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Are You FREE? 2018

Are You FREE? Musicfestival
7–8th September 2018.
Dunajská Streda
Slovakia

The aim of the 11th volume of the Are you FREE? festival, as well as its previous volumes, is the introduction of improvised music and contemporary art to its audience. In Slovakia, free jazz and the other forms of improvised music have still not gained their well-deserved space, however, the interest in the progressive forms of music have been rising lately. We invite the best interprets of the genre but we also tend to pay respect to other widely acknowledged musicians, too – e.g. by opening the range of our interest to classical music this year. Our festival with its free atmosphere serves as a forum for both musicians and their audience.

Friday – 7. September 2018

Contemporary Hungarian Gallery
Szabó Gyula street 304/2

18.00 Fekete Tamás & Bertók Tibor (SK)

Tamás Fekete was born in Nové Zámky, Slovakia. He is the undergraduate of the Keyboard Instruments Department at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava under the leadership of prof. Ida Černecká and has attended several piano master classes (learning from teachers like Dina Yoffe, Balázs Szokolay, Eugen Indjič etc.). In 2017, Fekete gained the 1st place on the “Piano Forum” in Wien. In 2018 he got to the final of the music competition, called “Virtuózok” (Virtuoso) organised by the Hungarian television and he also won the solo concert competition organized by the Slovak Philharmonic playing the First piano concert of Prokofiev.
Tibor Bertók is the undergraduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, too. He has won several international violin competitions. He gained the main award of the Central European Foundation, as well as the Harmonia award. Despite his young age Bertók has played solo with both Slovak Philharmonics: the Bratislava and Košice Philharmonics.

19.00 Skuta Miklós (SK)

Miklós Skuta is probably Slovakia’s most versatile piano artist. Born is Komárno, Skuta studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and also in the class of Claude Helffer in Paris. He gave solo evenings in London, Paris, Budapest (at the Music Academy Hall), in Berlin, Wien as well as in Novosibirsk. His Bach recording was listed in the „1001 classical recordings you must hear before you die”, published in England.
As a jazz pianist he made his career in the 90’s, playing concerts with the best Slovak and Austrian jazz musicians, such as Wolfgang Muthspiel, Thomas Sztanko, Jiří Stivín, Mark Feldman, Didier Lockwood. He wrote music to the CD of Attila Kaszás, composed violin concerto for the Austrian violin virtuoso Benjamin Schmid, wrote music for several Slovak tales as well as for his own jazz albums. On his free jazz recordings he cooperates with Austrian trombonist, Bertl Mütter and the Slovak flutist, Marek Piaček.
As a guitar player, he was the member of the „Gymnasium Hungaricum” rock band in the years 1974-76. He has never given up playing the guitar completely but he has been returning to it more intensively only lately. Skuta performed on the concerts of Palo Hammel, at the Melos Ethos contemporary music festival and on the concert of OENM (a contemporary music group) in Salzburg.
With his wife, Nóra Skuta, they founded the „Skuta Piano Duo” in 1996. They have been giving concerts in many European countries since then.
Skuta has been awarded with Crystal wing and „Frico Kafenda” awards.

Cultural Centre Benedek Csaplár
Béla Bartók walk 788/1

20.30 Moment’s Notice Trio (HU)

Enjoy Hungarian contemporary music with the Gőz-Kurtág-Lukács Trio. The musical style of the trio is the outcome of the meeting of three distinct artistic identities, a complex experiment about the music of today that exists only at a given moment in a given place. John Cage held that contemporary music is the music being created in the very moment the audience is being exposed to it, music that lives its own present and ceases to be contemporary the next minute, in the very moment that is becomes the part of the past.
The three musicians, while distinct in their style and commitments, all rely on 21st century instances of jazz, European classical contemporary and electronic music, languages which they have mastered.
András Dés – percusion, Miklós Lukács – dulcimer Laszlo Gőz – trombone, bass trumpet, sea shell

