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Program: Aussie Osbourne Show
Host: William J Bruce III
Total running time: 46:28
17 November 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Esteemed independent label ECM Records announce the expansion of their partnership with long-standing distribution partner, Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music based entertainment, to bring the entire ECM catalogue to major streaming platforms today.
Renowned for contemporary, jazz and classical music, ECM’s catalogue is critically acclaimed as the finest of its kind. Curated by its visionary founder Manfred Eicher, ECM has maintained a consistently high standard of artistry and production. The music and its accompanying artwork have been the subjects of books, films and exhibitions around the world.  Music from the likes of Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Paul Bley, Arvo Pärt, András Schiff, Kim Kashkashian, Anouar Brahem, Jack DeJohnette, Tomasz Stanko, Avishai Cohen, Nik Bärtsch, Vijay Iyer, Gidon Kremer, Meredith Monk a.o. will now be available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal.
Deutsche Grammophon, UMG’s prestigious Yellow Label, will be responsible for international digital distribution of the extensive ECM catalogue and the launch will be accompanied by a wide-ranging campaign in conjunction with the highly-engaged participating streaming partners. ECM and UMG have also agreed a long-term extension of their partnership in physical distribution, expanding into Australia as an additional territory moving forward.
Clemens Trautmann, President of Deutsche Grammophon said: “I would like to thank Manfred Eicher for placing his trust in Universal Music Group and Deutsche Grammophon. Myself, my team and my colleagues around the world are delighted to work on bringing the precious ECM catalogue to digital platforms. We want to place our distribution capabilities fully at the disposal of ECM and its great artists and in doing so, benefit from each other’s experiences and generate synergies with the portfolio of Deutsche Grammophon.”
Frank Briegmann, President & CEO Central Europe Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon: “I am delighted by this strengthened co-operation, our collaboration shows how a world-renowned genre label and a global major can respect and complement each other perfectly. Manfred Eicher’s decades long emphasis on outstanding artists and exemplary production has created a legendary catalogue in the truest sense of the word.  We are proud to provide them with access to our international structure and team of experts.”

In the course of its nearly fifty-year history ECM records has established a reputation as one of the most imaginative and creative independent labels.  For many listeners –  as The Village Voice once pointed out – ECM has become “more like a genre than a label”, albeit a genre informed by music from the most diverse sources.  The consistently high quality of ECM’s productions is legendary and the music and its accompanying artwork have been the subjects of books, films and exhibitions around the world.
ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) was founded by Manfred Eicher and Karl Egger in Munich in 1969, and emphasized improvisation from the outset, its first release being Mal Waldron’s aptly-titled Free At Last.  Standard-setting jazz recordings by Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Don Cherry, John Surman, Terje Rypdal, Egberto Gismonti, Enrico Rava, Ralph Towner, Pat Metheny and more soon followed.   By the late 1970s, contemporary composition was also part of the programme, with idiosyncratic classics including Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and Meredith Monk’s Dolmen Music.
ECM New Series was launched in 1984 to introduce Arvo Pärt’s quietly revolutionary Tabula Rasa album. The New Series has since become a broad platform for a spectrum of composition from the pre-baroque era to the present day.  Eicher, active as a producer for both ECM streams, has won numerous awards as Classical Producer of the Year and as Jazz Producer of the Year, and ECM has also collected international prizes across the categories. 
Composers regularly represented on ECM New Series include – in addition to Pärt – György Kurtág, Valentin Silvestrov, Tigran Mansurian, Giya Kancheli, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Heinz Holliger, Heiner Goebbels, Helena Tulve and Eleni Karaindrou.  Amongst the musicians of the New Series are Sir András Schiff, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, Dennis Russell Davies, Tõnu Kaljuste, Thomas Demenga, Anja Lechner, Rolf Lislevand, Carolin Widmann, the Hilliard Ensemble, Trio Mediaeval, John Potter, Alexei Lubimov, Momo Kodama, Anna Gourari, John Holloway, Michelle Makarski and Duo Gazzana. The New Series has also incorporated readings of poetry with Bruno Ganz and Christian Reiner.  
One of ECM’s achievements has been to bring together players from different musical worlds, with striking results. Keith Jarrett and Gidon Kremer collaborated on what remains the definitive reading of Pärt’s Fratres. The pairing of saxophonist Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble on Officium proved both an artistic and popular success and led to twenty years of touring together.  Other transcultural collaborations include the 2017 meeting between Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem and jazz musicians Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette and Django Bates on Blue Maqams.   
Successive generations of musicians have grown up to listening to music on ECM, with second and third waves of players in Europe including Trygve Seim, Jakob Bro, Mathias Eick, Nik Bärtsch, Marcin Wasilewski, Colin Vallon, Thomas Strønen, Tord Gustavsen, Julia Hülsmann, Giovanni Guidi, Mette Henriette and others.
