Stjepan Hauser – Adagio Tomaso Albinoni

Stjepan Hauser

Hauser performing Adagio by Albinoni with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra at his classical solo concert at the Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, October 2017

Born in Pula, Croatia

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Altough still in his twenties, cellist Stjepan Hauser has already performed in more than 40 countries across all the continents including debuts in Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, South Bank Centre and many more.

He is laureate of prestigious international competitions and awards and has collected during his short career no less than twenty-one first prizes in national and international competitions and has built an enviable reputation for himself, so much so that he has been bidden to play for H R H Prince Charles both at Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Palace. He was lucky enough to be one of the very last cellists whom Rostropovich heard during his life.

This young cellist has worked with the revered classical artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Bernard Greenhouse, Heinrich Schiff, Arto Noras, Frans Helmerson, Philippe Muller, Stephen Kovacevitch, Mennahem Pressler and Ivry Gitlis, to mention a few. He completed his undergraduate studies with Natalia Pavlutskaya in London and postgraduate studies with Ralph Kirshbaum at RNCM in Manchester and with Bernard Greenhouse in the USA. In October 2006, he was the only cellist chosen to perform in the gala concert at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence for the late Mstislav Rostropovich. During his studies in London he was a member of renowned The Greenwich Trio.

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Hummingbird Photographs by the Researcher Melanie Barboni and David Leninson
























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She built a community of 200 hummingbirds who live outside her office






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Humming Bird Photography: UCLA researcher who studies about volcanoes and eruptions has another passion and that is humming birds. Even as a child she loved hummingbirds and now she has raised a 200 strong community of hummingbirds near her office. She is also known by another name – The Hummingbird Whisperer. These hummingbirds are like her family, if she is late for feeding them, they fly right into her office and demand their needs. Every weekday, Melanie Barboni welcomes clouds of these “fairy” birds to her office window with nectar she mixes from large bags of sugar and water. In a frenzy and flash of iridescent greens, blues, reds and purples, the birds flit around four 80-ounce feeders that hang outside the windows of her ground-level office. If she puts her hand on the rim of a feeder, they will perch there in fond recognition of the human who feeds them. She was born in switzerland, where humming birds are non-existent and for over two years she has been feeding these birds and they make her smile all the time. According to Melanie Barboni,”“They are just so cute, and so smart! They remember you. They get to know you, and then they interact with you”. She can recognize upto 50 humming birds by their names and they allow her to touch them, feed them and even allow her to see their nests.

There’s a hummingbird haven at UCLA. It’s lovingly run by the “hummingbird whisperer”— assistant researcher Melanie Barboni.

If she doesn’t feed them in a timely manner, the miffed hummingbirds will fly into her office to “yell at me. … They are so demanding, but they know I will give them everything,” she explained with a smile.

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Donna Summer sings: 1- I Feel Love 2 – Hot Stuff 3 – Love To Love You Baby 4 – On The Radio 5 – She Works Hard For The Money 6 – Last Dance




1) Donna Summer – I Feel Love [Studio Version]

2) Hot Stuff 1979 (High Quality)

4) Donna Summer – On The Radio

5) Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money

 6) Donna Summer Last Dance

Donna Summer: Queen of Disco


in Boston, Massachusetts, USA


in Naples, Florida, USA  (lung cancer)

Birth Name

LaDonna Adrian Gaines


Queen of Disco


5′ 7″ (1,7 m)

