Welcome to the home for multi-award winning, Boston-based family music performer, Vanessa Trien, and her band of musical friends, lovingly called The Jumping Monkeys! Packing concert halls, preschool fundraisers, libraries and outdoor venues with dancing kids and families, she is known for highly interactive and energetic shows, featuring plenty of group singing and movement.

The Jumping Monkeys regularly includes Adam Michael Rothberg on lead guitar/mandolin, Fabio Pirozzolo on percussion, and Richard Gates on bass. Together with Vanessa, they create a joyful, acoustic instrument and harmony-rich folk/pop/world sound all their own. 

With Vanessa's four Parents' Choice Award-winning albums of original songs based on her years of teaching preschool music and parent-child music classes and, more importantly, on her 13 years of parenting her two kids, she brings a warmth and connection with audiences that makes her shows extra special. We hope to see you at a show soon!

"Katy Perry of the toddler set"

Boston Globe


New York City native, Vanessa Trien has been performing music for kids and families for more than a decade with her lively band the Jumping Monkeys. Her music for kids and families has won a NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Association) Award, an Academics' Choice Award, and four Silver Parents' Choice award.


Vanessa packs concert halls, preschool fundraisers and outdoor venues with dancing kids and families. She is known for highly interactive shows, featuring plenty of group singing and movement. One of her most requested songs is "Tickle Monster", has families tip toe-ing around and then, on cue, tickling each other!


In addition to performances, Vanessa also teaches early childhood music in preschool and pre-K classrooms and has taught parent and child group Music Together classes for ten years. Vanessa moved to Boston to attend Harvard's Graduate School for Education and decided to call it home, diving into the Cambridge folk music scene and festival production first, and then embracing with her whole heart the wild and wonderful world of children's music!

"One of the top musicians... in the world of children's music"

The Record-Journal, CT







October 27, 2019

Sunday, 11 am-2:30 pm (our show 1:30-2:30)

Boston, MA - RAIN POSTPONEMENT: Jumping Monkeys at the Prudential Center's "Pru Boo!"

10/27 note: Hi all! Unfortunately the steady rain today has postponed our Prudential Center outdoor show. We're sorry to miss you, but you may want to still go to the Pru Boo event from 11-1 with all their indoor activities and store to store trick or treating. Whatever your Sunday holds, have a wonderful day!


Original description: Come to the Prudential Center for a spooktacular day of fun the Sunday before Halloween! Parents, bring your children to trick-or-treat at over 50 participating stores and restaurants. Other highlights include US, the Jumping Monkeys 1:30-2:30 pm outdoors in the South Garden, plus face painting, magic shows, and activities by local Boston attractions.  We've been to this event before and I can't believe how many goodies the trick or treaters collect! Come join the fun!

November 17, 2019

Sunday, 11:00 am

Boston, MA - Jumping Monkeys at the Boston Children's Museum!

We love performing at the Boston Children's Museum and being part of their creative, interactive world of imagination!  Please join us Jumping Monkeys along with PJ Library for this exciting morning! A link with more event info will be posted shortly here. 

December 08, 2019

Sunday, 10:30 am

Brookline, MA - Our Annual Jumping Monkeys Show at the Coolidge Corner Theatre!!!

Yes the time has come for our annual Coolidge Corner Theatre show, full of musical, interactive fun and lots and lots of friends and neighbors to sing and dance with!  We will also have special guest, Shelley Otis, on her beautiful blue harp! This show does sell out (I'm so grateful, thank you everyone!) so if you're thinking about coming, please consider purchasing tickets in advance on the Coolidge website, here. 

December 18, 2019

Wednesday, 4:30-10 pm (our show 5-6)

Boston, MA - 6th Annual Hannukah Party at the Museum of Fine Arts!

There’s no Hanukkah celebration like the Hanukkah celebration put on by Jewish Arts Collaborative  and the MFA. This 6th annual event features:

  • Performances in the galleries including the world music-klezmer fusion of the Yaeko Elmaleh Group, international Jewish folk songs with Rosalie Gerut, storytelling with local The Moth champion, Rabbi Dan Judson and Michelle Ephraim, and modern dance with Jenna Pollack

  • Gallery talks with MFA Judaica Curator Simona DiNepi, make your own sufganiah (doughnut) bar, and crafts throughout the museum

  • Brighter Beyond, a collaborative, interactive blacklight experience by artist Tova Speter

  • Families, come early for dancing with us Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, face painting, art making and a special Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah story time with Joni Klein-Higger.

Don’t miss the 6:30pm community candle lighting of this year’s custom commissioned menorah.

January 01, 2020

Tuesday, 2 shows: 10 am and 11 am

Needham, MA - Jumping Monkeys at New Years Needham!

We had such a blast last year with the packed audiences at Needham's Free Public Library and we are so glad to be returning to celebrate the New Year once again, doing what we love most!  We hope to see you!  Updated 2019-20 info will be posted on the event's website shortly, here. 

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