New York Times: “Ludovico Einaudi, a Classical Artist for the YouTube Age”

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Blog, News & Info | Comments Off on New York Times: “Ludovico Einaudi, a Classical Artist for the YouTube Age”

Is there a genre or category that your music fits into?

I never feel at ease when they try to categorize my work. Also I think labels are in a way restricting. You can put the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the same category, but the types of music, the colors each band evokes, are completely different. It’s the same with Mozart and Beethoven — they express two very different aspects of music. Today when they ask me if my music is minimal, is classical, is contemporary — I can say yes or no, but it doesn’t make sense of what I am doing.

What about “classical crossover” — a genre that’s perched between classical and pop music, which some people say vulgarizes or dumbs down classical music?

I don’t like the idea of “classical crossover,” even if sometimes I see this category given to what I’m doing. There are many commercial projects in that genre, where they make a quartet out of beautiful fashion models or whatever. I take things more seriously than that. And I don’t have a commercial perspective in what I’m doing. On the other hand, the idea of “crossover,” of crossing boundaries, is interesting in the arts, but this is something that has always been true. Stravinsky crossed boundaries — he was embracing folk music from Russia and popular music. Mozart was working in a theater and writing songs for a company that was almost like a circus when he wrote “The Magic Flute.”

When you’re writing your music, are you thinking to yourself, “I want to make this accessible to the broadest possible audience, to reach people who maybe have never heard a Bach concerto?”

No. My music comes from my personal background. When I compose, I search for myself. You pick from your memories, from your experiences, from your life, and you have to sense it. I don’t think about breaking barriers. But in a way, after I compose a piece, I can analyze it and can recognize things, and I can talk about something that comes from my experience with African music, or is connected with some rock album I love, or a piece by Bach or Stockhausen.

Why is African music in particular such a strong influence for you?

I went to Mali for the first time in 2000, and I met Toumani Diabaté and Ballaké Sissoko — two of the greatest kora players of our time. The day I arrived in Bamako, Toumani was playing in a club, and he invited me to play onstage. But it was so beautiful to be given the chance to live the music in a different way. For them, music is completely connected with the rhythms of daily life. It’s different from our European modern sensibility where life is divided and fragmented. There, days become longer, and when you say to someone let’s meet on one day, the meeting can happen two days later, and nobody seems to care about it. And this is reflected in the timing of the pieces of music. On the radio, the music doesn’t have to be three minutes — but can last 15 or 20 minutes. And then there is a sense of tradition, a connection with something very ancient in the music, that is very beautiful. They are refreshing songs that were written 500, 600, a thousand years ago — the songs are like fairy tales that belong to everybody.

What did it feel like playing the piano while floating on a platform in the Arctic? Were you thinking about the meaning of the music or were you too preoccupied with the cold or fear of sinking into the icy deep?

It was quite cold, around 0 Celsius, so I had to stop every few minutes to warm my hands. I had different layers of technical clothing, some very thin, and on top of that I had more solid body covering and on top of that, my concert jacket. And they also gave me a life preserver. When I was performing, I was enjoying it very much, even if it was freezing and the conditions were not perfect, and the keys were very cold. But it was beautiful to be there alone on the platform, with the ice falling down. It felt almost like playing for the gods.

Christmas 2016 Newsletter

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Ludovico Einaudi Drops Luxe CD/DVD Box Set

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During this year’s world tour, Ludovico and crew were planning a box set release and filming a number of
concerts for it. This special limited edition box set includes the entire Elements album, plus three solo piano variations and the never-before released track ‘Elegy for the Arctic’,  performed atop an iceberg earlier this year for a global Greenpeace Campaign. The box set will be available in time for holiday gift giving.

