TIMESTORM

Timestorm is a children’s audio fiction series produced by Cocotazo Media with support from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program.

The Ventura twins are yanked into another dimension where they meet a distant cousin who gives them an extraordinary mission: travel through time to preserve their culture’s true history. In the twenty-first century, the twins must navigate school, friendship, and family while keeping their time-traveling quests a secret.

Timestorm Live Stages 2019 )Phot by New Jersey theatre Alliance

Timestorm Live Stages 2019 )Phot by New Jersey theatre Alliance

 

COCOTAZO MUSIC

Cocotazo Music showcases independent musicians and songwriters.

Cocotazo Music produced Aquino's debut solo album Giants Will Fall (2015) as well as his follow-up EP City Stars (2017). Cocotazo Music also produced two digital benefit albums: Stuff This in Yer Face!, a compilation of Thanksgiving songs by various musicians, and Puerto Rico del Alma (2017) by Aquino and Deivito.

 
Stuff This in Yer Face Album Relase Party (photo by Cocotazo Media)

Stuff This in Yer Face Album Relase Party (photo by Cocotazo Media)

COCOTAZO AUDIO THEATRE

Cocotazo Audio Theatre features full-cast audio drama and audio fiction productions for all ears. This podcast is a cross between an audio drama anthology show and a traditional stage season. We present the work of writers and performers from all backgrounds with a focus on highlighting artists in the Latiné and Puerto Rican communities.

Our 2017 season featured short audio dramas by Ernio Hernandez (The Last Call), Tanya Pérez (Rincón), Dania Ramos (Hot Drinks), Summer Dawn Reyes (Something Inside That Head of Yours), and Edward Terhune (Unforeseen Circumstance). The 2018 season line up included poetry, monologues, and dramas written by Nancy Méndez Booth, Deivis Garcia, Isabel Pask, Gloria E. Pérez, Dania Ramos, Walter Rodriguez, and J. F. Seary. This podcast is currently on hiatus.

The Cocotazo Audio Theatre Holiday Show (PHOTO by Cocotazo MEDIA)

The Cocotazo Audio Theatre Holiday Show (PHOTO by Cocotazo MEDIA)


CREATIVE TEAM

Michael Aquino 

Timestorm - Producer / Audio Engineer / Sound Desgner / Composer
Cocotazo Music
- Producer / Musician
Cocotazo Audio Theatre - Producer / Audio Engineer / Sound Desgner / Composer

Michael Aquino is the audio engineer, sound designer, and composer for Timestorm and the Cocotazo Audio Theatre podcast. He’s also a musician, actor, and teaching artist. Solo albums: Giants Will Fall (Cocotazo Music 2015), City Stars (Cocotazo Music 2017). Compilations produced: Puerto Rico del Alma (Cocotazo Music 2017), Stuff This in Yer Face (Cocotazo Music 2018). Audio Verse Awards (Music & Engineering, Self-contained Production). MichaelAquino.com


Dania Ramos

Timestorm - Series creator / Producer / Writer / Showrunner / Voice director
Cocotazo Audio Theatre
- Writer / Production Manager

Dania Ramos the creator and writer of Timestorm and the production manager for the Cocotazo Audio Theatre podcast. She’s also a playwright, teaching artist, and author of the children’s series The 7th Grade Sleuths. Nuestras Voces Finalist (Repertorio Español); NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship recipient; Latino Book Award (Best YA eBook); ILBA Mariposa Award finalist; Sakura Medal nominee, Audio Verse Awards nominee (Writing, Self-contained Production). DaniaRamos.com


LISTEN

TIMESTORM

Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | iHeartRadio | KidsListen | Overcast | Podlink | PlayerFM | Radio Public | Spotify | Stitcher | YouTube


COCOTAZO MUSIC 

Stuff This in Yer Face! (Various Artists) - Amazon iTunes
Puerto Rico del Alma (Deivito y Aquino) - Bandcamp
City Stars
(Aquino) - Amazon • CD Baby • iTunes
Giants Will Fall (Aquino) - Amazon • CD Baby • Google Play • iTunes

COCOTAZO AUDIO THEATRE

Apple Podcasts | GooglePlay | iHeartRadio | LibSyn | OvercastPlayerFM | Radio Public | YouTube



IMAGES

 

Giants Will Fall (2015)
Aquino

Photo: Mike Peters
Design: Yaney Design

Cocotazo Audio Theatre Logo

Design: Michael Aquino

City Stars (2017)
Aquino

Artwork: Gene-Manuel
Design: Michael Aquino

Timestorm Logo

Design: Hispanic Legacy Printmaking Studio

 
Stuff This in Yer Face Compilation Album Art

Stuff This in Yer Face! (2018)
Various Artists

Artwork & Design: Ernio Hernandez

Michael Aquino
Producer / Audio Engineer / Composer / Musician

Photo: Mike Peters

Puerto Rico del Alma (2017)
Aquino y Deivito

Artwork: Deivis Garcia
Design: Michael Aquino

 

Dania Ramos
Writer / Production Manager / Director / Series Creator

Photo: Michael Aquino

 
 
 
 
 

PODCAST FEATURES


RECOGNITION

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"Blood Heart" (from The Last Call)
Best Music for a Self-contained Dramatic Production, 2017 Audio Verse Awards.
Lyrics: Ernio Hernandez; music: Michael Aquino.
 

