biography, discography

CHIELI MINUCCI BIOGRAPHIES

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Chieli Minucci

Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group SPECIAL EFX, featuring Chieli Minucci, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for 35 years.  Besides writing and performing his own music, Chieli shares his guitar brilliance throughout the entertainment world. He has recorded and performed with many top artists, such as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Michael Bolton, Anastasia, as well as jazz artists Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Bernie Williams, Marion Meadows, Lao Tizer, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Omar Hakim, and many others.  Although renowned in the jazz and pop world, Chieli is also a gifted television and film composer. He has won 3 Emmy Awards and been nominated 10 times for his eclectic compositional work. His music can also be heard on the soundtracks of the films Bowfinger, Legally Blonde, Panic, and others. Chieli’s original scoring work can be heard in live stage productions of Peter Pan, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, and others.

Chieli Minucci & Special EFX released their 35th anniversary CD in spring of 2017, entitled, “Deep as the Night”.

ChieliMusic.com

The official Chieli Minucci website

Additional biographical and discography information can be viewed at:

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/chieli-minucci-mn0000113409/credits

International Movie Database

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1474265

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Chieli Minucci /ChieliMusic.com

Chieli Minucci is the leader of the Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group, SPECIAL EFX featuring CHIELI MINUCCI, which formed in 1982. Minucci & Special EFX have recorded a combined 29 CDs, 8 of those being solo releases. 2015 marked their 30th anniversary as a recording & concert touring act! In addition Minucci has recorded and performed with top pop artists such as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Bolton, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Anastasia, as well as jazz artists Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Bernie Williams, Marion Meadows, The Lao Tizer Band, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Nick Colionne, Gerald Veasley, Omar Hakim, and many others.

Chieli comes from a musical background. His father, Ulpio Minucci (concert pianist/composer) wrote the American songbook standard, and 1955 hit song, “Domani” (sung by Julius LaRosa), as well as “A Thousand Thoughts of You,” and “Felicia” (both sung by Nat King Cole).

Also known as a composer for television and film, Minucci has won three Emmy Awards, in 1998, 2007, and 2008, and in addition has been nominated for 10 Emmy Awards for his eclectic compositional work on CBS’s “The Guiding Light”, which holds the record as the longest running TV show in American history.  He has written music for well-known programs such as Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, Good Morning America (theme), Bloomberg Radio (theme), Access Hollywood, The 700 Club, and others. He also contributed music to the soundtracks of  Bowfinger (1999 Universal), Legally Blonde (2001 MGM),  and Panic (2000 Artisan).

International Movie Database

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1474265

Minucci composed and produced the soundtracks for the Broadway Across America/Nickelodeon live stage productions of the international hit TV series, Dora the Explorer (Dora’s Pirate Adventure, The City of Lost Toys, and Return to the City of Lost Toys), all of which toured.  He also wrote and recorded original songs for the live stage production of Thomas & Friends Live™, (both Thomas Saves The Day! and A Circus Comes to Town). Most recently he has contributed to the score of Peter Pan (Herrick Entertainment/Threesixty Entertainment), which premiered in June of 2015 and is now traveling through the USA.

In August 2012, Prof. Chieli Minucci joined Beijing’s DeTao Masters Academy as a DeTao Master of Modern Music.

http://www.detaoma.net/UDocument/showIntroduction/?id=340733&masterid=340729

Working Experience

  • The leader & co-founder of the famous American contemporary world fusion band “ Chieli Minucci & Special EFX”.

Education

  • Attended Ithaca College in upstate NY, where he initially majored in music, studying classical guitar, and continued as an English Major. He also attended Queens College in NYC, where he continued to study literature.