Download “Elegy For The Artic” wav file here. Additionally, Ludovico’s new webpage is designed so that you can perform the brand new track ‘Elegy For The Arctic’ on your keyboard or mobile  device. It’s fun! Check it out here
The box set also includes an hour long DVD featuring nine live tracks from London’s Royal Festival Hall concerts in July 2016 plus 16 color postcards featuring exclusive tour photographs.

“A thing of rare beauty” – GQ Magazine
“The hippest classical artist the world has ever known” – Never Enough Notes
“A highly polished performance of music so incredibly tasteful” – The London Times

 

Helen Jane Long Tour Wrap, New Album, Xmas Single and Future Plans

 

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Helen Jane Long performed at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco as part of her U.S. tour in support of her 4th album “Identity”,  and hired local musicians in each city to play her original scores.

Helen Jane Long just wrapped her U.S. tour dates in support of her 4th album, “Identity” and it was a triumph for the composer.  All dates were extremely well attended and Helen greeted her fans after each show, typically in the lobbies of the venues.  A big shout out to all the appreciative audiences that travelled in from far and wide to see Helen perform in New Orleans, Lancaster PA, Chicago and San Francisco. We are already planning tours for 2017, with the first kick off in spring in New York City. Watch Helen’s facebook page for announcements.

We have so much in store for you including a live album, recorded last year at St. James Church in London, releasing on December 10th.   And, for all of you vinyl fans, watch for news about the forthcoming companion “Identity” album releasing on orange vinyl! We’re just setting up distribution now but Helen’s fans can always order directly from Helen’s website. It’s coming in the next few weeks.

We’d like to thank all the radio stations and fans who have supported Helen’s music and tours over the course of her growing career.  We are attaching here Helen’s version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” for your seasonal pleasure and wishing you the coziest holiday season ever.

Download “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” WAV file by Helen Jane Long here.

 

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Andy Iorio Is Writing and Recording A New Album For 2017

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Download Andy Iorio’s Christmas single “We Three Kings”

Andy Iorio had a great year. Tons of radio airplay exposure, lots of live shows and an HMMA nomination for best Contemporary Classical track, “Rush”, that appears on Andy’s “II” album.

The media had alot to say about Andy too:

“Andy Iorio is the best kind of alchemist. Yes, he is a composer and pianist, but his talent lies in perfectly blending classical elements with contemporary components to achieve a sound that is pleasing on multiple levels” –RJ Lannan – Zone Music Reporter.

“I love Andy Iorio’s II from beginning to end. His playing and composition is simple yet exquisite. His music is soothing, moving, emotional and stunning.  Andy’s “II” has a magnificent cinematic feel to it that will inspire the listener to want to hear more from this musician who has a mastery of the piano that goes so far beyond the technical” –Andrea R. Garrison – Online With Andrea

“II” is a stirring and very enjoyable musical experience. Recommended!” –Kathy ParsonsMainlypiano.com

“This album “II”  has brought me tears multiple times, so beautiful and emotional. Each piece makes me feel like the composer is writing the soundtrack to my life, speaking directly to my heart. Highly recommended to anyone who loves instrumental music, beautiful melodic piano and sweeping strings… I can’t wait for the next album!! Thank you for sharing your divine gift” – Anyone With Ears

Andy is working on his next album, releasing in 2017. Meantime, download his Christmas tune “We Three Kings” here.

 


 

Jennifer Aurelia “All Shall Be Well” and New Album News

 

This beautiful Christmas song was written by Jennifer Aurelia , also known as Jennifer Zulli, just after the Newtown massacre that killed 20 children in 2012. Hailing from Newtown herself,  Jennifer assembled the surviving children from the school to help her sing and record the song to help heal the children and the community. This song is a real tribute to the human condition and a beautiful sentiment from
the composer.

Download “All Shall Be Well” by Jennifer Aurelia, AKA Jennifer Zulli

Watch for more info coming about Jennifer’s new album, “Seasons”, coming early 2017!

