Amirtha Kidambi + Lea Bertucci Duo/Asa Chang & Junray
Oct
22
8:00 PM20:00

Amirtha Kidambi + Lea Bertucci Duo/Asa Chang & Junray

Tuesday, October 22nd, ISSUE is pleased to present esteemed Japanese band ASA-CHANG & Junray on their first visit to the U.S. Drawing on material from the project’s entire discography, Asa-Chang performs as a trio with Yoshihiro Goseki (clarinet, flute), Anzu Suhara (violin), and the “Jun-Ray Tronics” soundsystem. The evening also welcomes back sound artist, composer, and 2015 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence Lea Bertucci & composer, vocalist, and improviser Amirtha Kidambi performing in a recently formed duo. The project features improvisations for voice processed through idiosyncratic misuse of tape machines and marks the release of their first album, Phase Eclipse, to be released on Astral Spirits.

ASA-CHANG & Junray is the name of the Asa-Chang experience, and comes from the “Jun-Ray Tronics” soundsystem developed by self-taught tabla guru Asa-Chang. Junray (derived from the Japanese word for pilgrimage) has been described as an attempt to summarize musically the entire experience of human emotion, or “kidoairaku.” Based in Tokyo, Asa-Chang has spent much of his professional life touring with multi-million-selling J-pop acts and is regarded as one of Japan’s premiere session percussionists. In the early 2000s, his group was met with worldwide acclaim from the success of debut international album Tsu Gi Ne Pu and the single “Hana,” a revelry of tabla, overlapping vocals, strings, and electronic elaborations that stands as an achievement of early-aughts innovation between pop and avant-garde sensibilities. BBC DJ and tastemaker John Peel had featured the single regularly on his radio show; and, even recently, they have garnered new admirers, with German concert series ReiheM describing the song’s pointed impartiality as in the spirit of Robert Ashley or David Behrman.

The duo of Amirtha Kidambi on vocals and Lea Bertucci on tapes and electronics finds new territory in extending the sonic possibilities of the human voice through electronic manipulation and improvised tactics. Taking a more integrated approach than simply filtering voice through electronic processing, Bertucci manipulates Kidambi’s voice through tactile methods with tape machine, including manual speed control, by physically touching the reels as Kidambi’s live voice is fed through the machine. Kidambi reacts in turn with a vocal arsenal of timbral techniques, creating a literal visceral feedback loop of noise, processed, and polyphonic voices.

Influenced equally by jazz, Carnatic, and western classical vocal techniques, the duo takes a thoroughly freely improvised approach. Their pieces command form through looped repetitions, stark dynamic and textural contrasts, slowly unfolding melodic motifs among harmonic beds and a formidable mind-meld in reactivity between Kidambi and Bertucci. For the astute listener, the explorations may conjure a real-time version of postwar musique concrete or the groundbreaking experiments of live electronics pioneer Pauline Oliveros' tape improvisations. Their forthcoming album Phase Eclipse, featuring studio improvisations along with a full live concert from The Kitchen, will be released on Astral Spirits in November, 2019.

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Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci 'Phase Eclipse' Record Release
Nov
21
8:00 PM20:00

Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci 'Phase Eclipse' Record Release

Amirtha Kidambi and Lea Bertucci celebrate the release of their new duo record Phase Eclipse out November 8th on Astral Spirits. Luke Stewart (bass) and Miriam Parker (dance) duo will open the evening.

The duo of Amirtha Kidambi on vocals and Lea Bertucci on tapes and electronics finds new territory in extending the sonic possibilities of the human voice through electronic manipulation and improvised tactics. Taking a more integrated approach than simply filtering voice through electronic processing, Bertucci manipulates Kidambi’s voice through tactile methods with tape machine including manual speed control by physically touching the reels as Kidambi’s live voice is fed through the machine. Kidambi reacts in turn with a vocal arsenal of timbral techniques, creating a literal visceral feedback loop of noise, processed, and polyphonic voices. Influenced equally by jazz, Carnatic and western classical vocal techniques, the duo takes a thoroughly freely improvised approach. Their pieces command form through looped repetitions, stark dynamic and textural contrasts, slowly unfolding melodic motifs among harmonic beds and a formidable mind-meld in reactivity between Kidambi and Bertucci. For the astute listener, the explorations may conjure a real-time version of postwar musique concrete or the groundbreaking experiments of live electronics pioneer Pauline Oliveros' tape improvisations. Their forthcoming album Phase Eclipse featuring studio improvisations along with a full live concert from The Kitchen, will be released on Astral Spirits in November 2019.

