The Back Issues - 2001 News


Harris-Coates Duo performance at national convention a big hit, set to record third CD

Barking Dog Records artists Debora Harris and Mike Coates were chosen, through a competitive selection process, to perform as featured artists for the second time in three years at the National Flute Association Convention on August 17 in Dallas, Texas. This annual convention draws between 3,000 and 4,000 professional flutists from around the world and to be selected to perform a full recital program before this audience is a singular honor and accomplishment. At the convention they performed a major challenging new work, "Tre Divertimenti" by Spanish composer and featured convention guest Salvador Brotons, who leapt to his feet in enthusiastic applause as they finished their performance. "You have given the best performance of all my pieces performed at this event!" he beamed, adding, "No one has performed this piece as well as you have just done - bravo to you both!"

The Harris-Coates Duo last performed at the NFA Convention in 1998, where they presented "Dances in the Madhouse" by David Leisner, which they later recorded as the title cut to their second CD.

Debora and Mike also presented two regional performances of their Dallas program:

The Arts Center
Jamestown, ND

Thursday, August 9
8:00 pm. $5 member/$7 non-member admission.

Rourke Art Museum
Moorhead, MN
(Main Avenue)
Sunday, August 12
2:00 pm. Free with museum admission and open to the public

The Harris-Coates Duo will go back into the studio in May/June 2002 to record their third CD on Barking Dog Records including world premiere recordings of "Tre Divertimenti" by Salvador Brotons, and a new transcription by Mike Coates of Charles T. Griffes' "The White Peacock" for flute, bassoon and guitar with Russell Peterson on bassoon.



New enterprise for Barking Dog Records artist Deb Jenkins

Well, the bad news is that Deb left her "day job" as manager of Full Circle Cafe (upon which they closed their doors), which is sad news for many of us - she made the Full Circle a source of wonderful homemade, vegetarian "food Mother Nature would feed her children" in downtown Fargo.

But the good news is that she is now cooking lunches at Cynthia's in downtown Fargo and expanding her TSW Catering business to market her famous spreads, salads and on-site business lunches! Her positively addictive spreads - Jalapeno Pesto, Tomato Cucumber, Garlic Dill, Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic - are now available in the Fargo area at Hornbachers (Village West and Express), Cynthia's (downtown) and more places to come soon...

Check out Deb's new website for information about all of her myriad activities including the Deb Jenkins Band, Great Heart Plus Productions, TSW Catering, the North Central Regional Folk Festival, annual Celebration of Women and their Music, and more. Deb's website is designed and maintained by Linda Coates of Barking Dog Records.




Raptor Studios client SUSAN EKBERG releases meditation double CD

Renowned author and Reiki Master Susan Ekberg has recorded and released her debut meditation CD titled "Home - Meditations for Body, Mind and Soul." The first disc, Guided Meditations, contains spoken word guided meditations including "Guided Gratitude," "Chakra Power Meditation," "Fire Meditation," "Water Meditation," and "The Rainbow Bubble." These meditations are all framed in a shimmering musical bed by composer Harold Grandstaff Moses. The second disc, Subliminal Meditations, contains the music for meditation plus the spoken word text embedded at a subliminal level.

Susan has also published three children's books through her Spiritseeker Publishing Company: "Pink Stars and Angel Wings," "The Trust Walk" and "Little Spiritseeker." Raptor Studios is also in the process of recording a companion CD for "The Trust Walk," which is set for fall 2001 release.

Check out Susan's new website, designed and hosted by Linda Coates of Raptor Studios: for more information about her books, recordings, and upcoming Reiki events in the Fargo-Moorhead area.


Margot Wagner releases debut, tours the Midwest

Barking Dog Records is thrilled to announce the debut release of Fargo singer/songwriter Margot Wagner. Margot and producer Mike Coates recently finished recording, mixing and mastering "Open Blue Sky" at Raptor Studios. Her CD release performance May 24 at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo was a smashing success.