The label continues to document creative musicians active in the US including Vijay Iyer, David Virelles, Craig Taborn, Chris Potter, Tim Berne, Mark Turner, Ches Smith, David Torn, Mat Maneri and many more.  The work goes on.

New tools to help increase developer productivity and simplify app development for intelligent cloud and edge, across devices, platforms or data sources
NEW YORK — Nov. 15, 2017 — Wednesday at Connect(); 2017, Microsoft Corp.’s annual event for professional developers, Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie announced new Microsoft data platform technologies and cross-platform developer tools. Guthrie outlined the company’s vision and shared what’s next for developers across a broad range of Microsoft and open source technologies, and how Microsoft is helping them get more done across apps or platforms. He also touched on key application scenarios and ways developers can use built-in artificial intelligence (AI) to support continuous innovation and continuous deployment of today’s intelligent applications.
“With today’s intelligent cloud, emerging technologies like AI have the potential to change every facet of how we interact with the world,” Guthrie said. “Developers are in the forefront of shaping that potential. Today at Connect(); we’re announcing new tools and services that help developers build applications and services for the AI-driven future, using the platforms, languages and collaboration tools they already know and love.”
Across devs, apps, data, platforms
Microsoft is continuing its commitment to delivering open technologies and contributing to and partnering with the open source community. New tools and partnerships are designed to help developers build intelligent, enterprise-ready and cloud-scale apps — regardless of their platform, and to give them the peace of mind with the built-in security, performance, compliance features, support and SLAs available in Azure.
Azure Databricks
  • Designed in collaboration with the founders of Apache Spark, the preview of Azure Databricks is a fast, easy and collaborative Apache Spark-based analytics platform that delivers one-click setup, streamlined workflows and an interactive workspace. Native integration with Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Storage, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Active Directory and Power BI simplifies the creation of modern data warehouses that enable organizations to provide self-service analytics and machine learning over all data with enterprise-grade performance and governance.
Microsoft Joins MariaDB Foundation
  • Microsoft joins MariaDB Foundation as a platinum member and announces the upcoming preview of Azure Database for MariaDB for a fully managed MariaDB service in the cloud.
Azure Cosmos DB with Apache Cassandra API
  • The preview expands on the multimodel capabilities of Azure Cosmos DB to offer Cassandra as a service over turnkey global distribution, multiple consistency levels and industry-leading SLAs.
GitHub Roadmap for Git Virtual File Systems (GVFS)
  • Microsoft and GitHub will further their open source partnership to extend GVFS support to GitHub. GVFS is an open source extension to the Git version control system developed by Microsoft to support the world’s largest repositories.
Helping developers get more done
Microsoft is releasing tools designed to help developers, development teams and data scientists collaborate and work together more efficiently for application development, deployment and management. New tools and feature improvements help streamline essential tasks, so developers can focus more on getting apps to market across multiple platforms, and for any scenario — whether cloud, mobile or AI.
Visual Studio App Center General Availability
  • New cloud service for developers to ship higher-quality applications more frequently. Objective-C, Swift, Android Java, Xamarin and React Native developers can use App Center to increase productivity and accelerate application lifecycle, freeing them to spend more time on new features and better user experiences.
Visual Studio Live Share
  • Unique new capability for developers to collaborate in a seamless and secure way with full project context. With this preview, developers can share projects with teammates, or other developers, to edit and debug the same code in their personalized editor or IDE.
Azure DevOps Projects
  • The preview lets developers configure a full DevOps pipeline and connect to Azure Services within five minutes for faster app development and deployment. With just a few clicks in the Azure portal, developers can set up Git repositories, wire up completely automated builds and release pipelines without any prior knowledge of how to do so.
Transforming business through analytics and AI
Advances in AI and machine learning are placing the seemingly impossible within reach. The combination of cloud services, infrastructure and tools from Microsoft are designed to help any developer embrace AI and create apps across the cloud and the edge, harnessing the power of data and AI.
Azure IoT Edge
  • Azure IoT Edge preview availability, enabling AI, advanced analytics and machine learning at the Internet of Things (IoT) edge.
Azure Machine Learning updates
  • Integration with Azure IoT Edge and AI deployment on iOS devices with Core ML, bringing AI everywhere from the cloud to the IoT edge of devices.
 Visual Studio Tools for AI
  • Developers and data scientists can develop AI models with all the productivity of Visual Studio, on frameworks and languages. Updates to .NET make it easier for .NET developers to consume AI models from their applications.
Azure SQL Database Machine Learning services preview
  • Support for R models inside SQL Database makes it seamless for data scientists to develop and train models in Azure Machine Learning and deploy those models directly to Azure SQL Database to create predictions at blazing-fast speeds.
For the next three days, Microsoft is streaming more than 36 live, engineering-led training sessions that are designed to give developers hands-on experience with the tools and technologies featured throughout the keynote presentations.
More about Connect(); 2017 announcements can be found here.
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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