of the Year for "crazy happy" and 3 Minute Hero's nomination and win for Ska Band of the Year.

This year Brenda was nominated for Minnesota Folk Artist/Group of the Year, Minnesota Female Vocalist and Minnesota Songwriter of the Year -- and she won the award for Minnesota Female Vocalist of the Year! 3 Minute Hero was again nominated and awarded Ska Band of the Year. WOO HOO!!

Check out the Minnesota Music Academy's website for more information and an opportunity to become a member of this worthy organization.The Minnesota Music Awards are just part of an entire week of events--ICEBREAKER WEEK--promoting Minnesota musicans through performances, showcases and workshops.



Dances in the Madhouse
new release by Harris-Coates Duo

The Harris-Coates Duo (Debora Harris, flute and Mike Coates, guitar) will present several performances around the US in support of their second CD release, Dances in the Madhouse. This exotic and varied compact disc release includes as its centerpiece the four-movement Dances in the Madhouse by American composer David Leisner. Notes Debora Harris, "We are especially pleased to record and release the flute and guitar version of this strikingly dramatic work. It has been our pleasure to perform this piece on several occasions around the country, including the 1998 National Flute Association convention in Phoenix, Arizona and the 1999 College Music Society convention in Denver, Colorado."

This extraordinary piece was inspired by a lithograph, "Dance in a Madhouse" by American artist George Bellows and its four movements are devoted to characters seen in the picture: "Tango Solitaire," "Waltz for the Old Folks," "Ballad for the Lonely," and "Samba!" The album also includes several major works from the flute and guitar repertoire: Sonatina op. 205 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Two Preludes by Claude Debussy, Aria from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Hymn of Pan by Charles Delaney, Trio by Hector Berlioz, and Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla.

Visit the new Harris-Coates Duo webpages for detailed information about CD releases, artist bios, performance dates, contact information and more. Special performances for the release include:

College Music Society National Convention special invitational performance by audition Denver, CO Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999
Emily's Harvest Informal coffeehouse-style performance -- 7:30 pm Park Rapids, MN Friday, Jan. 14, 2000
University of North Dakota recital program Grand Forks, ND Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000
Tennessee Tech recital program and master class Cookeville, TN Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000
Rourke Art Museum Dances in the Madhouse CD release event - performance at 8:00 followed by an informal reception with hors d'oeuvres and desserts by Deb Jenkins and Linda Coates Moorhead, MN Friday, Feb. 4, 2000
Through and Through - Third Annual Celebration of Women and Their Music Fargo Theatre Fargo, ND Friday, March 4, 2000
Bemidji State University recital program and master classes Bemidji, MN Thursday, March 23, 2000
Minnesota State University - Moorhead Weld Hall Auditorium - 8:00 pm Moorhead, MN Saturday, April 29, 2000
the beautiful historic
Landmark Center
Full recital - 4:00 pm
75 W. 5th Street.
The Ramsey County Room 317
Sponsored by Upper Midwest Flute Association - FREE ADMISSION
St. Paul, MN Sunday, May 14, 2000


Brenda Weiler live at Luigis
Friday, March 10
9:30pm, all ages show, $5
Luigis Restaurant & Conservatory
613 1st Avenue North
Fargo, North Dakota

It's a rare hometown/homecoming concert by Fargo's favorite singer-songwriter. Brenda Weiler has spent the past year touring non-stop throughout the United States, earning nominations for 1999 Minnesota Folk Artist of the Year and Minnesota Folk Recording of the Year, collecting rave reviews from regional and national press, and writing new songs along the way. Though Brenda now lives in Minneapolis, she is rarely home these days as she performs hundreds of dates at festivals, colleges, coffeehouses, clubs and galleries from Chicago to San Jose. Tickets for Friday's show are available at Zandbroz Variety, Luigis, and at the door.

Check out Brenda's website for news, CD info, sound clips, reviews, pictures and more -- bookmark Brenda's gig calendar to keep up on performances near you.


3rd Annual Women's Concert
The third annual Through and Through--A Celebration of Women and their Music, founded by Barking Dog Records artist Deb Jenkins, takes the stage at the beautifully restored Fargo Theatre this Saturday, March 4 at 7:30pm.