 

Something Inside That Head of Yours
Best Audio Engineering for a Self-contained Comedic Production, 2017 Audio Verse Awards.
Audio Engineer: Michael Aquino.


PRESS

TIMESTORM

PRESS RELEASE: Timestorm Sends Kids from NJ Back in Time (on Pod News): tinyurl.com/y4a4mdem

Centro Voices -
Google Sponsors Cocotazo Media Podcast on Puerto Rican History and Culture (Nestor David Pastor)
Medium
- Kicking off the Google Podcasts creator program (Lindsay Abrams)
Audio Drama Rama - First Listen: “Timestorm” (Alex Hensley)
The Bello Collective - Indie Fiction Podcasts You Should Be Listening to in 2019 (Elena Fernández Collins)
Medium - Meet our Six Inaugural Teams for the Google Podcasts creator program (Lauren Rothering)
Fast Company
- 6 podcasts that Google and PRX will help bring to your ears (Melissa Locker)
Discover Pods
- 12 Adventurous and Educational Podcasts for Kids (Elena Fernández Collins)
RadioPublic - 2018 in (Podcast) Retrospect (Ma’ayan Plaut)
The Bello Collective - Audio Drama Debuts: The Sun Upon the Page (Elena Fernández Collins)
Audio Drama Rama - Fun for the Whole Family (Alex Hensley)
Audio Dramatic - First Look: Timestorm Celebrates Puerto Rican History for Young Adults (Elena Fernández Collins)
Pod News - Timestorm Sends Kids from NJ Back in Time (Press release): tinyurl.com/y4a4mdem
New Jersey Stage - Timestorm: A Time-Traveling Podcast (Gary Wien): tinyurl.com/y43tt66c


COCOTAZO AUDIO THEATRE

Audio Dramatic - Six Podcast Episodes That Left Their Mark (Elena Fernández Collins)


COCOTAZO MUSIC

When the Horn Blows - EP Review: Aquino - City Stars (Karla Harris)
You Don’t Know Jersey - Aquino Release Show Celebrates Excellent ‘Giants Will Fall’ Release (Ed Magdziak)
baby sue - October 2015 Comics, Poetry, and Reviews (LMNOP aka dONW7)


GENERAL

Audio Drama Rama - Interview with Dania (Alex Hensley)


Created by the powerhouse team behind Cocotazo Media, Timestorm centers on Puerto Rican twins Alexa and Benito Ventura, and their lives as they time travel in order to observe and record history of their ancestors. The representation here is strong in creators and cast, as well as in the message it sends about histories that have been erased by colonization and oppression. It takes a positive and hopeful outlook, even when characters are grappling with the oncoming Hurricane María, in school bullying, and keeping their time travel a secret.
— Elena Fernández Collins, Discover Pods
There is a connectivity running through the songs that is held together by excellent musicianship and Aquino’s emotional and honest delivery.
— Ed Magdziak, You Don't Know Jersey
Timestorm’s strength is in their characters, in learning about their relationships and their attitudes, and in that promised balance between the twenty-first century and whatever far-off time they’re exploring,
— Elena Fernández Collins, elenafernandezcollins.com
This is Aquino’s debut album…and it’s a keeper.
— LMNOP aka dONW7, babysue.com
Listening to some beautifully-produced music and this adapted tale of classic folkloric character, Martina the Cockroach, it all felt like coming home. It’s a feel-good, smile-big kind of story; just what I needed.
— Elena Fernández Collins, Audio Dramatic
This episode is 4 poems about Puerto Rico after Maria, and each one tied me a little closer to my people, but especially those suffering on the mainland with me, a different kind of suffering. I heard myself in some of those, and I heard my friends, and I heard my family; to hear those accents, and that language, and those turns of phrase meant everything. That kind of audio doesn’t go away; it stays with you. Have you ever experienced soundscaped poetry? Poetry that’s had a score matched to it? Every performance was art made in the eye of a storm, and I will never forget how much it helped heal me, calm me, and held my hand as I stood up again on both feet.
— Elena Fernández Collins, elenafernandezcollins.com
Giants Will Fall sports a wide range of sounds, textures and a relentless creative streak...
— Bob Cannon, The Montclair Times
Timestorm tackles two issues simultaneously: the reclaiming of culture and history of minorities, by minorities, and the emotional devastation that natural disasters leave behind. In many ways, these two huge issues all revolve around one thing: the destruction of memory.
— Alex Hensley, Audio Drama Rama
City Stars in full is a vivid and diverse journey through a deeply creative mind. Aquino knows exactly how to connect with the multitude of feelings that the human condition experiences - where you can almost reach out and touch each variable emotion that is intricately woven into his music.
— Karla Harris, When the Horns Blows