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Suni Paz has recorded and has been published extensively.

Singing in English and Spanish, she has performed her music, 

thrilling audiences of all ages on stage,

radio, and television all over the world.


Among the myriad of concert halls she has graced are the

famed Bottom Line in New York (sharing the stage with performers such

as Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Don Maclean, Richie Havens, and

the late folk icon Phil Ochs) and Madison Square Garden.

She has been part of some of the most important folk music

festivals of our time like the Clearwater Revival.

Her unique songs inspire positive ideas,

the strength of the human spirit, and a caring world view.


Suni Paz is an upbeat, energetic performer- full of love and life.

Her songs have something to say to anyone looking for content,

culture, or just pure joy. She uses folk music, children’s music and popular 

rhythms fromall of Latin America, as well as other parts of the globe, bringing

a natural earth-bound warmth to any event.


She is involved in an ongoing collaboration with award-winning

writers and poets Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, setting their lyrics to music

and recording them. Her expertise also encompasses voice-overs for radio and 

television, transcription of songs from English and French into Spanish, and advertising.


Now, Suni Paz, poet and writer, introduces herself to the public, completing ”another turn of the merry-go-round that is my life” as she describes this moment.




For Organizations, Public Libraries, Schools, 

Teachers and Parents:


• Sharing the culture, art and power of music


• A friendly, natural approach to Spanish

 and English learning


• Children’s and adult literature and folklore


• Parental participation in education

 through music and instruments


• Recognized educator, M.A., B.A.

For the Workshop, or Classroom:

Through Songs, Poems, Short Stories, Legends,

Dances, Instruments and Games:


• Respect for traditions, cultural awareness,

  and reinforcing family bonding


• Inspiring creativity, and environmental concern


• Memorable hands-on musical experiences


• Building confidence, self-worth,

 decision-making, and responsibility



Conferences and Workshops:

Reads Week Family Day in the Park, Stockton, CA 2006

Día de los Niños at Santa Fe Springs Library, 2006


NAFCC 2007 Conference, Anaheim, CA


NABE & CABE Conferences, Del Sol Books, 

presentations of new releases, San José & Texas, 2007


Art and Power of Music Workshop,

Concert presentation, Borrego Hills, 2006


Keynote speaker Chicano Conference,

San Diego, 2006



Recognition and Awards


Children’s Music Network, Magic Penny Award, 2003

The Children's Music Network bestows the Magic Penny Award

on someone who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to children's music.


Parents Choice Award, 2002


Services to LEP students, SUNY,

Division of Bilingual Education, 1990


National Culture Through the Arts Award,

N.Y. State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, 1987


Grant, Center for International Education, Fulbright, ATLAS,

Tinker Foundation, 1985

ASCAP Songwriter Award, annually, since 1985


National Federation of Local Cable TV Programmers,

Madison, Wisconsin, 1979


Phi-Sigma-Iota Award, Foreign Languages, 1977




Has performed, toured and recorded extensively over the years 

with noted New York cellist Martha Siegel and accomplished

composer/arranger/flutist Wendy Blackstone.

Was member of the successful activist music and poetry group, 

El Grupo, which performed extensively

on the east coast and Puerto Rico.

“Chile-Chile” theatre production, accompanied by her son Ramiro Fauve,
Festival Du Teatre de Nanci, New York & France, 1979



Extended Bio


Born into an extraordinarily talented Argentine

creole-Italian-Catalonian family of writers, musicians, linguists and

poets, Suni Paz started playing the guitar, writing songs, singing in

choirs, and at family parties at age 12. From 1960 to 1963 she lived in

Chile. From 1963 to 1965 she raised her two children alone, making a living by writing

and singing advertising jingles for various companies and becoming a

copywriter trainee for McCann Erickson-Chile.

In 1967, she moved to California with her two children. There, she

designed curriculum for elementary schools presenting Latin American

culture through songs, stories and dances. She took voice lessons,

began her studies towards a BA in Sociology and Literature,

re-married, got a School District permit to perform in the schools

in Los Angeles and Oakland and thus began her teaching and singing 

career in the United States which has flourished. 

Ten years later, Suni completed an MA from Rutgers

University and teaching credentials from New York City.

She chose her name, Suni which means “ever-lasting,” from the Quechua

language, so as to be able to diseminate the rich indigenous cultures

of the Americas in lyrics, rhythms, and instruments such as the

charango, caja, and bombo. Paz is a last name that is found in every Latin American

country. Its meaning is peace. To find inner peace and share it with

others is Suni’s quest in life. To sing and play rhythms, 

creating a bridge between cultures, has been her trademark.

