Debora Harris, flute
Mike Coates, guitar
The Harris-Coates Duo has been performing together since 1989 and has recorded three CDs: Reverie (1997), Dances in the Madhouse (2000) and The White Peacock (2002) on Barking Dog Records. The Duo has performed by invitation at the National Flute Association conventions in San Diego (2005), Dallas (2001) and Phoenix (1999), and at the College Music Society Conference in Denver (1999). They were the featured guests at Tennessee Technological University's Flute Day, and have performed and presented master classes at Bemidji State University (MN), the University of North Dakota and Minnesota State University Moorhead. They have also performed at the Shrine to Music Museum in Vermillion (SD), the Landmark Center in St. Paul (MN), the Plains Art Museum in Fargo (ND), the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead (MN), Center for the Arts in Jamestown (ND) and the North Dakota Museum of Art. In spring of 2002 the Duo performed on a live broadcast of Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Show.
Flutist Debora Harris, Associate Professor of Flute at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, is an accomplished flutist in a broad range of musical styles. Principal flutist of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony for the past eleven years and the Berkshire Opera Company (2001 season), Ms. Harris has also performed as a recitalist and clinician throughout the United States. She has a special affinity for chamber music as well and, in addition to performing in the Harris-Coates Duo, is a member of the FM Symphony Woodwind Quintet and the Harris-Rheude Flute and Clarinet Duo. Concerto performances include Mozart's Concerto for Flute in G Major and Concerto for Flute in D Major, Bach's Brandenburg No. 4 and B Minor Suite, and Leonard Bernstein's Halil.
Guitarist Mike Coates has an impressively vast and varied professional career. His decades of experience as a classical guitarist, international touring rock guitarist, record producer, audio engineer, and guitar teacher are revealed both in the musical mastery of his playing and the technical artistry of his recordings. He spent more than a decade as a touring and recording artist with the successful midwestern art-rock band, ASIA. He taught for ten years at Minnesota State University Moorhead as Assistant Professor of Guitar and Audio Production. Now as owner-operators of Barking Dog Records and Raptor Studios, partners Mike and Linda Coates have recorded and produced more than a hundred CDs since 1995. Mike now teaches classical guitar at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
The White Peacock (September 2002) This album includes three new compositions which the Harris-Coates Duo performed at last year's NFA Convention in Dallas: Tre Divertimenti by Spanish composer Salvador Brotons, Quatre Facettes by French composer Jean-Michel Damase and Serenade to Eve, After Rodin by American composer Daniel Dorff. Also featured on the CD is a new transcription of American composer Charles T. Griffes' The White Peacock. This piece, originally written for piano in 1915 and later scored by Griffes for full orchestra, was transcribed and arranged by Mike Coates for flute, guitar and bassoon -- this recording features guest artist Russell Peterson on bassoon. Other pieces include Serenata al Alba del Dia by Joaquin Rodrigo, Le Petit Berger and Le Petit Negre by Claude Debussy and Mosaic by Andrea Stern.
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Dances in the Madhouse (February 2000) -- 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."
Upon hearing an advance copy of the album, composer David Leisner wrote: "Wow, what a gorgeous recording! What an incredibly beautiful sound you both make, and how superbly recorded, Mike. Deb, your tone and intonation are among the best I've ever heard. The overall interpretation of the piece is wonderfully vibrant and dynamic--the second and fourth movements are virtually perfect The ensemble coordination everywhere is as if played by one person. It is simply magnificent, and I thank you with all my heart for all that you put into this recording."
The album also includes 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.
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Reverie (September 1997) intimately captures the musical rapport of these superb artists. From delicate French Impressionism to colorful Appalachian folk melodies to the exotic Argentinian tango, the engaging sound of the flute and guitar duo beautifully explores these diverse musical worlds. Works on this recording include Pièce on forme de habanera by Maurice Ravel, Bordel 1900 from Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla, Trois Movements Perpétuels by Francis Poulenc, Entr'acte by Jacques Ibert, Kokopeli by Katherine Hoover, The House Carpenter and Cindy from Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser, plus works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Jindrich Feld, Francis Kleynjans and Eugène Bozza.