Margot began full time touring throughout the Midwest in June. From August through November she is performing at colleges, coffeehouses, festivals and venues from Chicago and Madison to St. Paul and Missoula. In November she returns to France for a few weeks and will perform in France and England. Be sure to check out her new web pages and bookmark her calendar.

Margot, a recent Fargo South graduate, spent a year in France as a foreign exchange student and traveled extensively throughout Europe, and many of her songs reflect those experiences - including a few sung in French. She is a remarkable singer and songwriter - her voice has a shimmering clarity as well as a passionate edge, and her songs are articulate, mature and offer a youthful sophistication which spans folk and pop genres. The twelve original songs on "Open Blue Sky" range from stripped-down reflective and intimate songs ("Open Blue Sky," "As In Autumn" and "Poetry On Newspapers") to well-crafted full-band songs ("Ma Bohème," "7:53" and "Bring Back").

Margot plays both guitar and piano throughout the album, and is joined by a rhythm section on several tunes (Joel Thompson, drums and Colin Peterson, bass) and several guest artists from the Fargo-Moorhead area (Debora Harris, alto flute; Russell Peterson, soprano and tenor sax; Jane Linde Capistran, violin; Elise Buffat Nelson, cello; and Tom Christianson, percussion).

Critical response around the region is already enthusiastic - read what folks have to say on her reviews page.

Margot is booked through the end of 2001 - check out her new web pages and bookmark her calendar. Her debut CD, "Open Blue Sky" is available for sale online at and on the Barking Dog Records mail order form. It's also available at music stores throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area.


Mike Coates post-produces concert recording for statewide Minnesota Public Radio Broadcast

It was a compelling coincidence - the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony was scheduled, as of last spring, to open this concert season with the glorious, transcendent German Requiem by Johannes Brahms on September 22-23. As it turned out, that performance became a moving and unforgettable experience of mourning and healing in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Music Director Joel Revzen, a massive choir (the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber Chorale and Fargo-Moorhead Master Chorale), baritone soloist William Stone, soprano soloist Jane Jennings and the orchestra made that magnificent work come to life to sold-out audiences. The concert opened with Maestro Revzen bounding to the stage and launching unannounced into a rousing "Star Spangled Banner" which brought the audience to its feet singing, followed by Brahms' Haydn Variations. It was the Requiem, however, introduced from the stage by Revzen who dedicated the performance to the people and their families who were victims of the attacks, that was a profoundly moving message of uplifting hope and radiant beauty. The orchestra, choir and soloists gave a masterful performance.

Raptor Studios/Barking Dog Records co-owner and producer/engineer Mike Coates has been in charge of concert sound, recording and post-production of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony concerts since the 1999-2000 season and his recordings are regularly broadcast by MPR affiliate KCCM in Moorhead, MN. This time, however, the senior producer of Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, Silvester Vicic, heard of this very special concert and expressed an interest in broadcasting it statewide, upon approval of the finished recording. Mike immediately began work on the project, overnighted the finished master to St. Paul, and it was approved the next day for broadcast on the entire Minnesota Public Radio network - a rare honor for a regional orchestra.

Those of you in the MPR listening area - be sure to tune in!

Minnesota Public Radio statewide broadcast of FMSO 9/23/01 performance of Brahms Requiem
Thursday, October 4, 2001
7:30 pm
all MPR classical music stations

Congratulations and heartfelt appreciation to Maestro Revzen, the orchestra members, choir members, soloists and members of the FM Symphony administrative staff for a memorable and moving musical experience.



Raptor Studios client releases debut

Raptor Studios congratulates Hot Huapaya on the recent release of "Beneath the Skin." Produced by Mike Coates and recorded at Raptor Studios, their debut CD showcases the band's range of musical styles from heavy rock to acoustic-style ballads, outstanding musicianship and accomplished songwriting.

