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Stay, Christine Songs Inspired By Books Music
Modern folk duo Friction Farm will perform songs and describe how each book inspired a song. The songs are, for the most part, not about the books. The books provided a catalyst for creative thought, sometimes a very direct path to a song and sometimes a very circuitous route connecting stories, real-life events, and imagination. Program can be amplified or completely acoustic. Typically about an hour, the program can be modified in length from 45-90 minutes and can include audience discussion if desired. We will try to work within any library budget and we travel with a small sound system. Music and video available at
$201- $350
Handy, Spook Passing Along the Folk Music Tradition History,
Performing Arts- Other
For generations children grew up singing with the whole family, at large gatherings, at school or in their churches. Before the advent of radio, TV and the internet this was the primary form of entertainment. Today, however, many people are worried that this centuries-old tradition is being deleted from the hard drive of the modern human experience. Along with that, society is losing one of the most powerful tools for building strong families and strong communities. This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. Singing old favorites like This Land is Your Land, If I had a Hammer, I’ve been Working on the Railroad, She'll be coming Around the Mountain and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Ellison, Emily STOMP the MUSIC! Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
STOMP! THE MUSIC ($450.00 per program) All materials included, 2 Hour program, kids take home instruments. Ages 8 - 12 with/without caregivers. Based on the long running Off Broadway STOMP phenom, Children will build a percussion ensemble from found and used everyday objects compose and perform original pieces. Participants will study percussion from around the world gather, design, adapt and build various original percussion instruments to create rhythms and compose orchestrations involving the use of percussion instruments. They will explore the following elements of music and dance: rhythm, beat, melody, harmony, timbre, genre, feeling, choreography, form, function, space, dynamics, tempo, improvisation and learn traditional orchestral practices, notation, and jargon.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Queen Nur's KWANZAA Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Celebrate the African holiday of family, community and culture with Queen Nur and her percussionist partner. A dynamic program of traditional African stories and songs.
$1001- $3000
Killion, Paul Senior Moments Music
One singer and his guitar, bringing countless Musical Memories, one song at a time! 'Senior Moments' is a performance of favorite standards from the 20s through the 40s. These classics are sung by Paul (the Acoustic Warrior) and accompanied by his acoustic guitar. From 'Bye Bye Blackbird' to 'Sunny Side of the Street', the program is as up-beat as it is memorable. It's a rare audience that does not sing or hum along with Paul during his performance. For over a decade, Paul has brought this program to hundreds of very appreciative audiences with the most common responses being 'Wonderful job!' and 'When are you coming back?'
Up to $100
Lienhard, Marco Japanese dance program with live Music Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
Discover the world of traditional dances accompanied by Japanese bamboo flutes and taiko drums. A program that brings you an international artists that tours the world and brings his craft to different parts of the world. The different dance and bamboo flutes will be explained and demonstrated and also a small hands on corner will be happening at the end of the program. learning to dance a simple Japanese Bon dance Live performances will be on the Taiko, Shakuhachi, the Nohkan and the Shinobue
$501- $1000
Laster, Gwen Creative Strings Workshop/Performance Music
NEWS The Creative Strings Workshop Developed by Gwen Laster, this workshop method brings together traditionally trained string players in nurturing Composition and Improvisation skills. Jazz and Global music repertoire are also used to emphasize individuality of sound, music theory and ear training. All students record their own CDs of the music they've composed, arranged and/or studied as an end session activity. The workshop concludes with a live performance of individual and ensemble music composed and rehearsed during workshop
$501- $1000
Lipscomb, Rhonda Ella & Frank: A Tribute History,
Multicultural- Other,
Extraordinary solo vocalists Rhonda Denét and Steve Kazlauskas team up for a show that brings audiences back to when these two legends in American music, Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra, brought audiences to their feet. This showcase features the music of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, George & Ira Gershwin and several other composers included in the Great American Songbook. Rhonda and Steve not only sing songs that were signature tunes for each artist, but also recreate the duets that were only performed for television specials and live stage shows.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Up in Arms' MONSTER INTELLIGENCE Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Melvin the monster is another year older but still not old enough for his license to scream. His birthday wish changes that and the Division for Monster Screams grants his wish on the condition of passing his test. Learning this new information can be difficult for Melvin and he sets off on a quest to learn with his friend Red the Rat by his side. Populated by a cast of friendly, colorful monster characters and original songs from a Green Day-style rocker, to classical, jazz, pop, and Broadway standards, makes this a journey never to forget.
$1001- $3000
Ruch, Dave One World, Many Stories Multicultural- Other,
Created for the 2011 NYS Library Summer Reading Program! With guitar, Indian tabla drum, European octave mandolin, traditional Native American cowhorn rattles and more, Dave Ruch leads the audience on a fun-filled musical journey across the world. Children become active participants in the program as they sing along (in English, Nigerian, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Iroquois!), answer questions, play musical games and act out songs. Some audience members will even be invited on stage to play the Iroquois rattles, and (for groups of 100 or less) all will have a chance to touch and play one of the instruments after the concert. Topics covered include the unique ways in which people around the world live (past and present), and perhaps most importantly, the many similarities that we all share. Dave also talks about his own eye-opening trip to India in 1992. 45 minutes long, adaptable for all ages Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
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