Exciting Duo Deloro collaboration is KUSC: Album Of the Week


With brand new arrangements by Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic, La Buena Vida explores classics of Iberian Romanticism from Albeniz and Granados as well as promoting the vivid ethnic rhythms of Ginastera and the beautiful filmic nostalgia of Carlos Gardel, master of the tango-song. The bittersweet poetic richness of Hector Stamponi is balanced by del Monte's own original flamenco dances, which take the genre into vivid new directions. Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic make up Duo Deloro, who are in the vanguard of the new Classical/Flamenco movement. This exciting collaboration - Duo Deloro, take the genre into vivid new directions and is the KUSC: Los Angeles 'Album Of the Week' for July 15, 2019. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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Could Chloe Flower help bring interest to classical music? / The Indy Review


Most people would consider pop music and classical music at opposite ends of the musical spectrum. Chloe Flower is here to wipe away that perception. Since making waves playing piano alongside Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy awards, Flower's star has been rising through incredible musicianship that has been masterfully packaged with all the stylings of today's current pop artists. Her first original single, "Get What U Get", begins on a meditative note before launching into a virtuoso piano performance, backed by the modern trappings of hip hop production (which isn't surprising, as the song is co-produced by Tommy Brown, Anthony "Tone" Jones and Babyface, who are responsible for singles by Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Juice WRLD and more). Could Flower help bring a resurgent interest in classical music? One can only hope, but either way, the exquisite track can speak for itself. CLICK HERE to Stream it in our Check This 2019 Playlist
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Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic's exciting collaboration, take the genre into vivid new directions / KDFC: Album Of the Week


With brand new arrangements by Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic, La Buena Vida explores classics of Iberian Romanticism from Albeniz and Granados as well as promoting the vivid ethnic rhythms of Ginastera and the beautiful filmic nostalgia of Carlos Gardel, master of the tango-song. The bittersweet poetic richness of Hector Stamponi is balanced by del Monte's own original flamenco dances, which take the genre into vivid new directions. Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic make up Duo Deloro, who are in the vanguard of the new Classical/Flamenco movement. This exciting collaboration - Duo Deloro, take the genre into vivid new directions and is the KDFC: San Francisco 'Album Of the Week' for July 15, 2019. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Chatter previews the work of Poul Ruders / Albuquerque Journal


Next week's Chatter Sunday at the offers a preview of the idiosyncratic work of Danish composer Poul Ruders. The composer of the Santa Fe Opera's world premiere "The Thirteenth Child," Ruders also is the author of a vast array of chamber and orchestral music. "The Thirteenth Child" opens July 27. The Chatter lineup at the Las Puertas Event Center includes American soprano Grace Kahl, guitarist Daniel Ward and the San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet. The quartet returns to Chatter annually for a program of music by contemporary composers appearing at the Santa Fe Opera. The musicians will perform Ruders' String Quartet No. 4 written in 2012, as well as selections from the composer's "Three for Two," "Schròdinger's Cat" for violin and guitar and "Bel Canto" for solo violin. The group will perform "O Mother" from the final act of "The Thirteenth Child." READ THE FULL Albuquerque Journal ARTICLE
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An afternoon with Lyn Stanley / part - time audiophile


Lyn Stanley and I first started chatting through email and social media right after I reviewed The Moonlight Sessions: Volume One on my blog back in August 2017. She's the type of performer–and there are many of them–who reach out and thank reviewers when they have kind words for her. After that, Lyn always made sure I had copies of her new releases, in formats that ranged from redbook CD to SACD to LP to reel-to-reel tape. Over the last two years I've had plenty of nice things to say about her and her music. She cares deeply about sound quality. She injects intelligence into her arrangements and musical themes. She has an enormous amount of respect for the history of jazz. Plus, I really dig her voice. We met at the legendary Ocean Way Recording studios where I got to meet the equally legendary recording engineer Allen Sides,. who was extremely kind and generous with his time. Here's another small world moment for me–Allen and Lyn were keen on me listening to some of the digital masters from her recent Julie London sessions on a system featuring Ocean Way Audio components. The big two-way monitors sitting in the corner of the room looked familiar. I had actually auditioned them at length at one of my old dealers in New York City, and I really liked them. "Hey, I know these!" The sound through the much larger Ocean Way Audio HR3.5 floorstanding monitors was live and real and ultra-dynamic, almost the antithesis of "hi-fi." It sounded like the recording studio, raw and unfiltered, a living and breathing type of sound. Best of all I had Lyn sitting next to me, giving me all the little details along the way like a film director delivering the DVD commentary. Hear that bassist? We got the same one who played with Julie London and Bobby Troup. Wait, this day I was a little hoarse, and you can here it…right…here. Nope, it actually sounds okay! We were listening to The Challenge LP for London with a Twist: Live at Bernie's where the listener can compare the direct-to-disc recording performed at Bernie Grundman Mastering with a tape-to-disc transfer, and Lyn told me how stressful and chaotic it was to do the direct-to-disc, and how tough it was to make it through to the end without mistakes, and how everyone got so excited in the final seconds knowing this was gonna be the one. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} READ THE FULL  part - time audiophile ARTICLE
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For the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth, Isata Kanneh-Mason takes us on a journey through the composer's extraordinary life / WFMT


