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kuf knotz and christine elise

Music is all around us.  We are compelled by it. We are provoked by it. We are moved by it. We are inspired by it. We feel connected to it. It expresses all of human emotion and is how we often connect ourselves to the human condition. It profoundly reflects who we are and how we express our experience of life in this world. It is at once, pain, love, joy, sorrow. Music is art and art is...love. When you first encounter Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise you feel a joy of human spirit. You can sense that they see the world and experience it in such a way as to make you think if more people would evolve to a similar level of acceptance the world would be a far better place. To blend two almost diametrically opposed styles of music and make something so inspiring and natural is, in itself, a metaphor for how we can coexist in a more perfect harmony. A hip-hop MC meets a classically trained harpist and they come up with a crazy idea that they can put these two things together and make something unique, refreshing, inspirational and provocative. This is Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise. They took us all on a journey to a better place, even if it was only for a few hours. Perhaps some of those who were there to witness it may have forgotten some of the music but they'll never forget that they visited that better place.

Christine Elise is a striking young woman with voice that evokes emotion. She has taken an instrument, the harp, and turned it into a lead instrument. It's not the first time it's been done certainly but it may be the first time it's been done with hip-hop music, at least to this level. Her harp playing softens the melody and makes the message of the song stand out. It's clouds floating across a blue sky or waves washing the shore, it's vital and alive and juxtaposed alongside a voice that evokes Amy Winehouse soul it is the perfect canvas for Kuf's positive back beat of inspiring poetry. His voice is soothing, not preachy or angry. His songs are a message that inspires you to look within yourself to find meaning and to enjoy every day you have.

This was an evening of music that did all of the things music can do...it inspired us, provoked us, compelled us and it was deeply moving. It was art. And art is love.

KUF KNOTZ AND CHRISTINE ELISE

Kuf Knotz - vocals, beats
Christine Elise - harp, vocals


 

The Session Crew

Produced and edited by:
Bill Hurley

Cameras:
Maribeth Arena

Bill Hurley
H. Nat Stevens
Joanne Craig

Audio:
Eric Nordstrom
Connor Quigley

Mixed by:
Connor Quigley

Lighting/Special Effects:
Rick Smith

Stage Production:
Gerry Earabino

Photos:
Dan Busler Photography