Gabriel Burrafato
La Crescenta, CA
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Gabriel Burrafato

Gabriel B.

La Crescenta, CA
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I am an Two-Time Broadway Award Winning Actor that has performed starring roles on Broadway and International stages around the world. I have appeared as a recurring guest star on FX’s hit show “You’re The Worst” as Dan Parnell. Other TV appearances include ABC’s “Switched at Birth”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, Nickelodeon and many other Principle leading roles on Film and Television. With over 20 years of Acting and Teaching experience, I will provide you with specific tools and techniques that will give you the confidence you need to OWN your auditions and make a lasting impression to Casting Directors, Producers and Agents. LEARN FROM A TEACHER WHO'S BEEN THERE!

About Gabriel B.

Two-Time-Time Broadway Award Winning Actor/Singer Gabriel Burrafato has performed starring roles on Broadway, Las Vegas and International stages around the world. Known as the "Trilingual, Triple Threat", Gabriel has appeared in recurring roles on "Young and the Restless" and FX's hit show "You're The Worst". Other television appearances include Amazon Studios "The Boys", ABC's "Switched at Birth", CBS's "Criminal Minds", Nickelodeon and many other principle leading roles in feature films and television. His televised PBS concert "Live from the Venetian in Las Vegas", has aired in over 350 PBS stations across North America.

With a B.A. from Ryerson University in Toronto, Gabriel went on to study voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and later began his career as an Apprentice Actor at the prestigious Shaw Festival of Canada.

Gabriel made his Broadway debut in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams. He also starred as Lancelot in the Broadway National Tour of Camelot and Magaldi in the Broadway National tour of Evita (Harold Prince Revival). Gabriel had the distinguished honor of originating the role of the elf archer Legolas in the $30 Million Dollar, world premier production of The Lord of The Rings, directed by Tony award winning director Matthew Warchus. Other roles include Dean Martin in the original Las Vegas Production of "Vegas! The Show", at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, and Lun Tha in the world renowned Stratford Festivals production of The King and I.

Over the span of his 20-year career, Gabriel has worked closely with the best in the industry. Such heavy weights include Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, two-time Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman, and the legendary twenty one-time Tony Award winning Director Harold Prince. Having worked closely with these iconic mentors, Gabriel has developed his own, one-of-a-kind vocal technique that has helped thousands of his students achieve their dreams.

Gabriel's groundbreaking technique has garnered a lot of popularity for his unique, easy to understand and result-oriented approach.

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Quinna
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Posted Jul 11, 2020
Sandy J.
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Loved my first lesson. So excited to get started again after 40 years.

Posted Feb 25, 2020
Micah

Gabriel is a very helpful teacher that will help you go deeper into what you are saying and doing and he really helped me understand how to find layers and everything that a real believable human being would say and do when you are portraying a different character

Posted Feb 10, 2020
Juliana C.
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First lesson was very informative and he gave great instructions on exercises for improvement. We wil be continuing.

Posted Feb 8, 2020
Emily Y.
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He really helped me to improve the power and control of my voice, and gave me really insightful performance tips to really act out a song with emotion.

Posted Jan 17, 2020
Shaun S.
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His lessons are very effective.

Posted Dec 22, 2019
Emily
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Gabriel is awesome! I had absolutely zero acting experience before him. He taught me the basics of acting as well as tips to get into the industry. I am now working on video reels and perfecting monologues. I highly recommend Gabriel for any experience level. I am now much more confident in my abilities and am very excited to continue learning from him.

Posted Dec 21, 2019
Maria
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Gabriel’s method is very effective. After 5 classes with him, I have started noticing changes in my way to differentiate sounds and pronounce them. I have taken classes with several accent reduction instructors and definitely Gabriel’s method is the most effective so far.

Posted Dec 21, 2019
Emily Witkowski
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Posted Dec 2, 2019
Brandyn
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Gabriel is an amazing coach. He takes the time to explain in detail how to discover a character in an easy to understand way. As a beginner he has really helped me learn to break down a script and understand what is going on. He teaches you how to set yourself apart from the crowd in an audition. I highly recommend Gabriel to anyone seeking to better their craft or begin acting!

Posted Aug 6, 2019
Dmitry
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Gabriel developed a proprietary method of accent reduction that makes it easy to focus on the areas that need change or improvement. The method, combined with Gabriel’s passion for teaching, make the classes dynamic and productive. He quickly identified my problematic areas, and patiently worked with me on changes I needed to make to the way I pronounce certain sounds.

He also provides ample resources and direction for exercises in between the lessons to make the progress faster. I highly recommend Gabriel for accent reduction classes.

