The Jazz Drama Program was developed by a jazz musician and a schoolteacher. Meeting the need for high quality, age-appropriate material in tune with today's youth, Nora's Ark is a hilarious retelling of the biblical tale. Set on a modern cruise ship, Nora and company rescue animals from the Bronx Zoo. The show captures the challenges of growing up, the desire to be free, and is rich with lessons of cooperation in the the ultimate struggle for survival.
This recording features The Eli Yamin Quintet with Eli Yamin, piano, Mark McGowan, trumpet, Chris Byars, tenor saxophone/flute, Pat 'O Leary, bass and Stefan Schatz, drums.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus Jazz Singers with Sofia D'Alessandro, Ariella De Los Santos, Daniel Epelbaum, Talia Fuchs, Raquel Klein, Anna Lentz, Isaac Lertola, Alice Markham-Cantor, Solomon McDougall, Jake Montagnino, Emma Orme, Nadege Philogene, Roselise Russo, Christina Santa Maria, Bolivia Williams
2) It's Gonna Rain; Solos by Christina with backup from Talia, Anna, Emma
9) There's Blue All Around Me-Predator; Solos by Sophia, Talia, Daniel, Anna
11) There's Blue All Around Me-Prey; Solos by Ariella, Roselise, Solomon, Raquel
14) Swingin' On The Family Tree; Solos by Jake with backup from Talia, Solomon, Bolivia
16) I See Blue; Solos by Christina with backup from Talia, Anna, Emma
All vocal songs by Eli Yamin and Clifford Carlson and published by Yamin Music (BMI)
All instrumentals by Eli Yamin and published by Yamin Music (BMI)
For information on mounting a production of Nora's Ark, scripts, scores, T-shirts and more contact:
Producer: Eli Yamin
Associate Producer: Clifford Carlson
Recording & Mixing Engineer: Jim Anderson
Assistant Engineers: Aki Nishimura, Bob Mallory, Fernando Lodeiro
Mastered by Alan Silverman at Arf! Productions
Recorded at Avatar Studios on March 6 & 7, 2010
Vocal Coach: Charenee Wade
Assistant Vocal Coach: Meryl Zimmerman
Artistic Director The Jazz Drama Program: Eli Yamin
Artistic Director Brooklyn Youth Chorus: Dianne Berkun
Chorus Mangers: Katie VanDerMeer, Nathalie Joachim
Cover Illustration: Daryl Long
Packaging Design: Scott Johnson
Thanks to: Kirk Imamura, Jim Anderson, Dianne Berku, Aviva Mitchell, Alan Silverman, Ingrid Baptista and all the supporters of The Jazz Drama Program.
Special thanks to Jeannette LoVetri of the Voice Workshop, whose indefatigable vision of collaboration between The Jazz Drama Program and The Brooklyn Youth Chorus made this recording happen.