Saturday – 8. September 2018

NFG club
Béla Bartók walk 788/1

20.00 Sundial – Jachna/Kądziela/Karch (PL)

Sundial is a unique music band which gives opportunity to meet the well-known sensuality of Wojciech Jachna’s trumpet playing with the elegant sound of the most promising young Polish jazz musicians, Marek Kądziela and Albert Karch on stage. Their music has been inspired by classical masters, including Shostakovich, Debussy and Ravel. Their music gets to the bottom of the classical heritage; thanks to their specific knowledge of contemporary styles the experience is real and powerful. The carefully structured compositions are enlivened with audacious improvisations.
Wojciech Jachna – trumpet
https://wojciechjachna.com/
Marek Kądziela – guitar
https://www.marekkadziela.com/
Albert Karch – drums
https://www.nennemusic.com

21.00 Erik Truffaz – David Kollár (FRA/SK)

Thanks to his father, who was a saxophone player, Erik Truffaz started early his music career: as a 10-year-old boy he played in his father’s dance music band. At the age of 16 he listened to Miles Davis’s album, the Kind of Blue. This inspired the Swiss-French artist to continue his studies at the conservatory in Geneva. At the beginning, he played classical and jazz music, too, but his attention turned to jazz more and more. After winning the prestigious French jazz award, the Prix Special in 1991, he performed with his band at the Montreux Jazz Festival. This followed a two-year tour around the world. In 2000, he contracted with the legendary Blue Note Records where he recorded a straight-ahead jazz album with his quartet. His following albums beat the borders of contemporary jazz with its drum’n’bass and hip-hop rhythms which brought him worldwide fame on the jazz scene. In his music Truffaz is capable to merge electronic music, rap or even the basic forms of traditional jazz.
The trumpeter this time performes with David Kollár guitarist. This is going to be the second time they play together as they already performed at the HevHetia Fest in Košice, Slovakia. His music, which belongs to no genres, is much more known abroad than in his own country. Fortunately, it does not really matter him as Kollár takes music experimentations as a matter of course. Kollár, who comes from Prešov, is experimenting mainly with the guitar and guitar sounds. He works for theatres and composes music for films. He plays along with Gergő Borlai or Eivind Aarset and he also plays with the young Prešov band, the Fúzy Múzy. Kollár is the member of different international formations, like The Blessed Beat and the KoMaRa, where we plays with Pat Mastelotto, the drummer of the King Crimson.

22.30 Cement Shoes (NED/HU)

To find Gonçalo Almeida, Giovanni di Domenico and Balázs Pándi on the same stage seems something only one with great imagination could aspire. And that’s because this musicians combination is inherent in the crossing of creative music today, from drone, metal to free jazz. The result is a trio of individuality foreground, each with their own concepts, imagine goulash made out of fish would land on a pizza. “A promising wall of sound and adventurous creative music, that will make you glued to the floor, like you would be wearing cement shoes.”
Balázs Pándi – drums, Giovanni di Domenico – rhodes and electronics and Gonçalo Almeida on bass.

Main organizer
Civic Association Na’conxypan
(Igor Vida: 00421 917 207 824)

Organizers
Jazzklub DS
NFG club
Contemporary Hungarian Gallery
Cultural Centre Benedek Csaplár

Are You FREE? 2017

Are you FREE? Musicfestival
Dunajská Streda
13–14. September 2017

13. september
Galéria súčasných maďarských umelcov
Vermesova vila, Ulica Gyulu Szabóa 304/2
ACOUSTIC NIGHT
19.00
PaCoRa Trio (SK)
20.00
radio.string.quartet (AT)

14. september
NFG klub
Korzo Bélu Bartóka 788/1
FREE JAZZ NIGHT
20.00
A.M.P. Trio (HU)
21.00
William Parker – Hamid Drake – John Dikeman Trio (USA)

PaCoRa trio (SVK)

