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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
M, Ongisa The Gigi Gumspoon Ubuntu Show! Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Gigi Gumspoon is a performance artist for young children. Her songs are catchy, upbeat, and progressive enough to appeal to grownups! Gigi promotes the African philosophy of “Ubuntu”, a sense of community and humanity. Her songs focus on social/emotional skills, such as sharing, listening to elders, and coping with disappointment. But she also sings about the alphabet, colors, and eating healthy foods. In her shows, Gigi fosters a love of literacy with the help of her puppet Dionte, Baba Anansi the spider, and her grumpy friend, King Meanie. She reads didactic tales from the magic griot book, and encourages the audience to have more “Ubuntu.” Fans of Gigi Gumspoon, called “Gumbabies”, will learn to not only love themselves, but each other. Once they hear and see The Gigi Gumspoon Show, kids of all ages are sure to become Gumbabies, too
$351- $500
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza, Japanese Festival Drums and dance Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza presents a unique and exciting program using Japanese Taiko drums (that weigh up to 200lb drums) and bamboo flutes. The program will take you on an unforgettable journey through Japan. It will take students to different areas and through the seasons of Japan. Students will be experiencing a new culture in a fun and exciting way, they will get a chance to see and at times touch the ancestral drums. The taiko drum has the power to touch everyone with its thunderous sounds and vibrations. Taikoza hopes to open the students’ eyes to the richness of the Japanese culture and spark an interest. We hope that this will spark an interest in other world cultures. Taiko has been associated with many aspects of Japanese culture since ancient times. It is said that Taiko was used to drive away the plague and evil spirits. In the Shinto religion, it was used to call upon and entertain the gods, or kami, and in Japanese Buddhism, its sound was the manifestation of the voice of the Buddha.
$501- $1000
Theurich, Jamie I Wanna Be Healthy! Health & Fitness- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
I Wanna Be Healthy! Is a high energy interactive music show that gets kids up on their feet to move and encourages a healthy lifestyle. Meet Zachary, a Muppet-style puppet who is 8 years old and loves to dance and Simon the Sloth a 6 year old Three Toed Sloth that dreams of running in a race!
$351- $500
Sieling, Tom Take a Tromp Through the Swamp! A top 10 lineup of the world's most fun, most participatory kids' songs Music,
Nature- Animals,
Science
After 20 years of programs, here are the 10 most fun, participatory (even a bit athletic!) kids' songs Tom’s been able to find - all in one program! In keeping with the “Libraries Rock!” theme, he includes lots of encouragement of the kids’ lifelong participation in music, reading, and library usage. He performed 52 programs during the Summer Reading season of 2017, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, and a drum machine to keep things nice and upbeat. He’s added beautiful slides and cool facts about area animals (visuals… like a real rock show!). Tom can usually be booked for $275 with no mileage fee ($250 each for within 125 miles or for 3 or more booked together) - please see below. Dozens of references available. ¬ ‘Tom is a wonderfully engaging performer... sure to raise even the most reticent out of their seat! We 'howled at the moon, sang a wild thing tune', and wanted more!’ - Nicole Carner, Former Library Director, Pember Library, Granville, NY. ‘Tom was amazing!! We all enjoyed his performance. I would love it if he could visit our school again next year. He ROCKS!’ Kristina Kiely, Principal, E. C. Stevens Elementary, Wallingford, CT
$201- $350
Kornrich, Mike Mike Kornrich Band Music
I have a nice band called the MIKE KORNRICH BAND that plays many standards like King Of The Road, Mack the Knife, All Of Me, Blue Suede Shoes, ...mostly swingin' jazzy blues and light rock, some country. Good for all ages. I've done many area fests and parties in Rochester like Penfield July 4th, Brighton July 4th, Irondequoit July 4th, Lilac fest,... Call or check my website www.mikekornrich.com. You can hear music on the site and get more info. Mike plays - Vocals/guitar/banjo/ukulele. Solo or with backup -Duo, Trio, or full band. Adult or Children's music Thanks, Mike Kornrich 585-288-6360. cell-734-1044
$501- $1000
Stock, Judy Reading, Rhythm & Rhyme Literature- Other,
Music,
Other
Judy Stock has been performing for children for over 25 years. She has experience performing for families and for all ages along with years of experience teaching and working with preschoolers. Judy combines her musical talents and love of reading in this program which encourages children to use their imagination and explore the world of books. Using poetry, tongue twisters, songs, short stories and instruments, Judy leads her audience through an exciting program where they are active participants in discovering the joy of reading. Judy performs using the banjo, guitar, pennywhistle, jaw harp, nose whistle, spoons and more! Judy writes and performs songs to go with the theme of each summer reading program. Please visit her web site for references and more information. www.judystock.com
$201- $350
Person, Eric The songs you know and love Music
For over thirty years, Eric Person has been committed to composing, recording and performing contemporary American music. He plays the alto and soprano saxophones and flute and is featured as a leader and sideman on more than 50 recordings. His broad range of experience performing and recording with the likes of Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, John Hicks, Houston Person, and Donald Byrd and many others have all contributed greatly to his personal alto and soprano sound and his skills as an arranger and composer. Russ Musto of the New York Jazz Record stated "Person is more then fine; he's a major talent of his generation." http://www.ericperson.com
$201- $350
Meissner, Lisa Wake Up Music,
Nature- Environment
Program of new songs with traditional routes highlighting care of the Adirondacks and our world. Some of the songs can be heard at http://rusticriders.net/music.html. Connection to books that have informed the music will demonstrated.
$201- $350
Grudko, Marian Lucinda Snowdrop Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Lucinda Snowdrop a musical tale for families and adults
 by composer and storyteller Marian Grudko Lucinda is only a toy bunny,
 yet it’s up to her to save Emmie’s grandma. Will Lucinda make the right choice? Will she do the right thing? Marian will perform this poignant story, accompanied 
by her enchanting music.
$201- $350
Rosenberg, Paul Homespun Family Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Homespun Community Dancing provides fun, engaging and educational library events that teach about life before electricity in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Homespun Family Dance takes the audience/participants back to a time when families made their own entertainment with homemade music and dance. Everyone gets involved – from ages 2 to 102 -- in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites and dances from around the world. All dances are taught, and danced to LIVE folk music that has been known to transform even the most adamant, grimacing youngsters declaring “I will never dance” into smiling dance-lovers asking: “When is the next dance?” “Homespun Family Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, recorder, and more. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/
$351- $500
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