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“… energetic and beautiful music that is joyfully contagious"
Isabel Allende, Author

“...a musical style that is infectiously positive, charming, upbeat, and delightful"
John Schechter, Author of Music in Latin American Culture

“…an innate ability to entertain and educate their audience"
Kathy Littles, Cultural Council For Monterey County Arts Education Director


ZunZun is a performing arts group offering a unique blend of humor, movement and song, as they celebrate the environments and cultures of the Americas through music.

Since 1992 the husband and wife duo, Stephen Synder and Gwynne Snyder Cropsey, has performed in 14 countries throughout the America’s. They have created numerous award winning CD’s and have appeared on regional, national and international radio and television.

As well as working in Universities, Elementary schools and Juvenile Detention Halls, ZunZun has performed at such venues as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Disney Symphony Hall and the National Theater of Cuba, and have composed a symphony for the Santa Cruz County Symphony. They have shared the stage with The Surfaris, Jake Shimabukuro, and the chef Anthony Bourdain.

ZunZun is best known for their work with performance programs about environmental protection, specifically about water issues. Their humor, vitality and commitment to audience participation make all of their shows vibrant and lively.

For more than 20 years ZunZun has performed their music in many countries around the world, reaching over 100,000 audience members annually. They utilize a wide variety of folkloric instruments (they play over thirty instruments), to highlight the rich spectrum of cultures and environments they share in North, Central and South America.

Shows are always participatory, multilingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English) and energetic.

ZunZun can also be backed by a three piece band that includes drum set, bass and percussion.

ZunZun performs in Theaters, Festivals, Museums, Cultural Centers and Corporate Events. They also perform for Schools, Libraries and other Educational Arenas.

Tech requirements

Duo: 2 vocal mics and 2 instrument mics. Monitors if available
Trio: 2 vocal mics and 4 instrument mics. Monitors if available


2016 winner of Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award

2012 finalist for the Independent Music World Series

2010 Clair A. Hill Award to ZunZun in collaboration with Alameda County Water District

2006 i-parenting Media Award Winner

2006 Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence

2005 VH1 Song of the Year, Finalist for Folk

2005 Independent Music World Series West Coast Finalist

2004 featured artists for California Water Education Conference, San Jose

2001 winner of the Calabash Ethnic Arts Award

1999 Best Multilingual Album for Young Children-Children’s Music Web Awards

1999 Winnter of the Classic Multilingual Album-Children Music Web Awards

1998 Nominated for Best New Artist-Children¹s Music Web Awards

Featured Group for Bravo Television Arts For Change Award, for work with Community Youth Arts Project of the William James Organization

Press clippings

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Zun Zun Sings the Joys of Recycling to students at Holy Cross School - February 11, 2013
News Pointer article on Zun Zun assembly in San Pedro Symphony, The Pajaronian Registrar, February 28, 2008.
South of the Border Music. Article in the Daily Republic. July 9, 2004 Water Music makes its way to local schools. Article in The Aqueduct, March 1, 2004 Zun Zun show promises to be fun fun. Article in the The Sun-Yuma Arizona, May 7, 2004.
Recycling as the stuff of drama. Article in the San Jose Mercury News, June 30, 1999.
Ethnic Sounds. Article in Petaluma-Argus Courier, February 7, 2001. Zun Zun brings musical fun fun to the Cinnabar. Article in Petaluma-Argus Courier, February 1, 1999. Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony dazzles young crowd. Article in Pajaronian, March 1, 2006
Group has unique way to teach lesson. Article in Contra Costa Times, March 2007 Celebrating Mother Earth. Register Pajaronian. April 23, 2007.
Symphony, ZunZun to join in collaborative effort.

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