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new dan zanes classes at BCM!

It’s been almost a year of dreaming and planning and writing and organizing but the Dan Zanes House Party: Songs and Stories from America’s Neighborhoods is finally here! Yes, my music education program in collaboration with the Brooklyn Conservatory began this week and I couldn’t be more excited.

This first season offers classes for kids age 8 months to 4 years in the mornings and afternoons Monday through Saturday at the Brooklyn Conservatory in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. There are still spots available if you’re interested and, although we have a great crew of teachers throughout the week, I’ve decided to teach on Wednesday mornings. I’ve never taught before but my first classes were a blast so I think I can do this! I’ll also be the accompanist on Tuesdays. It seems that I can’t stay away from the conservatory… Click here for more information.

the new video for turn turn turn is out!

the TURN TURN TURN VIDEO is here! yes, if you want to relive the warm summer days of 2013 with elizabeth mitchell, you are my flower, and me along with dozens of our close friends here’s the video for you. it was directed by greg buyalos with camera work by greg buyalos and arthur woo and produced by gb3arts. everyone put a lot of care and positive energy into this video and i just love the way it turned out…

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BIG sale in the general store

greetings friends! everything in the dan zanes general store is 20% off this week! AND any order anyone spending $10 or more will receive a free copy of either david jones widdecombe fair (one of my favorite all-ages cds and an early influence) or my contradance cd which contains the music from my collaboration with the pilobolus dance company. i know, too good to be true, but it’s true nevertheless and that’s the festival five holiday spirit in action!

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today is the day for turn turn turn!

hello friends, neighbors, supporters, friends, fans, family members, and all music loving pets,

today is the day i’ve been waiting for. today is the day i can finally say TURN TURN TURN IS OUT, RIGHT NOW!

yes, my collaboration with elizabeth mitchell and you are flower entitled turn turn turn is available in many of the places where cds are sold and just about all of the places where downloads are sold.

click here for more information…

thank you to everyone who encouraged us to stop talking about it and finally make this project happen. i couldn’t be happier with it and i hope to hear from you when you give it a listen.

looking forward to seeing you somewhere in the u.s. as we begin to tour tour tour.

p.s. you can click here for a few liz and dan videos. more to come…

TURN TURN TURN is available NOW at: iTunes, Amazon, danzanes.com and youaremyflower.org

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turn turn turn pre-sale!

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hello friends, neighbors, and lovers of rustic song and dance,

i can’t believe it but i’m writing to let you know about the turn turn turn pre-sale.

yes! after years of talking and hoping and dreaming and scheming, elizabeth mitchell and her family band known as you are my flower and i have made a cd.

and i’m so happy with it! we spent 3 days jamming in brooklyn and 3 days recording in woodstock. turn turn turn is the homespun sound of songs, snacks, friendship, and the love of modern and traditional music for people of all ages. i’ve played with many amazing artists over the years but i’ve never had a collaborative experience with this much joy and depth before. it called for a lot of mind reading. and good manners. and risks. and much laughter!

i’ve been highly recommending elizabeth’s music to families for over 10 years and it was an honor to make this record with her and her husband daniel and their daughter storey.

so there you are. i hope you enjoy it. i certainly have!

you can pre-order turn turn turn today in the dan zanes general store, at elizabeth’s website and at itunes and amazon.

and since words can only get us so far, how about a song? here’s one called “now let’s dance“. i’d love to know what you think about it. we’ll be playing shows across the country this year. visit our tour page to see some of the dates that are on the calendar now.

i hope that you are all digging into some hot weather music this summer,  

new dan zanes & elizabeth mitchell album this summer- exclusive video!

WOODSTOCK, NY 2013…

Here I am with ELIZABETH MITCHELL AND DANIEL AND STOREY LITTLETON AKA YOU ARE MY FLOWER. It’s a perfect April afternoon we’re getting a few minutes of sun before returning to continue recording the new CD TURN TURN TURN. It appears that the main purpose of the break is to entertain YUKI, the family dog. I like to think that it’s the song, SAIL AWAY LADIES, that’s making Yuki feel so wild.

If you have a dog or any other pet would you please take it off the leash get out your instrument and play this tune? If this is what Sail Away Ladies does to animals we should probably know so we can make arrangements at our concerts.

The cd TURN TURN TURN will land on planet earth August 27th……

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Turn Turn Turn pre-sale!

hello friends, neighbors, and lovers of rustic song and dance,

i can’t believe it but i’m writing to let you know about the turn turn turn pre-sale.

yes! after years of talking and hoping and dreaming and scheming, elizabeth mitchell and her family band known as you are my flower and i have made a cd.

and i’m so happy with it! we spent 3 days jamming in brooklyn and 3 days recording in woodstock. turn turn turn is the homespun sound of songs, snacks, friendship, and the love of modern and traditional music for people of all ages. i’ve played with many amazing artists over the years but i’ve never had a collaborative experience with this much joy and depth before. it called for a lot of mind reading. and good manners. and risks. and much laughter!

i’ve been highly recommending elizabeth’s music to families for over 10 years and it was an honor to make this record with her and her husband daniel and their daughter storey.

so there you are. i hope you enjoy it. i certainly have!

you can pre-order turn turn turn today in the dan zanes general store, at elizabeth’s website and at itunes andamazon.

and since words can only get us so far, how about a song? here’s one called “now let’s dance“. i’d love to know what you think about it. we’ll be playing shows across the country this year. visit our tour page to see some of the dates that are on the calendar now.

i hope that you are all digging into some hot weather music this summer!

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new educational catalog for teachers

hail teachers! there is a new and quite extensive pamphlet for you written by one of my favorite authors homa tavangar. it takes you CD by CD through our catalog and serves up track and activity recommendations that should help you navigate the musical offerings on festival five records. i think it’s long overdue and if you have any thoughts about what could make it more useful we would appreciate hearing from you.

-download pdf

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new dzaf leapfrog apps

Maybe someone in your family has a LeapPad? If that’s the case, you can now find two swinging (or swingin’ as we say) Dan Zanes LeapPad apps to bring hopped up songs (Sidewalk Dance Music) and relaxed songs (Good Night Music) to these hand held devises. I created the playlists especially for Leapfrog and think that for young people who enjoy listening to music this way these are….indispensable! and…essential! Check them out in the LeapFrog app center.

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christmas in concord- the mini album

Christmas in Concord, my EP of handmade holiday music as recalled from my New England childhood, has been reissued digitally this week. In addition to the five songs from the original release there are two new songs, collaborations with the Pulitzer prize-winning play write Suzan-Lori Parks. We wrote “Counting the Days (Until Christmas)” during a drive back from New Hampshire to New York. Talk of our fathers’ military experiences became a song during the late night five hour trip. The other new song is our updated version of “Rise Up Shepard, and Follow” which Odetta and Pete Seeger have both recorded along the way. Suzan-Lori sings and plays washboard which I think makes our rendition just right for Holiday dance parties…