Out of need to have some themes addressed, Suni began writing her own

lyrics and setting to music some of her concerns in order to give a

voice to the silent and forgotten ones. She has sung in communities,

schools, at rallies and marches, and later at colleges, universities,

and festivals in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

In the sixties, having settled in New York, Suni recorded her first

record: Breaking Out of the Silence/Brotando del Silencio on Barbara

Dane’s label . In the seventies, Moe Asch from Folkways Records

requested three children’s albums: Alerta, Children Songs for the

Playground and From the Sky of my Childhood which Suni recorded

accompanied by noted cellist Martha Siegel. The three albums

solidified Suni’s voice as a singer-songwriter of children’s songs. The

albums became pivotal in Suni’s career as an educator and a

musician using songs to teach about all subjects and about life.

In 1984, Suni met Dr. Alma Flor Ada a renowned writer and poet of

children’s stories, living and working in San Francisco. Dr. Ada was

interested in having her lyrics set to music and recorded by Suni.

Together with Vivi Escrivá, a magnificent illustrator living in Spain,

Alma Flor Ada’s lyrics and Suni’s music, a trio of creativity across two

continents became established. In 1997, Suni met poet and writer Francisca Isabel

Campoy who writes children’s books on Latin America and Spain with Dr.

Alma Flor Ada. The trio became a quartet. Suni then began writing

music, recording and performing Ada’s and Campoy’s lyrics and stories

which they now present together in conferences on education in USA and

Latin America. Thus, Suni Paz continues today with her career as a

an auther, lyricist, singer, songwriter, recording artist, and performer of

children’s songs. She has just published her own collection of short stories

and anecdotes about growing up in Argentina and has an upcoming

release about her life in Chile.

Suni writes her own songs whenever she needs to reinforce some idea, 

cultural or spiritual value. Currently, she is promoting her new Smithsonian 

Folkways CD “Bandera Mía” with a concert tour combining stirring 

folk songs from Argentina and her inspiring biographical stories.

She enjoys involving her sons in her recordings. Her eldest, Juan, plays 

keyboard on several of her albums. Her youngest, Ramiro Fauve, 

a singer-songwriter and outstanding artist continues to create music with her.



Look for one of her stories in the upcoming collection “The Spirit of a Woman...

and the Power of Her Story,” by Terry Gopadze. Her poems will also soon

appear in the book “La Inefable Locura de ser Poeta” with 20 poets from Los Angeles and a CD with Argentine poet and painter Rodolfo Spadano.




Cantos de Las Posadas and Other Christmas Songs (recorded by Elena Paz and Carlos Garcia Travesi), 1963, Folkways Records[6]

Brotando del Silencio - Breaking Out of the Silence, 1973, Paredon Records[7]

Entre Hermanas: Between Sisters: Women's Songs in Spanish Sung by Suni Paz, 1977, Folkways Records[8]

From the Sky of My Childhood / Del Cielo de Mi Ninez - Folk Songs from Latin America sung by Suni Paz, 1979, Folkways Records[9]

Earth and Ocean Songs: Canciones del Mar y de la Tierra, 1982, Folkways Records[10]

Hagamos Camimos: Andamos Student, 1986, Addison-Wesley

Brotes Sobre el Papel: Buds on Paper, 1987, Suni Paz

La Pajara Pinta, 1988, Santillana Publishing

Manana es Domingo, 1988, Santillana Publishing

Estaba la Pastora, 1988, Santillana Publishing

Las Semillas Magicas, 1988, Santillana Publishing

La Bella Durmiente, 1988, Santillana Publishing

La cenicienta, 1988, Santillana Publishing

Caperucita Roja, 1988, Santillana Publishing

Blancanieves, 1988, Santillana Publishing

Alerta Sings and Songs for the Playground/ Canciones Para el Recreo, 1989, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings[11]

Aprender Cantando, 1990, Alma Flor Ada-Suni Paz[12]

Songs in Spanish, 1992, Sanctuary Wooks-Scholastic

Amigos, 1994, Rei American

El Viejo Abuelo, 1995, Scholastic

Musica Matematica, 1995, Scholastic

Cantando con Suni Paz, 1995, Scholastic

Abecedario de los Animales, 1996, Alma Flor Ada-Suni Paz[13]

Waves, 1996, Mimosa

Como Una Flor, 1996, Alma Flor Ada-Suni Paz[14]

Ceielo Abierto (K-2nd Grade), 1996, Harcourt-Brace

Cuentos Cantados (K-3rd Grade), 1997, Mimosa

Gathering the Sun, 1997, Alma Flor Ada-Suni Paz[15]

Canciones Para el Recreo: Children's Songs for the Playground, 1998, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings[16]

Smithsonian Folkways Children's Collection, 1998, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings[17]

Alerta Sings and Songs for the Playground/ Canciones Para el Recreo, 2000, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings[18]

Raíces Latinas: Smithsonian Folkways Latino Roots Collection, 2002, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings[19]

Bandera Mía: Songs of Argentina, 2007, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings[20]

REFERENCES from Wikipedia








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