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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jul 2011 at 5:13am
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Myriam Alter
Myriam Alter received classical music training starting from the age of 8. Being very involved with her studies (graduating from high school, then getting a licence for psychology at the University of Brussels), she stopped practising her instrument at the age of 15. After her studies first she worked in an advertising agency for seven years. Then, without really being aware of it, she returned to the search of music by opening a dancing school which she managed for another seven years.
At 36 she picked up her instrument again and soon discovered her skills as a brilliant composer with an individual approach to romantic moods. (...) Coming from a Judeo-Spanishfamily (Sephardic Jews), Myriam Alter was raised with all kinds of musics such as Latin, Italian, Oriental, Spanish, South American and classical. As a piano player she was trained in classical music, but later found her way into jazz.  Myriam Alter first formed a quartet, then a quintet together with Belgian musicians. After gaining some practical experience, she began to write her own music.When she started to feel comfortable with her music and got recognition for it, she decided to record a first album with Ben Sluys (B) on saxophone, Gino Lattuca (B) on trumpet, Michel Benita (F) on bass, Jan de Haes (B) on drums and herself on piano. As this album was successful, it was followed by another one with the same musicians except Stefan Lievestro (H) playing bass instead of Michel Benita. The second album also got very good reviews. The press emphazised especially Myriam's ability for composing.
So the idea of making an international album occurred. "Alter Ego" was recorded in New York in 1997 with Billy Drewes (USA) on sax and clarinet, Ron Miles (USA) on trumpet, Kenny Werner (USA) on piano, Marc Johnson (USA) on bass and Joey Baron (USA) on drums. While Myriam left the piano seat to Kenny Werner, the quintet only played Myriam's compositions.
Then came the time to write music that would really express "who she was". The resulting album was called "If" (2002), a worldwide success, with  Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon), John Ruocco (clarinet), Kenny Werner (piano), Greg Cohen (bass) and Joey Baron (drums).
In 2007, come the release of "Where is There" with Jaques Morelenbaum (cello), John Ruocco (clarinet), Pierre Vaiana (soprano sax,), Salvatore Bonafede (piano), Greg Cohen (bass) and Joey Baron (drums).

Bio taken from her site http://www.myriamalter.com/
I think the problem with a lot of the fusion music is that it's extremely predictable, it's a rock rhythm and the solos all play the same stuff and they play it over and over again ...
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Just want to inform there some changes on MusicBrainz (source where from we're importing initial info on all added artists) are made and we need to re-tune our import process - it takes some time so it's possible some delay on import of newly added artists for nearest time. Hope we'll solve it soon.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jul 2011 at 7:06am
Yes, always list sources. Thanks for the bio, I will wait until he is imported before I add it. Sometimes a bio is supplied with the importation.