The set-up of three experienced musicians (Palúch, Comendant and Ragan) has been on stage since 2004. The music they make is based on interfacing jazz and folklore music (Slovak and Moldavian), colored by elements of jazz music. The repertoire of the trio includes arrangements of jazz standards as well as their original compositions. The trio recorded its first CD Pacora Trio in 2005 in Hevhetia publishing house. Shortly after the release, the CD received a positive response both at home and abroad (a 4-star rating in the prestigious BBC Music Magazine – June 2006). Soon, Pacora started to perform abroad – in top concert venues of jazz and world music (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Poland, Denmark). In 2007 the trio was invited by the director of Brno Philharmonic Orchestra to perform the compositions of PaCoRa in arrangements for orchestra. It was a great success and since then they have been regularly performing with prominent orchestras (Slovak Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Zlín Philharmonic, Bratislava Chamber Soloists and Slovak Sinfonietta). Pacora has made recordings for Czech and Slovak TV and radio, Austrian ORF and for films. New album called Fugit Hora was releasd in 2012. While the first album can be described as jazz with light folk elements (resembling the style of Django Reinhardt but playing the dulcimer instead of the guitar), the second is quite the opposite: more focusing on Slovak and Moldavian folklore with the feeling of jazz.

radio.string.quartet (AUT)

Two violins, a viola, a cello and the human voice is all they need. radio.string.quartet describe their new work as some "CrossoverJazzClassicPopFusionRockNewMusicElectronic" thing. A rather intricate monstrosity of a word. For better understanding, they are also citing the names of artists who have inspired them in recent years: Nine Inch Nails, Franz Schubert, Feist, e.s.t., Arvo Pärt, Bugge Wesseltoft & Sidsel Endresen.
The band, with Bernie Mallinger, Ingmar Jenner (violin), Cynthia Liao (viola), and radio.string.quartet debutant Sophie Abraham (cello), set most personal stories to music. Mallinger, whose sons Toto and Pauli appear in two song titles, describes their art as screenplays, realized in musical images. In the words of radio.string.quartet: "We play the song of life, full of chaos, energy and beauty."

Dikeman, Parker, Drake trio (USA)

The trio of John Dikeman, William Parker and Hamid Drake was formed for Doek Festival #12. An ad hoc constellation can be hit or miss in improvised music but this trio has become much more than that, growing with each tour into a unique musical partnership. This will be their fourth European tour since that first meeting in 2014. The are the most important and powerful figures of creative jazz.
Hamid Drake has been widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers.
William Parker, as a unique bass player has built a grandiose musical realm around himself by coworking with many renowned musicians and by being always motivated to discover new musical islands.
John Dikeman is an American saxophonist currently residing in Amsterdam. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, John’s playing runs the gamut of improvised music and technique. John has performed extensively in the Netherlands and USA as well as Canada, Brasil, Russia and throughout Europe and the Middle East.

A.M.P. Trio (HU)

A.M.P. (Ajtai–Miklós–Pozsár) is a relatively new trio formed by three young musicians who resemble the style of such great living jazz legends as Mihály Dresch and István Grencsó. As members of the youngest generation of Hungarian jazz, Ajtai, Miklós and Pozsár explore the freshest directions of free improvised music. The trio is strongly influenced by the great innovators of the Hungarian jazz scene, as well as by the compromise-free attitude of the avant-garde movement in the Sixties. A.M.P. Trio is one of the most radical formations of Hungarian scene, a special encounter of three outstanding musicians

Sponsors:
Z verejných zdrojov podporil Fond na podporu umenia.
Realizované s finančnou podporou Úradu vlády SR – program Kultúra národnostných menšín 2017.
Mesto Dunajská Streda

Main organizer:
Na’conxypan

Organizers:
NFG klub, Jazz Club DS, Kortárs Magyar Galéria, Durvacrew

Are You FREE? 2016

Are you FREE? Musicfestival
Dunajska Streda, Slovakia
21–22. October 2016

21. October
Choco Arden Café
Bartók Béla korzó
20.30
SPIROS SATORI (SK)
Dušan Tribulík – Ivan Masaryk
The Spiros Satori guitar duo was founded in 2015 as its members felt the need for reflecting their lives with music. This has resulted in creating their own composed-improvised music inspired by nature and different life situations. Their live concerts are enriched by guitar effects and video recordings for a more thorough experience as well as for deepening the inner dialogue between the performers and the audience.

