Cris Morena

Creator of dozens of televisión hits like Chiquititas, Floricienta, Verano del 98 and Rebelde Way, her name is widely known not just in Argentina but also in countries like Israel, Russia or Japan where her productions were a huge success.

Besides her Producer side, in most of her audiovisual creations she was responsible of composing the songs and soundtracks working alongside different musicians. Several of the albums with her songs received awards in Latin America and Argentina, like Latin Grammy and the Gardel Awards.

She also created songs for famous performers of the region like Sergio Denis, Sandra Mihanovic and Xuxa.

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Black Sabbath

During the year of “Peace & Love”, a group of musicians decided to take a different path and embrace the darkness of a time marked by the fire of war and repression.

With an extreme sound of power-guitar and a somber ambience, their lyrics mention both God and the Devil, Sorcerers and Dark Magic, while still approaching topics as the Planet’s devastation.

Initially formed by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, the band produced such a disruption in Music that they were instantly thrown into success, top charts and World Tours. And all this despite the shivers of terror and the negative public opinion.

They one of the transcending Bands of Rock in history, and always mentioned as one of “The Unholy Trinity” of Heavy Metal.

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Burt Bacharach

Born in Kansas in 1928 but growing up in Queens, NY, Burt Bacharach started studying Cello, Drums and Piano at the age of 12 by his mother’s insistence. He used to despise playing the Piano, for his dream at that time was to become a Professional Football Player. His small frame and his musical talent took him through a different path.

As a teenager, he ended up falling in love with Jazz and forming his own High School Band with which he gained exposure playing at parties and events. Later on he delved into music studying at the Mannes School of Music in New York City; at the Berkshire Music Center; and at the New School for Social Research, where he studied under composers Bohuslav Martinu, Henry Cowell and Darius Milhaud. He was also awarded a scholarship to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.

After serving in the army, he worked in Nightclubs and restaurants accompanying performers like Georgia Gibbs, Ames Brothers and Polly Bergen. In 1957, he started collaborating with lyricist Hal David and together they reached success almost immediately with hits like “The Story of My Life” and “Magic Moments”.

During several decades, he worked creating, arranging or producing songs with several talents like The Drifters, Marlene Dietrich, Jackie DeShannon, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters , lvis Costello and most specially with Dee Dee Warwick (with whom, alongside Hal David formed a formidable team).

He also participated in several Films, composing music for movies like “Casino Royale”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, the Italian film “Together” and “Arthur” and also acting in the Austin Powers movies. Several Films and Documentaries gave homage to his career along the way, as well as different Musicals like “What the World Needs Now”.

A prolific composer, producer, conductor and arranger, whose works and collaborations spawn over long decades and multitude of artists; whose awards and prizes would need a whole new page to detail. A major name in the history of Music, that left a mark in every possible area of the music and that still to this day defines and inspires musicians all over the world.

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Ludovico Einaudi

Pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi was born in Turin on November 23rd 1955. Perhaps it was his mother, an amateur pianist, who gave him the first impulse to music, planting the seeds for what would become a fruitful, illustrious career. He began to study music at the Conservatory of Turin and graduated with a diploma in composition under Azio Corghi at the Conservatory of Milan.

He spent the next several years composing for ballet, films and theater. But it was with “Le Onde” (1996), his first solo album, inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel, that he captured piano world’s attention.

The increasing prestige of his soundtracks would be confirmed by “Not of This World” (2000), “Light of My Eyes” (2001), “Strange Crime” (2004), “This is England”, film (2004) and TV series (2010), “The Untouchables” (2011), “Samba” (2014), “The water diviner” (2015) and “The third murder” (2017).

Seven Days Walking is the title of the new album by Ludovico Einaudi, released on March 2019, three and a half years after Elements and a triumphal world tour. Seven Days Walking is divided into seven episodes, seven albums (Day One, Day Two, etc. until Day Seven).

“I remember that in January 2018 I often went for long walks in the mountains, always following more or less the same trail. It snowed heavily, and my thoughts roamed free inside the storm, where all shapes, stripped bare by the cold, lost their contours and colors. Perhaps that feeling of extreme essence was the origin of this album.”

