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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Durst, James JAMES DURST: 'Hue Manatee's Quest' Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Singer-songwriter James Durst presents a 1-man musical adventure, rich in humor, song & story to dramatize themes of environmental sustainability, unity in diversity, friendship & peace. The central characters Hue (as in 'color' or 'cry of alarm') Manatee and Flickati Cricket seek the wisdom of renowned change agent Leon Chameleon, only to be invited along on a journey to his ancestral homeland, the Galápagos. Along the way, they overcome numerous perils while meeting and sharing songs with Shining Eagle (Northern Hemisphere shaman of the Imáji Nation), a trio of dolphins, a whale threatened by a whaling ship, Ella Condor (Southern Hemisphere medicine woman of the Todos tribe), and a popular street-corner quintet known as Acapellago. Cameo appearances are made by Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood & Goldilocks to populate Leon's parable explaining how our protagonists differ from the 'two-legged ones' in a 5-part tour de farce, 'Lost in the Kuda Shuda Woods.' Ideally suited for families with older children, as the humor employs wordplay and the music is sophisticated yet accessible. Imagine 'The Lion King' meets 'Candide.'
$501- $1000
Collins, Dawn Native American Flute - Introductory History & Playing Multicultural- Native American,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
An introduction to the history of the Native American flute, a hands-on lesson that incorporates how to hold the flute, breath control, one breath soloing, jamming with others, a basic scale for flute, jamming with other instruments, and a handout of resources for further learning. With the minimum of 10 participants, an add-on to the workshop may be an option to build your own flute at an additional program cost of $50 per participant for the flute.
$201- $350
Lin, Caryn Bach 2 Rock Music
Bach 2 Rock "A one-woman musical extravaganza," Caryn Lin is in a class all her own. With a 5-string electric violin, sound effects, looping and a lot of help from the audience and her multi-talented sound engineer (who also plays electric guitar and electronic drums), Caryn transforms solo sound into a mind-boggling musical experience. This 3-dimensional sound magic is performed right before your eyes and ears. Part rock concert, part self-esteem builder, and part interactive music education, Caryn spins stories and music together to make the program as powerful as it is entertaining! The Bach 2 Rock program is now approaching its 5th full year in performance!
$501- $1000
Smith-Carrigan, Michelle The Firebird Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Inspired by the Russian folktale and popular ballet of The Firebird, watch as even the impossible is possible, as the mythical firebird comes to life and Ivan and Princess Yelena team up to break the enchantment placed over their kingdom. This 55 minute magical puppet fantasy features beautifully handcrafted marionettes, lavish costumes, vivid sets, and a large body puppet; masterly accompanied by Stravinsky's musical score from the ballet of The Firebird. Explore Character Ed. themes such as: cooperation, friendship, courage, self - esteem and responsibility, in our newest puppet production.
$501- $1000
Marshall, Barry Catch the World by the Tale Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Internationally renowned, award-winning tandem storytellers Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall present world folktales in unique retellings incorporating ethnic musical instruments, music, song, and dance. Styles of performed stories can include traditional prose retellings, balladry, rap, spoonerism, and many other original takes on traditional tales.
$351- $500
Booking, Unbound Marc Black - American Children Music,
Other
I’ve developed a program that’s perfect for kids and grownups alike. I began developing it when my kids were very young. I had the idea to create a CD that featured lots of the great musicians singing songs their parents had sung to them, or that they sang to their kids. And, some cases, wrote for their kids. The resulting CD, American Children, was honored as the ‘American Library Association’s Best Children’s CD of the year.’ The CD featured performances by Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, John Sebastian, Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach), Maria Muldaur and many more. The stuff I write about in this genre ranges from a tune about Ziggy, my wacky wire haired fox terrier, to my love of coffee and baseball, and the importance of picking up litter. I also mix in songs from my childhood (in the sixties) for a program the family can all enjoy. In addition, I’m also available for expressive songwriting classes with kids of all ages. I love doing this!
$351- $500
Loshak, Rachel Gustafer Yellowgold's Arts Enrichment Program Music,
Other,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Songwriting And Cartooning/Illustration by Morgan Taylor, creator of Gustafer Yellowgold The Songwriting workshop is a journey into the art of song. Students learn about popular song form, study lyric writing including melody, rhythm, cadence and rhyme while writing their first songs in a workshop setting. All students are encouraged to participate and contribute to the process as Morgan leads the group in a fun and creative experience. Songs are recorded during the session. In the Cartooning/Illustrating workshop Morgan guides students through “step-by-step character building” tasks/projects, focused around his own work on Gustafer Yellowgold. Workshops range from basic “How to draw Gustafer” to more in-depth explorations of sequential panel art, plot basics and character creation and development. Topics include anatomy, character study and development. The focus of each workshop is customized for different age groups and needs. The songs and illustrations that are created during the workshops can be presented in an impressive slideshow in conjunction with a performance of Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show to the school and families.
$201- $350
Torgan, Keith My Story, My Song: a workshop in creativity through songwriting Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Everybody loves songs but most people have never made one up themselves. Songwriting can be as natural as breathing … or humming – and since we all have plenty to say or should I say sing about this is a no-brainer! In this workshop we learn about the basics of song form and improvising melodies but more importantly we discover all kinds of exciting ways to access our creative impulses and turn them into song! Free-writing exercises, group collaborations, guided meditations and sensory exercises are all part of this inspiring and delightful workshop. Why is it called “My Story My Song?” – well – because it’s the stories – the ones that are central to our everyday existence that fuel the creative process and serve as the centerpiece to this inspiring experience in personal creativity.
$351- $500
Keezing, Jonathan Four Season Bear Music,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The delightful tale of the year of a your bear with memorable songs, beautiful puppets, storytelling and movement. Libraries are given a cd for your collection to build excitement for the show.
$351- $500
Tincknell, Roger This Land Is Your Land History,
Multicultural- Native American,
Music
This Land is Your Land is a multi-cultural, multilingual folk music program that journeys from New England to New Orleans, Puerto Rico to Hawaii celebrating the cultural diversity of the United States. The program includes traditional songs, legends and dances performed on a variety of instruments including: Guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, Puerto Rican cuatro, Russian balalaika, Appalachian dulcimer, Irish bouzouki, Native American flute, Latin percussion, and harmonica. The program includes music and dances from Native and African Americans, Indo-European immigrants as well as recent Asian and Latin American immigrants. This Land is Your Land can be tailored to include specific cultures, regions, or historical periods and is adaptable to all ages.
$201- $350
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