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 CHIELI MINUCCI & SPECIAL EFX, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for almost 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, No Country For Old Men, 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 will be releasing their 35th anniversary CD in spring of 2017.

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, CHIELI MINUCCI & SPECIAL EFX, which formed in 1982. Minucci & Special EFX have recorded a combined 28 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 No Country For Old Men (2007 Paramount),  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”

 

– please see accompanying discography

 

Never Ending Love (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  1. Never Ending Love (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  2. The Haunting (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  3. Two Hearts (from Butterfly) // Chieli Minucci
  4. Crazy Eights (from // Chieli Minucci
  5. So It Begins (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  6. Islands (from Mystique) // Chieli Minucci
  7. Across the Seven Seas (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  8. Garden of Eden (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  9. Guitarzzz (from Sweet Surrender) // Chieli Minucci
  10. Endless Us (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  11. Hot 100 (from Sweet on You) // Chieli Minucci
  12. Gathering Wind (from Without You) // Chieli Minucci
  13. Deep as the Night (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  14. Far Away (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  15. Till the End of Time (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  16. Without You (from Night Grooves) // Chieli Minucci
  17. Happy Happy (from Party) // Chieli Minucci
  18. Stars in Your Eyes (from Got It Goin’ On) // Chieli Minucci
  19. The Juice (from Got it Goin’ On) // Chieli Minucci
  20. New Bop (from Sweet Surrender) // Chieli Minucci
  21. Jewels – part 1 (from Jewels) // Chieli Minucci
  22. Masterpiece (from Masterpiece) // Chieli Minucci
  23. Ozone Alert (from Global Village) // Chieli Minucci
  24. Mi Amore (from Party) // Chieli Minucci
  25. Journeys (from Travels) // Chieli Minucci
  26. Kickin’ It Hard (from Night Grooves) // Chieli Minucci
  27. Global Village (from Global Village) // Chieli Minucci
  28. Nasir di Nuevo (from Night Grooves) // Chieli Minucci
  29. The Effect (from Confidential) // Chieli Minucci
  30. Good Times Ahead (from Got It Goin’ On) // Chieli Minucci
  31. Mirage (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  32. Mystical (from Sweet Surrender) // Chieli Minucci
  33. Love Is Always Young (from Got It Goin’ On) // Chieli Minucci
  34. Gamelan Games (from East of the Sun) // Chieli Minucci
  35. Genesis (from Genesis) // Chieli Minucci
  36. Yesterdays Memories (from Slice of Life) // Chieli Minucci
  37. Gentle Hands (from Inspire Me – Gotham Music GM194) // Chieli Minucci
  38. One Day (from Just Like Magic) // Chieli Minucci
  39. Sad Senorita (from World Journeys – Gotham Music GM174) // Chieli Minucci
  40. Dance on the Delta (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  41. Native Rivers (from World Journeys – Gotham Music – GM174) // Chieli Minucci
  42. Beautiful Gold (from the upcoming 2017 release, Deep as the Night) // Chieli Minucci
  43. The Gift (from It’s Gonna Be Good) // Chieli Minucci
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