Helen Jane Long Unveils ‘Identity’ -Pollstar

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Helen Jane Long Unveils ‘Identity’ -Pollstar

Article by Lori Felker / Pollstarpollstar

U.K. composer/pianist Helen Jane Long announces a handful of U.S. dates in November. The jaunt supports her latest album, “Identity,” and she will be accompanied by her string section, The London Players.

More than talented, Long is gifted. The mastermind started playing piano by ear at age four and went on to be classically trained. She also taught herself how to play cello, violin, and guitar.
Her credential are endless. Long has composed scores for 10 feature and short films, seven commercials and 11 documentaries in addition to her four albums. She was hired by Howard Shore in 2003 as the Musical Score Continuity Director for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

She released her second album, Embers, on her own BLE Records after ending her contract with Warner Classics, who dropped her debut, Porcelain. Embers was the most requested LP on London’s Classic FM radio and earned her the “honor of being the only female composer in the Classic FM Hall of Fame.”

Her U.S. gigs wrap Nov. 16 in San Francisco and tickets purchased for the SF show include a CD copy of Identity, “redeemable with your ticket stub at Amoeba Music.”

Nov 10 New Orleans / Marigny Opera House
Helen’s New Orleans debut!

Nov 11 Philadelphia / Make Films Studios
This show will be filmed for later release.

Nov 14 Chicago / Pianoforte Foundation
New show added!  Helen’s Chicago debut!

Nov 16 San Francisco / Herbst Theatre

Tickets are on sale now. Visit HelenJaneLong.com for more information.

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September 2016 Newsletter

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Helen Jane Long’s U.S. Tour Behind 4th Release “Identity”

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Helen Jane Long is an award-winning film composer whose musicology brings indie culture to classical and soundtrack music. This one-time Warner Bros. composer left it all behind to create her own record label, publishing company and destiny. Her signature sound is cinematic classical and she’s kicking and dragging it into the future with her stunning fourth release, “Identity”.
In 2006, Helen was discovered and signed a contract with Warner Classics who released her first album, Porcelain, the following year. It went on to critical acclaim in England and the U.S. Not one to thrive in a corporate environment, Helen walked away from her contract with Warner in order to pursue her own musical visions and released her second album, Embers, independently on her own BLE Records. The album rapidly climbed the charts to become the most requested album on London’s national Classic FM radio, and in 2011, earned Helen the honor of being the only female composer in the Classic FM Hall of Fame.
By the time she released her third album, Intervention, in 2012, Helen had composed music for ten feature and short films, seven commercials, and eleven documentary films including scores for films by iconic American director Louis Schwartzberg and Batkid, a documentary by The Make A Wish Foundation.
Her latest album, Identity, marks yet another shift in her composing career as it found its place on the Billboard Chart at #9 on the first week of release.
Composed over the course of a year, Identity  marks a move toward a bigger sound as she embraces the full richness of soundtrack composition folded into her uniquely intimate melodies. Helen will be joined by her string section, The London Players, for her U.S. tour dates.

Helen Jane Long “Identity” U.S. Tour:
Nov 10 New Orleans / Marigny Opera House
Nov 11 Philadelphia / Make Films Studios
Nov 14 Chicago / Pianoforte Foundation
Nov 16 San Francisco / Herbst Theatre
Your ticket purchase to the SF show includes a cd copy of Helen Jane Long’s new album “Identity”, redeemable after the show with your ticket stub, at Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight St, San Francisco.


