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> Songwriting 24 ! - dates + info

> Spirit'n'Jazz - Single: Freedom

> Rory Douglas - EP: Forever Moments

> In Dialogue reviews from LA

> Europe Spirit 4 Peace - Viva La Pace

> Songwriters' Network !

> Church PA - new reference: Gedaechtnis-Church Speyer/D

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- Songwriting 24 !

The international Songwriting-Seminar 24 will take place in Strasbourg.  And there will be preparatory online units in the days before. This seminar has become a classic. Since 2012, musicians from European countries meet here to write new songs together and record them in the studio. And they do so in an atmosphere in which everyone supports each other. And in 24 they will be working under the theme of „Dialogue".

Impressions from 23: >>>              International hybrid concert 23: >>>

Team 24:
- Paul Douglas, Birmingham/UK: piano, trombone, production
- Isabelle Grussenmeyer, St.Martin/F: lyrics
- Gunter Hauser, Kraichtal/D: keyboards, production, seminar programme
- Thomas Hurter, Strasbourg/F: composition, production

- Simon Krust, Arnhem/NL: keyboards, guitar, bass, production
- Andreas Hausammann/CH: keyboards, production online


- Susa Marquardt - coaching, arranging, keys, gt, voc
- Gregor von Keudell - recording, keys, gt, voc
- Karim Jelinek - recording, sound, rap
- Julia Hornschuh - recording + vocals

Date: 22.- 25.08.2024 Strasbourg, Centre Culturel St.Thomas 
+ 17.- 21.08.24 online

150,- € online for students
270,- € online complete
250,- € online + at CC St.Thomas Strasbourg - students

370,- € - 27 online + at CC St.Thomas Strasbourg in a double/twin bed room

420,- € online + at CC St.Thomas Strasbourg - double/twin bed room
470,- € online + at CC St.Thomas Strasbourg - single bed room

Info + registration: >>> seminars[?]dhrecords.com
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- International Songwriter Concert "Human"

The hybrid concert of the "Europe Spirit Songwriters" took place in Temple Neuf Strasbourg, linked online with a parallel event in Bretten/D and with online contributions from Birmingham/UK, St. Gallen/CH and Acri/I and streamed live on YouTube: >>>

This project is not a competition and therefore all artists are winners. There was an impressive atmosphere of cooperation and cohesion that knows no national borders. The audience experienced a program with topical themes, profound lyrics and authentic musical performances. The special atmosphere could also be felt in the live stream, so it's worth watching the video.

- Spirit'n'Jazz - Freedom

With their single „Freedom" Spirit'n'Jazz are again working on a topical issue. The term „freedom" is often misunderstood and abused. Rulers are using it to justify war. But Spirit'n'Jazz are sending a different message: Freedom can never be gained through the use of weapons or violence. War destroys every kind of freedom.-- Smart-Link: >>>

Topic singles are not unusual for Spirit'n'Jazz. In autumn 21 there was „Miss Information" followed by „Turn Around"  in 23, which was a spiritual advice just as „Freedom" is: „Truth will set you free". (Jesus in John 8,32)

More: >>>

Up tp date Freedom gets airplay on Kaleidophonic Radio in California and on QFM Tenerife ...

- Rory Douglas - EP: Forever Moments

Rory Douglas from Birmingham/UK is a young and talented singer. He is currently writing lots of new songs and he is also performing them on many occasions. He's been working in the studio on an EP presenting seven songs, which have been released on 3rd of April 24 under the title „Forever Moments":

smart link >>>

- In Dialogue - CHANGE - on air

After some streaming playlistst now some radio stations have discovered >In Dialogue<. Alan Olmstead in California has taken nearly the full album into his songwriter playlist at Kaleidophonics Radio. In the state of New York it is WVKR-FM to play „Peace of Mind". And in Australia it is Triple R at Melbourne and CHY FM Community Radio who have put them into their program.

California is also leading in reviews. Michael Doherty, experienced radio producer in LA, has written a detailed CD review on his blog: >>> And another one from Los Angeles, Austin Sher, has written a great review on WWAM: >>>

In the UK Artistcentral has come up with a nice review headlined „In Dialogue are an unstoppable force": >>>

In Germany they have been invited to BIG FM for an Interview. Moderator Chris Besau did talk with them about their intentions behind the songs and some personal questions. Full Interview in German here: >>>

And a there is a press report in the newspaper Rheinpfalz with a great CD review recommending a song for the next James Bond! - Here as a pdf in German: >>>

Smart-Link to In Dialogue - CHANGE: >>>

This album is also available as a hardware CD in the DH Store

More info here: id.dhrecords.com. In Dialogue on Instagram: >>>

- Europe Spirit 4 Peace - Viva La Pace

The song „Let peace be strong", co-written and interpreted by Paul Douglas has got several versions in other languages inbetwean. The songs in French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, Swiss German, Hebrew and more are now published online als singles. Latest release is featuring Laura M. with the lyrics version in Italian: Viva La Pace. - Links to all platforms here: >>>

Lyrics: peace.europespirit.eu.

