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“… energetic and beautiful music that is joyfully contagious"
Isabel Allende, Author
“...a musical style that is infectiously positive, charming, upbeat, and delightful"
John Schechter, Author of Music in Latin American Culture
“…an innate ability to entertain and educate their audience"
Kathy Littles, Cultural Council For Monterey County Arts Education Director
ZunZun is a performing arts group offering a unique blend of humor, movement and song, as they celebrate the environments and cultures of the Americas through music.
Since 1992 the husband and wife duo, Stephen Synder and Gwynne Snyder Cropsey, has performed in 14 countries throughout the America’s. They have created numerous award winning CD’s and have appeared on regional, national and international radio and television.
As well as working in Universities, Elementary schools and Juvenile Detention Halls, ZunZun has performed at such venues as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Disney Symphony Hall and the National Theater of Cuba, and have composed a symphony for the Santa Cruz County Symphony. They have shared the stage with The Surfaris, Jake Shimabukuro, and the chef Anthony Bourdain.
ZunZun is best known for their work with performance programs about environmental protection, specifically about water issues. Their humor, vitality and commitment to audience participation make all of their shows vibrant and lively.
For more than 20 years ZunZun has performed their music in many countries around the world, reaching over 100,000 audience members annually. They utilize a wide variety of folkloric instruments (they play over thirty instruments), to highlight the rich spectrum of cultures and environments they share in North, Central and South America.
Shows are always participatory, multilingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English) and energetic.
ZunZun can also be backed by a three piece band that includes drum set, bass and percussion.
ZunZun performs in Theaters, Festivals, Museums, Cultural Centers and Corporate Events. They also perform for Schools, Libraries and other Educational Arenas.
Duo: 2 vocal mics and 2 instrument mics. Monitors if available
Trio: 2 vocal mics and 4 instrument mics. Monitors if available
2016 winner of Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award
2012 finalist for the Independent Music World Series
2010 Clair A. Hill Award to ZunZun in collaboration with Alameda County Water District
2006 i-parenting Media Award Winner
2006 Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence
2005 VH1 Song of the Year, Finalist for Folk
2005 Independent Music World Series West Coast Finalist
2004 featured artists for California Water Education Conference, San Jose
2001 winner of the Calabash Ethnic Arts Award
1999 Best Multilingual Album for Young Children-Children’s Music Web Awards
1999 Winnter of the Classic Multilingual Album-Children Music Web Awards
1998 Nominated for Best New Artist-Children¹s Music Web Awards
Featured Group for Bravo Television Arts For Change Award, for work with Community Youth Arts Project of the William James Organization