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Mary Halvorson's Code Girl EU/UK Tour
Oct
2
to Oct 15

Mary Halvorson's Code Girl EU/UK Tour

October 2nd- 15th

Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl: European Tour

Mary Halvorson (guitar), Amirtha Kidambi (voice), María Grand (tenor saxophone & voice), Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Michael Formanek (bass) & Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
Wednesday, October 2nd @ Le Petit Faucheux (Tours, France)
Friday, October 4th @ Sunset Club (Paris, France)
Saturday, October 5th @ CBSO Centre (Birmingham, UK)
Wednesday, October 9th @ Jazzclub Fasching (Stockholm, Sweden)
Thursday, October 10th @ Teatro Victoria Eugenia Antzokia (San Sebastian, Spain)
Friday, October 11th @ Stadtgarten (Cologne, Germany)
Saturday, October 12th @ Jazz Club Ferrara (Ferrara, Italy)
Monday, October 14th @ Braga, Portugal
Tuesday, October 15th @ Elb Philarmonie (Hamburg, Germany)

Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl

Amirtha Kidambi - vocals

María Grand - saxophone, vocals

Adam O’Farrill - trumpet

Mary Halvorson - guitar

Michael Formanek - bass

Tomas Fujiwara - drums

Code Girl is the latest project of guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson, and her first project for which she has composed both lyrics and music. The band has been described as “...a bold experiment in song form” by The New York Times. Deftly interpreted by Amirtha Kidambi (vocals), María Grand (saxophone, vocals), Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Michael Formanek (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums), the music synthesizes influences of jazz, folk and improvisation to create an original take on songwriting. Code Girl’s debut album was a top ten record in the annual NPR Jazz Critic’s Poll of 2018.

Halvorson's music has always had the capacity to surprise, but Code Girl amounts to the most startling move in her solo career.”

-Nate Chinen, NPR

“With strong compositions delivered by an excellent ensemble, the album's puzzles remain a treat to continually almost crack.”

-Justin Cober-Lake, PopMatters

“(Code Girl) is an album that touches upon various musical traditions in oblique fashion, but it’s most recognizable as yet another major step in Halvorson’s meteoric ascent.”

-Peter Margasak, bandcamp daily

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Elder Ones West Coast Tour - Summer 2019
Jul
27
to Jul 31

Elder Ones West Coast Tour - Summer 2019

July 27, 8pm, Santa Cruz at Kuumbwa Jazz, with Keshav Batish Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones: From Untruth

July 28, San Francisco, 4:30pm at Bird & Beckett Books, Elder Ones with Lisa Mezzacappa

July 29, Oakland, 9pm at Pro arts, presented by Oakland Freedom Jazz SocietyAmirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones & Dunkelman/Fluke-Mogul/Nishi-Smith

July 30, Los Angeles, 8pm at Zebulon Café ConcertElder Ones, Jessika Kenney + Eyvind Kang, Booker Stardrum (Patrick Shiroishi Logan Hone Mar Ta Jessika Kenney Eyvind Kang)

July 31, Tijuana, Mexico, 9pm at Nett Nett

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Mary Halvorson's Code Girl at SFJAZZ
Jul
20
to Jul 21

Mary Halvorson's Code Girl at SFJAZZ

Halvorson’s latest ensemble expands on the Thumbscrew trio of bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara with the addition of trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and vocalist Amirtha Kidambi. Named for a phrase uttered by Halvorson’s mentor Anthony Braxton, Code Girl represents Halvorson’s songwriter side, with several pieces featuring her lyrics. An artist whose range of experience includes both Hindi devotional music and free jazz improvisation, Kidambi brings a surefooted power and intimacy to the music, matched by the freewheeling trumpet of O’Farrill, whose fluency presents new harmonic and melodic possibilities. The band, with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire in place of O’Farrill, recently released their self-titled debut double-album on Firehouse 12 Records.

