Singer of All-ages Music
festival five records
Communal Music-Making: What I've Learned So Far.
In this key note I'll talk about my evolution from rock and roller to all-ages music-maker highlighting lessons that I've learned along the way about participation, inclusion, race, education, and singing with gusto...
For the record, Zanes was born in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1961. He was a member of the Del Fuegos from the beginning to the end of the eighties and with them made The Longest Day (1984), Boston, Mass (1985), Stand Up(1987), Smoking in the Fields (1989), and the hit single, “Don’t Run Wild.” In 1994, he released a solo CD, Cool Down Time, shortly after which he moved to Brooklyn, New York with his wife and daughter, where he then released Rocket Ship Beach (2000) which became an immediate hit with families around America as well as with The New York Times Magazine, which said, “Zanes’ kids music works because it is not kids music; it’s just music—music that’s unsanitized, unpasteurized, that’s organic even.” His next CD, Family Dance (2001) features Loudon Wainwright III, Roseanne Cash and a lot of dancing that you can’t actually see but you can imagine. Next in the Festival Five family series came Night Time! (2002) featuring collaborations with Aimee Mann and Lou Reed, followed by the Grammy-nominated House Party (2003), a rambunctious 20-song collection that includes Deborah Harry, Bob Weir, and Philip Glass, as well as the Rubí Theater Company and Rankin Don (a.k.a. Father Goose).Sea Music, a collection of maritime songs that was the first CD in the Festival Five Folk Series and was cited inRolling Stone’s Hot Issue in the category of Hot Maritime Sounds. The next CD in the folk series—Parades and Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected by Carl Sandburg for the American Songbag—is the disc on which Zanes’ scruffy troupe of musicians dragged the poet’s 1927 collection of songs kicking and screaming into this century, with traditional instruments, tuba-driven electric guitars, whatever it takes. And while no one was looking Zanes co-authored two picture book collaborations with the artist Donald Saaf: Jump Up! and Hello Hello (Little, Brown and Company Books), and appeared in the Dan Zanes and Friends concert DVD, All Around the Kitchen! (2005), recorded at the Knitting Factory in New York City.
Find Dan's catalog at http://audio.edtechlive.com/globaledcon/DZ2013.pdf