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Córdoba

A stunning new release from Argentine bassist-composer Pedro Giraudo on the prestigious Zoho Music label. Official CD release date: June 14 2011

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El Viaje

This release finds this 12-piece jazz orchestra in dazzling form, roaring with laser-focused precision through a set of original works that defy conventional big band thinking and strike out on a stylistic path of its own. Mark Holston

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Desconsuelo

This 13-piece big band, lead by Pedro Giraudo, has captivated listeners around the world with its unique blend of South American grooves, Argentine folk songs, the passion of tango and jazz improvisation. Pedro Giraudo, in the tradition of such composers as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, highlights the unique talents of each band member, masterfully weaving together pre-composed and improvised elements.

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Mr. Vivo

Mr. Vivo has captivated listeners around the world with its unique blend of South American grooves, Argentine folk songs, the passion of tango and jazz improvisation. Mr. Giraudo, in the tradition of such composers as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, highlights the unique talents of each band member, masterfully weaving together pre-composed and improvised elements.

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Destiny of Flowers

My very first CD as a band leader. A live recording at my graduation recital at Manhattan School of Music. Unfortunately this is CD is out of print.

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As Co-Leader


Urban Tango Trio

Formed in 2008, Urban Tango Trio consists of three awesomely talented virtuoso musicians: Octavio Brunetti, piano; Pedro Giraudo, bass; and Machiko Ozawa, violin. Together they capture the passion and excitement of Argentine tango in a repertoire ranging from traditional favorites, to contemporary interpretations.

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Blue and Violet

Blue and Violet highlights the performing and composing talents of New York City pianist Jess Jurkovic and bassist Pedro Giraudo. Their love for jazz and improvisation mixes with such diverse elements as Western art  music-as in the title piece-and South American folk music-as in "Buenos Noches."The intimate nature of a duo setting allows Blue and Violet to aurally satisfy, through focused listening or as background music.

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As Sideman


Ruben Blades - Tangos

Over his industrious and varied career, Blades has been a voice of passion, awareness and social consciousness throughout the Spanish-speaking world. He also possesses a wide-ranging interest in ideas and art, which has led to his involvement in projects with intriguing musical blends, including his new recording Tangos, a fascinating partnership of Blades's classic salsa compositions with Argentinean tango. (June 2014)

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Chiemi Nakai - Transformation

NY-based Japanese Latin-Jazz pianist / composer Chiemi Nakai’s second CD which features a world of sophisticated play and lovely melody that will touch and move your heart directly. (January 2014)

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Julio Botti - Tango Nostalgias

Julio Botti plays the nuevo tango pioneered by Astor Piazzolla and Pablo Ziegler, Piazzolla’s pianist and a prolific composer. For the Argentinian saxophonist, Ziegler re-arranged his most potent compositions with Botti's soaring soprano horn in mind... a powerful manifestó that places him at the forefront of the nuevo tango tradition. (May 2013)

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Gregor Huebner - El violin Latino

The German violinist and composer, who makes his home in Harlem, retraces the evolution of a repertoire that spans continents and centuries even as it remains in the shadow of the European canon. In some ways, it's the story of the prodigal violin: of how the most aristocratic of instruments crossed the Atlantic and found itself in the rhythm section of a Cuban charanga band, or in a brothel in Buenos Aires.

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Erwin Schrott - Rojotango

The South American bass-baritone Erwin Schrott, who gained international notoriety with his convincing interpretations of Mozart roles, is now considered one of the leading opera stars of his generation. Erwin Schrott releases Rojotango, his Sony Classical debut album devoted to the music of Latin America on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

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Aruán Ortíz - Santiarican Blues Suite

Cuban folk culture presents a melting pot of traditions originating from locations throughout Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Cuban composer/pianist Aruan Ortiz offers a new musical score for ballet entitled Santiarican Blues Suite that encapsulates the essence of the cultural developments of the Oriente province of Cuba from the early exposure of Afro-Caribbean music of the slaves to its more cosmopolitan mélange.