For the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason takes us on a journey through the composer's extraordinary life. Kanneh-Mason joins forces with an all-female line-up to champion the significance of women musicians throughout the years and their influence on the classical music canon. The recording features Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto, along with solo works for piano and Three Romances for violin and piano. For Friday July 12, Isata Kanneh-Mason ROMANCE - THE PIANO MUSIC OF CLARA SCHUMANN is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Yannick Nezet-Seguin underwrites 'Cabrillo Festival Of Contemporary Music' for next 3 years / BroadwayWorld


The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is pleased to announce that it has received a $30,000 gift commitment from Conductor & Pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal. Nézet-Séguin's gift will underwrite the Festival's Conducting Fellowships over the next three years. Nézet-Séguin stepped forward with this multi-year gift after a major grant from the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation, which was awarded in 2010, sunsetted this year. The Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conducting Fellowships will provide free tuition and travel support to the top-tier Fellows of the Cabrillo Festival Conductors/Composers Workshop. The Workshop brings together leading faculty, the award-winning Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and early career conductors and composers for a professional training program that focuses on the creation and performance of new music. "I firmly believe we must invest in the future generation in order for our art form to thrive and inspire," said Nézet-Séguin. READ THE FULL BroadwayWorld ARTICLE
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With no editing, Lyn Stanley charms us on 'London With a Twist - direct to disc' / LEMON WIRE


Lyn Stanley continues to amaze fans and critics alike. Her latest release, "Lyn Stanley's Favorite Takes London With a Twist Live at Bernie's" is a direct-to-CD recording. Without the convenience of magnetic tape, or the opportunity to edit or "fix" later, the music is recorded directly onto an analog disc. The musicians play straight through, and if a mistake is made, either they stop playing or they continue. The result is a vibrant album that finds Stanley making classics sound like her own. Songs originally done by a range of artists from Cole Porter to Bruce Springsteen, take on a different vibe with Stanley's sultry voice giving them life. READ THE FULL LEMON WIRE REVIEW
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Cliff Eidelman & Michael McHale visit with Jim Svejda at KUSC


Cliff Eidelman's recent release; Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos and Night in the Gallery was recorded at Abbey Road Studios. The album features the London Symphony Orchestra and soloists Michael McHale and Tom Poster under the direction of the composer. Eidelman began composing his new Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos years ago prompted by an inner creative resolve.  As a composer of music for film including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Christopher Columbus. Eidelman had no hesitation in selecting the London Symphony Orchestra for its virtuosity and the openness of its music making from recording Mahler Symphony cycles to working on major films from Harry Potter to Star Wars. Inasmuch, the LSO provided the ideal balance for experience and enthusiasm.  When researching interpreters for the difficult piano parts of this new work, Eidelman encountered the artistry of young pianist Michael McHale and was entranced.  Soon pianist Tom Poster and engineer Jonathan Allen were on board as well and the recording project was off and running. Tune into the Evening Program with Jim Svejda this Tuesday at 10pm for a visit from Cliff Eidelman. He'll discuss the two works for the concert hall, and he's joined by the brilliant Irish pianist Michael McHale, Photo by Bjoern Kommerell SEE THE KUSC: Los Angeles PAGE
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Warm, clear, cozy, bopping and bluesy, Sarah McKenzie 'Secrets Of My Heart' is bubbling with ideas / Jazz Weekly


