The Washington Post called Mark Jaster a “clown extraordinaire and one of the most graceful performers you will ever see on a stage.” Audiences of all ages and backgrounds have enjoyed his kinetic humor, playful interaction, musical wit and inventive imagination. His skills in mime were developed in training with 20th-century masters Marcel Marceau and his teacher, Etienne Decroux, along with careful observation of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harpo Marx. Jaster served as teaching assistant to Mr. Marceau in a series of seminars in Michigan, and he teaches frequently in Artist residencies, theatres, and dance programs. In his solo performances, Piccolo’s Trunk, A Fool Named ‘O’, and The Maestro, Mark combines live music on unusual instruments, outrageous acrobatics, and hyper-advanced communication skills with an honest, gentle humor that has obliterated many a skeptic’s hesitations over Mime. In addition to appearances as Herr Drosselmeyer in the Maryland Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker, frequent performances with the Washington Revels, and many years as a featured stage act at The Maryland Renaissance Festival, he also collaborates regularly with world-class musicians like Piffaro, Celtic Harper Sue Richards, Hesperus, and the late, great jazz bassist, Keter Betts. Mark is a proud member of The Big Apple Circus’ Clown Care Program, performing at the Children’s National Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
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Lea Morris's music is described as SoulFolk, a seamless blend of gospel, jazz, country, R&B and contemporary folk. Stylistically between the earthy tones of Tracy Chapman and the urban/ethereal sound of India.Arie, Lea has been featured at the Kennedy Center, The Music Center at Strathmore, and at festivals, schools and other venues in the US and Europe. She has shared the stage with Mavis Staples, Dar Williams, Anthony Hamilton, Vivian Green, and the legendary Odetta. Her latest recording is titled “Let You In” and features harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy. A seasoned performer and educator, Lea particularly enjoys teaching songwriting to children and adults, and is also excited to share her love and appreciation of the ukulele.
The band has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and toured internationally in Germany, France, Canada, Taiwan, the Virgin Islands, and in Central America via a grant from the State Department. They have shared the stage with such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Huey Lewis and the News, the Iguanas, Terrance Simien, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Marcia Ball, The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
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it’s practically new territory… The hardest working band in D.C.”
THE WASHINGTON POST
Andrés Salguero is one of the most exciting new voices on the international family music scene. A native of Colombia, he has deep roots in the Latin music world, with over a decade of experience playing Latin Jazz, Salsa, Norteño and Latin folkloric music. He also brings a depth of musical knowledge, holding a Doctorate degree in music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He performs his live 123 Andrés kids’ show more than 200 times each year at venues large and small, from full band performances at the Smithsonian Institution’s Discovery Theater to solo shows at schools and libraries throughout the country and abroad. Recently he performed for a full house at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Other highlights include the celebration of the 50 years of Head Start in Washington DC, the L.A .Times Festival of Books, and Teatro del Parque in Bogotá, Colombia.
Rebecca Cornelius is a performing artist in residence and visiting performer for the Maryland State Arts Council, and has completed the Teaching Artist Institute Certification I & II. Rebecca holds a BFA in Design, Technical Theater and Dance, a MEd. in Early Childhood Education in addition to a teaching certificate in Children's Dance from the School of the Hartford Ballet. College teaching credits include Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford and The Center for Creative Youth, Wesleyan University. She has been a conference presenter for NAEYC and Headstart. Rebecca has over 25 years experience in teaching dance, professional development for teachers, choreography, and dance performances for public and private schools.
Program offerings for pre-schoolers include a participatory dance journey to six continents, and story presentations such as Maurice Sendak’s timeless Where the Wild Things Are in which students are invited onstage to dance the “rumpus” and play instruments, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, and Ezra Jack Keats’ Snowy Day, and other favorites.