The guys in the band have been busy outside the studio, too. In August they won first place in the Battle of the Bands presented Moorhead's city-wide festival, "Hullaballoo," and in September they performed at the "61 for 61" 61-hour fundraiser for MeritCare Hospital's Roger Maris Cancer Center.

Check their website for upcoming shows and pick up their CD at music stores in the Fargo-Moorhead area!



Debora Harris performing with Berkshire Opera Company

Barking Dog Records recording artist Debora Harris (shown here with duo partner Mike Coates) has been engaged as Principal Flute of the Berkshire Opera Company for their July run of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte. The Berkshire Opera Company is one of the country's premier summer companies, featuring top professional musicians from the New York and Boston areas performing repertoire favorites in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains, just up the road from the famed Tanglewood Music Center.

Deb's colleagues in the orchestra are mainly professionals from New York, Boston and Philadelphia - she is the lone Minnesotan! Deb returned home briefly after her New York rehearsals and reported that the orchestra is "fabulous - and performing with them is a dream." Congratulations Deb!



Mike and Linda Coates perform double bill with Margot Wagner

Mike and Linda Coates and Margot Wagner will each perform a set as part of the North Dakota Museum of Art's Summer Music Series on Tuesday, July 10.

Mike and Linda Coates have performed their eclectic classical guitar and vocal interpretations of six centuries of song since 1995 when they founded Barking Dog Records and Raptor Studios. Their repertoire ranges from Elizabethan songs to Procol Harum to original compositions, all brought together by Mike's virtuosic classical guitar arrangements and Linda's warm vocal style. At this concert they will be performing songs from their seasonal-themed recordings including "An Early Spring" and "Summer Air" CDs. Check out their web pages for more information on their recordings and performances.

Margot Wagner will perform the second set with songs from her debut CD on Barking Dog Records, "Open Blue Sky." Folks in the Grand Forks area can see Margot live on WDAZ-TV on the 5:00 news on the afternoon of the concert.

Mike & Linda Coates and Margot Wagner
North Dakota Museum of Art
Summer Music Series
University of North Dakota Campus - Grand Forks, ND
Tuesday, July 10, 2001
7:30 pm - free and open to the public




Cool Summer Jazz Series at the Plains Art Museum

Enjoy some great playing, cool surroundings and tasty eats at the Plains Art Musuem. Barking Dog Records recording artist Russ Peterson and his quartet will be performing at the Plains Art Museum on Thursday, July 19, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is free for museum members, $3 for non-members. Lovely smoke-free environment, bistro-style seating, cash bar & hors d'oeuvres available for purchase.

See you there!



Raptor Studios client OBSIDIAN releases debut CD - album review in High Plains Reader

It's one of the heaviest albums we've done to date - and the boys in Obsidian have been busy ever since plastering the region with posters and preparing for the release of their debut CD, <human.distortion> on Saturday, May 5.

Bryan Grob of the High Plains Reader reviewed the album in this week's edition - here's an excerpt: "What is it with Fargo-Moorhead being a breeding ground for either the bluesiest blues men, the trippiest of the hippies and the heaviest of the heavy? Fargo's Obsidian may be able to answer at least part of the puzzle when the band releases their new CD "Human Distortion," a brutally heavy disc straight from the bloodlines of Fear Factory, Static X, and Six Feet Under.

"Produced by Barking Dog Records co-owner Mike Coates (surprise!), the disc has an intensely professional sound that brings through their unique blend of music. The three-piece has taken what Ministry/Nine Inch Nails accomplished with electronics and brought it to a new level by playing without a live drummer - all beats are electronically programmed. Members Barney Haugen (guitar/programming) Tony Haugen (vocals) and John Frampus (bass) have taken a step in the local scene not yet touched on..."

Read the complete review on HPR's website here.

