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Bernard, Clifford Lil' Cliff & the Cliffhangers History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
International Blues Challenge Finalists Lil’ Cliff & the Cliffhangers are an innovative blues harmonica driven quartet who consistently incorporate a unique sense of energy and life into their sound. The band has over a twenty year history of bringing swinging jump blues and 50's style R & B to New York audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Their newly released CD: The Lovid Kind...has been prominently featured on national and college radio as well as being regularly featured on Sirius/XM Satellite radio. Lil' Cliff and The Cliffhangers have a universal appeal to audiences of various age groups and are well known for their feel-god, upbeat shows. They have extensive experience performing in libraries, community events, fund raisers, and seasonal town concerts. The band maintains a rigorous touring schedule, and is a staple and favorite performing act throughout the New York/New Jersey area. The band has backed national touring blues artists such as: Mitch Woods, Sam Taylor, Little Buster, Ronnie Earl, Bill Perry, Bobby Radcliff, Danny Russo, and Gatemouth Brown to name a few. Check out their website at: www.lilcliff.com or for more info email: mail@lilcliff.com or call 516-639-2339.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing: 'THE ANT & THE GRASSHOPPER, AESOP'S FABLED FIDDLER' Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's musical storytelling performance is a Greek classic concerning the value of Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing! We all understand how our lives' pressing labors hang in a balance with the wonders of artistry and expression, through colors and sounds and dances. In our telling, we are confident that all will appreciate the carefully drawn moral concerning the value of both work & play. As we weave the tale through Ant and Grasshopper’s year in four episodes, each scene begins with the appropriate movement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' evocatively performed by the artists on harp, nyckelharpa, tromba marina, and winds. The action and mystique of the tale are further highlighted by the audiences’ contributions on medieval fiddles (researched and built by the artists themselves), percussion, and dancing. At the end of our maiden performance of this show, a young fellow excitedly asked: 'Where will we all be performing this next?' Exploratory Expressions by audience+artists, before the performance: -The Grasshopper's Fiddling Troupe - The Ant's Percussion Troupe - The Butterfly Dancers And now, Dear Audience, Places!! Let the story begin as together we play and sing the 15th c. song of 'El Grillo' the Cricket!
$351- $500
Wright, Gary Singing BOOKS! A Musical Magic Carpet Ride Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
This program artfully weaves literature, reading, & the arts into a colorful, informative tapestry. Our audience was mesmerized. -Karen Vandervoorst Travel with our magic carpet (Shel Silverstein poem) & company of 3 to baseball fields, country settings, & caribbean ports-of-call. Audiences sing-a-long & move-a-long to familar classic & future classic childrens songs. Top of the line live music, stunning projected imagery and fun colorful costume headwear further enhance our presentation of music & literature. Featured are songs from chapter book movies Charlie & the Chocolate Factory & The Wizard of Oz, & top picture books: Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Playing Right Field, Down on Grandpas Farm/Mi Rancho, Inch by Inch (the Garden Song), This Land is Your Land, Down By the Bay, Don't Worry Be Happy, & more. Like being at a Broadway Show! Bookmaking workshops can also be combined with performances...5 of the titles we present can be made into mini-books with xeroxing, cutting & assembling from a single double sided piece of paper.
$1001- $3000
Collins, Dawn World Music - Six Regions Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
An overview of traditional music styles from different parts of the world, display of world instruments, listening to music samples, and singing songs from different regions, as well as an opportunity to play rhythm instruments. Regions include: Africa, Latin America, The Orient and Mid-East, Europe and The British Isles, Australia/New Zealand, North America/Native America. This is appropriate for a series of 5-6 sessions, each 1 to 2 hours in length in order to do justice to each region; however, may be shortened for highlights or focus on a particular region, such as, Celtic Contributions to World Music. The program may be adapted for younger children and families, school children (elementary to middle school), or adults. Songs are taught through phonetic pronunciation in relevant languages of the area.
$101- $200
Morse, Andy ONE WORLD... MANY SONGS... Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Put the zing in sing this summer! For your special theme this year, I offer you my One World.... Many Songs music program. The children and I will explore songs and languages from around the world through singing, dancing, play-acting and story-telling. With insights and humor arising from the interaction and inventiveness of the kids, I use gentle lessons about understanding and caring for our world and each other. 16 years experience as a full time musician/educator.
$201- $350
Collins, Dawn O Let's Make Music (Story, Song, Rhythm) Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Other
Using a current library story theme, season or place, this is a family friendly time. Mom! Dad! Grandparents too! Listen to some lively, easy to learn, child-friendly songs paired with some seasonal stories. Dawn will bring along her rhythm band bag of instruments for use during this fun time. There are songs with movements and songs with puppets so don’t be shy – we could get a little silly! It’s a fun time for all, and especially appropriate for the very young. Previous themes include songs of the river & water, world music, nature and animals.
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane Everyday Heroes~ For Summer Reading 2015! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Celebrate the hero in every child with these fun-loving tales and songs. Through these interactive and entertaining pieces we learn about all the important ways young people make a difference in our world. What does it take to be a hero? Good qualities that everyone can embody. Small acts of kindness DO COUNT! Start and end your day as an EVERYDAY HERO inspired by this charming summer reading entertainment. Recommended for ages 4 and up. This program was created to complement the theme of Summer Reading 2015: Every Hero has a Story! Diane's Summer Reading Programs have been gaining in popularity all over the Northeast-she has been invited to perform at over 240 libraries in Massachusetts.
$351- $500
Grudko, Marian Antigone Music
Antigone by composer Marian Grudko “Antigone” is an electronic music composition created entirely using analog tape and analog sound generators, including a Steinway piano.  No computers were used in the process.  It is in a style loosely called organized sound, using some of the tape manipulating techniques originating in 1948, in the electronic music known as “musique concrète.” The composition is an emotionally charged, electronic representation of Sophocles’ play “Antigone,” part of the Oedipus trilogy. There is a brief, powerful part towards the end of the music which some fans refer to as the “Jimi Hendrix” section, to the delight of composer Marian Grudko who confirms that it is indeed an “homage.” “Antigone” is performed through a state-of-the-art sound system, and is offered in two formats: 1) an audio performance only, or 2) audio plus visual, using a screen and computer program that creates a colorful visual representation of the sounds generated by the composition. This program is recommended for adults and older children. A short synopsis of Sophocles’ “Antigone” will be presented by the composer before the music performance.
$201- $350
Lester, Mary Ireland & Scotland - Verse & Music Literature- Poetry,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Songs, melodies, and poems from old and recent Ireland and Scotland open a view of our Celtic heritage. Mary Lester, Josh Gregg, and Jon Griffin perform on Irish harp, fiddle, and guitar.
$101- $200
Del Bianco, Lou Make a Good Choice! Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Few performers excel as both musician and storyteller, but Lou Del Bianco is one who does.- PARENTS CHOICE Through original songs, stories and audience interaction, this Parents Choice Award winner takes his audience on an exciting journey back through his childhood sharing the daily joys, dreams and blunders that today’s kids can relate to, laugh at, and understand. Children will get the chance to decide what kinds of choices they would make if they were in Lou’s shoes and how those choices reflect on their own lives. The entire assembly is strung together with a cool rap tune that tells students to “Make a Good Choice!”… and what's more, this unique program can touch upon any Character Ed themes that your school or community want to stress and will work them in to the program!
$201- $350
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