About Vanessa and the Jumping Monkeys

Vanessa Trien - vocals, acoustic guitar

Vanessa Trien - vocals acoustic guitar

Photo by Liz Linder

Vanessa Trien has been performing music for kids and families since 2005, many of those years in collaboration with her lively folk/roots/pop band, the Jumping Monkeys.  She has three Parents' Choice award-winning CDs for kids and families and is currently working on her fourth album, due out this winter.  Vanessa packs concert halls, preschool fundraisers and outdoor venues with dancing kids and families.  She is known for her highly interactive shows, featuring plenty of group singing and movement.  One of her most requested songs, "Tickle Monster" has families sneaking around on tip toe and then on queue, all start tickling each other!  In addition to performing, Vanessa teaches as an early childhood music specialist in preschool and pre-K classrooms in Brookline and has also taught parent and child group Music Together classes for ten years. Originally from New York City, Vanessa moved to Boston in the nineties to attend Harvard's Graduate School for Education and has stayed ever since, first diving into the Cambridge folk music scene and festival production, and then eventually jumping with her whole heart into the wild and wonderful world of children's music!