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Gustavo Casenave - Tango Casenave

With an "exuberant, electric performance" as stated by the NEW YORK TIMES, this Uruguayan pianist and composer presents his new, instrumental works, in this amazing tango album featuring legendary jazz bassist, Grammy Award winner: Eddie Gomez. (May 2012)

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Eleonora Bianchini - Esperare

Esperare is a journey through Latin American rhythms combined with original melodies composed by Eleonora; always inspired by the roots of rhythm and feelings, on her songs Eleonora speaks about what we have to go through in the different stages of life and the importance of being able to wait. (Dec 2012)

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Sofia Tosello - Alma y Luna

"Alma y Luna" is an innovative project that finds the vocalist accompanied by a group of Latin musicians and features Tosello’s talents both as a songwriter and as an interpreter of Latin American composers. With the guitarra, contrabass and bombo leguero as her starting point, Tosello recreates a musical landscape that spans all of the Americas.

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Hector Del Curto - Eternal Piazzolla

Eternal Piazzolla kicks off with a vigorous work, “Michelangelo 70,” and ends with “Adiós Nonino”. It features a piano solo by Pablo Ziegler, the leading exponent of Nuevo Tango who was Astor Piazzolla's pianist from 1978 to 1989. There are also seldom-heard works such as a bandoneón solo “Pedro y Pedro,” “Bandoneón, Guitarra y Bajo,” and “Kicho”. (June 2013)

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The New York Tango - Berretinieando

Traditional Tangos For Dancing featuring some of the best tango musicians in the US who have come together to record twenty danceable tracks of classic tangos in the “a la parilla” style.

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Juan Carlos Formell - Johnny's Dream Club

Produced by the Grammy-winning producer/engineer John Fischbach at his New Orleans recording studio, Johnny's Dream Club presents a stellar line-up of Latin jazz masters: Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca, Argentinean bassist Pedro Giraudo, Cuban percussionist Jorge Leyva, and Lewis Kahn, the renowned virtuoso of Latin jazz on trombone and violin.

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Marta Topferova - Trova

Marta Topferovas new album illustrates why The London Times has called her one of the most graceful interpreters of Latin American folk music. Her spirited original songs are rooted in rhythms such as the Puerto Rican bomba and Argentinean cueca, yet Marta brings fresh vision and excellent taste to her artistry through her rich background and a diverse range of influences.

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Manhattan Camerata

The Manhattan Camerata is an innovative chamber orchestra that seamlessly weaves original compositions, world music, and European period music together, to produce a cohesive, contemporary aesthetic. This recording integrates the Western classical chamber orchestra with several instruments from around the world.

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Gustavo Moretto - Yo me acuerdo, Buenos Aires

Pianist and composer, Gustavo Moretto started as a trumpet player, composer and pianist for Alma y Vida, one of Argentina's most famous bands in the 1970’s, he later formed Alas where he was the composer and keyboard player. He also worked as a studio sessionist and guest performer with many prominent Argentine musicians.

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Achilles Liarmakopoulos - Tango Distinto

Recorded in Woolsey Hall, Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in April and May 2010, the CD program includes eight works – Michelangelo 70; ‘Café’ and ‘Nightclub’ from Histoire du Tango; Soledad; Le Grand Tango; Oblivion; Escualo; and Serie del Angel (arranged by G. Senanes).

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Jose Conde - Jose Conde

Very rarely someone comes along who is unafraid of convention and not constrained by fitting into a predigested commercial category. Jose is one of those people. He maintains strong roots to the Afro-Cuban tradicion of which he is a living exponent while at the same time he is fusing elements of the entire Afro-Antillean culture into his output.

