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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 04/25/2009 at Symphony Space.

Morgan Taylor’s Gustafer Yellowgold Show (which just had a hit run Off Broadway) is unlike anything in family entertainment. His story-songs about Gustafer and his pals, performed against a backdrop of large-screen animations, create a whole world as deep and original as it is beautiful.

+ About the Artists

Gustafer Yellowgold concerts are a unique blend of live music and moving image. The minimally-animated illustrations are accompanied by illustrator and songwriter Morgan Taylor’s catchy and original story-songs, creating a truly different multimedia experience that is entrancing children, teens, and adults alike.

Gustafer is a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and has an unusual magnetism for making friends with some of Earth’s odder creatures. His best friend is Forrest Applecrumbie, a flightless pterodactyl. Gustafer and Forrest built a small cottage-style home on the edge of an uncharted wooded area in Minnesota. Gustafer has a pet eel named Slim (short for Slimothy) and a pet dragon named Asparagus who lives in his fireplace and loves corn on the cob. Gustafer’s pals, the Mustard Slugs, practice their math under the shrubbery.

Since his creation in 2005, Gustafer Yellowgold has become an international phenomenon, and was acclaimed by The New York Times as “a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss.” Entertainment Weekly praises Gustafer for “the most infectious original songs. It’s like tapping into some pleasure center in the brain—both adult and kid. Absurdly appealing. Grade: A.” New York Magazine named Morgan Taylor “Best Kids’ Performer” in its 2008 Best of New York issue. “Mint Green Bee,” from Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wide Wild World, is the Session One Grand Prize Winner of the Children’s Category of the 2008 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Take a look at Gustafer’s MySpace page to see what fans think!

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show, with its unique crossover appeal, has performed as the wild-card opening act for Wilco and The Polyphonic Spree. Gustafer recently made his off-Broadway debut at the DR2 Theatre in a new show, Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Sensation. Tours to arts centers, children’s museums, schools, libraries, cinemas, and theaters have taken the show across the United States, the United Kingdom, and even to Korea! Taylor’s other projects have included playing bass for The Autumn Defense (featuring John and Pat from Wilco) and a recording project with Tony Award winning songwriter Duncan Sheik.

The award winning DVD/CD sets for Gustafer Yellowgold’s Have You Never Been Yellow? and Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wide Wild World were released by Apple-Eye Productions in 2007. A third DVD/CD set, Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Fever, was released earlier this year.

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