RAQUEL GARCÍA-TOMÁS

COMPOSER | VIDEO ARTIST

About

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Raquel García-Tomás is a composer specialising in interdisciplinary creation, who completed her doctorate at the Royal College of Music of London. She has recently been received the Premio Nacional de Música 2020 (National Music Award). Her projects include collaborations with the English National Ballet, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Dresdener Musikfestspiele. Raquel teaches composition and music theory at the Taller de Músics College in Barcelona.

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latest news

 

14

Oct 2020

Raquel García Tomás received the Premio Nacional de Música 2020 (National Music Award 2020 – Spain). The jury highlighted "the interdisciplinary and innovative nature of her personal musical language" and "the experimental quality of her work, which connected with the audience, as in the premiere of her opera Je suis narcissiste." 

 

Por su parte, el jurado ha otorgado el premio a Raquel García Tomás “por el carácter interdisciplinar, innovador y arriesgado de un lenguaje compositivo singular y propio” y “por la calidad experimental de su trabajo, que ha sabido conectar con el público, como pone de manifiesto el estreno en la temporada 2018/2019 de su ópera Je suis narcissiste”. Asimismo, el jurado ha destacado “la amplitud y diversidad de su catálogo, que no se centra exclusivamente en el teatro musical, sino que incluye obras interpretadas por los solistas y grupos más relevantes de la actualidad”. 

©Raquel García-Tomás

09

Oct 2020

Raquel received one of the Leonardo Awards (Becas Leonardo – Fundación BBVA) to create her new opera "Alexina B.", together with Irène Gayraud and Marta Pazos.

17

Sep 2020

The Cosmos Quartet performed "[…]così mostraste a lei i vivi ardori miei[…]" by R. García-Tomás in the Barcelona Quartet Biennale 2020.

"From 17 to 20 September, L’Auditori de Barcelona will open the ‎‎20-21 season with the first International Quartet Biennale, a new project that we want everyone to enjoy! ‎Over the four days, 20 works for string quartet will be performed by ‎‎7 quartets in 8 daytime and ‎‎evening concerts. The performances will be led by the renowned and ‎beloved Cuarteto Casals, supported by other new and established ‎ensembles: the Marmen, Diotima, ‎‎Cosmos, Artemis, Dalia and ‎‎Modigliani quartets.‎This is a Cuarteto Casals initiative co-curated with L’Auditori de Barcelona and sponsored by ‎the Department of Culture and Barcelona Provincial Council in collaboration with the Catalan ‎Institute of Cultural Enterprises (ICEC), the Ramon Llull Institute and the L’Atlàntida ‎performing arts centre in Vic.‎"

©Seed Music

07

Sep 2020

Part of the "Je Suis Narcissiste" team attended to the 23rd ceremony of the Premios Max 2020, as nominated in the following categories: Best Lyrical Show, Best Music Composition and Best Custome Design.

Here in the picture: Dietrich Grosse, from Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació, Raquel García-Tomás and Pier Paolo Álvaro (Costume Designer)

07

Jul 2020

The CNDM (Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical) commissions a new saxophone quartet to R. García-Tomás to be premiered by the SIGMA PROJECT within the upcoming season. The world premiere will take place the 18 January 2021 at the Auditorio 400 from the Reina Sofia Contemporary Art Museum.

24

Jun 2020

The opera buffa "Je Suis Narcissiste" (2019) will have further performances in December 2020 (days 10, 11 and 12) at the Teatro de la Maestranza (Sevilla) – season 20/21.

17

Jun 2020

SIS SOLOS SOLES is a New and Pocket Opera project which unites six monodramas for female voice and instrumentalist into a single performance. It was commissioned from six different librettist-composer teams. While exploring the bowels of a theatre, the audience discovers, through a sort of intimate confession, the tales underlying the different voices which are trapped in their respective home environments.