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William Cepeda - Bomba Sinfonica

Bomba Sinfónica is a new musical piece by William Cepeda that fuses traditional Afro-Puerto Rican musical traditions with classical music. The composer starts with an orchestra of 50 classical musicians and integrates percussion instruments associated with traditional Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms, specifically bomba.

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Mar sala - Take me to Bahia

MAR SALÁ is a music project devised primarily by Marta Hernández, with Liz Taub and Alfonso Cid. A Latin sound, the Rumba flamenca, Brazilian rhythms and Spanish pop are the band’s prevalent brand of musical styles. Based in Brooklyn,  MAR SALÁ is a cross over between the musical air of Seville and the polychromatic winds of New York City.

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Gizelxanath Rodriguez - Passion Tango NYC

The talented Gizelxanath (voice) shares her take on some of the most beautiful Argentine tangos. Featuring NYC's finest tango musicians: Hector Del Curto (bandoneon), Alon Yavnai (piano), Nick Danielson (Violin) and Pedro Giraudo (bass); arrangements by Emilio Teubal.

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Marcia Rock - Surrender Tango

This thirty-minute film goes beyond tango as a dance to tango as a metaphor for relationships. Social dancers talk about how tango has affected their lives; dance teachers and performers convey the intricacies of the connection. The film includes music by Hector Del Curto's Eternal Trio and culminates in a performance of Escualo by Mariela Franganillo and Jorge Torres.

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Juan Mandelbaum - Our Disappeared (sound track)

Through a casual Google search director Juan Mandelbaum finds out that Patricia, a long lost girlfriend from Argentina, is among the thousands who were kidnapped, tortured and then “disappeared” by the military during the 1976-1983 dictatorship. Juan embarks on a journey to find out what happened to her and others he knew who disappeared and re-examines his own choices.

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Baby Loves - Salsa

Produced by Grammy winning producer Aaron "Luis" Levinson Baby Loves Salsa features some of the biggest and brightest stars in contemporary salsa music including band leader and singer Jose Conde. It is the story of a group of kittens and puppies from the streets of new york city who go on to become the best salsa band in the land.

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Fernando Otero - Pagina de Buenos Aires

Otero‘s Nonesuch debut showcases the extraordinary stylistic breadth of this Buenos Aires-born pianist-composer, in an adventurous mix evoking the feel of Piazzolla‘s nuevo tango, improvisational jazz, and 20th-century classical music; filled with "a savage intensity that sweeps the listener away" (Guardian).

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Anna Saeki - 20th Anniversay Concert

Recording of a exciting live performance of the '20th Anniversary Tour' in Japan, at the Aichi Prefectural Theater. (DVD)

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Mar sala - Primavera

MAR SALÁ is a music project devised primarily by Marta Hernández, with Liz Taub and Alfonso Cid. A latin sound, prevailing the Rumba flamenca, Brazilian rhythms and Spanish pop is their brand. Based in Brooklyn,MAR SALÁ is a cross over between the musical air of Seville and the polychromatic winds of New York City.

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Nick Danielson - Tango & Obsession

His first solo CD, which includes music by Otero, Casenave, Salgan,Pedro Laurenz,and Vicente Zito. Residing in New York City since 1988, he can be heard in concert with pianist/composer Fernando Otero and on the CD's "Plan", "Revision", and "Pagina de Buenos Aires"(Nonesuch). He also performs with Hector Del Curto's Eternal Tango, Tango Casenave, and Cuartetango. Has collaborated with Paquito D'Rivera and Pablo Ziegler.

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Alejandro Flores - Retrato

This group is actually a combination of ensembles that explore the flexibility and liveliness of the music from the Colombian Andes. Our first CD features Sam Sadigursky on clarinet and flute, Sebastián Cruz on tiple, Andreas Guarín on guitar, Pedro Giraudo on bass, and Franco Pinna on percussion, as well as Lucía Pulido and Michael Leonhart as guest vocalists.

