Big Things Thursdays: Carmen Castillo-Barrett 

#BigThingsThursdays is a weekly series of short interviews with people who are doing big things for the community and for the world. 

KiddieScienceMeet Carmen Castillo-Barrett, Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Kiddie Science in Brooklyn, NY. My son enjoyed summer classes with Ms Carmen at Elk Cafe for 2 summers in a row since he was 2 1/2. The level of detail he remembers about his experience from last year, is a true testament to the dedication of Ms. Carmen's mission, "to plant the seeds of science in the hearts and minds of young children..." 

Q. BIG THINGS begin with an intention, what is yours?
I want to leave a mark in this world. I want kids and grown-ups to get excited about science and appreciate its beautifully complicated simplicity. 

Q. How are you fulfilling this intention?
 I teach fun, hands-on science workshops to young kids through a nonprofit I established, Kiddie Science. I hope that by working with an age group that is already naturally curious that I can plant the seed of science into the hearts and minds of young scientists. 

Q. What barriers have you encountered, and how have you dealt with them?
As a Dominican woman in the field of science, the barriers have been plenty! I deal with them by reflecting on how far I've come, taking a deep breath, and moving forward by any means necessary.

Thank you, Ms. Carmen for doing big things in our community. And I'm proud to say that my son has been reaping the benefits of your mission for the past two summers and looks forward to more. 

For more information on Kiddie Science, visit

BIG THINGS: Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award! 

I'm proud to announce that Big Things has been awarded the Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award. It's a beautiful thing and a wonderful start to big things. :)

"Brooklyn based, purple-haired Lucy Kalantari plays roaring 20?s style jazz, with a fine voice that recalls both Billie Holiday and the Andrew Sisters."
- Lahri Bond, Parents' Choice Foundation

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New Music Video: Our Garden 

It's here, it's here! My first ever music video for the next single from Big Things, "Our Garden".
BIG thanks to all of the families who made this video possible. Especially all of the children who came over to be silly with me in the Kalantari Garden: Addie, Asa, Declan, Darius, Estelle, Pehya, Sammy and Teddy

And all of the kids in the fan-submitted videos: Charlotte, the Chibi Kodama band, Finn, Murph, Oliver and Teddy. 

You're all superstars! And now...without further delay, "Our Garden". Enjoy! And SHARE with the world!

Big Things Album Release Concert! 

Families, friends, let's DO THIS!
Saturday, September 24th at 11am!
We're coming back to ShapeShifter Lab in style!

Come play, dance and sing to celebrate BIG THINGS with my jazz age styled music. Enjoy a full band performance with special guests, arts & crafts, pearls and balloons. Fun for the entire family!

Saturday, September 24th, 11am
ShapeShifter Lab

11 Whitewell Place • Brooklyn, NY 11215
$10 Advance // $15 Door // Children under 2 FREE



Let's Make A Music Video! 

Friends, it's time to (finally) make a music video. Are you in? It's for my new song, "Our Garden". 

Let's do it! Send me a video clip of you doing any sort of gardening activity with a loved one: your child, your mother, your husband, your wife, sister, name it. Activities include watering, planting, pulling weeds, harvesting, mixing soil. You can also send me clips of your garden--even if you think it's unimpressive. Gardening requires lots of love and dedication, and to have even just one thing you're taking care of, or teaching your child to take care of it carries so much weight and value.

Here's a snippet of my song:
Email me your video clips at

I look forward to making this happen WITH YOU!

¡Bienvenidos! Spanish Sing-Along 

Sing-along with Lucy KalantariOh, it's too darn hot! But it's wonderful to have a weekly sing-along in a space with heavenly air conditioner.

Join me every Friday this summer at Lark Cafe and learn Spanish in song with your child! Sing songs both new and familiar as we explore colors, numbers and animals. Go on a mini-adventure during story time with delightful, illustrated books in Spanish. Get down with a jam session as we dive into rhythmic fun. It's gonna be a wonderful time:

Fridays, at 10am through September 2nd
Lark Cafe 
1007 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

I look forward to seeing your smiling faces, friends!

New Single: Balloon! 

It's with great pride that I present to you my first single from Big Things, "Balloon!" 

This track is available to download for free right now when you sign the mailing list. If you've already signed up, then it arrived in your inbox this morning. 

Click here to sign up for the newsletter and receive your very own Balloon!

Catch me tonight, Friday June 17th in Philly for KidChella, Saturday, June 18th at Governor's Island for Porchstomp 2016 and Tuesday, June 21st for Make Music New York in Park Slope Brooklyn. Details below!

Friday, June 17, 6pm • with the Jazz Cats 
Smith Memorial Playground 
3500 Reservoir Drive, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19121 
Tickets: $10 

Saturday, June 18, 2pm • Duet 
Nolan Park, Governor's Island, NY 

Tuesday, June 21, 4pm • Duet 
Windsor Shoes, 484 5th Ave 
Park Slope, Brooklyn 

Next up: KidChella!!! 

The Jazz Cats and I will be going on a road trip to Philly on Friday, June 17th for the first of 3 KidChella 2016 shows! I was thrilled to have been invited to perform, and with a new album almost out, we get to show off some of the new tunes! The fabulous Joanie Leeds will be performing right after me. It's going to be a FANTASTIC night!

Tickets on sale now:

Friday, June 17 • 6pm
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
3500 Reservoir Drive, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19121

PS 217 Garden Concert Series! 

Duets with Lucy Kalantari & Lloyd H. Miller - PS 217 Garden Concert SeriesI'm happy to have been invited back for the PS 217 Garden Concert series! This time, I've teamed up with the fantastic Lloyd H. Miller to join the fun!

Bring your picnic blankets and dinner as Lloyd and I liven up the garden with folk, jazz and rock songs for the whole family. 

Wednesday, May 25th, 6-7pm
PS 217
1100 Newkirk Avenue (Corner of Westminster Road)
Brooklyn, NY 
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Join me for one of my weekly bilingual jazz sing-alongs!
$10 per family

Thursdays, 11am
Elk Cafe, 154 Prospect Park SW, Brooklyn