 

"A young woman steps into a bathtub and slowly sinks into the water for what may be her last bath; a mature female singer, avid for beauty, finds happiness only in the contents of a miserable refrigerator; an old woman fights against the inevitable by refusing to be taken into a home; a girl anxiously awaiting a phone call is afraid to leave the house lest she is left without network coverage; a young Danae, with a knife hidden in her clothes, returns to the basement where her father abused her; and a teenage YouTuber tells her followers that this is her last message before the end of the world."

WORLD PREMIERE: 1 November 2020, Gran Teatre del Liceu

05

Jun 2020

L'Auditori de Barcelona and the OBC announce the commission of a new work for choir and orchestra, by R. García-Tomás. The work will be part of the concert "Revisiting Bach", conducted by Shiyeon Sung.

WORLD PREMIERE: 14 and 15 May 2021

L'Auditori de Barcelona, Sala1

13

May 2020

Premios Max 2020 nominates Je Suis Narcissiste in three categories:

* Best Music Composition

* Best Lyrical Show

* Best Costume Design

We feel honoured to be shortlisted among such distinguished artists and companies.

Winners will be announced on September 7 2020 at the Teatro Cervantes, Málaga.

05

Feb 2020

International Opera Awards nominates Je Suis Narcissiste for Best World Premiere

Our opera Je Suis Narcissiste has been nominated for Best World Premiere by the prestigious International Opera Awards. We feel honoured to be shortlisted among such distinguished artists and institutions. Winners will be announced at the 2020 International Opera Awards on Monday 4th May at Sadler's Wells.

LAST UPDATE: The ceremony will be postponed to September 2020 due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

26

Jan 2020

World premiere of My Old Gramophone #2 by countertenor Víctor Jiménez and pianist Berta Brull at La Pedrera (Barcelona)

©Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera

Countertenor Víctor Jiménez Díaz and pianist Berta Brull premiered my new work "My Old Gramophone #12", for voice, piano, gramophone and live video within the "Residències Musicals 2019/20" season held by Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera (Barcelona). This work belongs to the three-works-cycle "My Old Gramophone" which explores the most common glitches associated with this kind of devices. Here the description (in catalan):

"Amb aquesta obra es continua el cicle My Old Gramophone, compost especialment per a les Residències Musicals 2019-2020 de la Fundació Catalunya–La Pedrera. Inspirada en l’Allemande de la Suite Francesa núm. 2 de J. S. Bach, My Old Gramophone #2 pretén evocar a l’oient, tal i com succeeix a My Old Gramophone #1, l’acte d’escolta d’un gramòfon gràcies a la “mecanització” dels intèrprets. Dita mecanització s’aconsegueix reproduint els errors que normalment esdevenen en aquest tipus de dispositius, com per exemple el salt de l’agulla que produeix la repetició un fragment curt de manera reiterada o el canvi de to degut a l’alentiment del motor que fa girar el disc. Seguint la línia d’altres obres vocals de la mateixa compositora, aquest lied utilitza un llenguatge inventat que explora les qualitats fonètiques de les síl·labes que creen el discurs textual i destaca la versatilitat teatral del contratenor combinant, de manera constant, materials de caràcter contrastant. L’obra va acompanyada d’una vídeo-creació que emfatitza el gest del contratenor i la pianista i reincideix en els salts temporals que experimenta el discurs musical."

23

Dec 2019

Ópera XXI awarded OBNC acknowledging their task in the commission and production of Je Suis Narcissiste.

"Se anuncian los galardonados de la segunda edición Premios Ópera XXI. […] El Premio Mejor Iniciativa de Fomento de la Lírica es para Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació (OBNC), que acaba de celebrar sus 25 años en la escena cultural. El jurado de los premios ha reconocido su labor en el estreno absoluto, en marzo de 2019, de la ópera Je suis narcissiste, con música de Raquel García-Tomás y libreto de Helena Tornero, en un montaje de Marta Pazos con dirección musical de Vinicius Kattah, en coproducción con el Teatro Real de Madrid, el Teatro Español y el Teatre Lliure."