Ludovico Einaudi’s U.S. Tour Behind “Elements” Album

 

16/06/2016 Wahlenbergbreen Glacier, Svalbard, Norway Greenpeace holds a historic performance with pianist Ludovico Einaudi on the Arctic Ocean to call for its protection Through his music, acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic. Einaudi performed one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the middle of the Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). The famous musician travelled on board Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise on the eve of a significant event for the future of the Arctic: this week's meeting of the OSPAR Commission, which could secure the first protected area in Arctic international waters. © Pedro Armestre/ Greenpeace Handout - No ventas -No Archivos - Uso editorial solamente - Uso libre solamente para 14 d’as despuŽs de liberaci—n. Foto proporcionada por GREENPEACE, uso solamente para ilustrar noticias o comentarios sobre los hechos o eventos representados en esta imagen. © Pedro Armestre/ Greenpeace Handout - No sales - No Archives - Editorial Use Only - Free use only for 14 days after release. Photo provided by GREENPEACE, distributed handout photo to be used only to illustrate news reporting or commentary on the facts or events depicted in this image. 16/06/2016. Glaciar Wahlenbergbreen, Svalbard, Noruega Greenpeace organiza un concierto hist—rico con el pianista Ludovico Einaudi en el ocŽano çrtico para pedir su protecci—n El prestigioso compositor y pianista italiano Ludovico Einaudi ha unido su voz, a travŽs de la mœsica, a la de los ocho millones de personas de todo el mundo que piden la protecci—n del çrtico, con la interpretaci—n de una pieza creada especialmente para la ocasi—n sobre una plataforma flotante en mitad de ese ocŽano, frente al glaciar Wahlenbergbreen (en Svalbard, Noruega). Einaudi ha viajado al çrtico a bordo del barco de Greenpeac
Italian composer/pianist Ludovico Einaudi has evolved into one of the most successful musicians in the world.
Upon its debut, his latest album, “Elements” topped classical charts in 42 countries across the globe.  In the United Kingdom it soared into the nation’s mainstream album chart at #12, the first time in over a generation that a classical artist achieved such heights.
The Guardian points out that if you haven’t heard his music, “then it’s probably because you don’t know it’s by Ludovico Einaudi”.  His compositions have formed the soundtrack of film and TV productions including The Intouchables and the Black Swan working with a diverse range of directors from acclaimed Canadian Xavier Dolan to Oscar winner Clint Eastwood.  Brands such as NIKE and American Airlines have seamlessly sync’d his works in their advertising campaigns.
Einaudi’s unique contemporary musical style, informed by minimalist, ambient, world and rock musics, has defied categories to become part of the fabric of popular culture being heard in shows such as X-Factor, live performances by rapper/singer Nicki Minaj and remixes by post-rockers Mogwai.
In his own concert appearances, Ludovico Einaudi has likewise crossed genres as the first classical act to play the iTunes Festival on a line-up which included pop diva Lady Gaga, EDM superstar Avicii and Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Ludovico Einaudi’s “Elements Tour”, which is currently selling out across the European Continent, will touch down this fall in the United States, where the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard classical chart.  The complete North American tour is as follows:

LUDOVICO EINAUDI “ELEMENTS” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Oct 4 San Francisco/Herbst Theatre
Oct 5 San Francisco/Herbst Theatre
Oct 6 Davis, CA  Mondavi Center/Jackson Hall
Oct 8 Los Angeles Royce Hall Auditorium
Oct 11 Calgary, AB    Jack Singer Concert Hall
Oct 13 Toronto, ON   Koerner Concert Hall
Oct 14 Toronto, ON   Koerner Concert Hall
Oct 15 Montreal, PQ  Masion Symphonique de Montreal
Oct 16 Quebec, PQ  Le Palais Montcalm – Maison de la Musique
Oct 18 New York  NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Oct 20 Washington, DC   GWU Lisner Auditorium


Violinist Judy Kang Ignites With New Self Titled Album

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Judy Kang is not your quintessential artist. She has established herself internationally as a solo violinist and chamber musician in the classical world as well as featured guest artist and prominent collaborator in the world of pop, indie, jazz, and hip hop. A multi-faceted artist evolving outside of her formal classical training, Judy has set herself apart from others through her work as a singer/songwriter, producer, composer, and arranger. Born a rebel to tradition, rules, and conformity, she discovered an artistic freedom and a sense of individuality through creation and improv at about the age of 7. Judy continues to defy and break the constraints of boundaries improvising, jamming, co-writing, producing, and performing with bands and artists from Alaskan prog rock band Portugal.The Man to such powerhouses as Lady Gaga. Her self titled debut album is being devoured by radio.

