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Violince

by Oppera

Dunda Chief Records is proud to announce the release of the debut CD from Oppera entitled 'Violince'. This is the long awaited return to the music scene of former Columbia Recording Artist 'Martika', who went number one with 'Toy Soldiers'.
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1. Say Anything
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2. Why
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3. Esperando Tu Turno
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4. Train Comes 'Round
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5. All Alone
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6. Misery
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7. Upside Down
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8. Demasiadas Notas
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9. My Life
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10. Liar
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11. Fade Away
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12. Destiny
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13. That's Just The Way It Is
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14. Donde Esta Dios?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
OPPERA



Darkness...
The audience settles down. The curtain rises.
A drum beats...
...and lights flash. A guitar cuts through the velvet silence. A man and a woman stand at center stage, stunning and strong. Her voice is a weapon, a seductive purr that shoots suddenly to a scalp-tingling peak. We've heard her before, but now she's transformed - a whirlwind whose sound and appearance demand attention. His music is pure emotion, a riveting melody that seeks to awaken your deepest senses. We are filled with the joy of discovery, the thrill of newfound love - this bold experience is a revelation.
This is OPPERA--a show that you'll never forget.
For all the passions it stirs, OPPERA is the product of just two people. Martika grew up in the spotlight, became an international phenomenon while still in her teens, and then against all odds traded the baggage of childhood celebrity for rebirth as an artist of deeper complexity. Her partner in life and music, Michael Mozart, hovered behind the scenes as a record producer and session musician; seasoned since age six through work with headliners ranging from The Ohio Players, through Leon Russell to Dave Mason and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
OPPERA is the name they've chosen for themselves. The label fits, with its implications of spectacle, sensation, and surprise. On OPPERA, their self-titled CD, they summon contradictory spirits: advanced instrumental and vocal techniques, sophisticated applications of technology...and intensity. They lean toward the latter: OPPERA is as polished as they come, but its raw, emotional urgency is what hits home.
OPPERA makes it clear that these two are masters of their craft. The new CD drives a more central point home: OPPERA comes as much if not more from the gut than the head. In a word, it rocks.
Some of this comes down to the focus of the collaboration between Mozart and Martika. Conceptually ambitious, they capture the excitement of having found their ideal match in each other. It's almost too good to be true, but they did in fact meet in a castle in the south of France, during an all-star songwriter summit. Mozart was in the area for several weeks, working on projects for Barenaked Ladies, Carole King and Hanson, among others. He happened to be around on the day that Martika arrived as a guest of the event.
"Specifically," Mozart recalls, "she walked in on May 17th, at 10:37 p.m." Martika adds, "I was reborn the moment Michael and I met."
Mozart was aware of Martika's history - her first success as a regular on Kids Incorporated, her hit records as a teen pop diva, including three Top Twenty hits and one, "Toy Soldiers," that topped the charts for two weeks and transported her to worldwide acclaim. She, on the other hand, recognized him from somewhere, knew he looked familiar and was trying to figure out where she'd seen this mysterious man before. As they were getting to know each other, he played her some of his songs and she was moved to tears. She could not understand why the world had not yet heard this. Their connection was undeniable.
"It was so instantaneous," Martika says. "We went from 'nice to meet you' and talking for a couple of hours to writing, recording and singing together for the entire next day and night. Then we were up all night again, talking. There was a spiritual connection that translated into the music in a way that everyone around us could hear. Almost immediately he asked me to marry him... and in the next breath asked if I wanted to make music with him as a duo."
Hearing "yes" twice, Mozart rushed back to New York, took a week to wrap up his sessions, vacate his flat, and fly out to join Martika in Los Angeles. On the night of his arrival they moved into a new home, set up a studio, and began recording.
Quickly the OPPERA concept took shape. The main thing was to be eclectic," Mozart remembers. "I wanted it to have as few boundaries as possible, so that from the variety of styles we could solidify a direction that would make the most sense for us and go from there. That's why there's so much to OPPERA; parts of it are very raw, very rock, very pop or very rhythm & blues, with a jazz and classical influence. We honed that down to a sound that won't get us pigeonholed but is defined."
The superficial impression is that OPPERA is aggressive, perhaps dark. Mozart acknowledges this, while cautioning that the picture is subtler than that. "You hear anger on OPPERA from the build-up of negative energies on the planet," he says. "We're harnessing that into what we're doing."
"We want to share the load, both live and in the studio," Mozart insists. "When you're a solo performer, as Martika was before we met, you don't have anybody to fall back on."
"It's extremely self-indulgent too," Martika says. "I always felt like something was missing, that there were only so many textures I could explore."
"And when I went on the road as a musical director for different artists," Mozart says, "I learned that you end up with three of the guys in the band wanting to go in one direction and the other two hating them for it. Being in a duo changes the landscape. She's an extension of me and I'm an extension of her."
"Everything in our music is integral," Martika sums up. "It's about our voices, Mozart's guitar, the melody, the drum sound...you can't take any of it away."
In fact, OPPERA is at least two circles completed - Martika's emergence as a unique performer and singer, and Mozart's as a virtuoso performer and producer. Their union into a single force can't help but change music as it's changed each of their lives.
More than gothic, more than classical, more than rock, more than mysterious, and unapologetically confrontational... more than all of its myriad parts, that force takes shape here as one unforgettable experience.
Call it OPPERA.

