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things set Dan Zanes apart from the huge and festive field
of people that have begun making music for families and people
of all ages. First, he is making homeade family music and
encouraging similar behaviors in friends and neighbors. Second,
he is always interested in singing along with people.
Zanes was born in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1961. In 1994,
he released a solo CD, Cool Down Time, shortly after
which he moved to Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter,
where he then released Rocket Ship Beach (2000),
launching his own record label, Festival Five Records. The
CD was an immediate hit with families around America.
His next CD, Family Dance (2001) featured Loudon Wainwright
III and Rosanne cash. His Grammy nominated album House
Party (2003) is a rambunctious twenty-song collection
that includes Deborah Harry, Bob Weir, and Philip Glass, as
well as the Rubi Theater Company and Rankin Don (aka Father
Sea Music, a collection of maritime songs, was the first CD
in the Festival Five Folk Series, and was cited in Rolling
Stone's Hot Issue in the category of Hot Maritime Sounds.
the next CD in the Folk Series, Parades and Panoramas:
25 Songs Collected By carl Sandburg for the American Songbag
- is the disk on which Dan's scruffy troupe of musicians dragged
the poet's 1927 collection of songs kicking and screaming
into this century.
The 2007 Grammy Award winning CD Catch That Train
is the lastest Family Series, and is the one CD in America
today that brings together the Kronos quartet, the Blind Boys
of Alabama, Father Goose, Dan's mother-in-law, and the children
of South Africa's Agape Orphanage.
Dan is the author of two picture book collaborations with
the artist Donald Saaf Jump Up! and Hello Hello,
and he can be seen in the Dan Zanes and Friends concert video
and DVD, entitled All Around the Kitchen! recorded
in 2005 at the Knitting Factory, in New York City.
Dan plays at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Melbourne
International Arts Festival where he introduces new songs
and reconnects people to songs that have always been there.