Moving from Juilliard to Lady Gaga as easily as she moves from ambient to a Stradivarius, Kang blows open the stereotypical tiger mom progeny being a hot chick that masters classical violin before puberty. For all the pop chops she has under her young belt, this is a shining example of a wonderful record that many will not know what to make of.” – MidWest Record

“Diverse, unbelievably beautiful, and eclectic.” – Bob Boilen, NPR

The New York Times hailed, “Judy Kang, a Canadian violinist and most likely the only musician to have worked with both Pierre Boulez and Lady Gaga, was featured in Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Ms. Kang, who drew whoops from the audience before playing a single note, offered a lean, focused sound, pinpoint intonation and expressively molded phrasing. Every line seemed to mean something personal in what amounted to an amorous serenade.”


Andy Iorio Nominated For Best Song By Hollywood Music in Media Awards

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Andy Iorio has been nominated for best Contemporary Classical song “Rush” by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

By the time he was in high school, U.S. composer/pianist Andy Iorio had taught himself to play everything from rock to metal to classical compositions on multiple instruments and began looking outward for a place where he could hone his skills and learn more about the field and process of film scoring. His next stop was Berklee School of Music where it came into focus and ultimately led him to form his own label and release two brilliant albums- “After The Rain” and “II”.
Fans lauded him for creating “original compositions [that] give quiet impressions of serenity while carrying simple tonality. His harmonies fluid and controlled run toward something both bare and natural.” And reviewers praised him for composing albums in which “he brings music to life, every track has its own story, but is a part of a great masterpiece.”
Andy’s latest album “II” is grounded in his trademark emotionally moving melodies with a lush, vibrant string section. Music that speaks a universal soul-stirring language that takes the listener along on a deep emotional journey that resonates within all of us.
We congratulate Andy on the HMMA nomination for best Contemporary Classical track, “Rush”, that appears on Andy’s “II” album.  Well deserved! Good luck for the win!

Tickets Are On Sale For Helen Jane Long In New Orleans

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Tickets Are On Sale For Helen Jane Long In New Orleans

U.K. Composer/Pianist Helen Jane Long is touring the U.S. in support of her fourth album, “Identity”.  An award-winning film composer whose musicology brings indie culture to classical and soundtrack music, she has just announced a show in New Orleans at the Marigny Opera House on November 10, 2016.
For this evening,

Helen Jane Long performs at Marigny Opera House in New Orleans on Nov10, 2016

Helen Jane Long performs at Marigny Opera House in New Orleans on Nov10, 2016

Helen will be performing on piano with her string section, The London Players, and will cover music from all four of her albums as well as highlighting new pieces from her new album “Identity”. Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com

Watch Pianist Ludovico Einaudi’s Haunting Performance As He Floats By A Crumbling Glacier

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Watch Pianist Ludovico Einaudi’s Haunting Performance As He Floats By A Crumbling Glacier

In a stunning visual reminder of what’s at stake, an acclaimed Italian composer and pianist delivered the performance of a lifetime — playing a baby grand on a small floating platform as a glacier crumbled around him.

Ludovico Einaudi performed “Elegy for the Arctic,” a piece he wrote just for the occasion, at the Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway.

“Being here has been a great experience. I could see the purity and fragility of this area with my own eyes and interpret a song I wrote to be played upon the best stage in the world,” Einaudi said in a news release from Greenpeace. “It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it.”

Greenpeace had the piano shipped from Germany to Norway, where it traveled on the Arctic Sunrise, one of the organization’s ships, to the glacier.

