Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
MC/ Poet/Producer Kuf Knotz and classically trained Harpist/Vocalist Christine Elise’s performance is a soulful collection of thoughts, words, and sounds that have been carefully crafted to create a jubilant experience. Cultivating the juxtaposition of mindful reflection and feeling free to effortlessly move to the rhythms, their performance is an era-fusing, genre-bending journey intended to leave the listener feeling invigorated. They fuse hip-hop poetry with bluesy beats supported by the harp. And, you can dance to it. Kuf was named Philadelphia Magazine Best Rapper of 2022 and 1 of 10 New Jersey artists you should know. The duo has been featured on NPR Music and WHYY. Please do join them for a harp, hip hop, soul immersive audiovisual performance!
About the Artists
Christine Gallagher, MA, MT-BC, LPC “Christine Elise” is a classically trained harpist, pianist, and vocalist who has been consecutively touring across North America for the past four years. Studying music therapy at a master’s level led her to find a passion for community music therapy. Christine has facilitated group sessions and workshops for professionals and clients in the USA, South Africa, Peru, and Jamaica. She is currently an adjunct professor for the music therapy department of Immaculata University College of Graduate Studies and Boyer College of Music and Dance of Temple University.
She has composed for various organizations and institutions. Recent commissions include The Free Project Series, for Pennsylvania Humanities Council, What Does Freedom Mean to Me? as part of the The Dedication of the Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland for St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Club House Theme Song for AHA Studio for Integrated Therapies and over twenty original compositions for Autism Across the Globe, directed by Rima J. Irani or Lebanon.
For more information on Christine Gallagher, follow her on Instagram.
Named Philadelphia Magazine Best Rapper of 2022, Kuf Knotz has been creating rhythms and rhymes since he launched into the Philadelphia music scene. Blending hiphop poetry with deep grooves of soul and beats sun kissed with the spirit of Lo-Fi & 90’s era vibes , Kuf’s inimitable style focuses on unsubtle spirituality, which, like his music, focuses on unity, positivity, and creativity. In 2008, the same year he opened for Bruce Springsteen, Kuf sang lead vocals on “Unstoppable,” a song created to mark the Philadelphia Phillies winning the World Series. In 2010, Kuf recorded “Boombox Logic,” which was named the year’s best hip hop song by the Independent Music Awards. His most creatively ambitious collaboration is with Christine Elise, the classically trained harpist with whom Kuf recorded three albums: “Higher Grounds,” (2018), “kƏ’myo ōnƏdē,” (2021) and “Hypnagogia” (2023). Theirs is music with a mission; Kuf and Christine lead Higher Grounds music therapy workshops around the world, from South Africa to Alaska.
For more information on Kuf Knotz, follow him on Instagram.