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Aiming For The Stars

by COSMOS

A cappella vocal group. No musical instruments used.
Genre: Pop: Pop
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1. 1 000 000 Red Roses
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2. Shanghai Moon [Shanghai Tang]
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3. Blackbird
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4. Ticu Un Viss
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5. Dudievins
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6. Got To Get You Into My Life
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7. Ja Ta Nav
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8. Zibsni Zvaigznes
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9. Sunset
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10. Miedzina Dziesma
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11. Take Me To Your Heart
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12. Still Here
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13. Trejdevini Slepens [Anak]
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14. Menja Ti Vzvalnovala
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15. Shanghai Moon (Reprise) featuring Cosmos and Dawn Ho
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Vocal group COSMOS

"Six guys with voices that make any synthesizer so embarrassed that it usually explodes. I know there are a cappella groups all around the world. However, what COSMOS does is something beyond singing and even beyond music. I saw their concert just before Christmas and the public went completely crazy. I happened to be on Madonna’s concert in London, and I have to admit that I was less impressed.
Guys sing in an absolute sync, in incredible voices accompanied by all impossible musical instruments and sound effect machines. Only there aren`t any instruments or sound-effect machines whatsoever. Medieval polyphonic singing, modern jazz, pop, rock, techno – all performed by their bare voices. Add to it all a perfect pantomime, dance, storytelling and stage design and you’ll get the picture.
When writing this I was thinking that ”COSMOS” is a perfect name for what they do with their voices. Anything less just wouldn’t qualify. The only problem could be that if you visit Latvia accidentally, they may be on tour somewhere else, so better check their website for their concert schedule."
- Ēriks Stendzenieks, Director of the Advertising Agencie ZOOM -

The Vocal Group COSMOS is a union of six young and talented Latvian singers who have combined their voices to form a unique all male a cappella group – no instruments, just voices that will sound like any instrument you can imagine.

Their friendship stretches back to their school days when they all studied music and toured the World with the Riga Dom Boys’ Choir. Recognized as the best young Latvian group during the first year of its existence in 2003, Vocal Group Cosmos’ first album received an award as the best pop album of the year and achieved platinum status in sales. Since then, Cosmos have released three new albums and have earned increasing fame and popularity in numerous countries. Their distinctive style of a cappella (without instruments) singing and charismatic concert performances has propelled these six young musicians into the forefront of the popular and academic music scenes. Drawing on a professional musical education and with a very broad range of voices, Cosmos articulate their talents across a broad range of musical styles and genres from medieval chanting to modern jazz and pop music.

Cosmos’s professionalism has also been recognized beyond the borders of their own country. After seventeen years of denying his greatest hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” the legendary Bobby McFerrin agreed to sing it once again together with Cosmos when they shared the stage of the Latvian National Opera in 2005. Proud winner of the international competition for young singers of popular music “New Wave 2004” – gaining a television audience of 200 million people – Cosmos also won second prize at the challenging International Choral Music Competition in Gorizia (Italy) the same year. In 2006 Cosmos won the vote to represent Latvia at the Eurovision song contest in Athens and in 2007 they shared the stage with Italian singer Al Bano at the legendary San Remo song festival.

Every performance by Cosmos attracts a full house not only in Latvia but in also in Russia, Ukraine, Germany and anywhere they appear. A young, ambitious and gifted group of musicians, Cosmos’ fame is spreading contagiously overseas as they perform their important role of representing Latvia as a truly musical nation and at the same time satisfy their desire to introduce themselves to yet wider audiences. Drawing on profound European musical traditions, Cosmos enthusiastically put their academic music background to work as they explore the almost unlimited possibilities of the human voice – nature’s most incredible musical instrument.

To consolidate the ongoing evolution of their musical education, Cosmos devote much time to workshops with the world’s leading a cappella music professionals such as The Hilliard Ensemble, Take 6, The Real Group, The New York Voices, The Flying Pickets and M-Pact.

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Hans Ebert

THE MUSIC OF COSMOS FROM LATVIA: AIMING FOR THE STARS IN CHINA
They come from Latvia in Eastern Europe, the only instruments they need to create music are their voices and, now, they are set to take their unique sound to China with an English version of one of the most well-known Chinese songs.



This is Cosmos and, later this month, the accapella group will have their first record released in China and other parts of South East Asia through EMI Music.



"I have a friend who had been raving to me about Cosmos for a couple of years and I finally decided to check out what she was talking about, "says Hans Ebert, Executive Director of EMI Music South East Asia."I was pleasantly surprised with what I heard and was even more pleasantly surprised when I heard that we had a licensing and distribution deal in place for their music."



With positive feedback from the music of Cosmos and their recordings in English, Russian and Latvian, Ebert picked existing tracks recorded by the band plus a few new ideas for material and which now forms "Cosmos: Aiming For The Stars," the act's first album for the China market.



Lead tracks off this album will be the Double A side single that will be released digitally and which features "One Million Red Roses," an extremely well-known Russian song and which was a hit in Japan for one of that market's leading female singers and "Shanghai Moon," an English version of one of the most popular Chinese songs and for which Ebert wrote the English lyrics.



"Our markets, especially China really went for 'One Million Red Roses' despite it being sung in Latvian," explains Ebert. "This really proves that music has no boundaries. As for Shanghai Moon, this was a song suggested by our team in China- a song that is currently the theme to one of the biggest soap operas being aired in that country." "Shanghai Moon" includes Singapore-based singer Dawn Ho on this duet with Cosmos.



Other tracks on the album include accapella versions of Lennon-McCartney's "Blackbird" and "Got To Get You Into My Life" plus a variety of originals sung in Russian and Latvian.



"We could never have dreamed that our music would ever reach so far, "says Cosmos. "Asia is a completely new world to us, musically and culturally. Regardless of the different backgrounds, we hope that people in China and the rest of South East Asia will be touched by our music even though we sing in languages that might be strange to them. What unites us is the tradition of acappella singing which is popular in Asia and which also lies in the core of our music."



Adds Ebert, "As seeing is believing, we are now working on having Cosmos come out to China for a promotional visit and making themselves seen and heard through their music. And, let's face it, with the act only using their voices to create their music, touring is certainly going to be cost-effective. All they band would need are six microphones. If that's a financial burden,' I'm sure that we can work with three mikes!"
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