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Michael Cretu
Michael Cretu (Romanian: Mihai Crețu pronounced [miˈhaj ˈkret͡su]; born 18 May 1957) is a Romanian–German musician, singer, songwriter, and producer.[1] He gained worldwide fame as the founder and musician behind the German musical project Enigma, formed in 1990. Initially Cretu was identified as "Curly" or "Curly M.C." in reference to his curly hair and "cret" meaning "curly" in Romanian.[2] Cretu began a music career in 1976 as a solo artist and released numerous studio albums and writing and producing albums by his ex-wife, German pop singer Sandra. He also worked with artists through the 1980s, including Peter Cornelius, Hubert Kah, and Mike Oldfield.[3] In 1990, Cretu formed Enigma and released its first album, MCMXC a.D.
MCMXC a.D.
(1990) which charted worldwide helped by its lead single, "Sadeness (Part I)"
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Bucharest
Bucharester (en) bucureștean, bucureșteancă (ro)Time zone EET (UTC+2) • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)Postal code 0xxxxxArea code(s) +40 x1Car plate prefix B - GDP(Nominal)2016 €47 billion[8] - Per capita €20,500Website pmb.roa Romanian law stipulates that Bucharest
Bucharest
has a special administrative status which is equal to that of a County; b
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Boney M
Boney M.
Boney M.
were a Euro- Caribbean
Caribbean
vocal group created by German record producer Frank Farian. Originally based in West Germany, the four original members of the group's official line-up were Liz Mitchell
Liz Mitchell
and Marcia Barrett
Marcia Barrett
from Jamaica, Maizie Williams
Maizie Williams
from Montserrat
Montserrat
and Bobby Farrell from Aruba. The group was formed in 1976 and achieved popularity during the disco era of the late 1970s
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Abbey Road
Abbey Road
Abbey Road
is the eleventh album by English rock band the Beatles, released on 26 September 1969 by Apple Records. The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Although Let It Be
Let It Be
was the final album that the Beatles completed before the band's dissolution in April 1970, most of the album had been recorded before the Abbey Road
Abbey Road
sessions began.[1] A double A-side single from the album, "Something"/"Come Together", released in October, topped the Billboard chart in the US. Abbey Road
Abbey Road
is a rock album[2] that incorporates genres such as blues, pop, and progressive rock,[3] and it makes prominent use of the Moog synthesizer and the Leslie speaker. Side two contains a medley of song fragments edited together to form a single piece
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The Beatles
The Beatles
The Beatles
were an English rock band formed in Liverpool
Liverpool
in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
George Harrison
and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band.[1] Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways
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Frankfurt
Frankfurt, officially Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main (German: [ˈfʁaŋkfʊɐ̯ t am ˈmaɪn] ( listen); lit. ' Frankfurt
Frankfurt
on the Main'), is a metropolis and the largest city in the German state of Hesse
Hesse
and the fifth-largest city in Germany. Frankfurt
Frankfurt
was a city state, the Free City of Frankfurt, for nearly five centuries, and was one of the most important cities of the Holy Roman Empire; it lost its sovereignty in 1866. In 2015, Frankfurt
Frankfurt
has a population of 732,688 within its administrative boundaries,[4] and 2.3 million in its urban area.[2][5] The city is at the centre of the larger Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region, which has a population of 5.5 million[1] and is Germany's second-largest metropolitan region after Rhine-Ruhr
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Session Musician
Session musicians, studio musicians, or backing musicians are musicians hired to perform in recording sessions or live performances. Session musicians are usually not permanent members of a musical ensemble or band. They work behind the scenes and rarely achieve individual fame in their own right as soloists or bandleaders. However, top session musicians are well-known within the music industry, and some have become publicly recognized, such as the Wrecking Crew and Motown's The Funk
Funk
Brothers. Many session musicians specialize in playing common instruments such as guitar, piano, bass, or drums. Others are specialists, and play brass, woodwinds, and strings. Many session musicians play multiple instruments, which lets them play in a wider range of musical situations, genres and styles
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Frank Farian
Frank Farian
Frank Farian
(born Franz Reuther 18 July 1941, Kirn, Germany) is a German record producer and songwriter, best known as the founder and voice behind the 1970s' disco-pop group Boney M.
Boney M.
