CANZONI PER BAMBINI, VOLUME II
Canzoni Per Bambini, Volume II is a new collection of twenty original Italian songs for children in the continuing educational series presented by Centro Raccontami, the Italian Language & Cultural Arts Center in New York City. Produced and written by John Gentry Tennyson and Dr. Katia Moltisanti Tennyson. The Canzoni Per Bambini series has been developed to bring music, joy and bi-lingual education to the ever-growing minds of children and young adults. This project is sponsored in part by the Italian American Committee on Education (IACE).
Centro Raccontami is an Italian Language and Cultural Arts Center founded by Dr. Katia Moltisanti Tennyson. Located in the heart of Manhattan, the center offers a variety of workshops for children and adults everyday of the week. Centro Raccontami is a non-profit organization.
The mission of Centro Raccontami is to support and promote creative and dynamic workshops that connect students to authentic Italian life through people, language, art and music.
Students learn to create with their hands, sing with their voices, imagine with their minds, and listen and speak to communicate. In an atmosphere of creative spontaneity, we offer native Italian instructors, educated in Italian Universities, to provide the most authentic experience in learning.
At Centro Raccontami, we believe that teaching is a creative form of art. Our workshops are designed to teach Italian through the arts.
Please come join us for a rich and rewarding schedule of workshops!
DR. KATIA MOLTISANTI TENNYSON
Dr. Katia Moltisanti Tennyson, founder and director of Centro Raccontami, is a native-born Italian from Ragusa, Italy. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Catania, with a specialization in Italian, Spanish and English Literatures. Dr. Tennyson is also certified in Early Childhood Teachers and Graphic Arts and works as a freelance Italian translator for various companies in New York City and Italy. She teaches Italian classes at Montclair State University, City College (The City University of New York) and at the Italian Language and Cultural Arts Center, Centro Raccontami, to children and adults of all levels.
JOHN GENTRY TENNYSON
Upon moving to New York City from his native Texas homeland, Houston born Tennyson immersed himself in the local jazz scene, studied jazz harmony with Richie Beirach and landed the gig with guitar legend, Al Di Meola. Performing with Richie Morales, Gumbi Ortiz, Arto Tunboycin, Rachel Z and Barry Miles while developing the Di Meola release, “Kiss My Axe”, Tennyson established himself and began developing his own sound. He began composing and recording original music that culminated in his first piano trio CD, John Tennyson's, “Real World Trio”, featuring guest artists, Randy Brecker and Dewey Redman alongside New York musical mainstays, drummer-Terry Silverlight and bassist-Tony Scherr. Following this release, Tennyson toured with Sarah Brightman on the “Music of the Night” symphonic concert tour, Sophie B. Hawkins-as her Musical Director on the “Tongues and Tails” tour and Pop icon, Martika on “Martika’s Kitchen”. Soon after, Les Paul learned of Tennyson and he became a featured performer with Les at the Iridium Jazz Club for seven years. The list of artists after that gig grew to include many jazz legends-Mel Lewis, Grady Tate, Joe Morello, Jeff Hirschfield, Buddy Williams, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bucky Pizarelli, Howard Alden, Monty Alexander, Tom Harrell, Hiram Bullock, Will Lee, Chuck Rainey, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Rodney Jones, Chuck Loeb, Mark O’Connor, Mark Feldman, Todd Reynolds, Chip Jackson, Kermit Driscoll, Lonnie Plaxico, Eddie Gomez and John Patitucci.
Voiceovers-Marianna Benati, Sandro Cerra
Vocals-Katia Moltisanti Tennyson, John Gentry Tennyson and Ligeia Moltisanti.
Choir-Centro Raccontami Children’s Chorus: Roma Lucero, Samantha Ruvolo, Victoria Montalbano, Emeline Mele, and Julia Meltzer.
All compositions and orchestrations by John Gentry Tennyson
Lyrics by Katia Moltisanti Tennyson and John Gentry Tennyson
© 2007 Johngentry Music/ASCAP
Produced by John Gentry Tennyson at QMasterMusic Studios/New York City.
All instrumental programming done by John Gentry Tennyson using the Vienna Symphonic Library series.
Recorded at QMasterMusic Studios, New York City, May through November 15, 2006.
Recording/Mixing Engineer-John Gentry Tennyson
Mastered by Kurt Lundvall at Lundvall Audiophile Mastering & Recording, Ltd.
Illustrations by Katia Moltisanti Tennyson www.centroraccontami.org
Graphic Layout by Martin Albisetti www.format-kg.ch
© 2007 QMasterMusic Records. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.