Full article in Ópera XXI

©Estrella Melero

23

Dec 2019

Amics del Liceu awarded Je Suis Narcissiste with the Special Mention

"Los miembros de la crítica operística barcelonesa otorgaron los premios a los mejores de la temporada lírica 2018-2019 convocados por Amics del Liceu. El lunes 23 de diciembre la crítica operística convocada por Amics del Liceu otorgó sus premios anuales correspondientes a la temporada catalana 2018-2019. […] La mención especial del jurado recayó en las iniciativas de creación de jóvenes compositores representados por los estrenos de Je suis narcissiste de Raquel García-Tomás en el Teatre Lliure y Diàlegs de Tirant i Carmesina, de Joan Magrané, en el Festival Castell de Peralada."

Full article in Ópera Actual.

©Estrella Melero

15

Dec 2019

World premiere of My Old Gramophone #1 by pianist Albert Cano Smit at La Pedrera (Barcelona)

©Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera

Pianist Albert Cano Smit premiered my new work "My Old Gramophone #1", for piano, gramophone and live video within the "Residències Musicals 2019/20" season held by Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera (Barcelona). This work belongs to the three-works-cycle "My Old Gramophone" which explores the most common glitches associated with this kind of devices. Here the description (in catalan):

 

"Amb aquesta obra s’inicia el cicle My Old Gramophone, compost especialment per a les Residències Musicals 2019-2020 de la Fundació Catalunya–La Pedrera. De reminiscències impressionistes, My Old Gramophone #1 pretén evocar a l’oient l’acte d’escolta d’un gramòfon a partir de la “mecanització” de l’intèrpret. Dita mecanització s’aconsegueix reproduint els errors que normalment esdevenen en aquest tipus de dispositius, com per exemple el salt de l’agulla que produeix la repetició un fragment curt de manera reiterada (el que avui dia anomenem loop). A mesura que avança l’obra, aquests bucles o loops  passaran de ser percebuts com a errors a ser absorbits pel discurs musical. L’obra va acompanyada d’una vídeo-creació que emfatitza el gest del pianista i reincideix en els salts temporals que experimenta el discurs musical."

29

Nov 2019

Lack of light screened in various International Festivals

The film "Lack of light" by Pere Ginard (made after my work for piano and electronics "Tangible") was screened in the film festivals Cámara Lúcida (18/11/19 Cuenca, Ecuador); Ultracinema (24/11/19 Oaxaca, Mexico) and Kinoskop (29/11/19 Belgrade, Serbia).

©Pere Ginard

09

Nov 2019

World premiere of Look Sweetie, I found my Old Projector! (…and a bunch of movies) by the Ensemble Sonido Extremo.

The Ensemble Sonido Extremo offered a concert within the XI Season of Contemporary Music of Badajoz in which they premiered Look, Sweetie, I found my Old Projector! (…and a bunch of movies) and performed the new version of Estudio Sonomecánico nº1 – Tiempo Suspendido (both pieces for ensemble, electronics and video).

The event was organized by the Philharmonic Society of Badajoz (Sociedad Filarmónica de Badajoz) and the CNDM–INEAM. It took place at the Torre Siglo XXI from Badajoz.

©Raquel García-Tomás

21

Sep 2019

Je Suis Narcissiste  at the Catalan Academy of Music Awards 2019 
(Premis Alicia 2019 – Acadèmia Catalana de la Música)

Our comic opera Je Suis Narcissiste was awarded for the category of Interdiscipline by the Catalan Academy of Music (Alicia Awards). The project was also nominated for Authorship. 

Here in this picture, from left to right: Librettist Helena Tornero, composer Raquel García-Tomás and Dietrich Grosse, artistic director of Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació.

02

Sep 2019

Raquel García-Tomás is the new composer in residence of the Residències Musicals of Fundació La Pedrera (Barcelona).

©Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera

From the 15th of September 2019 until the 17th of May 2020 La Pedrera Foundation will offer its Residències Musicals. Raquel García-Tomás will compose three new works for the rest of the residents: pianist Albert Cano Smit, countertenor Víctor Jiménez and clarinettist Miquel Ramos, which will form a cycle entitled "My Old Gramophone".

