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Behind the Scenes


Thank you to these Twinkle Twinkle Little Star singers who contributed their hearts and talents in song:

  • Dominic Dulay, age 9 (Tagalog)

  • Piper Ferguson, age 2 (English)

  • Moanna Hoefkens, age 10 & Mieke Hoefkens, age 4 (Deutsch)

  • Andy Kim (Korean)

  • Aki Kumar (Hindi)

  • Guillermo Sandoval (Spanish)

  • Isabella Samawi, age 10 & Sophia Samawi, age 7 (Assyrian)

  • Robby Yamilov (Russian)

Raw Recordings

Aki Kumar (Hindi)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Live in Hindi - Aki Kumar
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Moanna, age 10, & Mieke Hoefkens, age 4 (Deutsch)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Deutsch - Moanna and Mieke Hoefkens
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Piper Ferguson (age 2) - audio used for part of the program

Piper Ferguson (age 2)
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The little parts of the whole included ironing logos to each bandana, printing ethnic origin cards for the audience to fill out, creating a map of world highlighting each continent, but most importantly, listening to each audio/video file from countries all over the world, finding the essence of that rhythm and trimming it down to 30 seconds. It will be these 30 second audio files that will be played during the performance upon which the band will create an entirely new piece influenced by those sounds. The key element of this project! 

Little details that make up the whole

Key Advisor, Rhythms of the World: Simeon Pillich

Special thank you to musician, ethnomusicologist and educator, Simeon Pillich, who provided a wealth of information on the rhythms of the world. His contributions were key to assembling the heart of this project. Simeon is a versatile bass player having accompanied such diverse artists as Taylor Swift, Ziggy Marley, Dr. Dre, Bo Diddley, Al Jarreau, John Hiatt, Eartha Kitt, Alice Cooper, Anthony Newley, Burt Bacharach, Van Dyke Parks, Ry Cooder, Tito Puente, Rita Coolidge, and Victoria Williams. He has also played in the musical scores of the films Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, The Two Jakes, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, and Lucky You, among others. Simeon has worked as a period and ethnic music consultant for film and TV since 1996, and was the host of KPFK’s “Global Village” for over five years where he championed and explored music from around the world. Simeon holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA, and is a professor at Occidental College, where he teaches courses in world music, and jazz history and music theory at Santa Monica College. He focuses his research on music of the Caribbean, music and the ecstatic state, and sociology of music.


We raised $3568 through Kickstarter and direct payments from our goal of $2750. Thanks so much to the following generous supporters for donating to the fundraiser campaign. I am grateful to you all!

Tony Levitan

Aurora Mulingbayan

Rich Nagler

Christine Nakashima

Joe Pasquariello

Joan Passarelli

Valencerina Quevedo

Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan

Guillermo Sandoval, Shawn Riley & Carlos Gutierrez

Celeste Schaefer Snyder

Britta Lee Shain & Marcel V. Shain

Nina Jo  Smith

Eleanor Smith & Greg Pattison

Tessa Solomon

Bob & Beverly Stane

Steve + Juniper  

Holly Tigard

Akemi Tom

Edward Tree

Edgar, Rosenda Villanueva & Family


Tanya Awabdy, Mark O’Leavey & Zanzaboo

Marty Axelrod & Kim Ohanneson

Tim Bernett & Debra Dobkin

Caren Braby, Greg Speer, Kadin and Tristan

Silvia Chang

Cathy and Rick Closson

Sue Cramer

Deborah Crooks

JoEllen & Robin

Joe & Dominic Dulay

Manuel Espique

Ron Espiritu

Jill Freeman & Joel Wachbrit

Dayna Goldfine & Dan Geller

Sharon Hannah

Jim Hanson

Chappell Holt

Eldon Horst

Jon & Monica Howarth

Mike & Saori Kappus

Apola Kipso

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