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Donna Summer rocketed to international super-stardom in the mid-1970s when her groundbreaking merger of R&B, soul, pop, funk, rock, disco and avant-garde electronica catapulted underground dance music out of the clubs of Europe to the pinnacles of sales and radio charts around the world.
Maintaining an unbroken string of hits throughout the 70s and 80s, most of which she wrote, Donna holds the record for most consecutive double albums to hit #1 on the Billboard charts (3) and first female to have four #1 singles in a 12 month period; 3 as a solo artist and one as a duo with Barbra Streisand. A five-time Grammy winner, Donna Summer was the first artist to win the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female (1979, « Hot Stuff ») as well as the first-ever recipient of the Grammy for Best Dance Recording (1997, « Carry On »).
In 2004, she became one of the first inductees, as both an Artist Inductee and a Record Inductee (for 1977’s « I Feel Love ») into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City.
Born Donna Gaines on New Year’s Eve to a large family in Boston, she developed an early interest in music.
From the age of eight, Summer sang in church choirs and city-wide choruses, and by her early twenties, was performing in musical theatre in Germany, winning parts in such highly-acclaimed shows as « Hair, » « Showboat, » « Godspell, » and « Porgy and Bess » as well as performing with the Viennese Folk Opera. She released her first single, a cover of the Jaynett’s girl group classic, « Sally Go Round The Roses, » in 1971.
While singing backup, she met producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte who produced her first single, « Hostage, » which became a hit in the Netherlands, France and Belgium.
In 1975, Moroder and Bellotte produced the international hit, « Love to Love You Baby, » which rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and triggered Summer’s triumphant return to the United States as a key figure of the then-emerging disco genre. « Love To Love You Baby » paved the way for such international hits as « MacArthur Park, » « Bad Girls, » « Hot Stuff, » « Dim All The Lights, » « On The Radio, » and « Enough Is Enough, » as well as the Grammy and Academy award winning theme song « Last Dance, » from the film « Thank God It’s Friday, » which remains a milestone in Donna’s career.
In 1980, Summer became the first artist to sign with David Geffen’s new label, Geffen Records, leaving her disco days behind and moving into the next phase of her career . »
In the years that followed, Summer collaborated with writers and producers such as Quincy Jones, Michael Omartian and England’s dance-pop production compound Stock Aitken Waterman and produced a steady stream of hits from « State of Independence, » featuring Michael Jackson on backing vocals, to the abiding feminist anthem « She Works Hard For The Money, » one of the most-played songs of all-time, and the infectious « This Time I Know It’s For Real. »
In 1994, she released « Endless Summer, » a greatest hits retrospective containing a new song, « Melody of Love, » which became Billboard’s #1 Dance Record of the Year.
She also released the critically acclaimed gem « Christmas Spirit, » a collection of Summer’s original songs and holiday standards recorded with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Summer spent the ’90s continuing to tour, performing to sold-out audiences worldwide.
In 1997, when the new « Best Dance Recording » Category was created at the Grammy Awards, Donna Summer was the first winner with her fifth career Grammy award for « Carry On. »
In 1999, Sony/Epic Records released « VH1 Presents Donna Summer: Live & More – Encore!, » an album and DVD of Summer’s critically acclaimed VH1 broadcast taped at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
The show premiered on VH1 as one of the network’s highest rated shows to date and featured live performances of Summer’s top hits.
In addition to her five Grammy Awards, Summer has won six American Music Awards, three consecutive #1 platinum double albums (she’s the only solo artist, male or female, ever to accomplish this), 11 gold albums, four #1 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, 3 platinum singles, and 12 gold singles.
Summer is also the first female artist to have a #1 single and #1 album on the Billboard charts simultaneously (« Live & More; » « MacArthur Park » 1978) a feat she also repeated six months later (« Bad Girls » & « Hot Stuff » in 1979).
She has charted 33 Top Ten hits on the combined Billboard Disco/Dance/Dance Club/Play charts over a period of 37 years with 18 reaching the #1 spot solidifying her as the undisputed Queen of Dance.
In addition to her recording and performing career, Summer is an accomplished visual artist whose work has been shown at exhibitions worldwide including Steven Spielberg’s « Starbright Foundation Tour of Japan » and The Whitney Museum as well as a prestigious engagement at Sotheby’s in New York.
Since 1989, she has sold over 1.7 million dollars in original art – with her highest piece going for $150,000. In 2003, Random House published her autobiography « Ordinary Girl, » co-authored with Marc Eliot. Also that year, Universal released « The Journey, » containing all of her original hits, as well as two new songs.
In 2008, celebrating four decades of milestones, Summer adds another accomplishment to her list with the success of her new album « Crayons. »
The album debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart making it Summer’s highest debuting album ever. It also debuted at #5 on the Billboard R&B chart – another personal best.
« Crayons » is Summer’s first album of all new studio material in 17 years and is her highest charting album since « She Works Hard For The Money » in 1983.
To date, the album has spawned three #1 Dance hits « I’m A Fire, » « Stamp Your Feet » and « Fame (The Game). »
It is estimated that Summer has sold more than 130 million records worldwide.
Ranked #24 on Billboard Magazines 50th Anniversary issue’s « Hot 100 Artists of All Time, » Donna Summer was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on April 18, 2013 in Los Angeles.
By: Brian Edwards (II)
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Brian Edwards (II)
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Michael Jackson – Remember The Time


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 Michael Jackson – Remember The Time

Remember the Time » is a 1992 single by American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson. It was released by Epic Records on January 14, 1992, as the second single from Jackson’s eighth studio album, Dangerous. The song was written and composed by Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson and Bernard Belle, and produced by Riley and Jackson. « Remember the Time » was a successful attempt by Jackson to create a dance-oriented, new jack swing-flavored jam with the assistance of co-producer Riley. The lyrics are about remembering having fallen in love with someone.

« Remember the Time » was generally well received by contemporary critics. The song was commercially successful, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart. Internationally, the song was a top ten hit in nine countries, peaking at number one in New Zealand, at two in Spain and three in the United Kingdom. The song reached the top ten in all major territories. A nine-minute music video directed by John Singleton, marketed as a « short film« , was released for the song. The video is set in ancient Egypt and features appearances by Eddie Murphy, Iman, Tommy « Tiny » Lister and Magic Johnson.