 

"La Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera presenta la vuitena edició del Programa Residències Musicals, que iniciat la temporada 2012-2013 té l’objectiu de donar suport i impulsar la carrera dels joves talents de la interpretació i creació musical del nostre país. […] Enguany, els escollits en la interpretació han estat ALBERT CANO SMIT, molt jove pianista amb clara trajectòria internacional ascendent; el reconegut clarinetista MIQUEL RAMOS; i, per primera vegada, la tessitura de contratenor amb VÍCTOR JIMÉNEZ DIAZ, amb notable projecció internacional.  I en la composició, tot seguint la línia iniciada la temporada anterior, serà RAQUEL GARCÍA-TOMÁS la compositora que es vincularà al programa la temporada 2019-2020 amb la composició de tres peces d’encàrrec a estrenar dins dels programes que confegiran els propis intèrprets residents per als seus concerts a La Pedrera. "

11

Jul 2019

Je Suis Narcissiste nominated to the Alicia Awards

Our most recent opera 'Je Suis Narcissiste' has been nominated to the Alicia Awards 2019 (by the Acadèmia Catalana de la Música) in both the categories of Authorship and Interdiscipline.

We feel honoured to have been nominated amongst such great musicians, and we're very looking to attend the Award's Ceremony on the 21st of September.

©Acadèmia Catalana de la Música

05

Jul 2019

Graduation Ceremony at the Royal College of Music

Raquel graduated with Doctorate Degree at the Royal College of Music, London.

The graduation ceremony took place at the Britten Theater of the Royal College of Music.

Here in this picture: Dr. Colin Lawson and Raquel García-Tomás.

©Chris Christodoulou

17

May 2019

Installations liquid:speeches and stone:speeches in the ME_MMIX Festival (Palma de Mallorca)

The audiovisual installations liquid:speeches (2016) –created in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Marta Valero– and stone:speeches (2014) –with soprano María Hinojosa– were performed within the ME_MMIX Festival on the 17th and 18th of May 2019.

 

©Raquel García-Tomás

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May 2019

J.R. Olivé performs Chansons Trouvées at the Musikverein Wien.

Baritone Josep-Ramon Olivé performed Chansons Trouvées at the Musikverein (Vienna) on the 16 May 2019. He also performed the piece at Birmingham's Town Hall & Symphony Hall (14 May 2019) and at Casa Da Musica of Porto (19 May 2019)


Click on the following links to know more about the past concerts in 2019 and 2018.

06

May 2019

Concert of the Cosmos Quartet at the Liceu Conservatory (Barcelona)

The Cosmos Quartet offered a concert at the Liceu Conservatory to promote their new CD "Influences" (available on Spotify). That evening, they performed works by Haydn, Brahms and myself.

 

Follow the link to know more about it and to listen to their performance.

©Montse Capdevila / Seed

25

Apr 2019

Concert of the Barcelona Clarinet Players at the FAT (Barcelona)

The Barcelona Clarinet Players offered a concert at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies to promote their new CD "Offertorium" (available on Spotify). That evening, they performed works by Carlos de Castellarnau, Joan Magrané, Josep Maria Guix,  Bernat Vivancos and myself.

Follow the link to know more about it and to listen to their performance.

©Montse Capdevila / Seed

12

Apr 2019

Je Suis Narcissiste at the Teatre Lliure of Barcelona

'Je suis narcissiste' was performed in the Teatre Lliure de Barcelona on the 12th, 13th and 14th of April 2019.

Performers: Elena Copons, María Hinojosa, Joan Ribalta, Toni Marsol and Orquestra Camera Musicae.

Conductor: Vinicius Kattah. Sound: Sixto Cámara. Lighting: Nuno Meira.

For the rest of the team, click here.

©Estrella Melero

04

Apr 2019

Chansons trouvées was performed at Palau de la Música by Josep-Ramon Olivé and Ian Tindale, within the ECHO Rising Stars 2019.

Baritone Josep-Ramon Olivé and pianist Ian Tindale performed 'Chansons trouvées' at Palau de la Música Catalana on April 4, 2019.

This has been one of the many concerts that they have offered within the tour ECHO Rising Stars 2019.

Click on the following links to know more about the past concerts in 2019 and in 2018.