22.00
OFF Program:
Gabo Jonáš (piano), Samo Hošek (vocal), Miro Polák (double bass) – mainstream jazz

21. October
NFG klub
Bartók Béla korzó 788/1
20.00
LEM (PL)
Mateusz Rybicki – clarinets
Zbigniew Kozera – double bass
Samuel Hall – drums
The LEM trio is an ensemble of three bold improvisers exploring the potentials of their instruments in their colourful and vivacious music. The investigate extremes: silence and noise, always trying to turn them into coherent narratives. Mateusz Rybicki is an improviser playing clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone. Zbigniew Kozera is a double bassist active on the Polish improvised music scene. Samuel Hall is an Australian Drummer/Percussionist currently based in Berlin who spent the last eight months working in Europe as an improvising musician with Tony Buck and Han Bennink.

21.00
Szelevényi Ákos – Miklós Szilveszter (FRA/HU)
The saxophonist Ákos Szelevényi migrated to France in the last years of socialism. Throughout his career he has been playing together with a lot of musicians and also played in the well-known rock band, called Noir Désir from Bordeaux. His music has gradually turned to improvised music and he has found his own voice in the form of musical dialogues realized in duos. “...the stage is a sacred place. One does not step onto the stage for stealing the others’ time by »clowning« but for trying to get into harmony with the most essential phenomena of life through music.”

Szilveszter Miklós first started playing the violin and later he changed for the drums. He studied at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy but he considers playing together with his friends, such as István Grencsó, Róbert Benkő, Máté Pozsár, Péter Ajtai, Szilárd Mezei, Ákos Szelevényi, Mihály Dresch, Barnabás Dukay, Tibor Szemző, as the true learning process in his life. He plays regularly at home and abroad with such outstanding and free-thinker musicians such as Peter Brötzmann, Rudi Mahall, Lewis Jordan, Johannes Bauer, Marco Eneidi, John Dikeman, Han Bennink, Jasper Stadhouders etc.

22.00
OFF Program:
Durvacrew DJs
VJ: epres & és kész

Supported by:
Government Office of the Slovak Republic
municipiality of Dunajská Streda
Instytut Polski, Bratislava

Organizer:
Na’conxypan

Co-organizers:
NFG klub, Jazz Club DS, Choko Arden, Durvacrew

Are You FREE? 2015

Are You FREE? internatiomal musicfestival 2015 - 8th edition
In spirit of international cooperation

16-17. october 2015

Venue:

Culture house & NFG klub, Korzo B. Bartóka 788/1, Dunajská Streda, Slovakia

The music festival „Are you Free?” is a festival of particular genres. We are waiting for all the music lovers who were able to keep a kind of openness in their way of thinking and music taste, without taking the age into consideration. We would like to give publicity to improvisatory music genres, which help us to get rid of our ordinary music concepts and everyday ways of thinking. Thanks to improvisations you will be witnesses to creation of unique works of art. Moreover, besides the representatives of the best international jazz scene and other genres as well we could see and listen to performers from Slovakia. The NA’CONXYPAN PT’s and Jazz Klub DS´s initiative is a unique struggle in the Slovak jazz scene, which hopefully gives a new impulse to Slovak jazz musicians, since avant-garde tendencies, like the free genre, are unfortunately pushed into the background. It must be borne in the mind that this will not have a positive effect only within this tendency, but the representatives of classical jazz scene can also learn a lot from it. The „Are you FREE?” project ensures more effective method of this studying, since those who are interested in can not only listen to the music but they can directly learn it from a famous contemporary musician within a workshop.

16. October - Friday
Culture House, Movie:
20:30 – Tóth Viktor Tercett (HU/SK)
22:00 – Oko za oko - Eye for eye - Contemporary video opera of Miro Tóth (SK/HU/AT)
NFG klub:
23:00 – Afterparty - Hank the DJ (SK)

17. October - Saturday
NFG Club
13:00 – International music workshop - leader: Grencsó István (HU)
KMG - Gallery of modern hungarian artists
18.00 - Calcutta Trio (HU) - music from India
NFG Club
20:30 – Grencsó Dream Team Community (HU)
22:00 – Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio (FIN)
23:00 – Jam session

Organiser:
Na´Conxypan
Coorganisers:
Jazz Klub DS, VMK DSZ, NFG Klub, Családi Könyvklub

With financial support of The Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic
With financial support of the Government Office of the Slovak Republic – program Culture of minorities 2015
With financial support of the municipality of Dunajska Streda

