(NEWARK, NJ) -- GRAMMY Museum Experience(TM) Prudential Center, in collaboration with the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum® and the Recording Academy® New York Chapter, will launch the first Spring & Sing! Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration, an hour-long virtual event featuring popular children’s music artists of AAPI heritage, celebrating the importance of diversity within music. The event takes place on Saturday, May 22nd at 11:00am.
Following an opening Statement from Tina Guo, GRAMMY Award-Nominated and BRIT Female Artist of the Year-Nominated Musician, performances will take place by Family Music Artist, Little Miss Ann; Folk-Rock Band, Elena Moon Park and Friends; Hapa Samoan Artist, Taimane; Children’s Band, Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips; Vocalist and Pianist, Yoon Sun Choi; GRAMMY-Nominated Indian Vocalist, Falu and GRAMMY-Nominated Producer and Recording Artist, Kimié Miner
The Spring & Sing! Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration will air at grammymuseumexp.org/springandsing. This event is open to public, no RSVP, registration or payment is required.
GRAMMY Award-nominated and BRIT Female Artist of the Year-nominated musician Tina Guo has established an international career as a virtuoso acoustic/electric cellist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and entrepreneur. Known for her unique genre-crossing style, she is one of the most recorded Solo Cellists of all time and can be heard on hundreds of Blockbuster Film, Television, and Game Soundtracks. Tina is currently working on multiple projects remotely from her home studio during the coronavirus pandemic, including DUNE (2021) Top Gun: Maverick (2021) and Tomb Raider Reloaded (2021). She has also just completed her upcoming 2021 solo album DIES IRAE released on Sony Masterworks and in pre-production phase for the music videos to be filmed this Summer. Follow Tina Guo on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Apple Music or visit her website HERE.
Little Miss Ann (Ann Torralba) is an award-winning Chicago kids’ musician, a former Chicago Public School teacher, an instructor at Chicago’s iconic Old Town School of Folk Music, a mom, and a first-generation Filipina American. Little Miss Ann has made 5 family music albums that span different genres such as folk, rock, punk, country, bluegrass and more. Ann sings and plays guitar, ukulele, various flutes, and percussion instruments on her albums. To receive updates and learn more about Little Miss Ann, please visit her website HERE or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
Elena Moon Park is a musician, educator, and producer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a freelance violinist and multi-instrumentalist in NYC, specializing in contemporary classical and family music, and has performed on stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Southbank Centre and the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Elena continues to perform with all-ages musicians Sonia De Los Santos, and leads her own all-ages folk rock band, Elena Moon Park and Friends. She released a second all-ages album, Unhurried Journey, in summer 2020. To receive updates and learn more about Elena Moon Park, please visit her website HERE or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebookand YouTube.
Virtuoso and songwriter, Taimane, is best known for her fierce and inventive style of playing the ukulele helping the Hapa-Samoan (part-Caucasian and part-Indigenous Samoan) artist garner over 50 million video views and 400,000 social media followers to date. Hailing from a musical Polynesian family including her late mother, Palepa Tauiliili Gardner (Miss Samoa 1978), Taimane’s attraction to the four-string island staple began at a young age. Taimane is known for merging a wide variety of genres, creating unique sounds that challenge contemporary music production. To receive updates and learn more about Taimane, please visit her website HERE or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.
LA-based “kindie rocker” Mista Cookie Jar brings his urban-island-folky-rock-&-roll sounds to World Stage. Blending a background in creative writing, poetry & hip-hop production, his music, regularly featured on Sirius XM 78’s Kids Place Live!, focuses on positivity and love. Drawing on three albums of original material universally praised in the family music community, Mista Cookie Jar mixes rock star excitement with the warmth of family music. To receive updates and learn more about Mista Cookie Jar, please visit his website HERE or follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
Korean Canadian improvising vocalist and pianist, Yoon Sun Choi has spent more than two decades capturing listeners with her uncompromising, freewheeling and beautiful style and the breadth of her musical vision. Choi has performed and collaborated with renown artists such as Jane Ira Bloom, Samir Chatterjee, Steve Coleman, Mark Dresser, Mark Elias, Gerry Hemmingway, Darius Jones, D.D. Jackson, Oliver Lake, Mat Maneri, Ben Monder, the Tri-Centric Orchestra, Sarah Weaver, Kenny Werner and Kenny Wheeler. She has performed in some of the finest concert houses and music venues including The Blue Note, Birdland, The Stone, Roulette, The River Theater, Roy Thompson Hall and Carnegie Hall. To receive updates and learn more about Yoon Sun Choi, please visit her website HERE or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Falu (Falguni Shah) is a 2018 GRAMMY Nominee and international artists known for her blend of classically-trained Indian vocals and modern style and production. Upon moving to the United States in 2000, after years of intensive vocal and musical training in Bombay, India, Falu began collaborating with well-known artists including, Yo-Yo Ma, Wyclef Jean, Phillip Glass, Ricky Martin, Blues Traveler and A.R. Rahman. Falu continues to pursue her commitment to introducing children to the wonders of the world through her recently released, GRAMMY nominated debut kids project, "Falu’s Bazaar", which takes families on a musical journey through South Asia, as well as through her artist-in-residence position at Carnegie Hall. She also sits on the NY Chapter Board of Governors for the Recording Academy. To receive updates and learn more about Falu, please visit her website HERE or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
Kimié Miner is a Native Hawaiian mother of three and a full-time GRAMMY-nominated producer, singer-songwriter, and recording artist. She is the President and CEO of HAKU COLLECTIVE, a full-service, multi-media talent production and management group that she founded in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. She has written and co-produced five-award-winning albums including the GRAMMY-nominated album, “Hawaiian Lullaby,” and most recently produced “Children of the Sea - Nā Kama Kai” a full-length album from her free music mentorship program called MeleCraft, dedicated to supporting aspiring young artists and honoring the Hawaiian culture and language. To receive updates and learn more about Kimié Miner, please visit her website HERE or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
Built and operated by Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, the 8,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum ExperienceTM is housed within Prudential Center, the Top 10 nationally ranked performance venue hosting over 175 live events and two million guests annually in addition to the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils and Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program. The Experience marks the first GRAMMY Museum outpost to be built on the East Coast and is one of only four GRAMMY Museum’s in the world. The Experience is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of New Jersey. The Experience features a dynamic combination of educational programming and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a spotlight on legendary GRAMMY winners from New Jersey.
IMAGE: Taimane - Photo byTommy Pierucki. Design by Erik Ries