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Date: August 23, 2004 - New York


Light Millennium Proudly Presents...
Arif MARDIN: Journey in the Music World

On Wednesday, October 6, 2004 @ 7:00 PM

Where: The Rooftop Lounge & Terrace
The Marmara-Manhattan Hotel
301 East 94th Street
New York, N.Y. 10128
For location: 212-427 3100
Venue is sponsored by: The Marmara-Manhattan

- Visual & Music Collage from Julie and Joe MARDIN
- Introduction by Ian RALFINI
- Living with Arif MARDIN by
Latife Mardin
- Screening: From 43rd Grammy Award's Ceremony - Excerpts.
- Arif MARDIN: Journey in the Music World
- Questions & Answers
- The Arif Mardin Mini Quiz by

- Language: English

- Please RSVP by e-mail to: contact@lightmillennium.org /or
- Phone: 1-718-846-5776
- Entry: Donation Suggested (tax deductible).

- Open to general public.
- Seating on a first come basis.

We are proud to present an evening with Arif MARDIN, among the top music producers of the 20th century and beyond.   

Most of you, as music lovers have heard Arif MARDIN's name and listened to his music which he has produced for over 40 years.

Via this unique evening, we aim to know Mr. Mardin, not only by taking a closer look at his outstanding international success in music, but also to get familiar with the inspirations and the leading forces behind his achievements, as well as the other interests and lesser known areas in his daily life. Mr. Mardin will share with us his experiences in terms of how one feels when a dream has been accomplished!

"Jazz is my first love. My mother bought me a Duke Ellington record w hen I was 10 years old," says Mr. Mardin in his 43rd Academy's Trustee's Award acceptance speech.

How did Mr. Mardin's music journey begin?

Despite being a jazz fanatic and an accomplished orchestrator and arranger,  Mr. Mardin went to study at the London School of Economics and never intended to pursue a career in music. However, a 1956 meeting with jazz great Dizzy Gillespie and young arranger Quincy Jones proved to be a  stroke of fate. This led to his being the first recipient of the Quincy Jones Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. "In 1958, when Latife  and I had been married and living in Istanbul for a year, a scholarship opportunity  knocked on my door through Quincy Jones. When I made a decision to take it, and to go to Berklee College of Music in Boston, my father thought I was about to fl y for Mars. He couldn't understand it. He may have been right.  Mine was a dream but I had to pursue it."

Mr.  Mardin is definitely living proof that one can achieve success by believing in what one does and working diligently.

Please join us to share Mr. MARDIN's extraordinary journey in the music world as well as to be inspired by him..

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A brief biography of Arif MARDIN:

Music producer Arif MARDIN is that rare artist who has remained at the top= of his craft for over 40 years, from producing The Young Rascals' #1 hit Go= od Lovin=B9 in 1965, through #1 singles for the Bee Gees, Average White Band, Melissa Manchester, Phil Collins, Chaka Khan (the classic I feel for You), and Bette Midler (her signature Wind Beneath my Wings), to albums for Patti Labelle, Willie Nelson, Barbra Streisand and last year1s multiple Grammy-winning Come Away with Me for Norah Jones.

Turkey natives Mr. Mardin graduated from Istanbul University and the London School of Economics, but meeting Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones let to receiving the first Quincy Jones Scholarship at Boston's Berklee College of Music. After graduating Berklee and teaching there, Mr. Mardin moved to New York, joined Atlantic Records and worked his way from assistant to founder Nesuhi Ertegun to senior vice president. Upon retiring from Atlantic, Mr. Mardin became co-vice president and general manager of Manhattan/EMI Records, producing albums for Ms. Jones, Melissa Errico and Dianne Reeves. Mr. Mardin has earned over 40 gold and platinum albums, 15 Grammy nominations, 11 Grammy Awards and a Trustees Award Grammy for lifetime achievement.

He has been married to Latife Onis, also from Turkey, for 48 years. They have 2 children, producer/arranger Joe Mardin and photographer Julie Mardin.

For more information: http://lightmillennium.org/biographies/arif_mardin.html
For Discography of Arif MARDIN: http://lightmillennium.org/biographies/amardin_discography.html

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About Ian RALFINI:

Ian Ralfini is an executive with many years of experience in the domestic and international music business.   Mr. Ralfini, originally based in the UK, created, developed and managed several successful international record and music companies for major US corporations taking them from start-up to multi-million dollar businesses.  He relocated to the USA in the early 1980's to acquire and develop music and non-music related businesses.

Ian Ralfini is a well-respected executive who is acknowledged for both his creative and administrative abilities.  He has extensive contacts in all areas of the entertainment business.  His philanthropic activity in the USA has increased his field of contacts and given him added credibility and respect from musicians and executives.

Philanthropic Activities:

President of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation.  A Foundation formed by Ahmet Ertegun and Ian Ralfini to raise funds to support Clinics in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles.  The Clinics work with autistic and severely handicapped children, using music as the method of communication and therapy.  Mr. Ralfini has developed a support group for this venture including, Pete Townshend, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, John Mellencamp, and others.

Executive Director, Atlantic Records Foundation.  Responsibilities include arranging and producing events to raise money for music industry related charities.  Events produced, Atlantic Records 50th Anniversary concerts, UJA "Man of the Year" honoring Ahmet Ertegun.  Midem "Man of the Year" honoring Ahmet Ertegun.

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