The Back Issues - 2005 News

Harris-Coates Duo selected to perform

Barking Dog Records artists Debora Harris and Mike Coates have been chosen, through a competitive selection process, to perform as featured artists for the third time in seven years at the National Flute Association Convention on August 14 in San Diego, California. This annual convention draws between 3,000 and 4,000 professional flutists from around the world and to be selected to perform before this audience is a singular honor and accomplishment. Artists are not invited to perform more often than once every three years.

The Harris-Coates Duo last performed at the NFA Convention in 1999 in Phoenix, where they presented "Dances in the Madhouse" by David Leisner, which they later recorded as the title cut to their second CD, and again in 2001 in Dallas, where they presented 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!"

Deb is professor of flute at Concordia College in Moorhead and also teaches flute at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Mike, co-owner of Barking Dog Records and Raptor Studios, also teaches classical guitar at Concordia. The Harris-Coates Duo have released three critically acclaimed CDs to date: Reverie (1997), Dances in the Madhouse (2000) and The White Peacock (2002).


CD RELEASE NEWS - "Ordinary Woman" by Cindy Greywind

After nearly two years of work in the studio with producer Mike Coates, Barking Dog Records is pleased to announce the release of "Ordinary Woman" by singer-songwriter Cindy Greywind.

This has been a very long road for everyone, marked by difficulties and tragedy (Cindy's husband Russell Greywind died unexpectedly during the recording of the album) but the result is a powerful and moving collection of original songs.

Although not native herself, Cindy (originally from western North Dakota) has lived most of her adult life in the Native American community and speaks with an insightful, articulate voice between those two worlds. Her songs speak firsthand of spirituality, connection to land and nature, poverty, alcoholism, and the experience of being a woman, first and foremost, in today's society.

Cindy is rich in ideas and artistic concepts. She and producer Mike Coates collaborated on all aspects of the album, including the instrumental arrangements which incorporate everything from a native drum group and flute to more than 20 people saying the name of God in 22 languages (in the song "Prayer for a Perfect World)."

The title song, "Ordinary Woman," incorporates hand-made log drums, military funeral drums and a pow-wow drum group in a beautiful and moving musical tribute to Pvt. Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to die in combat (on foreign soil).

Cindy performs with her own acoustic sound system and will be performing at special events, coffeehouses, casinos, colleges and concerts throughout the region. Contact Barking Dog Records for Cindy's dates and availability.

"Ordinary Woman" is available on Amazon and on the Barking Dog Records order form (you can pay by credit card or check).


CD RELEASE NEWS - "A Place to Belong" by Jessie Veeder

Singer-songwriter Jessie Veeder graduated in May 2005 from UND, just after recording her latest CD "A Place To Belong" at Raptor Studios, and Barking Dog Records is thrilled to announce its release. It has been our privilege to work with talented young artists including Brenda Weiler, Margot Wagner and Brennen Leigh - now Jessie joins the roster as a remarkable songwriting talent with a compelling voice to match.

Western North Dakota paints the backdrop of many of Jessie's songs - she is a native of Watford City. Jessie Veeder, 21, has already established herself as an accomplished and professional musician, managing a multi-state college touring circuit and recording an album of original songs while finishing her bachelors degree and graduating with honors.

Beginning with her love for words and an old guitar handed down to her from her father, Jessie began songwriting at the age of 12. "The isolation of growing up on a working ranch in Western North Dakota allowed me the freedom and space to develop creatively," Jessie says of her songwriting. Her newest songs reflect the poignant ambivalence of wanting to leave yet longing for home and familiar terrain.

Barking Dog Records producer Mike Coates and arranger Linda Coates, in active collaboration with Jessie, have brought in another stellar cast of musicians to flesh out her songs and give them each a distinctive flavor. From rootsy instrumental textures including harmonica, pedal steel, slide and dobro guitar to quirky touches like vibes, cello, accordion and oboe, the songs are grounded by Jessie's acoustic guitar work and an outstanding rhythm section (including members of popular Fargo band davis?).

