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

BIO

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

 
 

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SHOWS

 

May 29, 2020

Friday, 9:30-10:00 am

POSTPONEMENT - Vanessa's Every-Other-Friday Shabbat Singalong with the Greater Boston JCC

5/28/20 NOTE: Hi everyone. I was originally scheduled to lead this week's family Shabbat singalong with the JCC of Greater Boston but unfortunately I've had to make a last minute schedule change for family health reasons. Luckily, my friend Josh Shriber of Josh and the Jamtones will be leading the fun this week and next. I'll be back to have some Shabbat fun with you on Friday, June 12 and June 26. Thank you for your flexibility, and I apologize for any inconvenience. I'll see you online shortly.

May 30, 2020

Saturday, 10:00 am

POSTPONEMENT: Instagram Live with New York City's Brookfield Place

POSTPONEMENT: Hi everyone. I was originally scheduled to be part of New York City's wonderful Brookfield Place family series that has moved online, but sadly, I had to postpone due to family health issues. I'm grateful that the wonderful Little Miss Ann has stepped in to share her talents this Saturday instead. I look forward to performing through Brookfield Place in the future. For all the details about this Saturday's show, visit https://bfplny.com/event/saturdaymorningshow/

June 06, 2020

Saturday, 10:30-11:10 am

Zoom AND Facebook Live - Vanessa Trien Singalong Series with The Public Library of Brookline, MA

Join Vanessa Trien, hosted by the Public Library of Brookline, for a special movin’ groovin’ virtual performance series!

Vanessa will provide unique virtual performances for attendees on Saturday May 23, June 6, and June 20 at 10:30 AM. We hope you’ll join us!  This series will be on Zoom AND Facebook Live so please see below for details on both locations (in Zoom, Vanessa will be able to see you and receive chat messages from you. On Facebook Live, you will be able to send a message that will be redirected to Vanessa on Zoom)

Click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84433280844
Password: 1RAQbf

 

If watching on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/brklib/

 

June 12, 2020

Friday, 9:30-10:00 am

Facebook Live! - Vanessa's Every-Other-Friday Shabbat Singalong with the Greater Boston JCC!

It looks like my Shabbat singalongs with the Greater Boston JCC and PJ Library are becoming regular every other week! I had a blast at my last two, with lots of people tuning in and writing me comments along the way which I loved, it really felt like it was a giant virtual Shabbat gathering!  I hope you'll join me for these Friday Shabbat events to sing some songs to celebrate the end of the week, the day of rest, time together with family, and the beauty of Spring. Open to everyone. Join me on the Greater Boston JCC Facebook page, see you there!

June 20, 2020

Saturday, 10:30-11:10 am

Zoom AND Facebook Live - Vanessa Trien Singalong Series with The Public Library of Brookline, MA

Join Vanessa Trien, hosted by the Public Library of Brookline, for a special movin’ groovin’ virtual performance series!

Vanessa will provide unique virtual performances for attendees on Saturday May 23, June 6, and June 20 at 10:30 AM. We hope you’ll join us!  This series will be on Zoom AND Facebook Live so please see below for details on both locations (in Zoom, Vanessa will be able to see you and receive chat messages from you. On Facebook Live, you will be able to send a message that will be redirected to Vanessa on Zoom)

Click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84433280844
Password: 1RAQbf

 

If watching on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/brklib/

 

June 26, 2020

Friday, 9:30-10:00 am

Facebook Live! - Vanessa's Every-Other-Friday Shabbat Singalong with the Greater Boston JCC!

It looks like my Shabbat singalongs with the Greater Boston JCC and PJ Library are becoming regular every other week! I had a blast at my last two, with lots of people tuning in and writing me comments along the way which I loved, it really felt like it was a giant virtual Shabbat gathering!  I hope you'll join me for these Friday Shabbat events to sing some songs to celebrate the end of the week, the day of rest, time together with family, and the beauty of Spring. Open to everyone. Join me on the Greater Boston JCC Facebook page, see you there!

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