Elizabeth Mitchell (Guitar, Harmonium) is a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist who has been recording and performing music for children since 1998. Elizabeth 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. Elizabeth has collaborated with musicians including Ziggy Marley, Dan Zanes, Levon Helm, and Ella Jenkins. She records and performs with her husband, Daniel Littleton, and seven year old daughter, Storey Littleton. They live in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Elizabeth wants to thank her entire family for all the support and enthusiasm they bring to her pursuit of a musical life.
Daniel Littleton (Guitar) plays most of the instruments you hear on Elizabeth Mitchell's children's music albums. Though he can find a way for almost anything to make a nice sound, he mostly 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 fourteen years. Ida most recently appeared several times at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble and this fall on a three-week tour of Japan. Daniel's music can be heard regularly on the radio and television show This American Life. Daniel enjoys walking in the woods behind his house and making tortilla soup.
Storey Littleton (Harmonica) is a second grader who has a pet snail named "Snaily" and a love of elephants and fairies. Storey enjoys reading books about animals and the rainforest. She likes to make friends with the salamanders and fuzzy caterpillars that crawl around outside her home.
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 an award-winning member of the Science Olympiads at his middle school, where he is in the eighth grade. William is an avid go-cart racer and an expert on antique cars.
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. Coco is in the seventh grade and she also studies the drums.
Libby Constan (Harmonica) is in the fourth grade and is a true friend to nature. Libby makes beautiful crafts with her friends and sells them to raise money for endangered species. She also plays the piano and writes songs with her cousins.
Ida Pearle (Guest Visual Artist) was born and raised in New York City. She began drawing and playing the violin as a small child and pursued these interests during her education. During college, she concentrated on figurative drawing and painting as a Fine Arts major at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. While in college, she continued to pursue music, performing, and recording with many groups, as well as designing album covers. Towards the end of her time in college, she began making cut-paper collages as personalized gifts for friends. As the collages' narratives are inspired by real situations, the visual forms of the collages-though playful and childlike in appearance-are informed by a thorough understanding of figure and gesture. Though appealingly dream-like, the unique animation, poignancy, and realistic resonance of these works enable them to function as tools for imaginative learning and growth in the real world. Ida currently lives and works in New York City.