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cily

otro cd
hola me gusta su musica cuando escuchare otra produccion de ellos, yo era una fan numero 1 cuando salio los exitos toy soldier water,love the will de done, martika kitchen pero luego quedo en el olvido..hace poco me puse a buscar informacion de bandas de rock y mire su pagina
ojala regresara de nuevo tiene un tono de voz muy lindo es super femenina y creo que deberia mejor tocar baladas romanticas mmusica pop mas femenina como celine dion o gloria estefan es mas omenos su genero por la voz que tiene
un saludo desde costa rica
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Brian

Realy, focus on the voice..
being that this isn't really "Martika" music, but rather the other guy's material..I give it the rating it got. It's such a shame that this music rreally doesn't do Martika justice. She has a great voice, but if only the overproduction didn't treat her voice as a second banana, maybe we could have had a decent album. The music itself sounds like a contrived effort to appeal to Contemporary Radio, a'la Evanescence or even Avril Lavigne. I hope Martika returns with some real music and ditches this train.
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Brian

Realy, focus on the voice..
being that this isn't really "Martika" music, but rather the other guy's material..I give it the rating it got. It's such a shame that this music rreally doesn't do Martika justice. She has a great voice, but if only the overproduction didn't treat her voice as a second banana, maybe we could have had a decent album. The music itself sounds like a contrived effort to appeal to Contemporary Radio, a'la Evanescence or even Avril Lavigne. I hope Martika returns with some real music and ditches this train.
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Jason Whitt

The best cd I have heard in years!
I just received "Violince," the debut cd from "oppera" in the mail today. After my first listen to the CD I was almost speechless because I was in awe at how magical their musical sound is. I Their voices sound pefect together. Every song on the CD is powerful and conveys such emotion. I know it's hard to fathom but Martika was great as a solo artist, but in my opinion she sounds even better with Michael Mozart. My favorite song on the cd would have to be " All Alone". I believe this is just the beginning of great things to come from this amazing duo!
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Monica

I love it
When I first heard this CD I knew that Oppera is extremely talented. Martika sounds so fantastic and she sounds mature beyond her age on the songs.
The obvious break out hit of this CD is "All Alone", but the other songs are great also. This is a wondeful debut CD.
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Roland Archer

It's Martika... with an EDGE!
Wow... having last heard from Martika in the early 80's and when she was backed with drum machines and a synthasizer, this CD was like a kick in the butt!

It's edgier than what I was used to by her but it's a plus. There are great songs for driving on this disc. Pop it in, slam the accelerator and go.

Glad to have her back. And welcome to Michael Mozart.
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Carrie

Must have album!!!!!!
This is a must have album!!!! It is resfreshingly unique. There is something for everyone. This album creates a wonderful blend of rock, pop, hip-hop and classical. "Train Comes Around" will bring out your rebelious and fun side. Michael Mozart 's guitar playing ROCKS!!! "All Alone" will tear at your hearstrings as Martika's vocals make you feel the heartbreak she sings about.
"Destiny" leaves you feeling inspired. Yes everyone, the CD is THAT GOOD. All the tracks are aswome.

I can't tell you how aswome it is to hear Martika sing again. Her voice has never sounded better!! Michael is such a true musical talent. Both combining thier talents have created a masterpiece. Big Things are instore for this duo!!!

Just don't take my word for it GO GET IT TODAY:-)
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Carrie

Must Have Alumb
This is a must have album!!!! It is resfreshingly unique. There is something for everyone. This album creates a wonderful blend of rock, pop, hip-hop and classical. "Train Comes Around" will bring out your rebelious and fun side. Michael Mozart 's guitar playing ROCKS!!! "All Alone" will tear at your hearstrings as Martika's vocals make you feel the heartbreak she sings about.
"Destiny" leaves you feeling inspired. Yes everyone, the CD is THAT GOOD. All the tracks are aswome.

I can't tell you how aswome it is to hear Martika sing again. Her voice has never sounded better!! Michael is such a true musical talent. Both combining thier talents have created a masterpiece. Big Things are instore for this duo!!!

Just don't take my word for it GO GET IT TODAY:-)"
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Joelle

great information
love the music, think it will definetly go far!!
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Say anything!...PERFECT
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