A special show for children of all ages and their caregivers with Lala Simpson and Claudio Escuati who are both world music artists based in Wellington. Shake and shimmy, jump and turn around, sing along and discover new children's songs from around the world!!!
Performer, Songleader, music teacher
Lala Simpson is a vibrant and joyful professional singer who grew up in Madagascar and had been singing all her life. She was part of a folk singing and dancing group in Madagascar for many years and sang in bands and choirs. She is passionate about bringing world music to children and their families. She has been leading children's choirs for 8 years and is the founder of Manawa Ora Children Community Choir. She has been a tutor for International dance day for 10 years and led Music Magic at Capital E for 4 years.
Currently, Lala runs public world music singing workshops around NZ and for community groups, team building, conferences, holiday programs, and schools. She acts as a guest conductor for various community choirs. She directs the Wellington Community Choir and Kotaba Voices as well as performs the songs of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel.
Yoga Instructor, Sound Therapist and Musician
Claudio Escutia was born and raised in Mexico City and comes from a musical family.
Music has been part of his life from the very beginning of his journey. He started to study music at the age of 12 with the drums and guitars his father had at home. When he finished music school as a classical guitarist he moved to Montreal Canada and explored new genres such a Jazz, World Music, and Spiritual Music. He also discovered Indian Music and Yoga and they became a particularly important influence on his career, lifestyle, and vision.
Travelling the world allowed him to study Music and Yoga with teachers in Europe and Asia. He explored many instruments and music styles such as Guitar, Sitar, Esraj, Bansuri, Harmonium, Flutes, and Voice.
While travelling in Kathmandu Nepal he learned the art of playing Tibetan bowls and Sound therapy, and this was the glue that brought together his passion for Music and Yoga.
After living and travelling through many countries, Claudio is now based in Wellington, New Zealand. He is an active Yoga teacher and shares his talents in his Concerts, Classes, Workshops, and Sound Healing sessions.