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1613279515604095/

Are You FREE? 2014

Are You FREE? internatiomal musicfestival 2014

10-11. october 2014

Venue:

NFG klub, Korzo B. Bartóka 788/1, Dunajská Streda

The music festival „Are you Free?” is a festival of particular genres. We are waiting for all the music lovers who were able to keep a kind of openness in their way of thinking and music taste, without taking the age into consideration. We would like to give publicity to improvisatory music genres, which help us to get rid of our ordinary music concepts and everyday ways of thinking. Thanks to improvisations you will be witnesses to creation of unique works of art. Moreover, besides the representatives of the best international jazz scene and other genres as well we could see and listen to performers from Slovakia. The NA’CONXYPAN PT’s and Jazz Klub DS´s initiative is a unique struggle in the Slovak jazz scene, which hopefully gives a new impulse to Slovak jazz musicians, since avant-garde tendencies, like the free genre, are unfortunately pushed into the background. It must be borne in the mind that this will not have a positive effect only within this tendency, but the representatives of classical jazz scene can also learn a lot from it. The „Are you FREE?” project ensures more effective method of this studying, since those who are interested in can not only listen to the music but they can directly learn it from a famous contemporary musician within a workshop.

Program:

10.10.2014 - Friday
20:00 – AMP Trio (HU) & John Dikeman (USA)
21:00 – Cactus Truck (NL/USA)
22:00 – Jam session

11.10.2014
13.00 - 4StatesSessions improvised music workshop
20:00 – Cremaschi & Kern & Sőrés & Tóth Quartet (USA/AT/HU/SK)
21:00 – 1724 (HU/AT/PL)
22:00 – 4StatesSessions closing performance

With financial support of The Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic
With financial support of the Government Office of the Slovak Republic – program Culture of minorities 2012
With financial support of the municipality of Dunajska Streda

AMP Trio (HU) & John Dikeman (USA)
AMP is a relatively brand new trio formed by three young musicians who play such great living legends as Mihály Dresch and István Grencsó. As members of the youngest generation of Hungarian jazz, Ajtai, Miklós and Pozsár explore the freshest directions of free improvised music. The trio are strongly infuenced by the two great innovators of the Hungarian jazz scene, so is the compromise-free attitude of the avant-garde movement in the Sixties. A.M.P. Trio is one of the most radical formations of Hungarian scene, a special encounter of three outstanding musicians.
This time the trio is supported by John Dikeman on sax. to create an overwhelming energetic formation.

Cactus Truck (NL/USA)
Cactus Truck loves collaborating, and does this very frequently. People like Terrie Ex, Jon Rune Strøm, Jeb Bishop, Nicolas Field, Peter Jacquemyn, Ab Baars, Han Bennink, Colin McLean, Teun Verbruggen, Dave Rempis, Hans Koch, Nicolau Lafeta and Gerri Jäger have been lending their qualities to versions of the band. Their first official album entitled "Brand New For China!" was released in March 2012 on Public Eyesore Records (www.publiceyesore.com) and well received by critics world wide, describing the music with mere superlatives. Next to "Brand New For China!" they released a cassette tape featuring Terrie Ex as a guest on the Beyt Al Tapes label called "Macho Sex with Terrie Ex", and a self made CD-R simply entitled Cactus Truck. After touring the Netherlands as part of the Young VIPs Tour with multiple guests, as well as touring Europe, Cactus Truck started off for an epic tour all across the US at the end of 2012, which included approx. 40 concerts. Cactus Truck definitely wants to take over the world, no doubt.
John Dikeman - saxophones
Jasper Stadhouders - guitar and bass
Onno Govaert - drums

Cremaschi & Kern & Sőrés & Tóth Quartet (USA/AT/HU/SK)
Free jazz and free improvisation in excellent international combination. Each member of the quartet is an important pioneer of improvised music in his own country.
Miroslav Tóth – saxophones
Zsolt Sőrés – zitherphone, tablophone, viola, home-made instruments
George Cremaschi – bass
Didi Kern – drums

