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Two of the big talents in the family music world, Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell, have recorded an album together entitled Turn, Turn, Turn. No major details yet  but here is a performance of them doing “Sail Away Ladies.”

I’d call this project – the Monsters of Family Folk  (with apologies to the Jim James/M.Ward/Conor Oberst short-lived supergroup)


I was looking over the lineup of the New York Guitar Festival and noticed that they are doing a whole program of Buster Keaton screenings with new soundtracks. One of them in particular seems good for adventurous family audiences. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Zanes will be doing the soundtrack to the classic comedy Steamboat Bill, Jr. If your kids haven’t experienced the wonder of Keaton’s inventive silent comedy.

Here is more information:

Merkin Concert Hall
Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street
Tickets and information: 212-501-3330

Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 p.m.

Silent Films/Live Guitars:
• Dan Zanes & Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
• Gyan Riley & Buster Keaton’s The Goat (1921)

Grammy winner Dan Zanes, a member of the 80s band the Del Fuegos and current front man for Dan Zanes and Friends, is equally at home with rock, Broadway tunes, Latin American music and the gospel tradition among other genres and has collaborated with artists ranging from Lou Reed and Roseanne Cash to Carol Channing and the Pilobolus Dance Company. His wildly popular family concerts regularly sell out venues like Carnegie Hall. For the NYGF, Zanes premieres his original score for Buster Keaton’s 1928 silent film Steamboat Bill, Jr., in which a young Mississippi steamboat captain falls in love with the daughter of his father’s business rival. “Buster Keaton’s movies always look to me like the most graceful sculpture I’ve ever seen but which upon close examination is only a pile of driftwood and bent nails. I hope to reflect that in my music” commented Dan Zanes.

Gyan Riley, whose diverse work focuses on his own compositions, improvisation and contemporary classical repertoire, performs as a soloist and in various ensembles, including performances with Zakir Hussain, Dawn Upshaw, the San Francisco Symphony, the Falla Guitar Trio, the World Guitar Ensemble and his dad, the composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley. At Merkin he will premiere a score for Buster Keatons’ The Goat (1921), in which Keaton’s character gets mistaken for a murderer with a price on his head.

Kindie favorites Laurie Berkner and Dan Zanes have some holiday treats for their fans.

Laurie Berkner has teamed up with Barnes & Noble to create the first Original NOOK Kids Read and Play book. Set for a Dec. 15 release, this NOOK Book is based on the title track from Berkner’s latest DVD Party Day!  The story, which tells the tale of insects enjoying a musical day at the beach, also includes animation and interactive games. Available on both NOOK Color and Tablet, Party Day! comes with a $9.99 list price.

Dan Zanes, meanwhile, has together together a special holiday EP entitled Christmas in Concord. This 5-song set features   traditional tunes “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “Deck The Halls,” “It Came Upon A Midnight Clearer,” “Joy To The World,” and “Silent Night” all done up Zanes-style. This digital only release can be found now on iTunes at 

Joy to all in the Family Music World.