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ELENA MOON PARK

Elena photo by Gala Narezo

Elena Moon Park is a musician, educator, and producer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a freelance violinist and multi-instrumentalist in NYC, specializing in contemporary classical and family music. She is also co-Artistic Director of the Brooklyn-based arts organization Found Sound Nation, which uses collaborative music creation to connect people across cultural divides. Originally from Oak Ridge, TN, Elena studied anthropology and ethnomusicology at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and completed her M.A. in Urban Policy from The New School in New York. Before moving to NYC, Elena served as a development consultant for grassroots social justice organizations on the south and west sides of Chicago. While pursuing an urban policy degree from The New School, she began performing and touring the world with the all-ages folk rock band Dan Zanes and Friends, singing and playing violin, trumpet, mandolin, jarana, spoons, and musical saw. In 2012, Found Sound Nation entered into a partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to launch OneBeat, an annual global music diplomacy program that brings together musicians from around the globe to the U.S. each fall for one month of creative collaboration, performance and engagement with communities. In 2012, Elena also released her debut all-ages album called Rabbit Days and Dumplings, featuring reimagined folk and children's music from East Asia. Elena continues to perform with all-ages musicians Dan Zanes and Sonia De Los Santos, and leads her own all-ages folk rock band, Elena Moon Park and Friends. www.rabbitdays.com

SONIA DE LOS SANTOS

Sonia Photo by Krysta Brayer

Sonia De Los Santos was born in Monterrey, Mexico, with a smile on her face (that’s what her mom always says) and she can easily find the things in the world that bring her joy.In 2015, she released her first solo family music album titled Mi Viaje: De Nuevo Leónto the New York Island (Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award Winner), a collection of songs that reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country,learning about other cultures and, in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage.Her original songs, as well as her adaptations of American folk classics like “This Land IsYour Land” (“Esta es tu Tierra”) and “If I Had a Hammer” (“El Martillo”) have earned her recognition as a new soulful voice in the family music landscape. She has been hailed byBillboard as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” and “Best LatinKids Music” and tours regularly across the United States, performing with her band in renowned venues and festivals such as: Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Smithsonian Folklife Festival,Symphony Space, The Getty Museum, Austin City Limits, Central Park SummerStageKids and many more. Sonia is currently promoting the release of her second family album, ¡Alegría!, and celebrating the debut of her new live show Fiesta con Sonia De Los Santos atThe New Victory Theater in New York City. www.soniadelossantosmusic.com.

FATHER GOOSE

Father Goose Photo by Jaznina Santiago

Father Goose performed on all of the Dan Zanes and Friends CDs, including the Grammy award winning album Catch That Train. Known as “The King of the Dance Party,” he has created his own spin-off of shows titled “Father Goose and The Goose Trotters Band.” It’s based on a journey of his musical life, with music, games and stories from his childhood, combined with homemade and some familiar Caribbean music that creates the perfect blend for a dance party.

The songs used in the shows will be a mix of Father Goose favorites from the Dan Zanes and Friends albums over the years combined with new favorites from Father Goose’s solo albums, Color with Father Goose, It’s a Bam Bam Diddly, Bashment Time, and as well as the recently released favorite King of the Dance Party. www.goosehut.com

The show will also have occasional guest appearances from other performers from his albums and similar backgrounds. The Father Goose Experience will get the parents and kids involved with sing-along, lots of dancing and trains. It’s music for all ages, because long after the party has ended and the kids have gone to bed, the parents will still be enjoying the music. That’s why it’s a “Bashment Time”, a never-ending party. Fathergoose.net

PAULINE JEAN

Pauline Jean photo by Brooklyn McTavish

Haitian-American performing artist Pauline Jean is a captivating songstress whose distinctive voice and rousing melodies have caught the attention of audiences both young and old. Pauline brings a refreshing sound to today's music; creating an erudite blend of worldly jazz that draws from her Creole roots and integrates modern and traditional inflections. She has received considerable press globally from leading media publications such as DownBeat, Jazzwise, All About Jazz, World Music Report, Jazz Times, and many more.

​Pauline has performed at the Pori Jazz Festival, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, Martinique Jazz Festival, Annecy Classical Festival, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center-Shanghai, and many other prominent jazz venues and festivals around the world. She has presented concerts throughout the United States, Russia, Israel, China, Europe and the Caribbean with her band.

 ​She has also collaborated with esteemed literary artist, Edwidge Danticat, and distinguished performers Denis Matsuev, Emeline Michel, Godwin Louis, and Wyclef Jean, among others. Her latest CD, NWAYO, was praised as "an amalgam of pure jazz vocalization steeped in Caribbean rhythm and soul" by AllAboutJazz.com and "extraordinary musicianship" by the World Music Report. Pauline is featured on Grammy-winning artist Dan Zanes' tribute album to blues icon Lead Belly on Smithsonian Folkways.

Pauline shares her perspectives on music and life as a musician through teaching private students and workshops for singers on all levels in the US and abroad.  She travels to Haiti annually with a group of musicians, as part of the Experience Ayiti mission, to provide aid, master classes, free concerts, and instrument distribution throughout different regions of the island. Jean is a graduate from Berklee College of Music and a cultural, musical ambassador worldwide. www.paulinejean.com

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