Ron Conner

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Ron Conner is a composer, writer, pianist, and Brazilian ethnomusicologist living in Los Angeles. He has traveled extensively throughout Brazil, studying its music and language, and has published several…
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Ron Conner is a composer, writer, pianist, and Brazilian ethnomusicologist living in Los Angeles. He has traveled extensively throughout Brazil, studying its music and language, and has published several articles about urban samba in Rio de Janeiro, post-slavery Afro-Bahian musical migrations and MPB (Música Popular Brasileira). Before he discovered Brazil, Ron spent several months in Eastern Europe researching and composing a musical stage drama about the December 1989 trial and execution of Romania's stupendously cruel dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu. The result, "The Fall of Ceausescu," was recently (finally!) produced with a Broadway-veteran cast at the Los Angeles Theater Center with Ron directing.

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Tori Amos - from the choirgirl hotel

ABBA - Arrival

The Beatles - Abbey Road

Kate Bush - The Dreaming

Eurythmics - Revenge

Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You)

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

Morrissey - Vauxhall and I

Bonnie Raitt - Luck of the Draw

Jefferson Starship - Gold

Paul Simon - Rhythm of the Saints

Sergei Prokofiev - Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Violin, Isaac Stern; New York Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta)

Sergei Prokofiev - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (Piano, Gary Graffman, Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by George Szell)

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Modinhas e Canções

Igor Stravinsky - The Firebird/Pulcinella Suite/The Fairy's Kiss (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yuri Temirkanov)

Carl Orff - Carmina Burana (San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, conducted by Herbert Blomstedt)

Cesaria Evora - Cesaria Evora

Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir - Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

Zbigniew Preisner - Original Soundtrack for the film Red

Ennio Morricone - Original Soundtrack for the film The Mission

Various Artists - Nova Bossa: Red Hot on Verve

Os Ingênuos - Choros from Brazil

Elis Regina - Essa Mulher

Marisa Monte - Mais

Gal Costa - A Arte de Gal Costa