“When we keep channels of creative play open and alive through the experience of making music together, we accept ourselves as the emotional, social, and adaptable human beings we evolved to be.” — Amelia Robinson

Mil's Trills
Amelia Robinson performs as Mil’s Trills. (Photo credit: Eian Kantor)

Recognized as a 2018/19 Jubilation Foundation Fellow for her excellence in bringing joy to children, Amelia Robinson unites Brooklyn communities once again in this year’s annual celebration of live music and art-making at the Mil’s Trills 9th Annual Winter Bash. The event will feature a full band performance as well as a recital of budding young songwriters ages 7-9 years who will be playing original songs and improvised tunes created on the spot with the audience. The event will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 3-4pm at ShapeShifter Lab on 18 Whitwell Place in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Following the success of Mil’s Trills’ third album, Ridiculous Nonsense, which was awarded a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, broadcast heavily on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live!, and featured on Target’s Back-To-School Podcast, Coffee and Crayons, band leader Amelia Robinson has dug her heels deeper into her mission to highlight the voice of young creators by offering them the spotlight at her show. She encourages kids to trust instincts and take risks by using musical improvisation as a metaphor to confront uncertainty that life brings.

Incorporating improvised songwriting into her live show, Amelia shifts audience attention away from the expectation of a finished product and towards the value of process through creative play. Her approach turns mistakes into helpful surprises and reveals failure as an essential part of the learning process which she believes positively reinforces a more “authentic representation of real life”. This shared music making experience is an opportunity to deepen relationships with one’s self and others, combat spikes in childhood stress and anxiety, and cultivate a generation of mindful critical thinkers.

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Photo credit: Molly Robinson

“In this polarized world where divisions between race, religion, and gender are being viciously amplified in the interest of power and wealth, children are being bound to social constructs that restrict their potential before they are even born. Mil’s Trills music-making experiences provides the support and tools that children need to challenge the status quo and become the architects of their future.”

The Mil’s Trills 9th Annual Bash offer audiences a chance to be transformed by the insight of young minds and become songwriters of their very own alongside neighbors, families and friends. A yoga warmup will be presented by Bend and Bloom. All families welcome. Suitable for all ages and abilities. No previous music experience necessary.

Mil’s Trills 9th Annual Winter Bash!
Become a songwriter and join the Mil’s Trills community as they celebrate their ninth birthday with a collaborative music-making experience led by Amelia Robinson and budding kid composers.
Where: ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215
When: Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3 p.m. (Doors 2:30 p.m.)
Admission: $10 in advance. $15 at the door. Family rate $45 day of show. Babes in arms free.
Purchase tickets online: www.milstrills.com or https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3915958
Closest train: R to Union Street
Info: 646-820-9452, amelia@milstrills.com, or the Mil’s Trills website: www.milstrills.com
Please note: This is an all-ages show that is especially suitable for children 0 – 12. Stroller parking and refreshments available. Disabled ramp access at venue.This event is sponsored by Fruit Bliss and Park Slope Copy Center.
Mil’s Trills Musical Playdates Web Series – www.bit.ly/musicalplaydates

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