CDs

If I Were a Song...
A dynamic album with engaging imagery of spinning tops, roly polys, and whimsical imaginary creatures such as the band's namesake, the "Octopretzel"! Songs range from creative interpretations of traditional folk classics to originals, some co-written by Kindergartners, about telling time, recognizing patterns and understanding feelings. Featuring rich and varied instrumentation such as the marimba, the gimbrey (a Moroccon banjo made out of goat gut!), the middle eastern Riq, and the time-honored tin kazoo. We really put our heart into this album and we guarantee your kids (and you) will love it!


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Octopretzel
Octopretzel is a fun, engaging and upbeat folk album with a bluegrass twist. Traditional and original songs that will get the whole family up and dancing together.


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~Other CDs from the Octopretzel crew~

Melita: Earth Dream Lullabies
Earth Dream Lullabies is a melodic, soothing and dreamy album of songs with conscious and inspiring lyrics and an earthy and universal theme. These original and traditional lullabies seek to evoke a feeling of wonder and awe at the greatness and mystery of this planet and beyond and to inspire in children a sense of the sacred. The songs blend harmonic vocals with instruments such as the bamboo flute, African xylophone, mandolin, tablas and classical guitar creating a tapestry that is rich and intricate, while maintaining a gentleness and simplicity that children can relate to. This is music that can truly be enjoyed by the whole family.  Melita has several other cds both for children and adults that can be accessed through her website.



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Melita: My Roots Go Down
Melita joins forces with acclaimed Bay Area song leader and children's performer, Isaac Zones to create this inspirational, uplifting album that will speak to parents just as much as it will to kids. Melita and Isaac weave together beautiful harmonies, meaningful lyrics, danceable rhythms and engaging classics to get you singing, moving and ultimately put a big smile on your face. The songs reflect respect for the natural world, a peaceful planet, as well as the Jewish culture and heritage. This album is sure to appeal to lovers of folk music and camp-style sing-alongs, and will engage people of any age and generation.
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Sarita: Bubblejuice
All original songs hand crafted to inspire awe, thoughtfulness, creativitiy and fun in children of all ages. Bubblejuice is Real music for kids. Gentle and Powerful, we are working to positively influence children's impressions of this magical planet.



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Melita and Octopretzel: Shirei Gan Shalom - Songs in the Garden
An album of songs with a Jewish/Hebrew focus for kids and families.  Traditional songs and blessings, educational songs with Hebrew words, and lots of kids singing along.  Really fun for children of all ages.  Part of the proceeds of this album will go toward a rebuilding fund for Gan Shalom Preschool in Berkeley (
ganshalomberkeley.com)


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Kid Kaleidoscope
Jen, Sarita and Melita were all previously in another childrens' ensemble called Kid Kaleidoscope, and still perform with this group from time to time.  Kid K is a very creative, mostly acoustic, though slightly more rockin' music group for kids with a stellar album called The Adventures of Kid Kaleidoscope.


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Kid Kaleidoscope: Look Inside 
Another CD from the Kid K ensemble which includes songs by Melita, Sarita and Jen.
Fun and funky, danceable and sweet music for kids young and old.
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Ashkenaz: Kids Compilation CD
A compilation of fun songs by popular Bay Area kids' bands such as Orange Sherbet, the Sippy Cups, Asheba, and Octopretzel! All live performances recorded at Ashkenaz, Berkeley, CA.

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Jen Kantor: Every Day is a Celebration
Every Day is a Celebration is an upbeat dance and sing along classic that is fun for the whole family. One three year old said about this CD: "How did you know to put all my favorite songs on one album?!"

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Melita: Delicate Web
Melita's album of singer-songwriter originals, traditional folk songs, lullabies, chants and rounds.  Acoustic, organic sounds, thoughtful and uplifting.   To be enjoyed by people of all ages.


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Sarita: Songlines
Sarita's album of rootsy orginal songs.  Ethnic-Spirit-Folk music inspired by travels throughout Latin America, India, and Europe.


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