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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Lawrence, Arwen The Tree and the Donkey Who Loved to Sing Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Mexican Music, Dance and Storytelling For 14 years the music ensemble Cascada de Flores has served as ambassadors of Mexican and Caribbean music and dance. Their family programming uses traditional music, storytelling and dance to weave together cultural lessons into bilingual and highly participatory programs. They reach over 75,000 youth in schools, libraries, and cultural centers throughout the West, and are featured in Californian venues such as Montalvo Arts Center and the Lobero Theater. El Árbol explores Mexican folk music, exploding with rhyme, fun musical instruments and sweet characters. In a bilingual weave that entices participation, the duet tells the story of a lonely tree and a donkey who loves to sing. Their communication is the percussive dance of the tree and the rhythms of the donkey jaw bone. Their music attracts the birds, the animals and one human: abuelito. The life cycle turns and with the donkey’s jaw bone and the wood of the tree abuelito makes musical instruments; the dance of his townsfolk becomes the heartbeat of the tree. Children and their families are invited to sing, dance and play. Program loved by ages. Duet or Trío (larger venues) “Now I’m glad I’m Mexican.” -Elementary Student, Richmond, CA
$501- $1000
Sprout, Jonathan American Heroes Five Concert History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Jonathan's NEWEST Concert includes songs from his American Heroes 4 CD, winner of eight national awards: * Spring 2014 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award * 2014 KIDS FIRST! All-star Award * 2014 Tillywig Brainchild Award * 2014 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award * 2014 The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval * 2014 Dove Foundation Family Friendly Seal * 2014 Mom's Choice Honoring Excellence Gold Award Recipient * 2014 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award The featured heroes in this concert are: Albert Einstein, Juliette Gordon Low, William Penn, Samantha Smith, Theodore Roosevelt, and Dr. Seuss.
$501- $1000
Connolly, Carol World Passport: A Musical Journey Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Hola! Bonjour! Konnichiwa! Grab your boarding passes and travel around the world with the award-winning musical storytelling duo, Tales ‘n Tunes. This sing-along, clap-along, highly interactive program will take us to many countries. Through folk tales and multicultural songs from around the globe, young readers will explore our cultural diversity while celebrating the common bonds we share with our neighbors throughout the world. It’s an exciting, lively and fun musical story event that encourages kids and their families to participate both from their seats and on stage. Before we say “Adios!” “Au Revoir!” and “Ciao!” they’ll want to learn more, at the library, about this world of ours. Fasten your seat belts!
$201- $350
Connolly, Carol Tales 'n Tunes Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Award-winning children's recording artists, Carol Connolly and Don Darmer bring tales and tunes from around the world to audiences of all ages. Their songs and stories engage children and have them singing and clapping along. Adult listeners are enchanted by their musical stories. Together, they bring folk and fairy tales to life for their audiences. Their CD, Travelin' Down the Road, is a NAPPA Honors Award winner and an honored recipient of an iParenting Media Award. They released their second CD, Bunches of Beasts, in late 2006. It has received rave reviews in Booklist and School Library Journal. Selected Programs: World Passport: A Musical Journey Around the World, Harvest Hijinks, Wild! About Reading, Story Safari, Spooktacular Songs and Stories, New York State Stories and Songs, Anchors Aweigh, Holiday Celebrations from Around the World. Tales ‘n Tunes will also design a program to suit your needs.
$201- $350
Pelham, Ruth Community Night or Family Night concerts and events Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Other
**Reduced fees available for multiple programs in one day or block booking with multiple libraries for the same day.** Spending a festive evening singing songs, building and playing musical instruments from recycled materials, and sharing a fun and engaging time with friends and neighbors is a sure way to raise interest in the library and strengthen community bonds. At the center of a Community Night (or Family Night) event is Ruth Pelham’s unique blend of exuberance, warmth, and wit that generates an atmosphere of friendship and belonging within a social and educational context. When mixed with her upbeat and empowering songs, what results is a circle of community in which everyone is valued and welcome, and all participants are involved in age appropriate ways. A Community or Family Night Concert or Event can involve particular ages or be open to the whole community and can be geared to a particular theme or occasion. These engaging programs are available during all seasons and could be moved outdoors if weather allows or take place inside in the warm and cozy environment of the library.
$501- $1000
Del Bianco, Lou Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A graceful balance of humor and heart- LA TIMES “Around the World” is an exciting 45 minute multicultural program that combines storytelling, theater, and music. Lou invites children onstage to help him act out stories that reflect the African, South and North American, Asian and European cultures. Each story contains a valuable lesson that can teach us all something about ourselves. Children will discover that we all have a song to sing or a story to tell no matter where we come from …Around the World!
$201- $350
Leon, Alice Songwriting and Music Video Workshops Music,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Other
Songwriting and Music Video Workshops for ALL AGES! Enjoy a new outlet for creative expression. In these workshops led by award winning Songwriter and Teaching Artist Alice Leon, you will learn how to create, lyrics, melodies and rhythms. We will create and record a new song collaboratively and each participant will get a copy of their new song. All styles are discussed. In multiple classes, we create music videos with our completed songs and learn how to storyboard and use green screens to create exciting videos. Alice Leon is an award winning songwriter with credits including Sony Records, Crayola Corp., TV shows, films and more. She has written over 60 songs for the Songs of Love Foundation (for critically sick children), released 4 nationally acclaimed CD’s with the indie group “The Alice Project”. She has run many successful workshops throughout Rockland County NY and is now expanding her workshops throughout the tri-state area.
$101- $200
Van Egmond, Timothy Shivers N' Shudders for Halloween Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Spell-binding tales and songs of the supernatural ranging from the spine-tingling to the rib-tickling, from various cultures and countries around the world. These are accompanied with spirit flute, guitar, conga drum, and a skeleton limberjack (a wooden puppet that taps out a rhythm dancing on a paddleboard). Perfect for Halloween! Different versions can be tailored for different age groups. Tim is a triple treat! He can sing, play a variety of instruments,and tell whopping good tales! – Jane Yolen, renowned Author & Storyteller
$351- $500
Bertles, John Bash the Trash Music,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Bash the Trash is all about science, music and the environment - for over 20 years we’ve been building, performing and educating using instruments made from recycled and reused materials. Our scientist/musicians have invented an entire orchestra of strange instruments, and teach about sustainability and the 3 R’s (Reduce Reuse Recycle). Science can transform even the strangest resources into cool stuff! This program is flexible and can be done in a solo, duo or trio size depending on your projected audience size and budget. We can present for very young audiences (3-6 yrs), school age audiences or family audiences. Optional hands-on instrument-building and parade/jam session available. Excellent connections to summer reading, environmental programs, music and science book programs, as well as occasions such as Earth Day, National Recycling Day, Arbor Day, World Water Day, etc.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - RETUMBA! Journey to the Caribbean Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The all-women Afro-Carribean troupe, made up of singers, dancers and instrumentalists, presents a high-energy uplifting performance that is sure to leave your audience breathless! Interweaving traditional rhythms, beautiful ancient melodies, and a whole lot of fun, Retumba! emphasizes the particular strengths and sensitivities of diverse women working together in celebration, demonstrating the similarities and links of our shared cultures. An unforgettable performance for all ages.
$1001- $3000
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