Vocalist and songwriter Sarah McKenzie plays piano with Pierre Boussaguet/b, Dan Wilson/g, Donald Edwards/dr and a collection of guests on percussion, strings and woodwinds on summery mix of originals and covers. Her phrasing is warm and clear, cozy with her  samba'd "De Nada" teamed with Danilo Caymmi's flute, and breezy "Till The Endo of Time" with strings and sax in support. A pair of bopping and bluesy work with Boussaguet maxes for some swinging "I Fell In Love With You" and "It's All About Love" with her voice intimate with Wilson on her intro to "My True Love Is You." She shows her piano chops on a Gershwin Medley, while her alacrity is never in doubt on a clever take of the James Bond turned indie piece "You Only Live Twice." Bubbling with ideas. SEE THE Jazz Weekly PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak set to headline Bastille Day concert / OPERAwire


The Orchestra National de France and the Choeur and Maîtrise de Radio France will present a free Bastille Day concert on Sunday, Jul. 14, 2019 which will take place "at the foot of the Eiffel Tower . . . [and] will be followed by the very famous fireworks," according to SortiraParis. Jaap Van Zweden will lead the orchestra. The event will kick off with the "Hungarian March" from Berlioz' "The Damnation of Faust." Then, Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak will sing the aria "Je Veux Vivre" from Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette." The orchestra will perform the opening from Bizet's "Carmen," and the "Habanera," sung by French mezzo-soprano Gaëlle Arquez, will follow. German bass René Pape will sing "Le Veau d'Or" from Gounod's "Faust," and Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński will perform "Vedro con mio diletto" from Vivladi's "Giustino." French tenor Roberto Alagna and classical guitarist Xuefei Yang will perform Charles Aznavour's "La Mamma." Alagna will later return to sing "Rachel, quand du Seigneur" from Fromental Halévy's "La Juive," "Le Muletier et la Jeune Personne" from Offenbach's "La Périchole" with Gaëlle Arquez, and "L'Heure Exquise" from Lehar's "La Veuve Joyeuse" with Aleksandra Kurzak. Yang will return for Joaquin Rodrigo's Concerto d'Aranjuez (adagio). READ THE FULL OPERAwire ARTICLE
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George Winston planning a 'summer songs' set for Wildwood Park / Arkansas Democrat & Gazette


Pianist George Winston will play primarily spring and summer songs for his program tomorrow Friday June 12 at Wildwood Park for the Arts. He thinks it has been more than two decades since he last performed in Little Rock. He's close. His last concert in Fayetteville was in November 2009; he played Fayetteville and Little Rock in February 1994. "I haven't been there in awhile," he admits. "It's been too long. Just one thing or another; I don't know what happened. It's great to get back there. I hope to make it more often than every 20 years." Winston will be donating 100% of his artist profit from merchandise sales to the Arkansas Foodbank; and concertgoers are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items. "We always invite a local food bank, and ask people to bring cans of food if they can," Winston says. "We always donate the CD proceeds to food banks." That has been going since about 1986, he adds. Winston said last week he was still working on the program for the Wildwood concert. "It'll be what I call the 'summer show,' with what I regard as spring and summer-type songs," he explains. "I've got the 'winter show' also, fall and winter stuff, and I try to alternate each time I play someplace." The set list will likely include "one or two songs, maybe" from Winston's latest album, Restless Wind, released May 3 on his Dancing Cat label. The rest will mostly be material from his "season" albums, "some of the things I did on [my recordings of] Vince Guaraldi's music and some newer things, kind of a mixture of ballads and uptempo."  PHOTO: Todd V Wolfson p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} read the full Arkansas Democrat & Gazette article
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Top 10 Albums for July

Joe Alexander Shepherd :