and as the mastermind and voice behind the lip-synching group Milli Vanilli. His tendency to create bands with a visual image distinct from the recorded musical performances has led to controversy throughout his career, especially in the case of Milli Vanilli. Farian is also the owner of the record label MCI and several subsidiaries.Contents1 Career1.1 Boney M. 1.2 Milli Vanilli 1.3 Far Corporation 1.4 Later activity2 Personal life 3 Frank Farian-produced albums 4 References 5 External linksCareer[edit] Farian started as a trained cook before moving into the music industry
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New-age Music
New-age music
New-age music
is a genre of music intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. It is used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation,[1] reading as a method of stress management[2] to bring about a state of ecstasy rather than trance,[3][4] or to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home or other environments, and is associated with environmentalism and New Age spirituality.[5][1] New-age music
New-age music
includes both acoustic forms, featuring instruments such as flutes, piano, acoustic guitar and a wide variety of non-Western acoustic instruments, and electronic forms, frequently relying on sustained synth pads or long sequencer-based runs
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Peter Schilling
Peter Schilling
Peter Schilling
(born Pierre Michael Schilling; January 28, 1956) is a German synthpop musician whose songs often feature science-fiction themes (aliens, astronauts, nuclear holocaust, etc.). Schilling was born in Stuttgart, Germany.[1] His 1983 album, Error in the System, generated his only international hit single, "Major Tom (Coming Home)", a retelling of David Bowie's classic 1969 song "Space Oddity".[1] Although the song was originally recorded in German, the international hit version was sung in English. In 1984 and 1985, Schilling released the albums 120 Grad and 120 Grad's English-language version, 1985's Things to Come. From 1986 to 1989, Schilling released non-album singles and put out his 1988 compilation The Different Story. In 1990, Schilling suffered from burnout and the following year he took a break. In 1994, he married his girlfriend Catyana. They got divorced in 2003
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Ion Voicu
Ion Voicu (Romanian: [iˈon ˈvojku]; October 8, 1923 – February 24, 1997) was a Romanian violinist and orchestral conductor of Romani ethnicity. In 1969 he founded the award-winning Bucharest Chamber Orchestra, which is now conducted by his son Mădălin Voicu. Life[edit] Voicu was born in Bucharest, into a family of professional musicians. At age 6, he had his first music lessons with Constantin Niculescu. At age 14, he entered the Royal Academy of Music in Bucharest, where he studied with George Enescu. After graduating in 1940, he became violinist with the National Radio Orchestra of Romania, where he was noticed by the conductor, Willem Mengelberg; Voicu made his debut as a soloist with the orchestra soon after
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Ibiza
Ibiza
Ibiza
(Catalan: Eivissa) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
off the east coast of Spain. It is 150 kilometres (93 miles) from the city of Valencia. It is the third largest of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous community of Spain. Its largest settlements are Ibiza
Ibiza
Town (Catalan: Vila d'Eivissa, or simply Vila), Santa Eulària des Riu, and Sant Antoni de Portmany. Its highest point, called Sa Talaiassa
Sa Talaiassa
(or Sa Talaia), is 475 metres (1,558 feet) above sea level. Ibiza
Ibiza
has become well known for its association with nightlife, electronic music that originated on the island, and for the summer club scene, all of which attract large numbers of tourists drawn to that type of holiday
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Gregorian Chant
Gregorian chant
Gregorian chant
is the central tradition of Western plainchant, a form of monophonic, unaccompanied sacred song of the Roman Catholic Church. Gregorian chant
Gregorian chant
developed mainly in western and central Europe during the 9th and 10th centuries, with later additions and redactions. Although popular legend credits Pope St. Gregory the Great with inventing Gregorian chant, scholars believe that it arose from a later Carolingian
Carolingian
synthesis of Roman chant and Gallican chant. Gregorian chants were organized initially into four, then eight, and finally 12 modes
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Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Corporation (also known simply as Paramount) is an American film studio based in Hollywood, California, that has been a subsidiary of the American media conglomerate Viacom
Viacom
since 1994. Paramount is the fifth oldest surviving film studio in the world,[2] the second oldest in the United States, and the sole member of the "Big Six" film studios still located in the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
neighborhood of Hollywood
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Sliver (film)
Sliver is a 1993 erotic thriller film based on the Ira Levin
Ira Levin
novel of the same name about the mysterious occurrences in a privately owned New York high-rise apartment building.[2] Phillip Noyce
Phillip Noyce
directed the film, from a screenplay by Joe Eszterhas.[3] Because of a major battle with the MPAA (which originally gave the film an NC-17 rating), the filmmakers were forced to make extensive reshoots before release. These reshoots actually necessitated changing the killer's identity. The film stars Sharon Stone, William Baldwin, and Tom Berenger. According to the film, the tall and narrow sliver building is located at 113 East 38th Street in Manhattan, placing it at 38th Street and Park Avenue. The actual building used in the film is known as Morgan Court, located at 211 Madison Avenue New York, one block west and two blocks south of the fictional address. The building has since become a condominium development
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Carl Orff
Carl Heinrich Maria Orff (German: [ˈkaɐ̯l ˈɔɐ̯f]; (1895-07-10)10 July 1895 – (1982-03-29)29 March 1982) was a German composer, best known for his cantata Carmina Burana
Carmina Burana
(1937).[1] In addition to his career as a composer, Orff developed an influential approach toward music education for children.Contents1 Life1.1 Early life 1.2 World War I 1.3 The 1920s 1.4 Nazi era 1.5 Denazification 1.6 After World War II 1.7 Personal life 1.8 Death2 Works2.1 Musical works 2.2 Pedagogic works 2.3 List of compositions3 Bibliography 4 References 5 External linksLife[edit] Early life[edit] Carl Orff
Carl Orff
was born in Munich
Munich
on 10 July 1895.[2] His family was Bavarian and was active in the Army of the German Empire
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