As in previous concerts, this production will feature several artists who are on the Barking Dog Records label or who have recorded at Raptor Studios: Brenda Weiler, flutist Debora Harris & classical guitarist Mike Coates (the Harris-Coates Duo), event founder Deb Jenkins and Sarah Morrau (after performing for two years on this concert, Linda Coates will be lending a hand backstage).



Line-up for Spring Series
The Plains Art Museum's popular Rush Hour Concert Series welcomes spring with a great roster of artists including Barking Dog Records' Deb Jenkins and Raptor Studios client Sarah Morrau.

These "bistro" style, informal concerts are from 5:30 to 7:00 pm every Thursday during the series. Beer, wine and other beverages, hors d'oeuvres and CDs of regional artists are available for purchase. Performances and gallery admission are $3.00 for adults and $2.50 for seniors and students. Museum members are always free.

February 17 Sarah Morrau CD release event. Fargo's popular songstress will perform songs from her new CD, ". . . To Hold You," assisted by several regional musicians.
February 24 Nebraska Celtic singer Jill Anderson
March 2 Deb Jenkins Trio with Pianist Merry Helm -- Fargo's favorite rhythm and blues singer makes her appearance at the Plains the week of the annual "Through and Through, Celebration of Women" show (March 4)
March 9 Stuart Davis -- Edgy and irreverent, funny and profound, self-described "post-apocalyptic, punk-folk singer"
March 16 Chris Bucheit, fingerstyle guitarist, singer-songwriter from LaCrosse, WI made his Fargo debut at the 1999 Fargo Folk Festival
March 23 Accident Clearinghouse -- hilarious, retro/country/hillbilly/swing band from Minneapolis
March 30 Billy McLaughlin -- national recording artist on the Narada label enchants audiences with his virtuoso two-handed acoustic guitar fingerboard technique



Date set for 2000 Fargo Folk Festival

Barking Dog Records office staff model snappy 1999 FFF t-shirts

Ana Rusness (l), Barking Dog Records Administrative Assistant, and Tasha Haug (r), Barking Dog Records Business Manager, were hard at work at the 1999 Fargo Folk Festival and are pictured in the ivory t-shirt which was for sale at the festival and the bright purple Event Staff t-shirts which were seen on scores of volunteers during the all-day event at Fargo's Island Park on Thursday, August 19. Names of the performers were listed on the back: Brenda Weiler Band, Mason Jennings Band, John Hermanson Band, Chris Bucheit, Bec Smith, and Flatlands.

A limited number of ivory t-shirts from this first-time event are available at Zandbroz Variety in Fargo and online.

Plan now to attend next year's festival on Thursday, August 17, 2000 from 4:00 - 10:00pm at downtown Island Park in Fargo, ND. Pictures and artist info from this year's event are on the Fargo Folk Festival page.



Peppermint presents successful
panel discussion and performance event
at Roseville, MN Barnes & Noble



From Demo to Distribution: Surviving (and Flourishing)
as a local Singer-Songwriter


On November 21 1999, Peppermint and Barnes & Noble presented an afternoon of music and discussion at Barnes & Noble Har Mar titled From Demo to Distribution: Surviving (and Flourishing) As a Local Singer-Songwriter. More than 80 people attended the performances and panel discussion:

1:00 pm: Round-robin style performances by Brenda Weiler and Chris Bucheit

2:30 pm: Roundtable Discussion of the local singer-songwriter scene with representatives from different parts of the local music industry

4:00 pm: Round-robin style performances by Ellis and Billy McLaughlin

The musical segments of the afternoon provided a unique opportunity to experience the music of Brenda, Chris, Billy, and Ellis. Each of the musical segments featured the two artists sitting side-by-side, alternating songs and answering questions from the audience about their songwriting and touring experiences.

The Roundtable Discussion participants (left to right), Danny Sigelman of Electric Fetus Distribution, Ellen Hayman, host of the nationally distributed radio show Conversations at the Rose Cafe; Billy McLaughlin, national recording artist; Linda Coates, co-owner of Barking Dog Records and David Weeks, co-owner of Peppermint discussed a broad range of topics relating to getting started as an independent musician.


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