Jon Z

Jon Z is a rapper from San Juan, Puerto Rico whose music is equally influenced by reggaeton and American hip-hop, particularly trap. With an Eminem-esque high-pitched voice and a quirky style, his music often sounds like a Puerto Rican counterpoint to rappers such as Young Thug and Future.

Born Jonathan Resto Quiñone in 1991, he first began uploading freestyles to his YouTube channel in 2014. He performed concerts across Puerto Rico and caught the attention of Boy Wonder, who signed him to Chosen Few Emeralds Entertainment. His debut mixtape, The Game Is About to Change, appeared in 2015.

Several singles followed, including "0 Sentimientos," "Mentirte," and "Violeta." Over the next two years, Z made numerous guest appearances on tracks by artists like Frankie Roura, Josh D'Ace, and Mackie while issuing singles of his own like "Nunca Me Amo" and "Pali2".

His debut album, JonTrapVolta, arrived in 2017. He teamed up with his cousin Ele A El Dominio the following year for the LP Super Saiyan Flow, and in 2019 he collaborated with Baby Rasta on Voodoo.

In this particular 2020, Z released a new album “Perdonen la Espera”.

The Doors

With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison’s poetry and presence, The Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture.

The Doors’ arrival on the rock scene marked not only the start of a string of hit singles and albums that would become stone classics in a short time, but also of something much bigger: a new and deeper relationship between creators and audience. Refusing to be mere entertainers, the band relentlessly challenged, confronted and inspired their fans, leaping headfirst into the heart of darkness while other bands warbled about peace and love.

Morrison’s mystical command of the frontman role may be iconic, but the group’s extraordinary power would hardly have been possible without the virtuosic keyboard tapestries of Ray Manzarek, the gritty, expressive fretwork of guitarist Robby Krieger and the supple, dynamically rich grooves of drummer John Densmore.

Though they’ve had scores of imitators, there’s never been another band quite like them. And 50 years after their debut album, The Doors’ music and legacy are more influential than ever before.

Domenico Modugno

Domenico Modugno is considered the father of Italian singer-songwriters and one of the greatest European songwriters and performers of all time.

He was born on January 9, 1928 in Polignano a Mare (Bari), and inherited his passion for music from his father Cosimo. He learned to play guitar and accordion from an early age and composed his first song at the age of 15.

In 1953 he obtained his first recording contract with RCA Italiana, recording his first successes inspired by the folklore of southern Italy, such as “La Sveglietta“, “La Donna Riccia“, and the famous “Vecchio Frack“.

In 1956, he changed his record company and moved to Fonit Cetra and debuted at the Sanremo Festival with the song “Musetto“. In the same year, he published “Io, Mammeta e Tu” .

In 1958 he took part and won the Sanremo Festival with “Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu“, a song written together with Franco Migliacci. It is the consecration of Domenico Modugno among the main protagonists of the Italian and international music scene. The song soon became one of the most famous Italian songs of all time, selling over 20 million copies and reaching the top of the charts all over the world. This huge success led him to win also three Grammys Awards: “Record Of The Year“, “Song Of The Year” and “Best Artist“.

In 1959 he won again the Sanremo Festival with the song “Piove (Ciao Ciao Bambina)“, while in 1960 he reached the second position thanks to “Libero“.

After the period spent at the Fonit Cetra, in 1964 he moved to Carosello Records, recording other masterpieces such as “L’Avventura” and “Dio, Come Ti Amo“.

He acted in theathral shows and musical comedies such as “Cyrano” by Riccardo Pazzaglia and “Western Di Cose Nostre” taken from a story by Leonardo Sciascia. He also acted in movies such as “Europa di Notte” by Alessandro Blasetti, “Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu” by Piero Tellini, “Lo Scopone Scientifico” by Luigi Comencini and “Il Giudizio Universale” by De Sica.

In 1993 he recorded his last song with his son Massimo, titled “Delfini (Sai Che C’è)“.
He died on 6 August 1994 in his house in Lampedusa.