Beautiful Girl

An English composer and pianist whose minimalist contemporary-classical works invoke names like Ludovico Einaudi, Michael Nyman, and Dustin O'Halloran, Joe Alexander Shepherd is a native of York and a graduate from Paul McCartney's acclaimed Academy of Music in Liverpool. A composer since the age of 15, Shepherd has a classical background, but is also a pop and electronic music fan who incorporates textural synths into his work. In 2018, he signed to Nettwerk Music Group and released his debut album, Time. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
Laurence Hobgood :

t e s s e t e r r a

The Laurence Hobgood Trio with string quartet ETHEL "Two impressive things stand out: how enormous his arrangements make the string quartet sound, and how fluidly these seven musicians blend together." - Giovanni Russonello, New York Times  "Hobgood's orchestration definitely brings a classical element to the project, while the trio's shining interactions represent the very idea that jazz improvisation is less about what's being played and more about how it's being played."  - Matt Micucci, Jazziz Magazine    "✩✩✩✩✩" - BBC Music Magazine (May 24, 2019) "Hobgood has produced here an exceptional debut album for the ever-burgeoning Ubuntu Music label, which augurs very well indeed both for the pianist and the record company." - Roger Farby, All About Jazz    "Laurence Hobgood's new album is grounded in a deep and rich musicality that rewards frequent and multiple listenings like nothing I've heard in decades. It is at different times surprising, thought-provoking, nuanced, and always exquisite . . . tesseterra should be on every station and streaming services playlists for years to come."  - Daniel J. Levitin, Author, "This Is Your Brain On Music" "Laurence Hobgood's new album is grounded in a deep and rich musicality that rewards frequent and multiple listenings like nothing I've heard in decades. It is at different times surprising, thought-provoking, nuanced, and always exquisite. What do Debussy, Ravel, Miles Davis and Johnny Cash have in common' They were all superb crafters of melody, harmony and rhythm who decided, as Hobgood does here, to explore texture-driven music, elevating timbre and orchestration to equal standing with their better known musical accomplices. Hobgood is continually pulling rabbits out of hats, getting me to rethink and re-feel songs I've heard thousands of times, shining a light on hidden structure and interplays I had never noticed before. Anyone who can sneak in a few bars of  "I've Found a New Baby" has got me hooked. From meter shifts to harmonic innovation and textural elegance, tesseterra should be on every station and streaming services playlists for years to come." 
Keith Jarrett :

J.S. Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, LIVE

In February 1987, Keith Jarrett recorded, on piano, the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was the first in a series of lauded Bach discs that Jarrett would make for ECM. On March 7, 1987, prior to the release of the studio set, he performed the complete WTC Book I for an audience in upstate New York at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, a venue renowned for its beautiful acoustics. With this release, ECM is presenting an archival live recording of this concert for the first time. When his studio album of the WTC Book I was released, Jarrett's manner in these iconic preludes and fugues surprised many listeners with its poetic restraint, given his renown as a jazz improvisor. But the pianist was deeply attuned to what he called "the process of thought" in Bach; by not imposing his personality unduly on the music, Jarrett allowed the score to shine via the natural lyricism of the contrapuntal melodic lines, the dance-like pulse of the rhythmic flow. These qualities are strikingly apparent in the live recording, with its added electricity of a concert performance.
Philip Bailey :

Love Will Find A Way

Philip Bailey, the legendary falsetto voice, Grammy Award winner and co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire announces his upcoming solo album Love Will Find A Way via Verve Records on June 21 with the release of the first single "Billy Jack," which he co-produced with Robert Glasper.   "Billy Jack" was originally written and performed by Curtis Mayfield – this version is performed by Grammy Award winner Philip Bailey on vocals and percussion and features Kendrick Scott on drums and Robert Glasper on keys.  When Earth Wind & Fire began recording in the 1970s, Bailey and his bandmates, like many great artists of the day, had little interest in separating genres and audiences-a philosophy that resulted in unprecedented creative and commercial success.  On Love Will Find a Way, Bailey proves that the atmosphere and ideas that made Earth Wind & Fire possible-a respect for genuine musicianship, a conviction that all music matters-are alive and well in 2019. Along with trusted friends like bassist Christian McBride, the iconic jazz pianist Chick Corea and drum legend Steve Gadd, the album features several of the brightest contemporary lights in jazz, R&B, pop and more: keyboardist Robert Glasper, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, rapper, musician and producer will.i.am, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, singer-songwriter Bilal, singer-saxophonist Casey Benjamin, guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Kendrick Scott and bassist Derrick Hodge, among many others. 
Chloe Flower :

