“Robinson is a source of boundless enthusiasm and friendliness”
The List ★★★★
“A sentiment worth getting behind”
JUBILATION FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
"for individuals with exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm."
“A multi-layered adventure that gets richer with each spin”
“Amelia has the inexplicable ability to bring smiles to the faces of both parents and children. Hopefully soon she can put one on yours.”
Broadway Baby ★★★★
Mil's Trills is a Brooklyn-based children's music project dedicated to creating positive inclusive music-making experiences that strive to empower and embrace young audiences and families. Through joyful collaborative live shows, engaging albums, and interactive songwriting web series, we work to find new creative ways of bringing people together towards a peaceful global community.
Mils Trills is led by Amelia Robinson (2020-21 BAC grantee) who writes and performs original lively tunes on her electric ukulele with the help of a rotating cast of musical guests. Together, they have released three award-winning albums; Everyone Together Now! (Parents' Choice 2014) celebrating community, Now That We're Friends... (Parents' Choice 2015) fostering friendship through open minds and compassionate hearts, and their most recent album, Ridiculous Nonsense, (NAPPA, Parents' Choice GOLD) emphasizing the value of play in the creative process. Their most recent release, "Put Your Mask On" ft. Uncle Jumbo is a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and was the theme song of Masks 4 America's national Mask Up Covid Down campaign.
Mil's Trills latest community project, the Kids Open Mic "Night" series provides weekly virtual workshops and performance opportunities for aspiring songwriters in Brooklyn, NY.
“Robinson yields a powerful authenticity”
Mil's Trills' music can also be heard on the children’s album, Songs for a Healthier America, produced as part of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle in youth.
Mil's Trills is currently producing a new interactive songwriting series, Guide to Songwriting, inspired by Musical Playdates, and featuring her Messy Music method - a play-centered, highly responsive approach to music-making that activates creativity free of standards, judgement, and criticism.
With a focus on process over product, and through a lens of curiosity and improvisation, Amelia's Messy Music method offers accessibility to the arts, builds social emotional skills, and helps us understand how we construct our realities so we can better accept differences in others around us.
Lincoln Center, BAM, Symphony Space, Wolf Trap, Guggenheim, MASS MoCA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tribeca Film Festival, London's Southbank Centre, Royal Concert Hall at Nottingham, and with the Pleasance Theatre's KidZone at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.
BAC grantee 2020-21 | 2018-19 Jubilation Foundation Fellow | 2018 NAPPA and Parents' Choice GOLD / 2014 / 2015 Parents’ Choice Awards | Top 20 best shows 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe by The List | Notable Mention, Primary Times Children’s Choice Award | BRIC B FREE Award
New York Times, Time Out NY, New York Magazine, Brooklyn Parent Magazine, Mommy Poppins | Featured on NY1, Local News 12, BBC Radio 1, BRIC's Brooklyn Free Speech
Amelia Robinson is a musician, composer, teaching artist, and entrepreneur who strives to bring people together through shared music experiences. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with three siblings and immigrant Jewish parents from Australia and New Zealand, she grew up playing Suzuki piano and singing from the age of three with the Brooklyn Children's Ensemble where she performed at Carnegie Hall with Marvin Hamlisch and later on Broadway’s A Christmas Carol.
Through her many travels to Kazakhstan, Israel, Guatemala, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and while performing on an artificial island in Qatar, Amelia cultivated a deep appreciation for ethnomusicology and discovered a magical little instrument that could schmear a smile on any face; the ukulele.
With ukulele in hand, Amelia voyaged to London to work alongside award winning British composer Michael Nyman and the London Symphony Orchestra. She composed and conducted a multi-media interactive orchestral piece called The Cycle Symphony, which incorporated an audience of 500 bicycle-bell playing participants. The Cycle Symphony premiered at the East End Film Festival and was applauded by Time Out London as #1 Critic’s Choice. In the UK, Amelia was also featured on BBC Radio 1, awarded Top 10 finalist for Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival, and was rated Top 20 shows to see at the Pleasance Theatre’s Kidzone at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In June 2016, Amelia released her debut solo album, The Space Between. Watch the official music video for the single, Don't You Worry.
As an educator, Amelia founded the early childhood music program at Stephen Gaynor School and devised a series of extended day workshops at Avenues The World School. She received a Certificate in Responsive Pedagogy from Teachers College at Columbia University (2020) and has been trained in aesthetic education at Lincoln Center Education (2018). She is honored to be the recipient of the 2018-19 Jubilation Foundation Fellow awarded to individuals with an exceptional ability for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm as expressed in music and dance. Amelia continues to develop new opportunities that challenge societal norms and work to spark imaginations that can lead us all to a more equitable and just world.