Initial Air Dates 3/13/97 (Show 3740) & 5/14/98 (Show 3784)
Air Dates 3/26/96 & 9/24/96 (Show 3487)
Ten cute kids (animated using cutout photographs) dance and freeze to an afro-pop groove. Electric bass by John Styklunas, drums by Eric Paull, layered alto saxophones and percussion by Ken Field. Engineered and mixed by Andy Pinkham at Mortal Music, Charlestown, MA. Kids counting voices by Zoe & Annie Aqua, Taylor Tibbrine, and Emma Hart. The dancing kids are Mimi Rondeau, Ryan Prothro, Haile Kahassai, Matt Yalouris, Isabel Cummings, Emma Child, Kine Camara, Tyrone Stewart, Trevor Tibbrine, and Taylor Tibbrine.
Masked characters appear mandala-fashion around the numbers from 1 to 10 and back, to a percussion soundtrack played by Ken Winokur. Voice by Alicia Bell (English version) and Rosa Vasquez (Spanish version).
Initial Air Dates 5/1/98 (Show 3775) & 5/6/98 (Show 3778)
Initial Air Dates (Wall of Numbers 4): 4/27/00, 6/15/00, 10/26/00, 12/14/00 (show 3904)
A collection of animals dance together, first in unison, and then in increasingly complex contrasting rhythms. Each dance rhythm is accompanied by a musical rhythm, played on bottles and percussion instruments to a background Middle-Eastern clay drum beat.
Initial Air Dates (Octopus): 6/21/02, 8/30/02, 11/8/02 (show 4030)
Initial Air Date 5/2/97 (Show 3645)
Initial Air Dates: 5/5/03, 6/10/03, 7/16/03 (show 4051: Tellys Duckling)
A boy reads a book in his room, which transforms into a jungle: his cat turns into a tiger, his plants turn into trees, and he goes for a short ride on the tiger. Everything changes back (this is Sesame St, not X-Files…), and he closes the book. Electric Bass by George Hicks, the engineer, since the scheduled bass player didnt show up for the recording session…
Initial Air Dates (Wall of Numbers 6): 5/2/00, 6/20/00, 10/31/00, 12/19/00 (show 3907)
Cut-out photographs of Karens brother Hal Aquas Denver family are animated to dance together. The central character is Karens niece Zoe, who dances with each family member in turn (father Hal, mother Risa, sister Annie). The voice is by Alicia Bell. Musicians are the same as for Dancing With Elmo. Lyrics byKaren Aqua.
Elmo dances live to the instrumental music from Dancing Petroglyphs (see below).
Animated characters with miniature masks for heads march across the screen carrying numbers, to the mardi gras music ofThe Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. Kids voices by Ben Kusiak, Emma Child, and Jeff Rovanelli.This segment also appears on the Sesame Street videotapes One Two Three, Count With Me & The Great Numbers Game: The Best of Sesame Streets Classic Cartoons in case you want to march around your living room on your own schedule…This song is available on the Ken Field CDPictures of Motion, and on the CD Year of the Snake by theRevolutionary Snake Ensemble.
An elephant, a zebra, an ostrich, a hedgehog, a frog, and a ladybug walk across the screen, each adding the rhythm of its own walk to the soundtrack as it appears. At the end, each animal jumps on the elephants back in turn, and the piece ends with just the elephants rhythm left as it walks off with the others riding. Percussion by Ken Winokur and Ken Field. The sound of the zebra landing on the elephants back was produced by Ken Winokur throwing himself onto the floor.
Lyrics by Karen Aqua, melody by Karen Aqua and Ken Field, chords and arrangement by Ken Field. A girl (Ella Williams) dances with flowers, trees, and the sun! Musicians are Steve Langone (drums), Jesse Williams (acoustic bass), Dinty Child (mandolin and accordion), Karen Aqua (spoons), Ken Field (percussion), Franc Graham (vocals). Engineered and mixed by Andy Pinkham at Mortal Music, Charlestown, MA.
Initial Air Dates 4/25/00, 6/13/00, 8/23/00, 12/12/00 (show 3902) & 5/9/00, 6/27/00, 11/7/00, 12/26/00 (show 3912)
Field has composed, produced, and played on a number of soundtracks for Sesame Street segments, mostly animated by his wife,Karen Aqua. Each segment is between 30 seconds and 2 minutes in duration. Most of the segments are summarized below, in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Lyrics by Karen Aqua, melody by Karen Aqua and Ken Field, chords and arrangement by Ken Field. An animated jaguar, a jackrabbit, a jaybird, and a jackal all join the jump with the jumping J. Musicians are Phil Neighbors (drums), Jesse Williams (bass), Mike Duke (guitar), Marjie Alonso (vocals). Engineered and mixed by Andy Pinkham at Mortal Music, Charlestown, MA.This piece also appears on theSony Wonder/Sesame Workshop dvd/videotape All-Star Alphabet (along with appearances by Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, and Larry King). A rearrangement of the music also appears on Happy Healthy Monsters
Initial Air Dates (Elephant): 3/22/02, 5/31/02, 8/9/02 (show 4015)
The Dancing Petroglyph concept (see below) is extended to include the numbers 18, 19, and 20. The voice is by Rebeccah Lijek.