Get What U Get

After sending shockwaves through the socialsphere following her electrifying performance alongside Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards, high-energy performance pianist Chloe Flower releases her first-ever original single on Sony Music Masterworks. With an original arrangement by Flower, the single "Get What U Get" is co-produced with Tommy Brown (Ariana Grande's "7 Rings", "Thank U, Next"), Anthony "Tone" Jones (Post Malone, Juice WRLD) and her longtime collaborator Babyface. Rooted in classical instrumentation, the song has all of the style and flare of a pop record. Flower recently debuted the song on the Today Show in her first ever solo TV performance. "Get What U Get" is available everywhere now. 
Hildur Guonadottir :

Chernobyl - Music From The HBO Miniseries

Based on an untold true story, "Chernobyl" is a five-part miniseries airing on HBO. Writer, creator and executive producer Craig Mazin began researching the Chernobyl disaster in 2014, using a wide variety of materials, including several books, government reports from inside and outside of the Soviet Union and first-person accounts. He spoke to nuclear scientists to learn how a reactor works and interviewed former Soviet citizens to gain a better sense of the culture in 1986. The haunting score is by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Icelandic composer, cello player, and singer, who has composed a number of film scores for films.
Angelique Kidjo :

Celia

On April 19, Angélique Kidjo will release Celia (Verve/Universal Music France), an album that honors Celia Cruz, widely known as "the Queen of Salsa" and the most popular Latin artist of the 20thcentury.  On Celia, Angélique explores the African roots of the Cuban-born Cruz and reimagines selections from Cruz's extraordinary career in surprising new ways, infused with an explosion of sounds and rhythms from Cuba, Africa, the Middle East, America and beyond.  The album includes performances by Tony Allen (Fela Kuti) on drums, Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, and British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchins plus his band Sons of Kemet.   
Camila Meza :

Ambar

Today, multitalented vocalist, songwriter and instrumentalist Camila Meza releases her debut album on Sony Music Masterworks, Ámbar. Available now, Ámbar, the fifth studio album from Meza, showcases the Chilean-born talent's ever-evolving artistic sensibility, and finds her reaching new virtuosic and expressive heights as a singer, a stirring guitar soloist, an ambitious songwriter and a producer. Featuring the Nectar Orchestra, a hybrid ensemble with string quartet, with arrangements by bassist Noam Wiesenberg, and pianist/keyboardist Eden Ladin, drummer/percussionist Keita Ogawa, violinists Tomoko Omura and Fung Chern Hwei, violist Benjamin von Gutzeit and cellist Brian Sanders, Ámbar is distinguished by its extraordinarily close attention to sonic detail. Steeped in metaphor, romance and complex emotion, Ámbar is Meza's boldest artistic statement to date, a breakthrough, rooted in the incredible agility and interplay of Meza's state-of-the-art jazz group.
Luciano Pavarotti :

PAVAROTTI OMP

From the filmmaking team behind the highly-acclaimed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, PAVAROTTI is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Academy Award winner Ron Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of The Voice...The Man...The Legend. Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world. This cinematic event features history-making performances and intimate interviews, including never-before-seen footage and cutting-edge Dolby Atmos technology.  A CBS Films Polygram Entertainment Brian Grazer presentation, PAVAROTTI is an Imagine Entertainment and White Horse Pictures production.  DIRECTED BY: Ron Howard  WRITTEN BY: Mark Monroe  PRODUCED BY: Nigel Sinclair, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Michael Rosenberg, Jeanne Elfant Festa  OPENING IN THEATERS LIMITED ON JUNE 7, 2019 
The Stan Getz Quartet :

Getz at The Gate

On November 26, 1961, saxophonist Stan Getz and his relatively new quartet of Steve Kuhn, John Neves, and Roy Haynes performed at New York's Village Gate. The show was professionally recorded, possibly for eventual release, but was soon forgotten and the tape languished in the vaults for almost 58 years. On June 14th, Verve Records/UMe will release the 2-CD, 3-LP Getz at The Gate, which includes every note recorded that night.  This recording and this quartet both serve as a sort of "road not taken" for Stan Getz. Having just returned from living in Europe, Getz assembled a new quartet and was exploring a slightly more modern and aggressive sound with this group. Steve Kuhn had only recently finished playing with John Coltrane's quartet and a more modern music and sound - personified by Coltrane - was gaining popularity. 
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