CD Release Event
Saturday, May 5
Fargo VFW Club
7:00 pm -
with Clayton, Blood Dries Black, Rehash & Distorted Madness
$5 cover charge - 18+



Mike Coates and Todd Queen perform tenor/guitar recital on chamber series

Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera Performing Arts Series
Tuesday, April 24
"Sighs, Serenades and Soliloquies" - music for voice and guitar
Plains Art Museum - Landfield Atrium
701 1st Ave. North, Fargo, ND 701-232-3821
free and open to the public

Barking Dog Records recording artist Mike Coates joins tenor Todd Queen in a vocal-guitar recital as part of the Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera's new Performing Arts Series. The duo will perform excerpts from three song cycles: "Schwanengesang" by Franz Schubert, "Letters from Composers" by Dominick Argento, and "Songs of the Chinese" by Benjamin Britten.

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. Dr. Todd Queen is a member of the voice faculty at North Dakota State University and recently completed his doctoral degree from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

The FMCO's 2000-2001 season marks the introduction of the new Performing Arts 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.



New Gear!

We're excited to add the world-class Avalon AD2044 stereo mix compressor to our expanding line-up of top end recording and mastering equipment. The AD2044, found in the world's leading recording studios and mastering houses, features transparent non-invasive compression, the benefits of traditional vintage LDR compression, and seamlessly enhances the body of the sonic image. Sweet!


After five years of faithful service from our Tascam DA-88 recording decks, we have upgraded to Tascam DA-78HD 24-bit recording decks. The improvement in fidelity and resolution between 16- and 24-bit is a 256-fold increase -- they sound fantastic! Other significant recent equipment additions include a Tascam DA-40 mastering deck, Line 6 Guitar Pod and Line 6 Bass Pod effect modeling units, several microphones and assorted other goodies. See an illustrated list of our full complement of equipment and instruments here.



"American Breath" by Russell Peterson released January 5

Barking Dog Records is proud to announce the release of American Breath by extraordinary classical saxophonist 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 and chamber ensembles in the United States and Europe, and has ensemble CDs released on Albany Records (Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet) and Sea-Breeze Jazz (Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet). Russell currently teaches saxophone, bassoon and jazz studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.

American Breath includes "Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano" by David Maslanka, "Mahler in Blue Light" by Larry Thomas Bell (saxophone, cello and piano) and the premiere recording of a new composition of Peterson's: "Concerto for Saxophone and Percussion Orchestra," which Mike Coates recorded at Concordia College in November with Russ and the Tri-College Percussion Ensemble directed by Dr. David Eyler.


Deb Jenkins Band "Down Home Blues" released December 15-17

It was a fun month in the studio last October as the mighty Deb Jenkins Band recorded Down Home Blues, their second CD on Barking Dog Records. Following Deb Jenkins' 1997 debut recording, "Freedom," this new release features the full band from start to finish in an all-blues format. Both releases were produced and recorded by Mike Coates at Raptor Studios in Fargo.

From the take-charge attitude of "I Sing the Blues" and "I Can Love You Like a Woman" to the playful "Down Home Blues" and "You Can Leave Your Hat On" to the soulful Billie Holiday classic "Fine and Mellow," Deb Jenkins' voice shines with assertive confidence and musical nuance.

The band is also showcased on this album--keyboardist Mike Jenkins displays his signature Hammond C2 organ and piano wizardry throughout and sings lead vocals on two songs, guitarist Ron Meier shows his effortless command of the blues in all its moods, and the rhythm section of bassist Jeremy Cahill and drummer Frank McDaniels provides a compelling foundation with an irresistible groove.

Guest artists add punch to the mix on several tunes including a brass section made up of some of the best players in Fargo-Moorhead: John Pederson on trumpet, Russ Peterson on tenor sax and Harley Sommerfeld on baritone sax; backing vocalists Jenny Thom (St. Paul, formerly Fargo), Patti McVane (Detroit Lakes) and Linda Coates (Fargo); and percussionist Roger Gress (Fargo).

Check out the all-new Deb Jenkins Band website!

You can find Down Home Blues in regional music stores or order them online today via mail order and within a couple weeks through



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