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Elder Ones Europe Tour - Spring 2019
May
15
to May 22

Elder Ones Europe Tour - Spring 2019

Elder Ones EU Tour Spring 2019

May 15 - Elder Ones, Booker Stardrum at ALICE, Copenhagen, Denmark

May 16 - Elder Ones, Booker Stardrum, Sanskriti Shrestha Trio at Melahuset, Norway

May 17 - Elder Ones at Jazz Cerkno Festival, Cerkno, Slovenia

May 22 - Elder Ones at Centro Cultural Manuel Benito Moliner, Huesca, Spain

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Elder Ones @ Big Ears and US Tour 2019
Mar
18
to Mar 28

Elder Ones @ Big Ears and US Tour 2019

Elder Ones and Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl at Big Ears Festival and US Spring Tour 2019. In support of Elder Ones’ “From Untruth”, March 2019 on Northern Spy Records.

March 18 - Ithaca Underground, Ithaca NY
March 19 - Oberlin College, Oberlin OH
March 20 - Torn Light, Cincinnati OH
March 21 - WRFL 88.1 FM Radio Free Lexington, Outside the Spotlight Series, double bill with Makaya McCraven, Lexington, KY
March 22 - Amirtha with Mary Halvorson's Code Girl at Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN
March 23 - Elder Ones at Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN
March 24 - Little Dumbo, Richmond VA 
March 25 - Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center, DC
March 26 - City of Asylum, Pittsburgh PA
March 27 - Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia PA
March 28 - Amirtha with Mary Halvorson's Code Girl, Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center, DC

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QUARTET @ Roulette
Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

QUARTET @ Roulette

Drawing from a wide array of inspirations, techniques, and genres, four acclaimed vocalist-composers—Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Anaïs Maviel, and Megan Schubert—come together to write new pieces for each other. Each world premiere reflects the individual style of the composer while capitalizing on the collaborators’ flexible voices and improvisational intelligence. Drawing on her characteristic blend of extended vocal techniques and vocal harmony, Gelsey Bell‘s "Within" attempts to untangle the ineffable from the corporeal by exploring the interplay between inside and outside. Amirtha Kidambi combines notated materials, graphic score, conduction and free improvisation to explore vocal textures from polyphony and harmony, to microtonality and harsh noise, encapsulating a microcosm of vocal practice from ancient to modern. Anaïs Maviel approaches liminal spaces between so-called “artificial” and “natural” environments. Megan Schubert’s "Late Duck," examines her personal experience with performing gender through a theatrical blend of live and pre-recorded sound, samples, stop-motion animation, and video. With a sense of ubiquity, four unique vocal instruments will invoke divine feminine metamorphosis in the face of apocalyptic times.

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Improvement: Don Leaves Linda
Feb
7
to Feb 17

Improvement: Don Leaves Linda

This newly reconstructed opera by the late Robert Ashley from 1985 (and first performed in 1991) follows the adventures of its protagonist Linda, whose travels and romances can be read as attempts at assimilation and cultural cross-pollination, with varying degrees of success and rejection. The metaphor stretches in time from 1492--the beginning of a European consciousness of America and the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews from Spain--to the late 1940s on the West Coast (representing the future of the USA). Amidst minimalist staging, lush vocals—synchronized amalgams of live and recorded—and the minutely structured electronic orchestra interface and overlap with densely layered streams of text to present Ashley’s portrait of a reality-skewered world revealing of disjunctions of the American psyche.

February 7–9, 13–16, 8pm. $25 General / $20 Members.

Tickets go on sale January 3!

Improvement is made possible with support from Howard Gilman Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Jan
24
8:00 PM20:00

Lea Bertucci, Mass of Dissolution

The Kitchen is pleased to present the world premiere of Mass of Dissolution, a new work composed by Lea Bertucci for percussion trio Tigue (Matt EvansAmy Garapic, and Carson Moody) and commissioned by the American Composers Forum. The composition is conceived of as an incantation against the blind violence of military-industrial power that dominates global dynamics. Combining extended techniques for percussion with dislocated fragments of traditional American drum corps music, this work takes an intensely industrial approach to contemporary percussion music.

Opening the evening will be a short set by the newly formed duo of Amirtha Kidambi (voice) and Lea Bertucci (tape/electronics). Called "ingeniously contemporary" by the New York Times, this project features improvisations for voice processed through idiosyncratic misuse of tape machines.