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Kofi Dennis & Kwame Ansah Brew
Come join the "royal elders" and musicians of a typical West African village! Native Ghanaians Kofi Dennis and Kwame Ansah-Brew offer an exhilarating and memorable performance of traditional music, storytelling and dance. Through "call and response" songs, games and drum rhythms on authentic instruments, Anansegromma offers an engaging, first-hand exploration of West African cultural traditions. Their varied programs address themes of cooperation, courage, hope, caring and sharing. Kofi and Kwame are teaching artists with the Wolf Trap Institute, Goucher College, and the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. Available as solo artists, duo, and with larger ensemble. Offering performances, classroom visits, workshops and professional development trainings for teachers.
“A fantastic combination of storytelling, dance and song...Captivated both children and adults.”
- SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
Award-winning artists Ingrid Crepeau and Michele Valeri present interactive programs children will long remember. Marvelous original music and colorful puppetry animate the world of science, dinosaurs, and adventure! The singing, dancing Junkyard Pirates puppets made from recycled materials sail the urban seas on the lookout for ways they can recycle, reuse and reduce as they confront the trash-hungry monster, Landfill. Dinosaur Babies playfully explores human and dinosaur babies' similarities and environmental effects on dinosaur adaptability. Seven exceptional creatures in the Dinosaur Book of World Records inspire children to create their own record books, Mi Casa Es Su Casa introduces our Latin American neighbors through bilingual songs, Latin rhythms and travel stories -- and in Amelia and Her Big Red Plane, Emmy-award-winning puppeteer Ingrid Crepeau will fly a plane over the audience while the puppet Amelia in the plane performs. Grammy® nominated singer-songwriter Michele Valeri sings her original songs with the audience accompanied on tenor and baritone ukuleles. Michele and Ingrid are also teaching artists with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts.
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Master storyteller Baba Jamal Koram brings history, humor, music and lore of African and African-American cultures to the telling of his stories. Blending contemporary and traditional storytelling techniques with drumming, call and response, wit and wisdom, his interactive stories encourage children to make good choices. Baba Jamal’s programs include African Stories in the Americas - folklore and mythology, and Under the Griot’s Tree – lighthearted children’s stories. Recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award, Baba Jamal has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian museums, regional and international festivals, and schools nationwide. Jamal Koram, B.A., M.S., Ed.S., is a graduate of the State University of New York and the University of Virginia. Baba Jamal particularly enjoys working with pre-schoolers and consistently receives rave reviews from audiences, teachers and parents alike.
Music teacher, composer and performer, Wendy Lanxner received her training at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts. She has taught music (guitar, flute, piano, bass, ukulele, voice and songwriting) privately for fifteen years in the Washington area, and works as a music director for Lumina Studio Theatre and other projects. She performs with the band Wendy & the Lost Boys, in an acoustic duo with Amy Freedman, and with other DC area musicians and recording artists, and has been a member of groups such as Bottomland, Shosho, and Chopteeth over the years. Wendy has worked as a classroom music teacher at Friends Community School in College Park and assistant-directed the Jezic Ensemble, a women’s choir. She is a teaching artist with Carpe Diem Arts and the ACE (African Arts, Culture and Education) Academy. Wendy's repertoire of songs and engaging activities is broad-ranging, and her ability to connect with audiences, from pre-schoolers to seniors, is exceptional – such that she invariably is invited back by popular demand.
Southeast Asia comes alive with stories and unique musical instruments. Music-focused programs, Kids Love Kulintang –Filipino tales, music and dance, and Bamboo Jamboo – folktales from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand accompanied by bamboo instruments. Returning show favorite Asia FantAsia features stories from Korea, Japan, China, and beyond.
Growing up in the late 60′s with a Japanese and Filipino American heritage, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo was provided with a rich cultural environment from which to explore his Asian American identity. His music background as a songwriter and composer, his interest and talents in Asian ethnic music, dance and theater, and his innate comedic ability merged with his social and political philosophy to place Robert in the exciting art form of storytelling. The California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts/Folk Arts Program are a few of the eminent grants Robert has received, and he was the recipient of the National Young Audiences “Artist of the Year” award.
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