Carmen Staaf with Jonathan Singer
Hailed by The New York Times as "really, really, really fast," xylophonist Jonathan Singer is the leader of the XYLOPHOLKS. Originally from Xyloligosaccharides, a small island off the coast of Costa Rica, Singer is a direct descendant of Shmule Moskowitz, a bricklayer and amateur juggler. After years of being stranded on a fishing boat, he washed ashore in Back Bay, Boston, where he obtained a degree in Professional Music at Berklee. In 2008, he was voted #1 Xylophone Artist in a Mascot Suit by Mrs. James's third-grade class in Newark, New Jersey.
About the XYLOPHOLKS: Recently featured in People magazine's People Who Aren't People, But Rather Cookie Monsters... and Other Trademark Issues feature, the XYLOPHOLKS are a dynamic group of musicians who play mostly novelty ragtime music from the 1920s (featuring the xylophone!). They do so while wearing furry animal costumes. The XYLOPHOLKS want to make people happy and perhaps even dance.