- Songwriters' Network !

The international Songwriters' Network is connecting musicians in Europe. This is unique. Here you can find partners for cooperation in your songproduction. You need a guitartrack to your song, want someone to check your lyrics, look for a singer, a drummer or another instrument ... check it out! - Supported by  Baden-Wuerttemberg Foundation.

>>> network.europespirit.eu

- Songwriter-Concert 22: „Peace is strong"

The international concert of the Europe Spirit Songwriters has been streamed live in October 22. This concert was performed in parallel events in Strasbourg/France and Bretten/Germany. Additionally there have been live and video contributions from Birmingham and Liverpool as well as from St. Gallen/CH, Wissembourg/F and Acri/I. The concert on YouTube: >>>

- Church PA - new reference: Gedaechtnis-Church Speyer/D

The latest project in church PA is very interesting. The complex acoustics of the big Gedaechtnis-Church in Speyer got a new PA which delivers speach intellegibility and music perfectly. And this huge und high quality system was realized at a very interesting price point. More: >>>

- CD-Mastering special

DH Records is offering special high quality CD-Mastering including mix-advice! Finishing a CD is all about best sound possible, not just maximum loudness. A quality mastering needs a lot of experience and the painstaking application of the most suitable tools for each individual recording. Here you get convincing dynamics and individually chosen EQ instead of automated standard presets. And this service includes high profile advice for your mixes - if you want.

More information: >>>

Recent productions:

- Clemens Bittlinger: Spuren
- Andrea Grimm + MarieLuise Zurbruegg: d'Muesli - Raechne

- Clemens Bittlinger: Macht uns Mut

- Christian Grote:  2 is besser

- Heiko Bräuning - Troubadur

- Clemens Bittlinger - Mensch, sing mit 3
- Sam Stauffer - All the way to your door
- Eugen Eckert - Wie frisches Wasser
- Yves Dobler - solo instrumental

- Lanik - Spotlight

- Clemens Bittlinger: Leih mir deine Fluegel - Nr.1 at hr4

- SYZU - Wie geht Freiheit

- Clemens Bittlinger: Bleibe in Verbindung
- Jonathan Boettcher: Lass Frieden werden

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- No.1 at hr-4 hit parade: Clemens Bittlinger

For 25 weeks Clemens Bittlinger has been on No.1 of the German national radio hr-4 hit parade with the song "Creature With Wings" >>>. The CD "Lend Me Your Wings" containing this song was produced by David Pluess and mastered by Gunter Hauser at DH Records. The sound almost falls out of line when you listen to the music of the competitors. And the lyrics speak for themselves, of course. That an angel-song has been in the charts from Christmas to Easter - that's somehow heavenly. - More information:  www.Clemens-Bittlinger.de

- YouVent 2017 title-song: "Du schreibst Geschichte"

The county youth meeting YouVent of the Protestant Church in Baden/Germany (ejuba.de) has taken place in october 2017 in Bretten/Germany. To the theme "Du schreibst Geschichte / You are writing history" there was a title-song being produced at DH Records with singer-songwriter Laura M. Laura gave a catchy melody to this latin rock-song with deep lyrics. You can listen here:  >>>

- Protestants 2017 - Theme-Song: "Vive la fraternité"

This is possibly the most radio-compatible theme song for a church event ever. Kevin Rashko from Strasbourg and Laura M. from Heidelberg are presenting Vive le moment ... Vive la fraternité.  This song was created by a group of European songwriters meeting on an annual basis.  Have a listen here:  >>>   

- Chris Brandon No.1 at Amazon USA with „Rhineland to Graceland"

Rhineland To Graceland" appeared in August 2017 with lyrics by Ryan Presley, a relevant of Elvis, and Chris Brandon singing this song. Produced and recorded by Gunter Hauser at DH-Records. „Rhineland to Graceland" reached No.1 at Amazon USA and No.2 at Amazon Germany in „Contemporary Folk".

- Top placements  for Spirit'n'Jazz

In 2008/09 Spirit'n'Jazz has achieved some exceptional placements with tracks from their CD "Can you see…?" For 30 months different tracks from the CD "Can you see…?" have been in the Top 10 of "World´s Cool Jazz" in Florida. After "Yule Tied" had been on No.1 for 18 weeks, "Do You Feel It" directly followed for 12 weeks. "China Sunrise" has been the third No.1 in April/May 09 before "Information Politics" went to No.1 at WCJZ in Oct. 09.

Three further No.1 placements appeared on InstrumentNetwork.com until December 2008 by the tracks "Voice of Reason" and "Information Politics" in their various forum-charts.

At Radio QFM Tenerife "Treasure" has been on No.1 for four weeks and "Two" and "Life Dance" both went up to No. 2 in spring 2010.  All together there have been eight No.1 placements of Spirit'n'Jazz-tracks in 2008/09/10 backed up by more top ten positions.