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Internal Flight – Estas Tonne 2016 (English version)



In 2012, I’ve got to know a traveling photographers and filmmakers from Ukraine, Olga and Andrey Andreev’s from a Paganel Studio. Watching their breathtaking footage, I’ve had an idea to combine the “Internal Flight” (a guitar version) with their images of nature. Our first shooting took place in Crimea (while its still has been an Ukrainian territory) and finished in Peruvian part of the Amazon and Sacred Valley near Cusco. Some parts of the film have been filmed by them before our meeting, yet most of it been intentionally captured for the upcoming art piece. In 2015, an Internal Flight, the movie trailer, has won the Awards for the short films selection at the “Cosmic Cine Film Festival” (Germany)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Summertime



Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Summertime

Louis Armstrong

African-American jazz singer and trumpeter

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (heart attack)
Birth Name Louis Daniel Armstrong
Nicknames The King of the Jazz Trumpet


Louis Armstrong grew up poor in a single-parent household. He was 13 when he celebrated the New Year by running out on the street and firing a pistol that belonged to the current man in his mother’s life. At the Colored Waifs Home for Boys, he learned to play the bugle and the clarinet and joined the home’s brass band. They played at socials, picnics and funerals for a small fee. At 18 he got a job in the Kid Ory Band in New Orleans. Four years later, in 1922, he went to Chicago, where he played second coronet in the Creole Jazz Band. He made his first recordings with that band in 1923. In 1929 Armstrong appeared on Broadway in « Hot Chocolates », in which he introduced Fats Waller‘s « Ain’t Misbehavin’, his first popular song hit. He made a tour of Europe in 1932. During a command performance for King George V, he forgot he had been told that performers were not to refer to members of the royal family while playing for them. Just before picking up his trumpet for a really hot number, he announced: « This one’s for you, Rex. »


Ella Fitzgerald

African-American jazz vocalist

Born in Newport News, Virginia, USA
Died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (complications from diabetes)
Birth Name Ella Jane Fitzgerald
Nicknames The First Lady of Song
The First Lady of Jazz
The Queen of Jazz
Lady Ella

On Saturday, June 15th, 1996, an era in jazz singing came to an end, with the death of Ella Fitzgerald at her home in California. She was the last of four great female jazz singers (including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae) who defined one of the most prolific eras in jazz vocal style. Ella had extraordinary vocal skills from the time she was a teenager, and joined the Chick Webb Orchestra in 1935 when she was 16 years old. With an output of more than 200 albums, she was at her sophisticated best with the songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, of George Gershwin, and of Cole Porter. Her 13 Grammy awards are more than any other jazz performer, and she won the Best Female Vocalist award three years in a row. Completely at home with up-tempo songs, her scat singing placed her jazz vocals with the finest jazz instrumentalists, and it was this magnificent voice that she brought to her film appearances. Her last few years, during which she had a bout with congestive heart failure and suffered bilateral amputation of her legs from complications of diabetes, were spent in seclusion.


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Designer Drills Holes into Quarters, Turns Them into Rings



Designer Drills Holes into Quarters, Turns Them into Rings

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Designer Nicholas Heckaman of The Ring Tree meticulously handcrafts detailed rings out of US coins. The Gainesville, Florida-based designer first discovered his skill when he was looking for the perfect ring to propose to his girlfriend with. He managed to create a special engagement ring out of a silver coin with a hammer and “a lot of patience.”

After crafting that first ring and being able to show it off to admiring friends and family, Heckaman was encouraged to craft more. Thus, he embarked on an ongoing project, continually perfecting his craft and expanding his collection of coin rings. Unlike his smooth engagement ring, though, he began focusing on producing rings that maintain the coin’s original designs on both sides. Heckaman says, “It took some trial and error, some failed attempts, and a bit of frustration, but I finally got my first double-sided coin ring.”

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Amanda Parer Brings Massive Australian Rabbits to North America (THE VIA ARE NOT ALLOWED)



Amanda Parer Brings Massive Australian Rabbits to North America

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A light installation of giant inflatable bunnies is touring North America, just in time for Easter. Intrude is by artist Amanda Parer, who wants to invoke the childhood fairytale associations of bunny rabbits, but imbues the work with a darker subtext. “The rabbit is also an animal of contradiction,” writes Parer in her description of the installation. In the artist’s native Australia, rabbits are pests introduced by white colonialists and whose population soon became entirely out of control, decimating many native plant species.

In a statement, the artist said, “I expect people will be drawn to the rabbits’ playful appearance, and I hope they will also take the time to understand the deeper meaning in the work and discuss how our actions impact the natural world in which we all live.”

The installation arrives in San Francisco next week, and will spend the spring and summer New York, LA, Houston, and Colorado. Have the Intrude experience via the video below.


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This house was completely covered in ice after five stormy days








This house was completely covered in ice after five stormy days shoots by John Kucko

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Freezing temperatures and heavy winds are not a great combination for a house situated on the shore of a lake.

One house located about 7.5 metres from Lake Ontario – one of the Great Lakes of North America – felt the brunt of recent frigid weather in the New York state.The vacation home was unoccupied at the time, and the combined effects of the cold, wind and ocean spray caused the icy encasement.Photographer John Kucko took the photos after being tipped off by a local.He said he had been receiving many comments about the images being fake, and was “amazed” at the amount of people who thought it was foam.

“When you live along Lake Ontario, or have property along the lake, this will happen especially with the winds we’ve had,” he said.Kucko said the house was encased in layers of ice which appeared to be about 15cm thick on the lake-facing side of the house.

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