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David James

Born in a musical family (his father was part of popular South Jersey cover band Sweet Life), David James grew up surrounded by music. He started playing the piano at five and then learnt the saxophone in high school, where he also joined a cappella band. He then enrolled at The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and later moved to New York. In 2005 he went back to his musical dream and a friend helped him getting into Sony Publishing and Epic Records.

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Thomas Tallis

Thomas Tallis (c 1505 – 23 November 1585) was an English composer. Tallis flourished as a church musician during the often stormy sixteenth century in England. He occupies a primary place in anthologies of English church music, and is considered among the best of its earliest composers. Little is known about his early life, but there seems to be agreement that he was born around 1505, toward the close of the reign of Henry VII. His first known appointment to a musical position was as organist of Dover Priory, a Benedictine priory at Dover (now Dover College) in 1532.

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John Potter

John Potter sings with The Dowland Project, Red Byrd and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble. A writer and academic as well as a singer, he has published three books on singing and two more are in the pipeline; he is Reader in Music at the University of York. His most recent recording and performing project is Being Dufay, in which his singing of music by the fifteenth century Guillaume Dufay is reinterpreted by composer Ambrose Field.

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Joglaresa

Joglaresa is a London-based early-music ensemble, formed in 1990. Aside from its English leader, Belinda Sykes, its members are British, Israeli, Irish, and Arabic, and all these cultural strands are to be found in their music, together with many others. Rather than playing early music in a standard sense, or "fusions" with modern traditions, they attempt to create an homogenous sound that marries all their influences.

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Rose Consort Of Viols

The Rose Consort of Viols takes its name from the celebrated family of viol makers, whose work spanned the growth and flowering of the English consort repertoire. With its unique blend of intimacy, intricacy, passion and flamboyance, this music ranges from Taverner and Byrd, to Lawes, Locke and Purcell, forming the basis of the Rose Consort's programmes, which may also include singers, lutes and keyboard instruments.

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Ortega

There are more artists using the name Ortega. 1) Every so often a band emerges as if from nowhere armed with a depth of song writing that is simply stunning. Enter Ortega… The seven piece from Cannock in the Midlands have been doing what bands do – learning their craft (both live and on record), becoming big names on the local circuit, selling out their first self-made demos and building up to their debut single through Co Star Entertainment set for release in late 2007.

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Il Giardino Armonico

Il Giardino Armonico is a pioneering Italian early music ensemble founded in Milan in 1985 by Luca Pianca and Giovanni Antonini, primarily to play 17th and 18th century music on period instruments. Il Giardino Armonico performs with prominent soloists such as the soprano Cecilia Bartoli, duo pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque and cellist Christophe Coin and its recordings, issued by Teldec, have met with honors including the Gramophone and Grammy awards.

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