Jessie's CD is available on

Barking Dog Records releases AMERICAN PORTRAIT by baritone Peter Halverson
A longtime favorite of the Fargo-Moorhead concert stage, baritone Peter Halverson has now recorded some of his favorite songs by American composers. In collaboration with his longtime performing partner and Concordia College music department colleague, pianist David Worth, and producers Mike and Linda Coates of Barking Dog Records and Raptor Studios, Peter took inspiration from great baritone singers of the past and drew from the rich and diverse American song repertoire to create an AMERICAN PORTRAIT. From Ethelbert Nevin's 1891 setting of Eugene Fields' wistful "Little Boy Blue" to Marc Blitzstein's vaudevillian "Penny Candy" of 1945 to Gene Scheer's moving "Lean Away" of 1995 are heard over a century of songs that communicate with a beauty and simplicity that is immediate and heartfelt. Together these songs, old and new, favorites and forgotten, paint a landscape that is unmistakably American.

Baritone Peter Halverson has performed throughout the United States, distinguishing himself on the dramatic stage and in concert. A versatile performer, he has more than fifty roles to his credit including the title roles in Pelléas et Mélisande, Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, Gianni Schicchi, The Man of La Mancha and Phantom. He has been a frequent guest artist with opera companies and orchestras including the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Berkshire Opera, Madison Opera, Tacoma Opera, Chattanooga Opera, National Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and New Mexico Symphony and has appeared at the Kennedy Center Mozart Festival, Oregon Bach Festival and San Luis Osbispo Mozart Festival.

In concert he has been the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana, Britten's War Requiem, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Des Knaben Wunderhorn, J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony. He was also soloist in the premiere of René Clausen's Memorial at the ACDA National Convention at Lincoln Center in 2003. Peter is a professor of voice at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and has been heard often with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony.

Peter Halverson's AMERICAN PORTRAIT is available for sale at Fargo-Moorhead area retailers,, Concordia Recordings and Amazon.

Raptor Studios completes work on F-M Area Youth Symphonies debut CD

Producer Mike Coates just wrapped up several months' work on a double CD for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies, including recording the 2004-2005 concerts on location, editing, mixing and mastering. The Senior High Symphony Orchestra, directed by Jane Linde Capistran, and the Junior High Concert Strings, directed by Brian Cole, each have a complete disc in the set. Works on the Senior High disc include "Mars" from The Planets by Gustav Holst, William Tell Overture, Brahms' Academic Overture and more. Works on the Junior High disc include "The Lovers' Waltz" by Jay Unger, "Sheep May Safely Graze" by J.S. Bach, "Farandole" by Georges Bizet, and more. The double CD is available at the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies office, at FMAYS concerts, and at retailers in the Fargo-Moorhead area.


Raptor Studios client SUSAN EKBERG releases second meditation double CD

Renowned author and Reiki Master Susan Ekberg has recorded and released her second meditation CD titled "Away - Meditations for Body, Mind and Soul." Her first double CD, "Home," was released in 2001. This completes two albums of a planned three-album series.

The first disc, Guided Meditations, contains spoken word guided meditations including "Golden Light," "Visualization to Enhance Intuition," "Chakra Breathing," "Visualization to Meet Your Higher Self" and "Just Breathe." These meditations are all framed in a shimmering musical bed by of music composed and performed by Linda Coates. The second disc contains the music for meditation without the spoken word meditations.

Susan is a self-published author of acclaimed children's books, has established The Energy Center in Fargo and hosts a radio show every Sunday from noon to 2:00 pm on 105.9 Radio Free Fargo.

Check out Susan's 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.



Two new radio shows!
Barking Dog Records
recording artist/chef extraordinaire/music promoter Deb Jenkins and Raptor Studios recording client/Energy Center founder/intuitive consultant Susan Ekberg are hosting their own radio shows on Radio Free Fargo 105.9!

Deb Jenkins
"Music Stew" Radio Show - 105.9 FM
Tuesdays 10:00 pm to midnight
Local and regional music, local news, artists talking about upcoming events, recipes, opinions and more!
 Susan Ekberg
"The Next Step" Radio Show - 105.9 FM
Sundays noon - 2:00 pm
Blending spirituality and fun - things you wouldn't normally talk about & fabulous music from all genres!


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