Posted Jul 30, 2019
Timmy
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Had an amazing first lesson with Gabriel. He really knows his stuff and not only demonstrates but teaches the techniques that he uses. Lots of material and I'm looking forward to the next lesson!

Posted Jul 24, 2019
Irina
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Gabriel's Accent Reduction teachings have changed my life. My American English has improved dramatically! I'm seeing results at all levels. I highly recommended!!!

Posted Jul 21, 2019
Eleanor
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Gabriel is an awesome teacher! I had no experience singing before, but he was very patient and understanding of where I was at. His lessons are thorough yet easy to follow, teaching me techniques that help me open up my voice and sing without hurting myself. In addition, his insight into singing as a form of storytelling and a way to convey emotions really benefited my learning. He teaches in a professional yet friendly manner. Thanks to him, I feel so much more confident in my singing; I highly recommend him as a singing teacher.

Posted Jul 18, 2019
Blanca
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I'm getting excellent results with Gabriel. His technique is easy to follow and he understands all my doubts and difficulties. I highly recommend his lessons!

Posted Apr 15, 2019
Yi
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Gabriel is an excellent instructor whose lessons are fast-paced and effective.

Posted Mar 18, 2019
Kaity
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Excellent first lesson. Covered a lot of technique and material, and I look forward to the next one!

Posted Feb 22, 2019
Gavin
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Gabriel is an amazing teacher. He works well based on where the student is. I have been requesting help with my current musical and broadway singing in general, and Gabriel has helped me feel much more confident. The lessons are more than worth it.

Posted Jan 24, 2019
Irina
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Wonderful teacher, helpful lessons, easy to follow technique.

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Natalie
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Gabriel is a wonderful instructor. He teaches techniques that will open up the full power of your voice to you, and gives very personalized instruction about where and how you can improve.

Posted Dec 30, 2018
Terry
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I am glad I found Gabriel. I feel like every session I learn something new and I am learning techniques that will be helpful in everything I do. Gabriel is a patient and kind teacher and makes sure I am learning before moving on to the next lesson.

Posted Dec 6, 2018
Tate D.
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Helps a lot. Takes time with his students and can find where they need improvement.

Posted Nov 29, 2018
Lynn
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I sought Gabriels assistance in preparing me for an upcoming vocal Audition and to help me work out the kinks of whatever bad habits i may have deveoped over the summer. He himself has an amazing voice and charming personality. It helps to have an instructor that has been through auditions to give you pointers. He has an amazing ear as well, so he catches things—like if you tighten up on a note—and is quick to correct you. Each class i have walked away learning something new, and having something previously learned reinforced. He is well worth the time and money. Very professional.

Posted Nov 7, 2018
Mikayla
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I've learned so much from Gabriel. As we approach ten lessons together, I have learned many tools and techniques from him that have made me more confident in analyzing comedic and dramatic scripts to present them in realistic and in-depth ways!

Posted Oct 29, 2018
Yelena
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Gabriel helped me correct a few souds right away. His method is easy to understand. I have enjoyed my lessons and found them very helpful. Would highly recommend.

Posted Oct 26, 2018
Ralitsa
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I have a strong Eastern European accent and sought Gabriel’s help to reduce it. He is an amazing teacher - explains well and he is really very patient and persistent with you. He tries to make the lessons funny and easy. Accent reduction takes time but with Gabriel’s method I started realizing the mistakes I make when pronouncing words just after a few lessons.

Posted Oct 26, 2018
Sergey
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So far, I've had just one lesson with Gabriel, and my first impression is very positive. He has come up with a very specific and actionable method for making the student really understand the sounds (s)he should be aiming for. I am quite optimistic about this approach and feel it may be a good solution for me.

On the personal level, Garbriel is very personable and extremely pleasant ot work with,

Posted Oct 22, 2018
Nick
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After struggling to get rid of my accent for years, I finally decided that this isn't something I could do on my own and should work on it with an instructor. I am glad that I found Gabriel. His lesson plan is very methodical so you know exactly which areas you need to work on. Gabriel is very attentive and strives for perfection in his lessons which makes him an excellent teacher.

Posted Jul 26, 2018
Rebecca
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Gabriel is great with kids and his depth of knowledge and humor is top notch!

Posted May 11, 2018
Eunice Y.
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Gabriel is nice, patient and professional. He found out the level of my daughter first and taught her the appropriate singing techniques based her needs. My daughter enjoyed the lesson.

Posted May 9, 2018
David
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His approach is very different from speech therapist.

Posted Apr 3, 2018
Jacob J.
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Gabriel has been a pleasure to work with. He is on time, on the subject, and his system is simple yet very effective. Highly recommended!

Posted Feb 26, 2018
Fernando S.
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Fantastic instructor!

