Music At Anahata's
below are the artists that played for anahata's July 2019.
We cant wait to announce who will be playing this summer!
MC/ Poet/ Songwriter Kuf Knotz and classically trained Harpist / Guitarist / Pianist / Vocalist Christine Elise have combined forces to create a new album. The unlikely pair connected and built the project with a similar vision, wanting to create positive, forward-thinking music driven by a strong message. Both individuals are intrinsically motivated to foster community growth through musical expression.
Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise offer motivational creative arts workshops and performances at various settings such as hospitals, schools and community centers. Their mission is to use the power of music, personal experience and empathetic relation to help individuals grow to meet their fullest potential.
Christine Elise has a strong background in music therapy having delivered music therapy services to children, adults, and seniors with developmental delays, special needs and those needing emotional support. Finding a passion for community music therapy, she has facilitated group sessions for professionals and clients in the USA, South Africa, Peru and Jamaica. She has presented at national and regional music therapy conferences, with a focus on her community music therapy work, as well as written three scholarly articles published by Music Therapy Perspectives.
Kuf Knotz is one of todays fastest emerging alternative artists which has led him to open for top acts - Ms Lauryn Hill, The Wailers, The Roots, Common, G-love, Wyclef Jean, Robert Randolph, Arrested Development, Robert Glasper, Inspectah Deck, Steel Pulse, Rising Appalachia, Zac Deputy, Josh Ritter, B.O.B, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Kabaka Pyramid, Yellowman , Soulive , Easy Star Allstars, & Bruce Springsteen.
In addition to his musical talent, Kuf has a strong passion for supporting the community by participating and facilitating fundraising events such as food drives, clothing drives, cancer benefits, and disaster reliefs. He is also a member of the WXPN program Musicians on Call, bringing live music to the bedsides of patients throughout Philadelphia.
is an art music project founded by Nick and Ben, two longtime collaborators now living on opposite coasts.
Each performance is singular, with its own sonic palette and conceptual framework. While there are core musicians involved in each performance, the ensemble shifts from location-to-location, bringing in special collaborators for each experience to make it unique to that place and time.
Their musical style is best described as “magical realism.”
Based out of Philadelphia, David Bakey is a professional touring and studio musician who has extensively toured through the USA, Canada, UK and Australia. Mcpherson Guitars released his first solo album which reached high on the Billboard and iTunes charts. It is available on all digital platforms. Physical copies are available through Amazon, McPherson Guitars and live shows.
Leo Liebeskind: Writer, singer, general skeptic, New York City native. Raised in a leftist microcosm full of social activism and non-conformity, and with songwriting legend Irving Berlin on one side of his family and Eugene Becker, assistant principal violist of the NY Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, on the other, Leo was introduced to the music of artists like Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and the Grateful Dead at a young age. Starting to write songs when he was 12, Leo channeled his family’s tradition of social activism into his music, opening for Pete Seeger at age 15, and gigging around Lower Manhattan during his high school years. At Oberlin College, he founded the Tour On Poverty, with a mission to help disenfranchised populations across the United States through the power of live music, promoting a message of progress, peace, and togetherness. To date the tours have rocked shows in 20 states, raising money for local charitable organizations in the towns that the tour visited.
Sean has been playing in various Philly bands for over a decade. He's an original member of The Underwater Sounds (reggae/funk fusion) and Miss Cantaloupe (dream pop/indie rock). Since 2015 he has immersed himself in the study of the handpan. Using these steel idiophones as his primary instrument, he is exploring new soundscapes with PanSong, a handpan-based prog/jazz-fusion ensemble featuring members of Out of the Beardspace.
Sean lives in Philadelphia and is available for studio sessions, gigs, lessons, and sound bath ceremonies.
After studying with handpan masters such as Carlos 'Kabeção ' Rodriguez (Portugal), David Charrier (France), Jacob Cole (US), Emma Mumi (Italy), Benny Bettane (Australia), and Mark D'Ambrosio (US), Sean is ready to share his music, knowledge, skills and resources with the world.
Pet Lizard is a Philadelphia based Jam band that specializes in experimental funk improvisation. With a sound deriving from eclectic influences, Pet Lizard brings to the stage a modern take on the Jam experience. When we get up, you get down .
In the Sound Journey workshop, participants will experiencing a sound bath with singing bowls, drums, and voice as they are guided into a meditative state. In this state, one is able to relax into one’s own eternal being in a state of peace, where upon one may use the harmonic frequencies as waves or streams to explore, reconnect, and reawaken their own relationship with eternal oneness.