A live-action piece (actually run backwards!) in which Nancy Johns Fleming dances under, around, and behind a stone structure (located near Roswell, New Mexico) that looks amazingly like The Letter N. Musicians include Dan Kellar/fiddle (Krewe de Roux), Dinty Child/mandolin (Funky White Honkies), Mickey Bones/spoons/washboard (Krewe de Roux), Jesse Williams/bass.
If you enjoy the music from these Sesame Street pieces, you might also like to know about Fields solo CDsSubterraneaandPictures of Motion.
Two exotic birds and an alligator demonstrate the concepts of fast and slow. Percussion by Ken Winokur, voice by Alicia Bell, lyrics byKaren Aqua.
With lyrics and melody written by Karen Aqua, and chords and arrangement by Ken Field, this is a true musical collaboration between Karen & Ken. A character holds a number (in this case, either 4, 5, or 6) and tries to match it to one of the numbers on the adjoining wall. When the matching number is found, it joins some characters at the top of the wall in a celebratory dance. Vocals are by the Crown Electric Companygals, Carolyn Kaylor, Linda Viens, and Denise DiZio. Drums by Eric Paull, acoustic bass by John Styklunas, and layered alto saxophones by Ken Field. Engineered and mixed by Andy Pinkham at Mortal Music, Charlestown, MA.
Rock art figures dance around the letters Y, O, W, and S. Multitracked tenor saxophones by Field, with percussion by Ken Winokur (Alloy Orchestra). Voice by Emma Child.
Cut-out photographs of Karens niece Zoe dance with an animated tiger. Musicians include Jesse Williams/bass and Ken Winokur/drums (Alloy Orchestra). Voice by Marlene Aqua. Lyrics byKaren Aqua.This segment also appears on the Sesame Street videotape Elmo-cise!, in case you want to have your own personal copy for repeated viewings!
Initial Air Dates 3/24/98 (Show 3747) & 4/24/98 (Show 3770)
Fish, birds, and islanders demonstrate motion forward and backward to a Carribean groove. Voice by Alicia Bell.
Initial Air Dates: 4/6/04, 5/12/04, 6/17/04 (show 4058: Best Pet in the World)
Initial Air Dates 4/19/96 & 10/18/96 (Show 3505)
Cut-out photographs of the muppet Elmo are animated to dance with a drawn dog, named Dash. Dash recites a poem about the dance, to the funk soundtrack. The voice is by Boston singer/songwriter Randy Black. Musicians are: Ethan Meyer/drums (Bad Art Ensemble), Jesse Williams/bass, Dana Colley/bari sax (Morphine), Alec Haavik/tenor sax (Jayuya), Ken Field/alto sax, Rick Barry/percussion (BimSkalaBim). Lyrics byKaren Aqua.
Cut-out photographs of a bunch of kids, and cut-out drawings of a bunch of animals, toss, kick, elbow, bump, and otherwise pass the letters of the alphabet from one to the next. The music is kind of acid/jazz/hip-hop, performed by Ethan Meyer/drums (Bad Art Ensemble), Mike Rivard/acoustic bass (numerous credits), and Ken Field/alto saxophones & percussion. Clapping by Ken Field and Karen Aqua. Voices are by Rebeccah Lijek, Nick Gage, and Eva Eichen. The photographed kids are Mimi Rondeau, Suryani Dewa Ayu, Ryan Prothro, Haile Kahassai, Matt Yalouris, Jack Curci, Emma Hart, Peter Neusner, Isabel Cummings, Emma Child, Kine Camara, Tyrone Stewart, Trevor Tibbrine, Taylor Tibbrine, and Zoe Aqua. This song is available on Ken Fields solo CDPictures of Motion.
Initial Air Dates: 4/25/03, 6/2/03, 7/8/03 (show 4045: The Cookie Flu)
A small dog watches a little girl and an alligator do a dance. At the end, the dog decides that he can do it too, and does a great solo dance! Percussion by Ken Winokur.
Lyrics by Karen Aqua, melody by Karen Aqua and Ken Field, chords and arrangement by Ken Field. An animated frog goes for a jog with his friend the hog, and theres also a log. And a quail with a purple tail meets a big snail along the trail. You get the picture. Musicians are Phil Neighbors (drums), Jesse Williams (bass), Mike Duke (guitar), Franc Graham (vocals). Engineered and mixed by Andy Pinkham at Mortal Music, Charlestown, MA.
Lyrics by Karen Aqua, melody by Karen Aqua and Ken Field, chords and arrangement by Ken Field. A girl (Rebecca Robinson) dances to a samba rhythm with an elephant and an octopus. Musicians are Steve Langone (drums and percussion), Jesse Williams (electric bass, background elephant vocal), Dinty Child (accordion, background octopus vocal), Ken Field (saxophones, samba whistle, and shaker), all plus Karen Aqua (clapping), Wanetta Jackson (vocals). Engineered and mixed by Andy Pinkham at Mortal Music, Charlestown, MA.