AROUND THE WORLD Holiday Showcase

A Concert Film For All Ages

Join us as we take a trip around the globe to learn about holiday traditions from different cultures and regions!  This pre-recorded video will feature some of the top artists in family music, sharing stories and songs about the holidays they celebrate. The line-up includes Inez Barlatier, Little Miss Ann, 123 Andrés, Fyütch, Joanie Leeds, and Ants on a Log -- sharing traditions from Ayiti/Haiti, the Philippines, Latin America, and all over the United States.

The concert film will be available to stream from home from December 1 through January 3, or you can watch the program on the big screen at the Strand on Saturday, December 4 at 11am.

Following the Health & Safety guidelines for films in our theater, tickets for this in-person screening will be capped at 100 people and we ask that all patrons remain masked for the duration of their stay. Find more details about the Strand's Safety Policies HERE.  

Tickets for this in-person screening, or access to stream from home, are Pay-What-You-Can: $20/$10/$5/$0

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This program and all of our fall/winter educational offerings are generously sponsored by First National Bank and First National Wealth Management.

ARTIST BIOS

Inez Barlatier

Inez Barlatier is a Haitian-American multidisciplinary artist and youth educator. At the age of 12 years old, she joined her father’s band, Jan Sebon & Kazak International. Inez led her own band, Kazoots, for 6 years. She received a Knight Arts Champion grant recommended by Miami Light Project which produced her debut EP entitled MOUN|MOON. With a L.E.A.P. grant from Miami Theater Center, Inez produced a children’s show entitled “Ayiti: Stories & Songs from Haiti” which was featured as a spotlight presentation at the 2020 International Performance Art for Youth Conference.

Upcoming works include a Haitian-Cameroonian fusion theatrical music concert called “Sharing Grandmothers” with Afro-Pop artist, Lornoar, and directed by Carlos Caballero of FundArte. This project received a New Works grant from the Knight Foundation in December 2020.

Inez’s work has been featured on CVM TV Sunrise (Kingston, Jamaica), CBS 4 News Miami, Channel 39 WSFL-TV, NPR, WLRN, WDNA, PBS, Complex TV, Island TV, The Miami New Times, The Miami Herald, TomTom Magazine, FundArte & LUDI, an independent film created by Edson Jean.

Inez strives to impact the lives of women and girls using the arts as a tool for self-empowerment. Inez is currently a teaching artist with Guitars Over Guns and has also worked as a teaching artist with Miami Girls Rock Camp, Miami Theater Center and The Motivational Edge. Her theatrical portfolio includes a Cuba & Central American Tour of Writing in Sand, written and directed by Carlos Caballero and upcoming play debut of F/Punk Junkies written and directed by award winning playwright, Teo Castellanos. https://www.dandelionartists.com/inez-barlatier-index

 

Little Miss Ann

Little Miss Ann, aka Ann Torralba, is an award winning family musician, a former Chicago Public School teacher, a mom, a veteran instructor at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, and a first generation Filipina-American. With a deep understanding of what it's like to live in between two worlds as a Filipina-American, Little Miss Ann's music offers children an opportunity to connect with their blended identities, explore their own roots and traditions, and gain a sense of belonging. "It took me a long time to find my own voice and I'd like kids to find theirs", says Ann.

Lively interactive full-band performances and playful down-to-earth original tunes offer a joyful perspective on important themes such as relationships, adoption, emotions, togetherness, and inclusion. Drawing on her own real-life experiences, like visiting the Philippines for the first time only two years ago, Ann shares inspirational and educational songs and stories that amplify Filipino culture and traditions, with a distinct point of view. With six family music albums under her belt, Little Miss Ann has received critical acclaim in the Family Music genre including a Silver Parents' Choice Award and a NAPPA. Her music has been featured on Sirius XM Kids Place Live (Top 13 Under 13), WXPN Kids Corner, WTMD Young at Heart, WXRT Local Anesthetic, and a feature on NAEYC. Past performances include SXSW, Lollapalooza, Millennium Park, Pilgrimage Music Festival, 92Y Tribeca, and Overture Center. Little Miss Ann considers herself a late bloomer. She is very happy to have found something she LOVES to do. She really enjoys playing music that brings happiness to kids as well as sending positive messages to souls of all ages. Little Miss Ann is currently available for virtual and live performances, workshops, and professional development trainings. More information at www.littlemissann.com

 

123 Andrés

123 Andrés, the husband-wife team of Andrés and Christina, has performed for audiences across the US and in Puerto Rico, Panama, Mexico and Colombia, at venues including Wolf Trap (Vienna, VA), Symphony Space (NYC), and the Coliseo in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Andrés grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, and learned how to play the guitar from his father as a child. He studied clarinet at the Conservatory and had his first studio experience at age eight. He went on to earn a Doctorate in music and win first prize in the National Composition Contest in Colombia for one of his early songs. Christina was raised in the US, in a Spanish-speaking family hailing from Colombia, and studied theater and dance as a child. After serving as a classroom teacher in public schools and earning a Masters in Education from Penn, she found her mission teaching through music.

