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#InTheLoop | Great world music at first-ever Global Mashup for Kids
Flushing Town Hall has launched a youth movement.
The venerable performance space will present Global Mashup for Kids: Elena Moon Park and Sonia De los Santos on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 1 pm.
This fun-filled afternoon will celebrate children’s folk music from East Asia and Latin America, as audience members laugh, dance, and sing songs in English, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Taiwanese, and Tibetan. They will also explore the stories behind the ditties, whose themes include family, friendship, nature, and peace.
Park, a Korean-American who was born in Tennessee, principally plays the fiddle, mandolin, spoons, trumpet, and ukulele, but she also has a soothing voice. The Brooklyn resident has been performing all over the world as part of the Grammy-winning youth band Dan Zanes and Friends since 2006. In 2012, she released “Rabbit Days and Dumplings,” which features re-imagined folk and children’s music from East Asia.
De Los Santos, who mostly plays guitar and jarana, is also a part of Dan Zanes and Friends. In 2015, the native of Mexico’s Monterrey released a solo album, “Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island,” that won the Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award.
They will be joined by Colin Brooks (another “friend” of Dan Zanes) on drums, Sinuhé Padilla Isunza on a four-stringed Mexican instrument called a “leona,” John Foti on accordion, Akiko Hiroshima on vocals, and Fumi Tanakadate on a Japanese taiko drum.
Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for children. Teenagers can attend for free as part of an ongoing promotion.
For years, Flushing Town Hall, which is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd., has presented Global Mashups that mix two bands from different genres on the same stage. Each one plays a set; then they jam together. This is the first-ever mashup that focuses on children’s music.
More are planned.
Image: Flushing Town Hall
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