“The timing of Einaudi’s performance is not by chance,” Greenpeace wrote in blog post. “This week, delegates at the OSPAR Commission meeting in Tenerife, Spain, have an opportunity to take an important step in protecting the Arctic. The proposal before them would safeguard 10% of the Arctic ocean, an area roughly the size of the UK.”

Greenpeace has set up a website, Voicesforthearctic.org, dedicated to the issue.  — Huffington Post

 

Echoes CD of the Month: Helen Jane Long’s Identity

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Echoes CD of the Month: Helen Jane Long’s Identity

Echoes Review

Helen Jane Long: No Identity Crisis

Helen-Jane-Long-PensiveHelen Jane Long is an unassuming musician who makes a gentle and elegant music that might have come from another, more civil time. Her work has been used in several TV ads, including spots for the Volkswagen Passat and British Airways. She has just released her latest album, Identity.

The opening track is vintage Helen Jane Long, channeling the sound of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and Hans Zimmer’s “Toward the Line,” it’s a composition full of yearning and a shadow-streaked melancholy. Long falls on the neo-classical side of chamber music, not quite ambient, not full-on classical, much like Ludovico Einaudi. But unlike Einaudi, who draws upon contemporary electronics and avant-garde strategies, Long draws fully from the classical tradition. Just listen to the sweeping waltz of “Storm Away,” with strings blowing like a tall ship at full sail.

Most of Identity finds Long in an orchestral mode, but she strips herself bare on tracks like “Isolation,” a haunting, poignant composition that you might play after The Beach Boy’s “In My Room.” Similarly, “Identity,” the title track, is a piece based on a simple piano motif with tremulous sustained strings.

Helen Jane Long’s Identity is an album from someone who knows who she is as a composer. There’s no identity crisis here.
~John Diliberto

Rebekah Eden Celebrates Her New Album With A Live Performance

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Rebekah Eden Celebrates Her New Album With A Live Performance

Rebekah Eden is a perfectionist. This is the reason that her album, Rowing in Eden, was painstakingly recorded and mastered over a period of 3 years before she felt ready to release it.  Now that it’s here, it’s garnering words of praise and loads of radio play across the U.S.

To celebrate the long awaiting release, Rebekah performed live Allyworld in Takoma Park, MD on May 14, 2016 with some famous friends.

Here’s a look at the atmosphere of that night: This song is called “There & Back Again”  featuring:
-Steve Messina of Blow Up Hollywood on guitar
Dave Eggar (Evanescence, Coldplay) on cello
Jim Mason on keyboards
Patrick Hutchinson Uilleann Pipes and 
Haley Richardson on fiddle and Keegan Loesel on Uilleann Pipes and Tin Whistle 

Here’s the live performance video!

Did you ever get an album in and after just one song think, I must hear more. Well, for me, this is the one. I have never heard of this woman, but I can tell you I am going to make it my life’s work to find out more about her and her music” – RJ Lannan

 

Rebekah on Facebook

Tickets Just Went On Sale For Helen Jane Long @ The Herbst in San Francisco

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Tickets Just Went On Sale For Helen Jane Long @ The Herbst in San Francisco

Your ticket purchase includes a cd copy of Helen Jane Long’s new album “Identity”, redeemable with your ticket stub at Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight St, San Francisco! Pick up Helen’s new album anytime after the show!

For this evening, Helen will be performing on piano with her string section, The London Players, and will cover music from all four of her albums as well as highlighting new pieces from her latest album “Identity”. Get your tickets here

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Helen Jane Long’s “Identity” Album Debuts on the Billboard Chart

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Helen Jane Long’s “Identity” Album Debuts on the Billboard Chart

Helen Jane Long’s brand new album “Identity” shows up all the competition from the Record Labels and comes on to the Billboard New Age Albums Chart with the Hot Shot Debut at #9 this week.  The album is enjoying an incredible response from the Media and Radio and has only just begun to develop.  Watch for U.S. tour dates to be announced shortly to support this release.

 

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