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Manfred Eicher (born 1943 in Germany) is a German record producer, and the founder of the ECM record label and its subsidiaries.
Manfred Eicher studied music at the Academy of Music in Berlin. Eicher was both a fan of Jazz music and Bass guitar player. In 1969 he founded a new record label in Munich called ECM - Edition of Contemporary Music. Some of the famous artists he has recorded over the last 30 years are: Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, Anouar Brahem , Dave Holland, Pat Metheny, Ralph Towner, Terje Rypdal, Steve Kuhn, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

A notable record ECM released in its early years was The Köln Concert, a solo piano performance by Keith Jarrett. Nearly as well known is the early Pat Metheny recording: American Garage.
In 1984 Eicher started up a new division of ECM called ECM New Series for written music (or European classical music), not jazz. Some of the artists whose work was released on the New Series were Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, John Adams, Meredith Monk, and the composer from the Middle Ages Pérotin. Perhaps the most remarkable record was the best-seller Officium (1993), a collaboration between Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble, performing some compositions by Cristóbal de Morales, Perotin and others.
In 1992 Manfred Eicher co-directed and co-wrote the film Holozän (Man in the Holocene). In 2002 he wrote the film score for the film Kedma.
Eicher has produced most of the records released on his label. On average, each jazz record takes just two days to record and one day to mix. Most of the records have been recorded with Jan Erik Kongshaug (of Talent Studios and later Rainbow Studios) as sound engineer.

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