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> Songwriting 23 ! - in Strasbourg

> In Dialogue -  on air

> Spirit'n'Jazz - Turn Around

> Rory Douglas - Drive

> SYZU - Walk

> Europe Spirit feat. Andrea Grimm - Schänk wahre Fride

> Songwriters' Network !

> Songwriter-Concert on YouTube  >>>

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

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- Songwriting 23 with special guest: Chris Eaton !

The international Songwriting-Seminar 23 will take place in Strasbourg at Centre Culturel St.Thomas. 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. Impressions from 2022: >>>

This time we will have a special guest: Chris Eaton, who has been writing for Cliff Richard, Amy Grant and others, will give us some insights.

International hybrid concert 22: >>>

Team 23:
- 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
- Derek Crehan, Nottingham/UK: guitar, production - online

- Andreas Hausammann, St.Gallen/CH: piano, production - online

- Special guest: Chris Eaton

Date: 31.08.- 03.09.23 Strasbourg - Centre Culturel St.Thomas
+ 28. - 30.08.23 online  / + online complete in parallel

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 bed room

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

Info + registration: >>> seminars[?]dhrecords.com
Deadline for registration: 27/06/2023 - Limited number of places !

- 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.

In Los Angeles Austin Sher did write 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: >>>

Two songwriters from the Europe Spirit Seminar have formed the project In Dialogue. They have been recording an album with 14 tracks. Smart-Link: >>>

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

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

> Spirit'n'Jazz - Turn Around

With the single „Turn Around" Spirit'n'Jazz are again spot on. The spiritual advice to turn around could not be more up to date and there is no need to explain the title of this track. There are far to many topics around where this is really just nailing it. Smart-link to all streaming platforms: >>>

Meanwhile this track is on air in California and worldwide on Alan Olmstead's KaleidophonicsRadio.com.

Topic singles are not unusual for Spirit'n'Jazz. In autumn 21 there was „Miss Information" right after the reissued single "Treasure", with which the 2008 stock market crash was predicted half a year earlier.

- Rory Douglas - Another Way + Drive

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. After the latest release Another Way - a ballad with deep lyrics - here comes his brand new single with some good summer vibes: DRIVE - Smart-Link: >>>

- SYZU - Walk

SYZU has outdone herself on her latest EP Walk. With her Trio featuring piano, vocal and trumpet/flugelhorn she is presenting flowing tracks in a pretty jazzy and emotional format. Listening is absolutely recommended: >>>

- Europe Spirit feat. Andrea Grimm - Schänk wahre Fride

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 Andrea Grimm with the lyrics version in Swiss German: Schänk wahre Fride. - 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 internationally connected: „Peace is strong"

The international concert of the Europe Spirit Songwriters has been streamed live in October 22. This concert was peformed 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: >>>

In July 22, musicians from the UK, France, Germany and Switzerland met at the Château du Liebfrauenberg in France to write new songs. This year, due to the topicality of the issue, they chose the theme "Peace is Strong". The results were recorded on site with mobile recording studio equipment and can be found here

The audience at the venues experienced a programme with current songs, profound lyrics and authentic musical performance. The atmosphere at the seminar is allways characterised by cooperation and team spirit that knows no national borders. This spirit has been evident at the concert. The Europe Spirit Songwriting is conducted by Paul Douglas from Birmingham and Gunter Hauser from Germany, who have been doing music projects and CD productions in cooperation with European partners since 1993.

Europe Spirit Songwriting is supported by the German Baden-Württemberg Foundation in the
Nouveaux Horizons programme. Further support comes from the City of Bretten/D, the prot. Church District Bretten-Bruchsal/D, Temple Neuf, Strasbourg/F, the Conference of Churches on the Rhine, the Conference of European Churches, the Josef David Foundation and some Lions Clubs.

The concert on YouTube: >>>

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

The lastest 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 Zubruegg: 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
- Andrea Grimm + MarieLuise Zubruegg: D'Muesli 3

- Eugen Eckert - Wie frisches Wasser
- Yves Dobler - solo instrumental

- Lanick - Pop+Chansons/CH 

- Andrea Grimm + MarieLuise Zubruegg: Wiehnachts-Erinnerige

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

- Andrea Grimm + MarieLuise Zubruegg: D'Muesli 2

- SYZU - Wie geht Freiheit

- Clemens Bittlinger: Bleibe in Verbindung (Gerth-Medien)
- MarieLuise Zubruegg + Andrea Grimm: D'Muesli

- Jonathan Boettcher: Lass Frieden werden (Herder)

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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. Hauser. 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.Hauser from Heidelberg are presenting Vive le moment ... Vive la fraternité.  This song was created by a group of European songwriters meeting each year at Chateau du Liebfrauenberg at Goersdorf/F.  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 08 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 2022 they got played on QFM in their „all time favourites".

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

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Europe Spirit Songwriting 2023 - Partner:

- Baden-Württemberg Stiftung Nouveaux horizons

- Stadt Bretten/D

- Evang. Kirchenbezirk Bretten-Bruchsal/D

- Temple Neuf Strasbourg/F

- Conference of European Churches

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- Jazz-Community-Church Birmingham/GB

- Lions-Club Bruchsal/D


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