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Marta Topferova - Flor Nocturna

Marta Topferova’s dusky-sweet, cafe-au-lait vocals have evoked comparisons with Mercedes Sosa (Argentina,) Nana Caymmi (Brazil,) Amalia Rodrigues (Portugal) and Cesaria Evora (Cabo Verde.) Her original compositions, with their modern hearts and ancient souls, incorporate high-and-lonesome Andean-based melodies and other Central and South American folkloric and urban-based tributaries.

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William Cepeda - Unity

Fulfilling his interest in creating music that goes beyond the traditional rhythms of jazz, William Cepeda has united a group of virtuoso musicians from different parts of the world and has created what he calls the INTERNATIONAL QUINTET. The group also invited a special guest to complete their vision of sound fusion. After years of preparation, the ensemble brings us the unforgettable tour UNITY.

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Nu'Guajiro - Diez

NU GUAJIRO is a group influenced by Cuban Folkloric music and flavored by the funk and harmonies of New York City life.

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Lucia Pulido - Dolor de ausencia

LUCIA PULIDO is a Colombian singer with one of the richest voices on the international Latin American musical scence today.  She has mined the musical traditions of her native Colombia and other Latin American countries in an ongoing search for a distinct, experimental style. The New York Times says that, "Ms. Pulido holds on to the rawness of the original melodies while giving them a sophisticated new context."

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Anna Saeki

Anna Saeki, an excellent singer from Japan who has been singing tango all over the world for over 20 years, records a CD of some tango songs and others arranged for a salsa ensemble. Released only in Japan for now, this CD was produced by Pedro Giraudo.

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Los Chantas - Taconeando

Los Chantas are a multinational tango ensemble based in New York City. Their repertoire draws from the great Argentine tango tradition from the guardia vieja to the present. The group has been playing in milongas, clubs, theaters, and other venues in and around New York since its inception in 2002. With original arrangements of songs by Gardel, Troilo, Salgán, Piazzolla, and others, and a playful, improvised style, Los Chantas infuse classic tangos with new life and unique flavor.

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Hector Del Curto - Eternal Tango

On this album, Hector Del Curto brings distinctive blend of traditional tango in orquestra tipica style with his Eternal Tango Orchestra and the legendary music of Astor Piazzolla with his long time friend and collaborator, renowned pianist Pablo Ziegler.

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Adam Tully - Zvi Migdal

Zvi Migdal is a New York-based ensemble dedicated to performing original arrangements of classic Tango repertoire. The guitar-driven quartet showcases its daring Tango creations, which are influenced by the freedom of Jazz harmony and improvisation, yet deeply rooted in the Tango tradition and the organic sounds of the Spanish guitar and the double bass.

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Gustavo Casenave - Project Time

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1971, Pianist and Uruguayan composer graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston, U.S.A.  He lives  in New York City, where he teaches composition and improvisation at the "Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts" since 1997.  

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Jose Conde - Ay Que Rico

"Ay! Qué Rico is a quintessential Cuban phrase for anything delicious -- whether music, sensual pleasure, food or good times. And it pretty much says it all about this unexpectedly captivating, independently produced gem …".(Jordan Levin, Miami Herald) , the debut all album by Cuban roots singer, songwriter Jose Conde and his band Ola Fresca.

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Nu'Guajiro - Paciencia

NU GUAJIRO is a group influenced by Cuban Folkloric music and flavored by the funk and harmonies of New York City life.

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The Tango Group - Amor por el tango

The tango's mystique lives on, attracting musicians as diverse as the two stars of this CD.  Roger Davidson is a New York-based pianist and composer of orchestral and choral works, jazz, and world music.  Argentine native, Pablo Aslan is a gifted bassist and director of AvanTango, a NY based modern tango ensemble. Together they have created a new collection of tangos embracing the traditional repertoire with an exuberant modern edge. 

