In association with New York City Children's Theater, composer, musician and children's book author Zenen Zeferino will perform a family-friendly concert with Radio Jarocho, the premiere son jarocho group in New York City. Zenen and Radio Jarocho will play traditional music and original compositions, including songs that inspired Zoongoro Bailongo, Zenen's collection of children's stories about animals who transform into musical instruments. New York City Children’s Theater and Kupferberg Center for the Arts have commissioned playwright Georgina Escobar to adapt Zoongoro Bailongo for the stage, with a tour to New York City schools planned for fall 2017.
Zenen Zeferino Huervo is a jarana player, singer, composer, and poet from Veracruz, Mexico. Born in a family of traditional musicians, Mr. Zeferino Huervo has been one of the major figures in the field of son jarocho (the traditional music of Veracruz) and is largely responsible for reviving the genre in contemporary performance and recording after it had almost disappeared during the 1960s and 1970s. He is currently in New York City doing an artistic residency with Radio Jarocho, pioneers in the preservation of son jarocho in the East Coast and strong promoters of Mexican music and dance in the United States.
New York City Children's Theater is a nonprofit organization that creates original, entertaining, and enriching theater for young audiences and adults to enjoy together. We believe a city as culturally rich as New York needs a children’s theater that produces high-quality original productions and develops robust arts-in-education programs, serving children in all communities across the five boroughs.