23

Mar 2019

Wondjina was performed by David Romero in the EMA Festival, Madrid

On the 23rd of March 2019, clarinettist David Pascual performed 'Wondjina' (for bass clarinet, electronics and video) at the Sala Berlanga (Madrid), within the 4th edition of the EMA Festival.
 

22

Mar 2019

World Premiere of the audiovisual version of tangible (EMA Festival)

Pianist Lluïsa Espigolé premiered the audiovisual version of 'tangible', which combines the pre-existing musical work by Raquel García-Tomás (2012) with a new film by illustrator and filmmaker Pere Ginard.

The event took place at the Sala Berlanga (Madrid), on the 22nd of March, on the 4th edition of the EMA Festival.


 

©Pere Ginard

06

Mar 2019

World Premiere of Je Suis Narcissiste (Teatro Real – Teatro Español)

The World Premiere of the opera buffa Je suis narcissiste took place on March 6th, at the Teatro Español (further performances: 7, 9 and 10 March 2019).

Performers: Elena Copons, María Hinojosa, Joan Ribalta, Toni Marsol and Orquesta del Teatro Real. Conductor: Vinicius Kattah. Sound: Sixto Cámara. Lighting: Nuno Meira.

Rest of the team, clicking here.

Read the critics following this link.

©Estrella Melero

22

Feb 2019

Press conference #jesuisnarcissiste

Presentation of our new opera buffa Je suis narcissiste at the Teatro Real. In this picture, from left to right: Helena Tornero (libretto), Raquel García-Tomás (composition), Joan Matabosch (artistic director-Teatro Real), Carme Portacelli (artistic director-Teatro Español) and Ignacio García-Belenguer (general director-Teatro Real). Not in this picture, but in the press conference: Marta Pazos (stage direction), Toni Marsol, Maria Hinojosa, Joan Ribalta and Elena Copons (cast)

©Javier del Real

02

Feb 2019

J.R. Olivé performs Chansons Trouvées in Stockholm, Lisbon and Köln

©Irene Serrat

Baritone Josep-Ramon Olivé and pianist Ian Tindale performed Chansons Trouvées at the Konserthuset Stockholm on the 2nd of February 2019, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation on the 10th of Feb., and at the Kölner Philharmonie on the 17th of February.


This lied, which I composed especially for Josep-Ramon's Echo Rising Stars Tour, intends to seem a compendium of old songs which have been found -as its title in French suggests- after decades of being lost. The work combines many contrasting materials, which constantly change from one to another in a continuous musical flux. It explores the theatrical versatility of the baritone who, accompanied by a virtuoso piano language inspired by French Impressionism, sings in an invented language, the focus of which is in exploring the phonetic qualities of the syllables which create the textual discourse.

Click on the following links to know more about the past concerts in 2019 and 2018.

30

Jan 2019

PHACE - Austrian premiere of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Austrian premiere of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland -a work in collaboration with illustrator Ainhoa Sarabia (AKA Aisa)- will take place soon. The piece will be performed by the Ensemble PHACE in their concerts "Adventures in Wonderland", whose programme includes works by Alexander Schubert, Clara Iannotta and Olga Neuwirth among others.

Vienna

30. January  2019 // 19:30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio-Saal
PHACE Series 18/19 – N°2

Hall

08. Feb 2019 // 20:15
Hall i.T. / Musik+
Hall, Kurhaus

©AISA

26

Jan 2019

The Cosmos Quartet offers the German Premiere of Così mostraste a lei i vivi ardori miei in the Streichquartettfest of Heidelberg.

©Michal Novak

The Cosmos Quartet did the German Premiere of my last work for string quartet “così mostraste a lei i vivi ardori miei” in the Streichquartettfest of Heidelberg, on the 26th of January 2019.

They have included the piece in the following concerts:
16 August 2018 – V Festival de Música "Soria Clásica", Spain.
21 August 2018 – Quincena Musical de San Sebastián, Spain.
15 September 2018 – Gent Festival, Belgium.
26 January 2019 – Streichquartettfest, Heidelberg.