Posted Jan 24, 2018
Stephanie Contreras
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My skill improved every session! Gabriel is great because he focuses on really building a foundation for your voice! I highly recommend him!

Posted Jan 22, 2018
David D.
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I just completed my first lesson with Gabriel. I have taken lessons with other instructors but things became redundant. Gabriel gave me an incredible amount of new insights. He appears to have a very good system, even for people who have had prior lesson experiences. I am very excited to practice the new exercises he introduced to me. He is a great instructor. I am excited about practicing all that he has taught me already!

Posted Jan 18, 2018
Viviana R.
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Gabriel's technique of teaching is great! After each session, i feel I am improving my English speaking.

Viviana

Posted Sep 3, 2017
Amir
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Gabriel has developed an effective accent reduction method. In addition, he creates a friendly and comfortable atmosphere for his students. Gabriel's skill is one of a kind.

Posted Aug 26, 2017
Olivia
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Gabriel is an incredible accent teacher. He has his own technique and all I can say is that it REALLY works. I tried other accent coachs before him and always felt some part of the work wasn't fully done. I felt like they were only showing me what I should be doing. That is not the case with Gabriel. He is detail oriented he has a superman ear, he is very good at explaining what is the mistake you are making and how you can correct it, giving precise exercises and techniques to fix it. I have people asking me if I moved to the States when I was 5 when in reality I moved here less than a year ago :) Can't beat that! A part from his professionalism, he is kind, funny, flexible. I totally recommend him!

Posted Jul 15, 2017
Juan
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I have searched high and low for the best Voice Coach in Los Angeles...and I found him! Gabriel's teachings are so easy to understand. He is patient, carrying and really wants you to succeed.

Posted Jul 2, 2017
Lesya Pishchevskaya
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I've been working with Gabriel on reducing my accent, and my progress over the past month has been terrific! Gabriel's unique methodology is straightforward and effective. He's also very encouraging, patient, and upbeat. Thanks to Gabriel, I was able to understand (and *hear*) the mistakes I've been making for many years (I've been in the US for over 10 years) and to finally get to fixing them. My friends and colleagues have been asking fewer "What did you say?" questions and as I went to networking functions, I was not asked where I was from, which was a sign to me that people did not hear my Eastern European accent. I'll continue working with Gabriel until I sound like those broadcast TV reporters :-), and I am sure that under his guidance I'll be able to do that. Thanks, Gabriel, you are awesome!

Posted Apr 30, 2017
Patricia
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Super awesome!

Posted Apr 29, 2017
Tracy
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Just landed my first singing gig! Thank you Gabriel!

Posted Feb 11, 2017
Lisa
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Gabriel is simply the best there is! :)

Posted Feb 9, 2017
Mark
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I was referred to Gabrielle by my acting coach, due to my accent holding me back in my auditions. I have to say he is one of the best voice coaches in Los Angeles with out a doubt. Gabrielle makes it fun, and makes it accessible to all. Give this guy a call, and you won't be disappointed with the results. I Highly recommend this great teacher!

Posted Feb 7, 2017
Talia
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Gabriel is an amazing teacher. He teaches with a lot of professionalism and commitment. If you are looking for a very high qualified accent reduction class, Gabriel Burrafato is one of the best options you can have.

Posted Feb 7, 2017
Edyta
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Gabriel is a fantastic teacher. Being a singer and an actor he has the ability to help you hit the correct sounds using simple exercises that can be later practiced at home.

In few lessons that we had he helped me a lot. He is patient, encouraging and provides a comfortable environment during lessons. He is able to guide you and gives a strong foundation to learn the American Accent.

Highly recommend!

Posted Feb 7, 2017
Elor
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I'll start with that Gabriel is the best teacher I've ever had. He's kind, understanding, very patient and listen to your needs. He's technique is so easy and playful that you barley feel like you're actually studying.
I'm so grateful to have him in my life, he helps me a lot!!

Posted Feb 7, 2017
Ash
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I have taken accent reduction with a few teachers and Gabriel is by far the best accent reduction teacher I have had. His technique is very practical and based on principles of how singing is taught. It has been very effective for me. It also helps that he is a very friendly and nice person in addition to being an inspiring actor, singer and performer.

Posted Feb 7, 2017
Gary
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Gabriel was patient, kind and very knowledgeable. I have had problems with projecting and Gabriel helped me find my center and really made a difference. Highly recommended!

Posted Feb 6, 2017
Mike
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Gabriel was very professional and knowledgeable. With his coaching I was able to have confidence heading into my auditions. Thank you for everything!

