Elizabeth Mitchell (guitar, harmonium) is a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist who has been recording and performing music for children since 1998. Ms. Mitchell began making music with children in 1992 when she was an assistant teacher at the Roosevelt Island Day Nursery School in New York City. She has released four albums, including her most recent release, You Are My Little Bird, which was featured on NPR's All Things Considered with Melissa Block and was voted Best Children's Album of 2006 by Amazon.com. Ms. Mitchell has collaborated with musicians including Ziggy Marley, Dan Zanes, Levon Helm, and Ella Jenkins. She records and performs with her husband, Daniel Littleton, and eight-year-old daughter, Storey. They live in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Ms. Mitchell wants to thank her family for all the support and enthusiasm they bring to her pursuit of a musical life.
Daniel Littleton (guitar) plays most of the instruments that you hear on Elizabeth Mitchell's children's music albums. He can pick up any object and find a way for it to make a nice sound. He can even make beautiful music from a potato if he tries! Mostly, though, Mr. Littleton plays guitar, writes songs, and sings them in a band called Ida. Their most recent album, Lovers Prayers, includes guest appearances by Levon Helm and Michael Hurley and was featured on NPR's Bryant Park Project. Ida has released seven full-length albums and has toured nationally for 15 years. Ida most recently appeared several times at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble, and last fall on tour in Japan and the U.K. Daniel's music can be heard regularly on the radio and television show This American Life. Mr. Littleton enjoys walking in the woods behind his house and making tortilla soup.
Storey Littleton (harmonica, ukulele, xylophone) just started the third grade and is so excited to finally have real homework! Miss Littleton has a pet fish named Fiona and would really, really like to have a dog. If you know anyone with a hypo-allergenic and friendly dog that needs a home, please tell her mom!
Jean Cook (violin) started playing violin when she was three. She travels around the world with Elizabeth, Daniel, and Storey, and she loves playing for children. Jean's mother plays the cello and taught her the songs "Spring Time Outing" and "Little Spring." Jean has a younger sister named Mea, who also plays cello, and just learned how to ice skate. Jean is also the Deputy Director of the Future of Music Coalition. Thanks for coming to see us play today!
William Constan (clarinet, melodica, train whistle, percussion) is a freshman in high school and we can hardly believe it. Wasn't it just yesterday that he was a toddler? Mr. Constan can build a car that will go out of almost anything. He is going to save the world with his electric car designs!
Charlotte Constan (percussion) is a talented modern, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop dancer! Known as "Coco" to her auntie Liz, she always has a beautiful smile for everyone around her and can draw the most magical lion you have ever seen. Miss Constan is in the eighth grade and she also studies the drums. She performs regularly as part of the dance troupe "Off Center Dance Theater."
Libby Constan (harmonica) is in the fifth grade and is a true friend to nature. She makes beautiful crafts with her friends and sells them to raise money for endangered species. Watch out for Libby on the soccer field-she is FAST!
Susie Lampert (piano) is an amazing woman and we are so excited to call her our friend! Not only is she a virtuosic pianist, she plays hot boogie-woogie AND is a nurse! Ms. Lampert plays with the amazing Laurie Berkner-thank you to Laurie for sharing her with us today!