The sign that Domenico Modugno has left in the Italian music and culture is so important that today he continues to be honored and celebrated all over the world.

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Astor Piazzolla

Argentinian Composer and bandoneon player, Astor Piazzolla is one of the responsible of the Renewal at Tango with masterpieces as Libertango, Oblivion, Zita . In his Music, coexist the most traditional Tango, Classical Music and Jazz, mixing their languages, techniques and styles; providing a novel and most appealing facet to his Music.

Born in Mar del Plata in 1921, he moved to New York with his parents and lived there since 1924. There he received from his father a second-hand Bandoneon as a gift, instrument that would remain tied to his figure from that moment. He studied music under the tutelage of Bela Wilda and Terig Tucci, and later in his adulthood with Alberto Ginastera in Buenos Aires and the famous pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

Piazzolla’s career straddled between the Old and the New World. He performed as Bandoneon player in the Orchestras of Miguel Caló and Aníbal Troilo, and wrote arrangements first for the Orchestra of Troilo and then for José Basso, Miguel Caló and Francini-Pontier. He also formed a String Orchestra in Paris with musicians from the Paris Opera and with Lalo Schifrin and Martial Solal alternating on Piano.

In 1955 he founded the Octeto Buenos Aires with first line musicians as Enrique Mario Francini and Hugo Baralis (Violins), Roberto Pansera (Bandoneon), José Bragato (Cello), Aldo Nicolini (Bass), Horacio Malvicino (Electric Guitar) and Atilio Stampone (Piano). Various of the Octeto’s versions influenced heavily the future evolution of his Tango due to the rhythm and counterpoint novelties.

Some years later he also formed a Quinteto with a variable formation that would change along the years, and through which would pass musicians as Elvio Bardaro, Dante Amicarelli, Antonio Agri, Horacio Malvicino, Oscar López Ruiz, Kicho Díaz, Osvaldo Manzi and Cacho Tirao. In 1968 he composed alongside the poet Horacio Ferrer the Opera María de Buenos Aires, and an year later they would continue working composing much simpler works for the voice of Amelita Baltar such as Balada para un Loco and Chiquilín de Bachín.

The musical style of Astor Piazzolla granted him an enormous success in Europe, but generated enormous controversies in Argentina where it was always discussed whether his Music was genuinely Tango or Not. Until this day, his music sparks passions of all kinds in those hearing it, and his name remains unyielding in the summit of Music no matter the public.

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Aurora

Aurora Aksnes (born 15 June 1996), known as Aurora, is a Norwegian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Her first single “Running with the Wolves” was released in 2015 wich obteined a big acceptered in the American press.

AURORA, the 22-year-old raised among the fjords and mountains of Bergen in Norway, who balances her sense of singularity with the deep bond she has with a fan base stretching from Berlin to Brazil, who have supported her with 200 million streams and counting.

Released in 2016, AURORA’s debut album All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend” positioned her as an artist unafraid to draw on the supernatural (think hunter’s moons, frozen rivers and wolves), while also mastering epic alt-pop. With her second record, Infections of a Different Kind -surprise-released to widespread plaudits in 2018 -she increased the breadth of her sound, via the choral crescendos.

Now, she’s poised to release her third opus: A Different Kind Of Human. It’s a collection that’s as astounding as her past releases, yet more experimental still, focusing in on ecological crisis, the consequences of rampant individualism, and AURORA’s hope that listeners will take its lyrics as “more than just words, but something [to] bring them into action into the world that we live in now”.

Worldwide commercial: "Running with the wolves (Pablo Nouvelle Remix) by Aurora for Volvo"

Trailer from “Equals”: Aurora "WINTER BIRD by Aurora for Equals"

Tom Jobim

Creator alongside Vinicius de Moraes of iconic Songs, he was one of the most important icons of Brazilian music and the Bossa Nova movement. His music shows an incredible ability to weave complex harmonies into popular music, adding to his Classical Music background the Brazilian Samba and Folklore, and the sound of cool jazz.

Famous artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Madonna and Amy Winehouse have performed the songs he created along his career. His biggest hit, “Garota de Ipanema”, is widely known around the world and is one of the songs with most covers and versions in history, being part of multitude of events like the World Cup 2014.

