There was a lot of talent in a two block area of Mishawaka Avenue (Mishawaka, Indiana) in the 60’s & 70’s. Music and art flourished from three homes nearly a stone’s throw from one another. Two sisters, Emily & Lisa Germano grew up playing cello and violin respectively. Two doors down, Joe Probst began playing piano by ear at the age of five. Across the street, Chuck Strantz drew amazing pictures, and made horrific haunted rooms in their basement.
Though, now grown, and well into their own lives, the former neighbors teamed up to work on a beautifully crafted album called, “The Avenue”. Lisa & Emily’s phenomenal string work is layered on top of Joe’s graceful piano compositions. Chuck ‘s cover design and stunning illustrations inside the CD’s jacket make “The Avenue” a must-have for your music collection. Chuck, Emily, Lisa & Joe present a glimpse of life as they remember it … years later. From their homes to yours. Enjoy.
Enjoy a musical and artistic journey back to a simpler life on … “the Avenue” .
Check out the experience of the folks who have worked on this CD:
Lisa Germano- Violin-guest performer and/or session musician on over sixty records by a variety of artists, including JohnMellencamp, Simple Minds, David Bowie, YannTiersen, Neil Finn, Sheryl Crow, Iggy Pop, Jewel and Eels.
Emily Goethals – Cello – former cellist with the South Bend Symphony, and a well known teacher in the South Bend area. Has recorded on various projects & albums in her career.
Joe Probst – piano – composed all songs on this album. Has played piano by ear since the age of five, and realizes that we’re all graced with unique gifts to share. This is Joe’s 12th album he’s either solo’d or collaborated on.
Chuck Strantz - Illustrator / Graphic Artist -– artist, illustrator & leading graphic artist in the South Bend area.
Jamie Candiloro - Violin Engineer, began his engineering career worked with the Ramones and Luscious Jackson, R.E.M. Also a musician on albums by Ryan Adams and R.E.M. Engineer/producer for several other musicians and projects including The True Blood Soundtrack, American Pie Soundtrack, Lisa Germano, Spacehog, Proud Simon, Courtney Love and the Eagles.
Mike DeHays - Cello Engineer, Kickstart Studios - Record producer, recording engineer and phenomenal bass player (Bobby Lee Caldwell Band & Bucky & the LipRippers).
Bruce Bartlett - Piano Engineer, sound system designer, microphone designer, sound mixer, audio technical writer, mic application engineer. Bruce has written about 1000 articles and 8 books on audio topics.
Piano – Walter Grand - Model W 190. Thanks to the entire staff at Walter piano creating superb and well-crafted instruments. Thanks to Richard Counsellor for handling the details of the session.
Produced by Mark Plati , Mark Plati is a New York-based musician, record producer, and songwriter, widely acclaimed for his work in the 1990s with David Bowie. An in-demand producer, Plati also has worked with Spookey Ruben, The Cure, Duncan Sheik, Hooverphonic, Robbie Williams, Joe McIntyre, and Natalie Imbruglia.