The work will be soon available on their new CD "Influences", edited by Seed Music, which will be released in the next weeks.

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Jan 2019

Recording of the radio broadcast Audicions Íntimes

The Cosmos Quartet offered a concert for the radio program "Audicions Íntimes" (Catalunya Ràdio) in which they included my work Così mostraste a lei i vivi ardori miei.

After the recording, I took this nice picture with the radio presenter Xavier Chavarria, who has followed the development of my career since the very beginning.


Follow the link to listen to the program.

08

May 2018

Encuentros Sonoros 2017-18 (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

On the 8th of May 2018, I participated at 'Encuentros Sonoros', showing some of my audiovisual works.

This happened at the Fine Arts Faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr 2018

Sonido Extremo premieres Tiempo Suspendido at ENSEMS festival

Sonido Extremo ensemble offered a concert within the ENSEMS festival where they performed my new work Tiempo Suspendido – Estudio Sonomecánico nº 1 among others.

This work has been specially commissioned for this occasion and had its world premiere at the Palau de la Música de Valencia, on 25 April 2018.

14

Apr 2018

World Premiere of the monodrama Balena Blava at TNC (Barcelona)

Balena Blava had its world premiere on 14 April 2018 at Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (Sala Gran). This monodrama is a collaboration with writer Victoria Szpunberg and a co-commission by TNC and Esmuc.

The performance was given by actress Marta Angelat, conductor Edmon Colomer and the Esmuc Orchestra and Choir. The stage direction was in charge of Xavier Albertí.

Balena Blava had a further performance on 15 April.

12

Feb 2018

El Ojo Crítico awards

"El ojo crítico - Gala de entrega de los XVIII Premios El Ojo Crítico

Gala de entrega de los XVIII Premios El Ojo Crítico de RNE, que en esta ocasión han reconocido con su Premio Especial al director artístico del Teatro Real, Joan Matabosch. La gala ha estado presentada por el director de El ojo crítico, Luis Miguel Úbeda, y Luisa Segura Albert, copresentadora, y ha contado con las actuaciones de algunos de los galardonados. Junto a Matabosch, han recibido sus premios ocho jóvenes talentos en las distintas categorías. En Teatro ha sido premiado Kulunka Teatro; en Cine, la reciente ganadora del Goya a la mejor dirección novel, Carla Simón; en Danza, Alicia Amatriain; en Música Clásica, Raquel García-Tomás; en Poesía, Fernando del Val; en Narrativa, Aroa Moreno; en Música Moderna, Rosalía, y en Artes Plásticas, Paloma Polo."

Raquel receives the prize from Guillermo Pastrana and Eduardo Fernández's hands.

Premios El Ojo Crítico - Discurso de agradecimiento de R. García-Tomás
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Nov 2017

Raquel is awarded the RNE's prize El Ojo Crítico de Música Clásica 

"El Premio El Ojo Crítico de Música Clásica 2017 ha recaído en la compositora Raquel García-Tomás. El fallo del jurado hecho público este miércoles ha destacado "la originalidad de sus planteamientos y el uso y combinación del lenguaje compositivo". El galardón de Música Clásica es el cuarto de los premios que se da a conocer de esta XXVIII edición. […] 

El jurado ha destacado "la originalidad de sus planteamientos y el uso y combinación del lenguaje compositivo con lenguajes tecnológicos y audiovisuales".

El jurado ha estado formado por Joan Matabosch, director del Teatro Real de Madrid; Teresa Catalán, compositora, Premio Nacional de Música 2017; Miguel Ángel Marín, director de actividades musicales de la Fundación Juan March; Eduardo Fernández García, pianista y premio El Ojo Crítico de Música Clásica 2016; Juanjo Guillem, percusionista titular de la Orquesta Nacional de España y del grupo Neopercusión; Alberto González Lapuente, colaborador de El ojo crítico de RNE; Carlos Sandúa, director de Radio Clásica; Luis Miguel Úbeda, director de El ojo crítico de RNE, y Berta Tapia, responsable del área de Cultura de los Servicios Informativos de RNE."

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