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Dire Straits Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Dire Straits Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine     Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late '70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to punk. If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of pub rock, but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy. Led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler, the group built their sound upon the laid-back blues-rock of J.J. Cale, but they also had jazz and country inflections, occasionally dipping into the epic song structures of progressive rock. The band's music was offset by Knopfler's lyrics, which approximated the winding, stream-of-conscious narratives of Bob Dylan. As their career progressed, Dire Straits became more refined and their new maturity happened to coincide with the rise of MTV and the compact disc. These two musical revolutions from the mid-'80s helped make Dire Straits' sixth album, Brothers in Arms, an international blockbuster. The band -- along with Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, and Steve Winwood -- become one of the leaders of a group of self-consciously mature veteran rock & rollers in the late '80s that designed their music to appeal to aging baby boomers. Despite the band's international success, they couldn't sustain their stardom, waiting a full six years to deliver a follow-up to Brothers in Arms, by which time their audience had shrunk significantly.
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Passenger - Riding To New York - Official Album Version

Passenger - Riding To New York - Official Album Version     Well, I met him in Minnesota He was dark and overcast With long, grey hair and eyes that stared Through me like I was glass I asked 'Where are you going to?' He said, "I´m the wind I´m just blowing through." He lit up a cigarette and began to talk "See the doctors told me that my body won´t hold me My lungs are turning black Been a lucky strike´s fool since I was at school And there ain´t no turning back They can´t tell me how long I´ve got Maybe months but maybe not I´m taking this bike and riding to New York ...
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Aerosmith were the top American hard-rock band of  the mid-Seventies

Aerosmith were the top American hard-rock band of  the mid-Seventies     Known for an aggressively rhythmic style as rooted in James Brown funk as in more traditional blues, Aerosmith were the top American hard-rock band of the mid-Seventies; if you set foot in a high school parking lot back then, the verbose back-alley numbers on Toys of 1975 In The Attic and Rocks of 1976 were inescapable. But the growing of the members drug problems and internal dissension contributed to a commercial decline that accelerated through the late Seventies and early Eighties. Mostrar detalle

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Birthday 60 celebration at Madison Square Garden

Birthday  60 celebration  at Madison Square Garden      Mostrar detalle

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Gabriela Montero, conocida por sus improvisaciones sobre temas clásicos. @monterogabriela

Gabriela Montero, conocida por sus improvisaciones sobre temas clásicos. @monterogabriela     Montero ejecutó su primera interpretación en público a los tres años de edad. A los ocho años, realizó su primer concierto debut con la Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, dirigida por José Antonio Abreu. Además de su extensa reputación como recuperadora del arte de la improvisación que se perdió en la música artística a lo largo del siglo XIX es considerada una gran pianista dentro del repertorio clásico, romántico y de principios del siglo XX. También colabora frecuentemente con la pianista argentina Martha Argerich y el celista francés, Gautier Capuçon. Su agenda de conciertos la lleva a las mejores salas y se presenta como solista con las grandes orquestas del mundo. Sus discos con el sello EMI han ganado galardones como el Echo Preis en Alemania y fue nominada a un Grammy por su disco Baroque. El 20 de enero de 2009 participó en la inauguración presidencial de Barack Obama, interpretando junto al violinista Itzhak Perlman, el violonchelista Yo-Yo Ma y el clarinetista Anthony McGill la obra Air and Simple Gifts, una composición del músico ohn Williams.2 Mostrar detalle

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TONADA DE LUNA LLENA de Simón díaz

TONADA DE LUNA LLENA de Simón díaz     

TONADA DE LUNA LLENA de Simón díaz

Yo vide una garza mora
Dandole combate a un rio
Asi es como se enamora
Tu corazon con el mio

Luna luna luna llena
Menguante

Anda muchacho a la casa
Y me traes la carabina jiooo
Pa mata este gavilan
Que no me deja gallina

La luna me esta mirando
Yo no se lo que me ve
Yo tengo la ropa limpia
Ayer tarde la lave

Luna luna luna llena
Menguante

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She has achieved fame in the world over for her angelic vocals

She has achieved fame in the world over for her angelic vocals     

Nana Mouskouri

While still a child, Mouskouri lived under the Nazi occupation of Greece, lacking schooling, witnessing executions and enduring limited access to food, with the family at times forced to subsist on snails and frogs. Both Nana, her nickname, and older sister Eugenia were skilled singers, and both eventually studied at the Athens Conservatory. With the girls' father having a gambling problem via which he lost much of his money, the family could only afford to keep one of the siblings at the school, with Eugenia choosing to leave so Nana could continue to study.

Choosing Jazz and Pop

Though studying opera, Mouskouri had an avowed interest in jazz and American standards, singing with a band at night and being influenced by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. When the conservatory found out about her jazz leanings, she was summarily prevented from taking her final exams. Yet Mouskouri was undeterred, and in 1959 she won the Greek Song Festival singing “Kapou Iparchi Agapi Mou,” co-written by composer Manos Hadjidakis. Mouskouri had already worked with Hadjidakis on an EP, and the two would have a fruitful working relationship, with his Mouskouri-sung tunes winning the festival again in 1960. Mostrar detalle

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He made his first appearance with the Hamburg Philharmonics at the age of ten.

He made his first appearance with the Hamburg Philharmonics at the age of ten.     

David Garrett

At the age of thirteen he was the youngest artist to sign an exclusive contract with the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft. In 1999, at the prime of his young career he decided to put everything on hold and move to New York in order to study musicology and composition at the prestigious Julliard School. To pay for his studies he worked as a bartender, a janitor and a library clerk before he was discovered by a modeling agency. At Julliard he was taught by the likes of Itzhak Perlmann and Eric Ewazen. In 2003 he won the Composition Competition of Julliard School with a fugue composed in the style of Johann Sebastian Bach. After completing his studies he started a new career as a crossover violinist attempting to breach the often wide gap between the new generations of young people and classic music. In 2006 the record company Decca released his first crossover album "Free" (also known under the title "Virtuoso" by the record company DEAG), which contained classics such as the "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky-Korsakov and Paganini's "Caprice n° 24", as well as a remake of Metallica's "Nothing else matters". Mostrar detalle

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This Spray Can Make Your Wall a Touchpad

This Spray Can Make Your Wall a Touchpad     Electrick combines conductive coatings or additives with electrodes and algorithms developed at Carnegie Mellon University. It can create a touchpad on just about any surface—walls, steering wheels, toys—to control lights and other devices. Innovator Chris Harrison Age: 33 Director of CMU’s Future Interfaces Group; professor of human-computer interaction 1. Setup Electrick’s spray primes a surface to better conduct electricity, and low-voltage electrodes placed around the perimeter of the area can register changes in the current caused by touching the surface in a particular spot. 2. Use Users can control devices by touching the sprayed area. For example, the body of a guitar can become the equivalent of several effects pedals. Mostrar detalle

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If there is one group that embodies progressive rock, it is King Crimson.

If there is one group that embodies progressive rock, it is King Crimson.     King Crimson originally grew out of the remnants of an unsuccessful trio called Giles, Giles & Fripp. Michael Giles (drums, vocals), Peter Giles (bass, vocals), and Robert Fripp (guitar) had begun working together in late 1967 after playing in a variety of bands. Mostrar detalle

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