Organized by Matthew Lyons.

January 24, 8pm. $15 General / $12 Members.

To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member, please click here.

Lea Bertucci: Mass of Dissolution is made possible with endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust; annual grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Oct
6
1:30 PM13:30

OCTOBER REVOLUTION IN JAZZ (PHILLY)

http://www.theoctoberrevolution.org/

FEATURING

  • idris ackamoor & the pyramids
  • alice coltrane turiyasangitananda
    the ashram experience
  • tiger trio
    myra melford / joelle leandre / nicole mitchell
  • the music of legendary hasaan
  • ogjb quartet
    joe fonda / oliver lake / graham haynes / barry altschul
  • annette peacock
  • dave burrell full-blown trio
    with darius jones and chad taylor

AND MANY MORE!

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Sep
23
3:00 PM15:00

Duo with Lea Bertucci MoMA PS1 Book Fair

Printed Matter, Inc. presents THE NY ART BOOK FAIR

September 21-23, 2018, Free Entrance

MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens

Preview: Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm. Purchase ticket here.
Printed Matter Members receive free entry to the Preview. Please present your membership card at the door. To join as a Member, click here.

Visit the Fair website for full details on exhibitors and special programs nyartbookfair.com

Printed Matter presents the thirteenth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 21 – 23, 2018, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. The preview will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 20.

Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair (NYABF) is the leading international gathering for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating the full breadth of the art publishing community. Free and open to the public, the event draws more than 35,000 individuals including book lovers, collectors, artists, and art world professionals each year. In 2018, the NYABF will host 365 exhibitors from around the world featuring a wide variety of works – from zines and artists’ books to antiquarian books and contemporary art editions. The NYABF offers countless opportunities to attend free programs including artist-led discussions, performances, interactive workshops, and curated exhibitions.

Join us on Thursday, September 20 from 6–9 pm, at MoMA PS1 for the opening night preview. Preview tickets, include a limited edition work by artist Ryan Gander. The evening will feature special live performances by DJ Monchan, Roe Enney, and Odwalla1221, presented by Blank Forms.

The Fair weekend will once again feature a full calendar of free educational programming. The Classroom, an ongoing series of events, serves as an informal space for talks, panel discussions, readings, performances and other programs. The Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference (CABC), organized by a national group of art library professionals, will present two full days of conversation at Book Culture (26-09 Jackson Ave), inviting artists, scholars and leading figures to address a range of issues across publishing and art-book culture.

The Shannon Michael Cane Award, in memory of Curator of Fairs Shannon Michael Cane, will be given to four emerging artists/publishers exhibiting for the first time. Recipients will receive a complimentary Fair table and a stipend to help cover related expenses.

HOURS AND LOCATION Preview Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm (Ticketed) Friday, September 21, 1-7pm Saturday, September 22, 11am-9pm Sunday, September 23, 11am-7pm

MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY.

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Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

HIGH ZERO FESTIVAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY

The High Zero Festival usually brings musicians from all over the world to Baltimore, but this year’s 20th-anniversary concert series flips the format by bringing High Zero Collective members to Roulette in NYC for two nights of improvised sets with NY musicians. The Baltimore musicians will also present concerts in Chicago and Baltimore as part of the anniversary-celebration festival. The Roulette performances will follow the festival’s intriguing model: Each evening’s four curated sets aim to combine musicians who have never played together before. These musicians will improvise together for typically 20-30 minutes.

〰️September 19〰️
Set 1: Tom Boram, Ikue MoriC. Spencer Yeh
Set 2: Owen Gardner, Margaret Schedel, Shelly Purdy
Set 3: Jamal Moore, Jeff Carey, Ras Moshe, JD Parran, Andrew Bernstein
Set 4: Samuel Burt, Lea Bertucci, Michael Evans

〰️September 20〰️
Set 1: Bonnie Jones, Laura Ortman
Set 2: Sandy Ewen, Rose Hammer Burt, M.C. Schmidt
Set 3: Amirtha Kidambi, CK Barlow, John Berndt, Tom Hamilton
Set 4: Chuck Bettis, Stewart Mostofsky, Jaimie Branch

Since 1999, the annual High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music has brought together more than 200 musicians and performers from around the world, mixing and matching them in all new combinations with local Baltimore improvisers in never-before-seen collaborations. Organized by a fluid group of Baltimore artists, the High Zero Collective also organizes the Red Room concert series (ongoing since 1996), the Worlds in Collusion festival as part of Baltimore’s Artscape, and the Diffusion festival celebrating multichannel electroacoustic music.