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Nicole Renaud - Couleurs

Ethereal moody original French songs. A love story seen through colors where each song is a color.
" ... in this album, nicole renaud's sound is white as snow. pure, transparent, lyrical, electroaccoustic. intangible beauty, undefinable. unknown magical landscape bathed with enchanting visual music." accordéon-accordéonistes

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Sebastian Cruz - Coba

Coba's debut CD features a rich selection of singers and of songs by Sebastián Cruz exploring new approaches to traditional Colombian rhythms. The music on this CD offers a very personal and fresh take on a community's ancient and profound legacy.

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Lila - You're home

These songs are true confessions of what life in New York City feels like. This album's sound often tips it's hat to Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, The Foo Fighters, and The Police.

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David Ullmann - Hidden

David Ullmann is a New York City Guitarist/Composer interested in exploring acoustic based jazz that incorporates elements of electronica and other music. The result is an album that moves in moods and styles but with a resonant thematic unity. It features as the core group Joe Ashlar on piano, Vin Scialla on Drums and Pedro Giraurdo on Bass.

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Fernando Otero - Plan

Take equal parts Piazzolla, jazz and classical music, throw them together, blend and pour. What you have is Fernando Otero's X-Tango Quintet and PLAN. Otero is an astonishing contemporary composer equally at home in the usually segregated worlds of tango, classical music and jazz.

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Jose Conde - Esencia

"Esencia probes the folklore and music of Cuban culture,  with son montunos,  and guajiras,Cuban dance standards and a dreamlike and seuctive interpretation of Amorosa Guajira,  simply and beautifully sung"
- Fiesta NY.Com review of Esencia

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Dalai Lama - Compassion

Special Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Psalm 18, Propitiatory Prayer to Palden Lhamo, Axis Mundi, Pie Jesu, Offering of the Universe, Lord Have Mercy, Pavane, Verses of Auspiciousness, The Command of the Lord, Supplication Prayer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Prayer of Compassion, Shining Like the Sun, Dawn of the Millenniu.

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The Art Department - The Art Department

Lead by pianist Jess Jurkovic and percussionist Greg Beyer, this CD features all original music performed byt the leaders and Ohad Talmor on Tenor Sax and Pedro Giraudo on Bass. Recorded in 2000.

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Marta Topferova - La Marea

Marta Topferova’s La Marea (The Tide) is an album of agelessly beautiful and heartfelt music. Featuring ten original songs sung in Spanish and set to rhythms ranging from Cuban son to Venezuelan vals, merengue and gaita, Topferova’s World Village debut boasts fascinating instrumentation including the Colombian harp, the French horn and the four-string cuatro.

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Ricardo Arjona - Santo Pecado

A highly personal effort that chronicled, among other things, his breakup with his wife of 12 years. Like much of his work, many of the songs on Santo Pecado do not lend themselves easily to radio play, since their blends of traditional folk and contemporary rock, and even classical influences, don't fall into easily defined pop categories.

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Francesca Ancarola - Sons of the same sun

Francesca Ancarola, a jazz songwriter and singer, is well known in her own country, she has been invited to perform for the Chilean congress. she has four CD to her credit in chiles and a new us release with Petroglyph Records.

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Liner notes


Global Jazz Orchestra II

a compelling set of music which will take us through an emotive journey of different “sound-scapes“, sometimes urban and exciting, others introspective and reflective. Global Warming is a great mixture of originals and arrangements featuring the bands stellar soloists and a wide spectrum of styles.

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Swiss Jazz Orchestra - Live at Jazzfestival Bern

Some big-band albums are heated and brassy, others cool and understated, while a precious few simply cast a mesmerizing spell. "Live at Jazzfestival Bern," recorded in May 2003 by the unerring Swiss Jazz Orchestra, drops anchor squarely in the last of those realms, thanks in part to the ensemble's perceptive choice of material and even more so to the conclusive brilliance of guest artists Paquito D'Rivera, Claudio Roditi and Michael Zisman

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