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Tropicalia by Mala Matina

Caetano Veloso

In the turbulence of the late 1960s, the Tropicalia movement sprang, again from Bahia. This was an art movement of absurdic backlash against the normal, and in music its prominent practitioners were singer/songwriters Caetano Veloso and his sister Maria Bethania, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa and Tom Z?.

Musical Tropicalia used advanced or obscure lyricism and poetic word-play as an art form and, more importantly to the Brazilian legacy, introduced electric instruments from rock music-- electric guitar and bass.

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Vangelis Papathanassiou by Gus Leous

Vangelis

Vangelis is a famous Greek composer and keyboardist. He composes and performs mainly instrumental music and film scores. During his career he has flirted with many genres and has proved to be very hard to categorize. His music has been filed as "synthesizer music", "new age", "progressive rock", "Symphonic rock", "Space music", "electronic music", etc. etc. None of those terms is spot on and his output is too varied to catch in one word.

He was born as "Evanghelos Odyssey Papathanassiou" on march 29th 1943 in a small town near Volos, Greece. He started playing the…

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Yangqin by Mala Matina

Yangqin

The Yangqin (扬琴) is a Chinese hammered dulcimer, with a trapezoidal soundboard, that can be generally characterized as a “chromatic” instrument. Its bright and harmonious tone make it often to be used not only for solos, ensembles or accompaniment of local operas but also for narratives and other vocal singings. Also known as “foreign zither” (洋琴), the yang qin origins can be traced to Middle East and more particular to Persia. Yangqin of various types are now very popular not only in China, but also in Eastern Europe, Middle East, India and Pakistan, where is also known by the names…

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Yo-Yo Ma by Gus Leous

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma gave his first public recital at age 5 and by the time he was 19 was being compared with such masters as Rostropovich and Casals. One of the most sought-after cellists of our time, Mr. Ma has appeared with eminent conductors and orchestras in all the music capitals of the world. He has also earned a distinguished international reputation as an ambassador for classical music and its vital role in society.

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