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Marian Petrescu

Marian Petrescu was born in Bucharest in 1970, and comes from a large family of musicians. He began to play the piano at the age of four, and studied in the classical and jazz conservatory in Sweden, followed by the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki. With his background of solid classical training, dazzling technique and dynamic interpretation, Marian Petrescu then got passionately interested in jazz, and the adventurous world of improvisation. He made his debut at the Pori Jazz festival at the young age of 15. Since then his career has been characterized by international success; in the Martial Solal Jazz piano competition (2nd prize in 1989) and Bucharest jazz festival (1st prize in 1992). Appearances include the Montreux, Paris, The Hague and Copenhagen, jazz festivals in Finland such Pori, April Jazz, Baltic Jazz etc. Marian played with many of the stars; Arturo Sandoval, Toots Thielemans, Al Jarreau, Didier Lockwood, Jon Larsen, Richie Beirach, Tony Williams, Ulf Wakenius, Ray Charles band, Lars Danielsson, Riccardo Del Fra, Ron McClure, Hot Club de Norvège, etc. Today Marian has his own music school which provides both classical and jazz training and he is teaching at the conservatory. Marian’s style is eclectic, and he enjoys all styles of jazz, from ragtime to modern jazz. Marian loves the piano. He treats the piano as a friend, a sparring partner and mistress. His mentor in Paris, Martial Solal, call Marian "the Horowitz of Jazz Piano", and his touch is distinct and clear as glass, obviously inspired by Oscar Peterson
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sources for bio should be mentioned?
I think the problem with a lot of the fusion music is that it's extremely predictable, it's a rock rhythm and the solos all play the same stuff and they play it over and over again ...
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Sure, works for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote darkshade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jul 2011 at 2:13pm
So I guess just post the bio in this thread to get it approved?
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Bios added.
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Your help is greatly appreciated, drop off as many good quality bios as you want.
I'd have those up right now but I am in the middle of an unbelievably lengthy online training session, it is pure hell. Dead
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote andyman1125 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jul 2011 at 6:41pm
That's true. I wasn't a collab on MMA when musicbrainz imported all the artists, so MMA may have had the same problem. I just thought this could be an outlet to lift a bit of the burden off the collabs' shoulders.
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Sorry, artists will be added, bios or not, bios can be added later.
We never know if musicbrainz, or musicnobrainz, as I like to call them, is going to add a bio or not until we add the artist.



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LOL I don't think any artist should be added without a bio Tongue
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Thanks, I am very busy tonight, but these will be put up when I can, or someone else will get them.
Now lets talk about your 'nasty trends'. Wink
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I'm not collaborator here, but I'm sure the collabs wouldn't mind some members doing some work for them. I've noticed a rather nasty trend about JMA. Countless artists have no bio! So, I made this thread so people who can't edit artists and add bios themselves to post bios so collabs can add them. Smile
I'll start with a few favorites of mine:

PANZERBALLETT is a Munich quintet led by guitarist, composer and arranger Jan Zehrfeld whose music style is best described as jazz-metal. After several years of searching, classically trained guitarist Jan Zehrfeld joined several musicians together with the idea of a jazz metal band. His idea was based around his idea that he was always angry at something, and that this music was a way to channel his agression. In 2005, Panzerballett released a self titled debut and entered into the the German progressive rock scene with rave reviews. In the coming months the band played a series of concerts, mostly in the Munich region, but also at the 15th National Youth Jazz Festival in Leipzig and the renowned Burg Herzberg Festival. A DVD then released, Live at Backstage Munich 2006. After several line-up changes in 2007, the jazz label ACT contracted the band and in February 2008 released their second album, Starke Stücke. A small tour of Germany began after the release of this album, and the album reached 26 on the German Jazz charts. In 2008, multiple concerts and cameo appearances were made, including the Zappanale, the Leverkusen Jazz Festival opening for John McLaughlin and Chick Corea, the Baltic Prog Fest and the self-organized Metal Jazz Festival in Munich. Short television appearances were also made. In August 2009, Panzerballett released their third album, Hart Genossen - from Abba to Zappa'. In September 2009, the album jumped to # 25 on the jazz charts and appeared in the drum magazine Drums and Percussion as the January 2010 "Record of the Month". The band then played multiple shows and cameo appearances throughout Germany (including as a guest of the Arte Lounge and in on3 Radio).

EXIVIOUS (From the Netherlands)
Hailing from the historic city of Utrecht in The Netherlands, EXIVIOUS were first formed in 1997 by guitarist/vocalist Tymon Kruidenier, of CYNIC fame. After the release of a self-titled, two-song demo in 2001, the band was put on hold until 2006, when they made their comeback with a new lineup. “Exivious”, their full-length debut, was released in the summer of 2009, in a limited supply of 1,000 copies. 
The band is made up of guitarist Kruidenier, bassist Robin Zeilhorst, who appeared along with Kruidenier on Cynic's 2008 EP "Re-Traced," as well as guitarist Michel Nienhuis and drummer Stef Broks, both from the Dutch progressive metal outfit TEXTURES. 
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