Honors and Awards

  • Grammy nomination for “Modern Manners” – Chieli Minucci & Special EFX
  • Winner of three Emmy Awards (1998, 2007, 2008) CBS’s “The Guiding Light”
  • Nominated for 10 Daytime Emmy Awards for his compositional work on CBS’s “The Guiding Light”

 

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Journeys (from Travels) // Chieli Minucci
  1. Journeys (from Travels) // Chieli Minucci
  2. Hatter Scatter (from Wonderfully Wacky – Gotham Music GM118) // Chieli Minucci
  3. Mirage (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  4. Deep as the Night (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  5. Good Times Ahead (from Got It Goin’ On) // Chieli Minucci
  6. Explore India (from Hot Sexy Travels – Gotham Music GM153) // Chieli Minucci
  7. Sad Senorita (from World Journeys – Gotham Music GM174) // Chieli Minucci
  8. Guitarzzz (from Sweet Surrender) // Chieli Minucci
  9. Global Village (from Global Village) // Chieli Minucci
  10. Flowing Hair (from Acoustic Land – Gotham Music GM134) // Chieli Minucci
  11. So It Begins (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  12. Happy Happy (from Party) // Chieli Minucci
  13. Lost Not Found (from World Journeys – Gotham Music GM174) // Chieli Minucci
  14. Masterpiece (from Masterpiece) // Chieli Minucci
  15. Jimmy Slim (from Acoustic Land – Gotham Music GM134) // Chieli Minucci
  16. Hot 100 (from Sweet on You) // Chieli Minucci
  17. Moonshining (from Gotham Goes Country – Gotham Music GM168) // Chieli Minucci
  18. Gathering Wind (from Without You) // Chieli Minucci
  19. Endless Us (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  20. Jewels – part 1 (from Jewels) // Chieli Minucci
  21. Sneaking Around (from Gotham GM118) // Chieli Minucci
  22. Mi Amore (from Party) // Chieli Minucci
  23. Gallagher’s Garage (from Rock It – Gotham Music GM156) // Chieli Minucci
  24. Garden of Eden (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  25. The Gift (from It’s Gonna Be Good) // Chieli Minucci
  26. Two Hearts (from Butterfly) // Chieli Minucci
  27. Capetown Jubilee (from Hot Sexy Travels – Gotham Music GM153) // Chieli Minucci
  28. Far Away (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  29. Mystical (from Sweet Surrender) // Chieli Minucci
  30. Islands (from Mystique) // Chieli Minucci
  31. New Bop (from Sweet Surrender) // Chieli Minucci
  32. Love Is Always Young (from Got It Goin’ On) // Chieli Minucci
  33. Without You (from Night Grooves) // Chieli Minucci
  34. Krazy Kats (from Wonderfully Wacky – Gotham Music GM118) // Chieli Minucci
  35. Fairy Dust (from Wonderfully Wacky – Gotham Music GM118) // Chieli Minucci
  36. Native Rivers (from World Journeys – Gotham Music – GM174) // Chieli Minucci
  37. The Juice (from Got it Goin’ On) // Chieli Minucci
  38. Sneaking Around (from Wonderfully Wacky – Gotham Music GM118) // Chieli Minucci
  39. Never Ending Love (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  40. Gamelan Games (from East of the Sun) // Chieli Minucci
  41. Beautiful Gold (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  42. Kickin’ It Hard (from Night Grooves) // Chieli Minucci
  43. Crazy Eights (from // Chieli Minucci
  44. Genesis (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  45. Circus Theme (from Thomas the Tank Engine’s, “Thomas Saves the Day”) // Chieli Minucci
  46. Gentle Hands (from Inspire Me – Gotham Music GM194) // Chieli Minucci
  47. Dance on the Delta (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  48. Till the End of Time (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  49. Nasir di Nuevo (from Night Grooves) // Chieli Minucci
  50. Yesterdays Memories (from Slice of Life) // Chieli Minucci
  51. Wish You a Jazzy Christmas (from Seasons Greetings – Gotham Music GM165) // Chieli Minucci
  52. The Haunting (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  53. Across the Seven Seas (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  54. The Effect (from Confidential) // Chieli Minucci
  55. One Day (from Just Like Magic) // Chieli Minucci
  56. Stars in Your Eyes (from Got It Goin’ On) // Chieli Minucci
  57. Ozone Alert (from Global Village) // Chieli Minucci
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