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Rabbit Days and Dumplings

Rabbit Days and Dumplings

Fall 2012 Music
Ages: All Ages
CD Price: $12.98

Korean-American singer and musician Elena Moon Park's playful, soulful and sunny new album takes listeners through folk and children's songs from East Asia. They include a lively Tibetan jump rope song, a nonsense song from Japan-involving a squeaky mouse and a broken rice bowl-and a Korean children's song about a bouncy runaway bunny. Tennessee-born Park's arrangements are an appealing blend of traditional and contemporary instruments; lyrics are sung in the language of the country of origin and in English. Colorful translations, available in the liner notes and at the album's website are stories in themselves. Tennessee-born Park, who raised money for the CD through Kickstarter, is joined by nearly three dozen musician friends, among them family music star Dan Zanes, who is also the album's producer; famed Chinese pipa virtuosa Wu Man and the much-lauded Kronos Quartet. The last two perform together on trombonist Jacob Garchik's evocative arrangement of "Ti Oh Oh," a comic and eccentric Taiwanese song about eels in the rain and an argument about how to cook them. Now, that's not something you run into every day.

Lynne Heffley   ©2012 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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