Grammy Award winner children’s artist, Dan Zanes, occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, play party songs, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. Referred to as “the family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate” by Time Magazine, his widely - acclaimed music has all been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout.
For over a decade, Dan, has been the most visible champion of Lead Belly’s children’s music. Dan’s newest record, “Ha-Ha This Way”, was released earlier this year. The record is a modern day celebration of the songs performed by the folk icon for young audiences in the 1930’s and 40’s. Dan and his band have presented Lead Belly family as a festive uplifting way to bring communities together onstage for modern day children’s music. For the past year, Zanes has been a strong advocate for Sensory Friendly performances with Haitian-American jazz vocalist / Music Therapist Claudia Eliaza to find new ways to reach and include communities with children who have special needs.
Claudia is an internationally acclaimed Haitian-American songstress. Her unique voice and style have taken her from Carnegie Hall to The Jazz Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, a country she has toured several times. Claudia’s vocal gifts have also taken her to Kenya, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and England. Along the way she has collaborated with legends such as Nancy King, Barbara Morrison, and Keith Lockhart. As if this weren’t enough, Claudia is a Board Certified Music Therapist and directs the Music Therapy program at the Community Music Center of Boston.