Posted Jul 21, 2015
Patrick
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Gabriel took my voice to the next level. As a professional singer myself, I was looking to elevate my game and did I ever! With Gabriel's techique I was able to do things with my voice I'd never thought possible. I was hitting notes I never thought I could hit, and singing songs in a whole new, wonderful way. Not only will his vocal technique and teaching style improve your voice, but he's an actual working professional with great insight and knowledge of how the business works. Great stuff! I HIGHLY recommend Gabriel!

Posted Jul 18, 2015
Scott
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As a young singer graduating school, I actually learned more about power and control from Gabriel in one lesson than I had in any of my previous vocal training. We only had a few lessons together here and there over the span of about 6 months, but they changed my voice dramatically and his coachings very much stuck with me. I still refer back to some of the techniques he taught me for myself and any students I teach. Definitely the man to coach you!

Posted Jul 16, 2015
Sandy
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Finally! a teacher with the Credits to back him up!!! :)

Posted Jul 16, 2015
George
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Gabe is the real deal! Not only is he a detailed and thorough vocal technician, but his experience as a performer offered valuable insight for my performing. He's flexible and really goes the extra mile to make sure his students are understanding what he's working on with them. He realizes teaching vocal technique and coaching audition / performance is NOT a cookie-cutter approach. He understands different people absorb and retain instruction in different ways. I also really appreciated the detail in conveying emotion and character in songs. Gabriels Broadway and Las Vegas experience was helpful in a very practical way to my time working with him in terms of auditioning, and stage performance. I really appreciated his wisdom, guidance, and advice. Additionally, I found his relaxed and un-intimidating manner to be completely relaxing and helpful in opening up in lessons. I highly recommend this talented performer and instructor.

Posted Jul 16, 2015
Rebecca M.
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Wow, he really knows what he's talking about!!! I had no idea my voice had that much potential! This one is a keeper.

Posted Jul 15, 2015

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Experience

Lead Vocalist (VOCAL CAPTAIN)
Apr 2010 - Present

David Saxe Productions

Voice Teacher
Aug 1997 - Present

GB Studios

Camelot: Lancelot (BROADWAY NATIONAL TOUR)
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010

Columbia Artists Theatricals

Lord of the Rings: Legolas (World Premier)
Aug 2005 - Sep 2006

Mirvish Productions

Evita: Magaldi (BROADWAY NATIONAL TOUR)
Jul 2004 - Aug 2005

Sovereign Entertainment

Bombay Dreams: Wedding Qawwali Singer (BROADWAY)
Apr 2003 - Jun 2004

Really Useful Group

Lead Vocalist
Nov 2002 - Mar 2003

Disney Productions

VOCAL CAPTAIN
Oct 1997 - Nov 2002

Norwegian Cruise Line (Jean Ann Ryan Productions)

Vocal Captain for Jean Ann Ryan Production shows on Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Lead Vocalist
Apr 1997 - Oct 2002

Jean Ann Ryan Productions

Education

Apprentice Program (Actor/Singer)
Oct 2000 - Jun 2002

Shaw Festival of Canada

BA Fine Arts
Sep 1995 - Jun 1999

Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Voice
Apr 1990 - Sep 1995

Royal Conservatory of Music

Languages

Italian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Feb 2019

NATS

NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with nearly 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and more than 35 other countries.
Comunications
Oct 2003

Ryerson University

Bachelors of Commerce Degree Majoring in Communications

Awards

Southern Shorts Awards
Feb 2017

Best Actor (nom)

California Women's Film Festival Jury Award
Jan 2017

California Women's Film Festival

Broadway World Award
Feb 2014

BroadwayWorld.com

Broadway World Award
Feb 2013

BroadwayWorld.com

Affiliations

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Apr 2015
An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Feb 2009
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
Actors' Equity Association
Jan 2004
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.
Canadian Actor’s Equity Association
Mar 2001
Canadian Actors' Equity Association represents professional artists including performers (actors, singers, dancers), directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers, engaged in theatre, opera and dance in English Canada. Recognizing that the arts are vital to life and that artists make an invaluable contribution to our society, Equity supports the creative efforts of its members by seeking to improve their working conditions and opportunities.
ACTRA
Jul 1999
ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the union of more than 23,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada including TV, film, radio and digital media. We are actors, recording artists, comedians, announcers, stunt co-ordinators & performers, dancers, narrators, voice performers, hosts, choreographers, models, singers, background performers, puppeteers and more. ACTRA’s principal role is to negotiate, administer and enforce collective agreements to provide performers with equitable compensation as well as safe and reasonable working conditions. Performers who work ACTRA have access to a full range of health benefits provided by ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS). Created in 1975 by ACTRA members, AFBS was formed to provide insurance and retirement services at a time when benefits available through other insurance companies could not meet the distinctive needs of performers.

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