In January to May 2011 Spirit'n'Jazz have been placed on No. 2 and 3 of the album charts for Nu-Jazz at JazzMatrix.com. On Coast-FM in Gosford/Sydney/Australia the track „Where are you?" has been in the "Top 2010". And at QFM Tenerife „Yule Tied" from the CD „Can you see...?" has been amongst the „all time favourites" of chilled jazz tracks.

- Spirit'n'Jazz on German Radio SWR 2, HR 2 and Deutschlandfunk Berlin

German National Radio programmes combining tracks from "Spirit'n'Jazz" with valued classics. SWR2 has played "So you got hope" next to works of Franz Schubert and W.A. Mozart. And HR2 has combined the track "Time with Laura" with works of Ludwig van Beethoven and Georg Friedrich Händel in one programme hour and is continually playing this track in their standard repertoire.

Similarly Deutschlandfunk Berlin has combined "TWO" by Spirit'n'Jazz and Mozart´s "Requiem d-minor" performed by the Berlin Philharmonics Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan together in one programme called "Corso" on the 10.07.2010. And the track "TWO" is in their standard program.

DH Records says "Thank you" for the implicit valuation. 

Playlist SWR2 >>> - Playlist HR2 >>>   - Playlist Deutschlandfunk >>>

- Interviews in Amsterdam, Berlin, Sydney, San Francisco ...

A two hour live show has been broadcast in Amsterdam in February 2010 with Gunter Hauser interviewed by Marjoleine Leene in the Jazzcorner of RTV Amstelveen. A cut of the two hour programme you can find here: >>> mp3

On the 16th of June 2010 there has been an interview on Coast FM 963 in Gosford/Sydney in Australia. >>> mp3

Interview Deutschlandfunk Berlin to Treasure (17.11.08):  >>>   mp3

More interviews have been produced for Ric Mancuso´s `Nighttracks´ at KMHD/Gresham/OR/USA and for Gallery 41 in San Francisco with Ron Pelletier.

- Print Interview in YouMeU Magazine

The Lifestyle magazine "YouMeU" for Austria/Germany/Swiss has interviewed Gunter Hauser from Spirit'n'Jazz. The result was a six page portrait in German: >>> pdf: YOUMEU_4_2010-SnJ  -  700 kB

- The weightiest CD-review comes from Florida

It´s been Florida again, where the CD "Can you see…?" had been good for five No.1s at World´s Cool Jazz. But this time it was Alan Olmstead, experienced Jazz-programmer from WXJZ, who has done a very nice review of „Where are you?":  „Clean and simple contemporary jazz with a European flair featuring the delightfully innocent vocal style of Leyla Tugal... reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto in the 60's." - Alan Olmstead, Kaleidophonic Jazz, WXJZ-FM, Gainesville, Florida, USA. - All reviews so far: >>>

- CD „Where are you?" from Spirit'n'Jazz

With their previous CD "Can you see…?" Spirit'n'Jazz achieved critical acclaim and high radio rotations as well as five number 1s in radio charts (4 x World´s Cool Jazz in Florida, 1 x QFM Tenerife). Therefore, there was a lot of pressure for the next production. Because All About Jazz in Italy had titled their review "Jazz goes Pop goes Jazz" it was logical to give the new CD a very high standard of studio production whilst, at the same time, retaining the improvisational style of the music. The two pre-releases from the new CD "Where are you?": title track "Where are you?" and "Treasure" spontaneously went into the Top 10 of QFM Tenerife (No. 1+ 2) followed by "Two" and "Life Dance" on No. 2 and No. 7 in November 09. - more information >>>    Info-pdf >>>

- Spirit'n'Jazz Interview on „D-Radio Kultur", Berlin

It took seven months until an interview with Spirit'n'Jazz to the Christian-Islamic dialogue produced by Thilo Guschas has been broadcasted. This Interview shows, how easy and positive this dialogue between Christians and Muslims can be. Without any suspicion, fear and hostility, but with many commonalities, especially in ethics, and a big hospitality.  - The interview in German (07.02.2009 D-Radio Kultur) as an mp3: >>>

- Single "Treasure" on No.1 at QFM Tenerife

In November 2008 Spirit'n'Jazz have been releasing a Single that addressed the global financial crisis. And this has jumped on No.1 straight away at QFM Tenerife/Spain and stayed there for four weeks.

The single track "Treasure" was created in March 2008 and it was right on the theme of speculative operations and the acute international situation happening in October 2008. Further information: >>>

- Spirit'n'Jazz on airplays worldwide:

With nearly 100 radio stations from Australia to California and good reviews Spirit'n'Jazz have gained international recognition.  Still in 2024 they are getting played on QFM in their „all time favourites" as well as the new singles in their up to date programme. And also Alan Olmstead in California is playing Spirit'n'Jazz in his Kaleidophonics Radio worldwide.

List of radio stations >>>  -  more >>>

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- Evang. Kirchenbezirk Bretten-Bruchsal/D

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