The Dead Quimbys

Our album (“Believe Everything”) was mixed & mastered at Moonlake Studios, 2012. Brian Voight—Songwriter, guitars, backing vocals, & engineering; Russ Conrad—Vocals, Percussion, keyboards, & drums on “I Arrow”; Darren Lowenthal—Drums, percussion, backing vocals, & acoustic guitar on “I Arrow”; Brian Turner—Bass, backing vocals, trumpet, percussion, & keyboards on “Picco Wine”; Bill Tuell–assistant engineer at Moonlake Studios

Listen to a cut (‘Trilogy’) from the album performed by Brian Voight (Guitars, Songwriter, Backing Vocals), Russ Conrad (Vocals, Percussion), Darren Lowenthal  (Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals), Brian Turner (Bass, Trumpet, Backing Vocals)

Band Photographs

Musical Collaborations & Orchestral/Symphonic Works

Shawn Crouch Collaborations

Here is a live performance of “From the Gardens of Paradise” by the University of Manitoba Singers, St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba:

The Garden of Paradise (2014) couples portions of poems by 12th-century Persian poet Hafez and Iraqi War veteran poet Brian Turner. Performed by Volti at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Read the review in San Francisco Chronicle.

The Garden of Paradise (2009):  A Motet for 12 Voices, commissioned and premiered by Chanticleer. Brian Turner and Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (as selected and translated by Dr. Majid Naini). You can listen to this on Shawn’s website.

Jake Runestad Collaborations

Dreams of the Fallen (November 11, 2013): Combining the musical forces of solo piano, chorus, and orchestra with powerful texts written by Iraq War veteran and award-winning poet Brian Turner, the work explores a soldier’s emotional response to the experience of war. Performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans at the National World War II Museum – New Orleans, LA.  Listen to Dreams of the Fallen.

P1020484Out of War, a Symphony (November 11, 2013): Text for the chorus was drawn from the poetry of Brian Turner, an infantryman who served in Iraq with a Stryker Brigade and author of a highly regarded collection, “Here, Bullet.” Performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans at the National World War II Museum – New Orleans, LA. Read the review in the New York Times.

Rob Deemer Collaborations

Eulogy_(Rob_Deemer)Composer Rob Deemer has set my poem “Eulogy” to music, with a performance of the piece at Carnegie Hall on March 13, 2015.

Rob Deemer is a composer, educator, author, and arts advocate. His works have been performed by the President’s Own Marine Band, Chicago Composers Orchestra, cellist Jeffrey Ziegler, soprano Tony Arnold, saxophonist Tim McAllister, the Great Noise Ensemble and the Rasçher Saxophone Quartet. He is well-known for his writings on New Music Box, Sequenza21, and the New York Times. Deemer is currently head of composition at the State University of New York at Fredonia and a member of the composition faculty at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.

Field Recordings

The following audio files are from ongoing audio projects and recordings I’ve made in different countries around the world. I hope you enjoy them.

Kostolac, Serbia

Petitioning the PriestThe young boy in the purple shirt (Mihajlo Stojic) is the one who sang this beautiful song. This photo was taken prior to the festival events. I was invited to sit beside the priest, Father Aleksandar–seated, left foreground, holding his lips–at this outdoor banquet, while community members filed up to petition the priest with a wide variety of questions and issues for him to consider.

Serbian Church Group

Mihajlo Stojic, soprano

Gunnar Svensson, Swedish Poet

Recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden, 2012.

Poem 1
Poem 2

Gulala Nouri, Kurdish Poet

Gulala Nouri at the Ishtar Gate, Babylon, Iraq.

Kurdish poet Gulala Nouri recites “In This Dark Colored Country”

Kurdish poet Gulala Nouri recites “They Were Farming in the Sea”

Kurdish poet Gulala Nouri talks about writing her first ‘real’ poem

Bengt Berg, Swedish Poet


Brian taking notes while recording Bengt Berg in Sweden







Bengt Berg recites a poem (in Swedish)

Bengt Berg describes growing up with poetry (in English)

Tirane, Albania

Conversation in Tirane Park

This photo I took while passing through a park near the city center, Tirane.

Here’s a recording of an old man playing the gusle in Skanderbeg Square, Tirane, Albania.

Gusle player

Northfield, Minnesota

FullSizeRenderThe sound of autumn leaves on the walk from Carleton College–on my way to have dinner with Jay Moad and his wonderful family. If you listen closely, you might hear Benjamin Percy in the distance.

Minnesota Leaves