Monday, August 29, 2016

"Wonderful You - Vanessa Trien & the Jumping Monkeys - a musicwrap

Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys

With special guests:  Alastair Moock, Rani Arbo, Barbara Brousal, & Mister G

Media Buzz...

"If you like Katy Perry, then listen to Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys.  The band's known for their energetic live performances and infectious effervescence."  - Parenting Magazine

"Trien celebrates a world we'd all like to give our children: bright with dancing feet, smiles, and happy dreams." - Lynne Heffley, Parents' Choice Awards

Vanessa Trien was awarded three Parent's Choice Awards (and counting) and is adored by kids and families nationwide. She and her band, The Jumping Monkeys, excel in their special brand of acoustic folk-pop with a world flavour. Young and old alike will be entertained by their talent and best of all have a great time together. 

In her own words...

"Making an album as a celebration of YOU, the listener, and of our relationships with family, friends and community has been on my mind for a long while.  Along with my own two awesome kids, I fall in love with every student I teach and every young audience member with whom I speak.  They always have fantastic ideas to share, and it's inspiring to see their personalities already so strong and vibrant.  I wanted to make an album honoring each and every  one of those kids I've been fortunate enough to meet."

'Wonderful You'
by Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys
Ages 1-8

"Wonderful You" Track List

One Foot in Front of the Other
Wonderful YOU
Magic Wand
Monkey Jump
Round and Round We Go
Chi Chi Bom Bom
Willie and the Hand Jive
Feeling Thankful
All Together Now
Circle of Friends

Running time:  38 minutes
Available October 14

Available online at, and iTunes

A little bit about Vanessa Trien...

Vanessa Trien has been performing music for kids and families since 2005, many of those years in collaboration with her lively folk/roots/pop band, the Jumping Monkeys.  She has three Parents' Choice award-winning CDs for kids and families and is currently working on her fourth album, due out this winter.  Vanessa packs concert halls, preschool fundraisers and outdoor venues with dancing kids and families.  She is known for her highly interactive shows, featuring plenty of group singing and movement.  One of her most requested songs, "Tickle Monster" has families sneaking around on tip toe and then on queue, all start tickling each other!  In addition to performing, Vanessa teaches as an early childhood music specialist in preschool and pre-K classrooms in Brookline and has also taught parent and child group Music Together classes for ten years. Originally from New York City, Vanessa moved to Boston in the nineties to attend Harvard's Graduate School for Education and has stayed ever since, first diving into the Cambridge folk music scene and festival production, and then eventually jumping with her whole heart into the wild and wonderful world of children's music!

Check out Vanessa Trien's website


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