123 Andrés performs for students from early childhood through sixth grade, and also for family audiences at theaters, festivals, libraries and other venues, putting on joy-filled shows that get everyone singing and moving. 123 Andrés’ fourth album, Canta las Letras, is designed to help children learn about letters and letter sounds in Spanish with music and movement. Initially intended for the classroom, the collection of 38 songs and videos, a collaboration with Benchmark Education Company, is being made available to families everywhere, to join in the learning and fun. Their debut, ¡Uno, Dos Tres Andrés! en español y en inglés, was released in 2015 and nominated for a Latin Grammy later that year. Arriba Abajo followed in 2016, and won the Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Music Album, as well as the Parents’ Choice Gold Award. La luna is their third album and was lauded by Billboard: “Welcome daytime singalong songs as well as good-night music to put in steady rotation.” 123 Andrés has been featured by outlets like NPR, the Boston Globe, Washington Post, CNN en Español, Univisión, Telemundo and SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live. 123 Andrés’ first children’s books were published by Scholastic in 2020. www.123andres.com

 

Fyütch

Fyütch is a multi-discipline artist and educator with a vast creative resume spanning several decades. Born Harold Simmons II in Gary, IN, he began public speaking at age 7, winning the city-wide speech contest and speaking at the US Capital in Washington, D.C. Fyütch gained musical notoriety in Nashville, TN as the lead singer of Hip-Hop/Soul band Biscuits and Gravy, opening for acts like Kanye West and Pharrell. Fyütch made his comedic debut on the web series 'Fyütchology.' The show combined social commentary, current events, and parodies, reaching over 2 million viewers. Episode 12: "Country Kendrick" went viral, landing him on MTV's TRL and Billboard. As an educator, Fyütch leads music, poetry, and performance workshops for students of all ages, and clients like Adidas, Under Armor, and Ecole de Militaire in France. Recent accolades include grants from NYC Parks, Bronx Arts Council, and The Shed. Fyütch is currently based in Bronx, NY, raising his daughter Aura, and promoting his new album ‘Family Tree.’ www.fyutch.com

 

Ants On A Log

Ants on a Log is Julie Be (they/them) and Anya Rose (she/her). The folky duo writes music for children and other childlike people, songfully advocating for positivity, social justice, and silliness!

Julie and Anya met at a Philadelphia drag show/dance party, and instantly bonded over their love of quirky songs with political messages. Anya was raised on Tom Lehrer and jazz standards, and Julie grew up listening to Ani DiFranco and They Might be Giants. The two began writing together, finding driving harmonies and song topics that were silly, serious, environmental, feminist, gender-bending, and just plain fun. In their off-stage lives, Julie is a music therapist and Anya is an elementary science teacher. Their powers combined make for smart and socially conscious folk, a delight for children and adults of all ages.

In 2016 and 2017 the Ants were awarded Leeway Foundation grants to write and produce their musical, "Curious: Think Outside the Pipeline!" The show is based on the true story of Philadelphia’s fight for clean air, and the plot reflects the power that youth have today in the climate change movement. In 2019 the Ants released the CURIOUS Soundtrack, and were awarded a Parents’ Choice Award for the album. www.antsonalogmusic.com

 

Joanie Leeds

Her destiny became obvious to Joanie Leeds’ parents when, at the tender age of 2, Joanie grabbed the performer's mic at a party and belted out the entire song “Tomorrow” from Annie. Jaws dropped! No one could remember ever hearing a big voice like that coming from one so tiny and certainly no one would have thought she would one day earn a GRAMMY®️ Award for her original music.

As a musical theatre major at Syracuse University, Joanie began composing her own songs. After graduation, she did the New York City thing, bartending at The Bitter End when not onstage performing. While making the rounds as a singer/songwriter in New York clubs (her favorites were Rockwood, The Bitter End, The Living Room, Arlene’s Grocery and CBGB’s), Joanie tried her hand at about ten different day gigs until a friend suggested that she get a job where she could sing with kids during the day and perhaps sleep at night. You could say that Joanie found (as in “discovered”) herself, managing one of the Manhattan Gymboree locations and singing with and for kids all day long. The nocturnal club scene was fun, but making music with children was real fun.

Life clicked into place when Joanie realized that when she was with children, they transformed themselves into amazing creatures of joy, forgetting how to hold back. Seeing the kids get in touch with their true selves gave Joanie a sense of fulfillment that far surpassed playing for adults on the club circuit.

The songs that Joanie Leeds began turning out reflected this sense that life is a joyful adventure. Entertaining at birthday parties and pre- schools soon progressed into concert performances nationwide back in 2008 and has since generated material for nine full length albums: City Kid!, Challah, Challah, I’m A Rock Star, What A Zoo,  Bandwagon, Good Egg,  Meshugana, Brooklyn Baby and most recently, GRAMMY® Nominated All the Ladies! Joanie has also released 2 full length DVDs, City Kid Live and Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights- Live from Madison Square Park.

Over the past decade, Joanie has won 1st place in the USA Songwriting Competition, an Independent Music Award, a GOLD Parents’ Choice Award, NAPPA GOLD Award, Family Choice Award and is a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Finalist and International Songwriting Competition Finalist. She has performed at venues nationwide including Lollapalooza, Clearwater Festival, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Wolftrap and Levitt Pavilion. Her music has been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, Parents Magazine, Billboard and The Washington Post and played on radio stations and risen to #1 on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live.

Joanie released her GRAMMY®️ AWARD WINNING album (All the Ladies) in April 2020 during the ongoing pandemic and is working on song commission work and performing from home until it’s safe to tour again. Her favorite job of all is mama to her 5 year old daughter. www.joanieleeds.com

 

Show Dates & Times:

12/4/21 - Saturday

11:00 am,

Tickets: Pay-What-You-Can: $20/$10/$5/$0

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