1724 (HU/AT/PL)
Luca Kézdy was born in Győr, northwest Hungary. She studied aesthetics and philosophy at the ELTE University’s liberal arts department. She placed in the finals in the first national Jazz Violin Competition held by the Hungarian Radio in 2006, where she won the Audience Prize. She has been playing with her band Santa Diver (a violin-bass-drum trio) since 2006, they gave concerts on the Mediawave - and Ultrahang - Sziget Festivals, Budapest Mol Jazz Festival, Jazz Showcase at the Palace of Arts and at the Hungarian Cultural Centres in Paris and Brussels. She is in more genres like jazz, free improvisation, pop and fusion. She played with several bands and musicians like Free Style Chamber Orchestra, Nigun, Zoltán Lantos, Csaba Deseő, Frigyes Pleszkán, Ágnes, Tereskova, Erik Truffaz, Laurent Blondiau, Alexander Balanescu. Since 2010 she’s been a member of Varga János Project, beside of these bands she gives solo concerts and plays in different theatre productions.
Emil Gross, the 23-years-young drumming breeze from Austria, actively at home in the tension area between psychedelic, blues, drum&bass, afro-beats, avant-garde – turns his internal processes straight into tension-loaded, sensitive rhythmic spaces creating innovative sound spheres. As a studio-musician and multi-instrumentalist he is always searching for new ways of creating sound out of any materials, electronics or instruments.
In the past years he played with renowned musicians like Joe Fonda, Debbie Davies, Mike Kindred, Abdeljalil Kodssi, Paul Rogers, Istvan Grencso or Alexander von Schlippenbach.
Tomasz Leś, since 2004 professional guitarist who collaborated with different artists in various environments. He graduated as a master of arts the most famous Jazz Academy in Poland. Likes to improvise free but also, with his trio 100nka plays through diverse styles grounded in jazz and influenced by the eminences of the genre. He often treats his instrument in uncommon way trying to find new dimension of the guitar's sound boosting that with manifold effects and techniques. He is a member of polish famous hip-hop band. Also played with: Herb Robertson, Viktor Tóth, Ágoston Béla, Piotr Wojtasik, Antoni Gralak, Mikołaj Trzaska and many others.

Are You FREE? 2012

Are You FREE? internatiomal musicfestival 2012

19-20. october 2012

Venue:

NFG klub, Korzo B. Bartóka 788/1, Dunajská Streda

The music festival „Are you Free?” is a festival of particular genres. We are waiting for all the music lovers who were able to keep a kind of openness in their way of thinking and music taste, without taking the age into consideration. We would like to give publicity to improvisatory music genres, which help us to get rid of our ordinary music concepts and everyday ways of thinking. Thanks to improvisations you will be witnesses to creation of unique works of art. Moreover, besides the representatives of the best European jazz scene and other genres as well we could see and listen to world famous stars. The NA’CONXYPAN PT’s and Jazz Klub DS´s initiative is a unique struggle in the Slovak jazz scene, which hopefully gives a new impulse to Slovak jazz musicians, since avant-garde tendencies, like the free genre, are unfortunately pushed into the background. It must be borne in the mind that this will not have a positive effect only within this tendency, but the representatives of classical jazz scene can also learn a lot from it. The „Are you FREE?” project ensures more effective method of this studying, since those who are interested in can not only listen to the music but they can directly learn it from a famous contemporary musician within a workshop.

Program:

19.10.2012
Szilárd Mezei Tio (SRB)
The Geordie Approach (NO,UK)
Pándi Balázs (HU)
20.10.2012
4StatesSessions improvised music workshop
BERGLJOT (CZ/NO)
The Thing (SWE/NO)
4StatesSessions closing performance

With financial support of The Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic
With financial support of the Government Office of the Slovak Republic – program Culture of minorities 2012
With financial support of the municipality of Dunajska Streda

ARE YOU FREE? 2010

3. ARE YOU FREE? Musicfestival
Dunajská Streda / Dunaszerdahely
8–9. október 2010.

Festival of Improvised Music

Are you Free? is the Festival of Improvised Music returning for its third season this year. With the genre’s most eminent musicians appearing in its program it is one of the most progressive festivals of jazz in Slovakia.

PROGRAM
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