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Aug
18
to Aug 26

Mexico City Residency

August 18, Saturday: Amirtha (solo) + collaboration with vocalists Sarmen Almond and Rodrigo Ambriz

August 19, Sunday: Improvising with Generación Espontánea

August 25th (afternoon): Workshop on Vocal Improvisation

August 25th (evening): Amirtha (solo) and joining Jacob Wick y Amigos

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Aug
4
12:30 PM12:30

Mary Halvorson's Code Girl at Newport Jazz Festival

http://www.newportjazz.org/lineup/mary-halvorsons-code-girl

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). Ms. Halvorson is best known for her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and more recently for her solo guitar project, Meltframe. She has several other projects as a bandleader including a quintet, septet and octet. Collaborative projects include a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew (with Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara) and Secret Keeper (with Stephan Crump). Ms. Halvorson is also an active member of bands led by Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingrid Laubrock, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey, Mike Reed and Marc Ribot, among others.

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May
2
8:00 PM20:00

Elder Ones @ Junebug Festival

Elder Ones

Amirtha Kidambi - voice, harmonium, synth, compositions

Matt Nelson - soprano sax

Nick Dunston - bass

Max Jaffe - drums and electronic Sensory Percussion

Ned Rothenberg/Adam Rudolph/Hamid Drake

http://www.happyluckyno1.com/happenings/?view=calendar&month=May-2018

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Amirtha Kidambi Solo and Elder Ones
Feb
27
8:00 PM20:00

Amirtha Kidambi Solo and Elder Ones

[RESIDENCY] Amirtha Kidambi: Solo // Elder Ones

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

TICKETS: $15 ONLINE $20/15 DOORS

DOORS 7:00PM 90 MINUTES

Amirtha Kidambi‘s Yajna is a solo vocal ritual, a sacrifice to the metaphoric sacred fire to purge the dark energies of this era.

Amirtha Kidambi is invested in the performance and creation of music, from free improvisation and  jazz, to experimental bands, and new music. She is a soloist, collaborator, and ensemble member in groups including Charlie Looker’s  early music inspired dark folk band Seaven Teares, Mary Halvorson’s quintet Code Girl, analog percussion and light ensemble Ashcan Orchestra, and Darius Jones’ vocal quartet Elizabeth-Caroline Unit. As an improviser, she has played with Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, Ingrid Laubrock, Daniel Carter, Ava Mendoza, William Parker, Trevor Dunn, and many innovators in the New York scene. Recent collaborations include the premiere of AACM founder and composer/pianist Muhal Richard Abrams’ Dialogue Social, Darius Jones’ The Oversoul Manual at Carnegie Hall, a premiere of electronic composer Ben Vida’s work Slipping Control for voice and electronics with Tyondai Braxton at the Borderline Festival in Athens, Greece, the premiere of the late Robert Ashley’s final opera CRASH at the Whitney Biennial, a Jazz Gallery commission for Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl, the premiere of William Parker’s Soul of Light and a commission from the Jerome Foundation for her quartet Elder Ones at Roulette and artist residency at EMPAC to record the group’s debut album.

Elder Ones is the quartet performing the compositions of vocalist Amirtha Kidambi (Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl/Darius Jones’ EC-Unit). Situated in concentric musical circles and communities in New York City, her collaborators saxophonist Matt Nelson (Battle Trance/GRID), bassist Nick Dunston (Tyshawn Sorey Trio) and drummer Max Jaffe (JOBS/Peter Evans’ Being and Becoming) have crossed paths in the DIY underground and permutations of free improvisers in clubs and concert halls across New York City. The instrumentalists chosen for this project draw from a wide variety of vocabularies from hip-hop to the avant-garde, each bringing their highly individual language to the group. The quartet uses composed material and loose structures for improvisation, over a bed of Indian harmonium drones and synthesizer. Oscillating between worlds of raga, microtonality, jagged rhythmic precision and punishing brutality, Thyagaraja, Alice Coltrane or Stockhausen could be equally suspect sources of their sound.

 

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