95 Years have passed since his birth, and his Music remains intact.

Philip Glass

Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Leonard Cohen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.

Native to Baltimore, and born in 1937, Philip Glass studied at the University of Chicago, the Juilliard School and in Aspen with Darius Milhaud. He moved later to Europe, where he studied with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger and worked closely with the Sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar. Back in New York in 1967 he formed the Philip Glass Ensemble, made of seven musicians playing keyboards and a variety of woodwinds, amplified and fed through a mixer.

The new musical style he developed was eventually dubbed as “Minimalism”, despite Glass himself never liked the term and preferred to speak of himself as a composer of “music with repetitive structures”. Much of his early work is based on the extended reiteration of brief, elegant melodic fragments that weave in and out of an aural tapestry, immersing a listener in a sort of sonic weather that twists, turns, surrounds and develops.

His Music production certainly has nothing of “Minimalist”: In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than 25 Operas, large and small; 12 symphonies; a variety of Concertos for different instruments and formations; as well as Soundtracks for Films and Documentaries.

Among his Operas should be pointed out “Einstein on the Beach”, “Satyagraha”, “Akhnaten” and “The Voyage”, among many others played throughout the world’s leading houses, and rarely to an empty seat. His catalogue of Soundtracks includes Documentaries of Jean Cocteau, the films of “The Hours” and “Kundun” by Martin Scorsese and also the Film “Koyaanisqatsi” which may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since “Fantasia”.

For all this, Philip Glass is considered the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music – simultaneously.

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Mark Portmann

Mark Portmann’s music has been heard all over the world, his compositions are part of innumerable movies, trailers and audiovisual work. Mark’s credits as a composer include more than 300 major label album credits and 9 Grammy nominations.

Starting out as a classical piano player, Mark toured the world at a very young age with world class artists before moving to Los Angeles as session musician, arranger and producer.

As an arranger/orchestrator, Mark has worked with The London Symphony OrchestraThe Prague Symphony (over 40 recordings). He has also worked with major film stars like Tom Cruise and Drew Barrymore for some of their Films and Trailers, as well as with Music Stars like Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato in their albums.

Tom Petty

Owner of a magnificent voice, Tom Petty branded a new era in Rock & Roll with his Style, straddling the divide between Classic Rock and New Wave of the 60s – 70s. Despite this, his work shows a certain variety in style showing the deviations he took in different moments of his career towards new sounds or styles, like punk, garage, MTV stardom, concept albums and even experimentalism.

Being born and raised in Florida, his music is usually signaled for having a “Southerner” Style in the US, and his musical interest was sparked after a visit of Elvis Presley to his hometown showing him the glory and impact that generates a music star.

His early years in music saw him being part of several bands like The Sundowners and Mudcrutch, until he formed the one that would accompany him for years: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. The heartbreakers would release several albums (the first one named as the band) like “You’re Gonna Get It”, “Damn the Torpedoes”, “Hard Promises”, “Long After Dark” and “Southern Accents”, all of them having several successful tracks and giving them a well deserved popularity.

Petty was also part of the Supergroup “The Traveling Wilburys”, alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. The sound of this group, with whom he participated for some time, would became the blueprint for his first Solo Album: “Full Moon Fever”. This album ended up becoming the pinnacle of his career, reaching number 3 in US charts, going triple platinum and gaining him massive popularity with hits like “I Won’t Back Down”, “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, and the still now popular “Free Fallin'”.

After some other successes in solitaire, he reunited with The Heartbreakers in 1996 to record the soundtrack of Edward Burns film “She’s the One”, followed by several more albums like “The Last DJ” and “Highway Companion”.

He died in 2017 at his house, and his family and friends released posthumously different albums as homage to his career and included previously unknown versions of his works in “An American Treasure”, “The Best of Everything”, “And All the Rest” and “Angel Dream”.

His whole life was a reflection of the essence of Rock and Roll: Bands, Albums, Fame, Collaborations and Solo Career.  A name of its own, that left its mark in Music.

 

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