Archive for the ‘New Releases’ Category
Our friends the Amen Choir have just finished their second CD project. It’s name in Kerundi, “Dufise Ivyizigiro“, means “We Have Hope” in English.
The seven song CD has been an ongoing project for 2 years. The music is wonderful! Here’s an example (below)
Euphonic Studio announces the release of our new video, “Oh Babylon”, written and sung by Joe Baumhover.
This is just in time for the election madness.
Please enjoy and share.
Seriously, we should update this more often than twice a year.
Our African friends The Amen Choir have returned for their second CD project. The new CD, on the heels of the Long Story release, will include 8 songs. We hope to have the tracking done in November.
Joe Baumhover’s EP project has morphed into a CD. He’s recorded 11 songs here, and one of them, Oh Babylon, will be released as a video and single soon. Joe’s work is deep.
We have an upcoming classical voice recording and video session with returning artist Emma Garwood. She is planning to start in mid-October. Emma is a wonderful musician and it was fun recording her previous work here.
I continue to work on chops to create a video of my favorite classical piano pieces. At the top of the heap are a Brahms Rhapsody and Khachaturian’s Toccata.
We are proud to announce the release of the 13 track CD “Long Story”, performed by the Amen Choir and produced here at Euphonic Studio. It is available as a CD or download through all the usual digital sources. We would prefer that you use CD Baby at this link:
Probably the best way to describe this project is to just let you read the CD notes. We are very happy to have the project finished and in our hands, but at the same time a bit of sadness that the joy of creating it is through. Here are the CD notes.
LONG STORY – The Amen Choir
An upbeat, inspiring, beautifully performed collection of praise music in contemporary African styles
The Amen Choir’s own Long Story began in the Burundi civil war of 1993. Many outside of Africa aren’t familiar with the geography or the history, so here’s a bit of background.
Burundi is a tiny African nation located between Rwanda and Tanzania. During the 1993 genocide, Western journalists mostly reported about Rwanda, and we heard stories of some of the worst brutality imaginable between the Hutu and the Tutsi peoples. The fighting crossed national borders. In Burundi, more than 300,000 people were killed and many tens of thousands were forced to flee for their lives.
Many of those refugees made their way to Tanzania, and then on to various parts of the US. Families were split and then reunited. Members of the two opposing groups often lived in the same housing.
Eventually, order began to return from chaos and the Burundi refugees began to reassemble in the upper Midwest in the unlikely city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During the gathering process, ancient tribal barriers began to fall away and the new Americans united to a common purpose… to serve God and love one another.
This CD exists due to a series of improbabilities. It’s improbable that anyone could have escaped the bloodbath in Burundi, and improbable that survivors could have relocated to the US. It’s improbable that those refugees would regroup as a community in the upper Midwest. It’s improbable that young people with no written tradition of music could write and perform music like professionals. And it’s very improbable that an African praise choir would have created this beautiful work in my little studio in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
Yet, despite the odds, the Amen Choir worked through their legacy of struggle and many daily challenges to make this improbable CD. That leads me to believe that although it was improbable, it was also inevitable.
When the human spirit is bursting with song, music will be sung. When your people’s history is written in the blood of genocide victims, everyday adversity is small potatoes. When a songwriting talent of the magnitude of Eddie Niyonzigiye meets 20 young people who are moved to praise God and rejoice in his name… well, the CD is before you. It is a testament to the gifts of these musicians and the devotion they have to their faith, families, their church, and to each other.
The heart of this music was hammered in the foundry of human suffering, burned by the searing heat of irrational violence, tempered by wisdom one can only learn by experience, and given life by its creators in their love for our Creator.
This project has changed our lives forever.
Euphonic Studio, August 2016
Listen to Candles for free!
Listen to Louisiana Christmas for free!
Euphonic Studio is happy to announce the release of two Christmas songs, “Candles” and “Louisiana Christmas”.
Both songs were originally recorded at Euphonic Studio in Carrizo Springs, Texas, when we were located there. The songs have been completely re-recorded and features Leya Neema (choirmaster of the Amen Choir) on vocals for “Candles” and Bill on vocals for “Louisiana Christmas”. Bill did the arrangements and played many of the instrumental tracks along with the Brush Country Ramblers band.
We hope you enjoy these songs! Please do LIKE and SHARE and also note that these songs are available through the normal digital distribution channels.
We were very happy to get these two projects done and available before Christmas. Both songs are really holiday songs more than Christmas songs, but they do both offer an upbeat look at being separated from loved ones during the holidays.
In case you’re wondering, that is Bill in the cover art, the photo taken at Schmitty’s 61 Club in about 1979. That place was a classic country watering hole and dance hall and Bill played there with different bands many times over a period of several years.
Euphonic Studio is proud to announce the release of our latest single, The Traveler, written and recorded by Bill Niemi during the Euphonic Minneapolis days in the mid-80s.
This is the first public release of any song that features Bill as vocalist. It is written and performed in a style that is reminiscent of Paul Simon and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
You may purchase a copy at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and all the usual digital distribution channels. You may listen to the song for free at any of the links below.
Buy The Traveler at CD Baby
Buy The Traveler at Amazon