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嘻哈 & 竖琴

When Christine Gallagher ’13, ’15 M.A. 在宾夕法尼亚州温伍德市的一家全食超市偶遇说唱音乐人库夫·诺茨,她的人生从此改变. 就在几个月前,加拉格尔第一次听到诺茨和他以前的乐队在一个名为Beyond the Bars的非营利组织的筹款活动上表演, where she served on the board.

“I thought his 音乐 was amazing and I thought to myself, ‘if I was ever to be a performer, I want to be in something like that.’”然而,当时加拉格尔是一名全职音乐治疗师. Two months later, 她与诺茨的相遇决定了她的命运,她决定接近他,并宣布如果他需要一个竖琴师,她会很感兴趣.

“He was like, a harpist?” Gallagher remembers fondly. 然而, Knotz sent her some of his song tracks. In November of 2017, 他联系了她,问她晚上是否可以在地下艺术(费城当地的一家音乐场所)演出——试音两小时后开始. At that point in her career, 她从未在可能聚集在地铁的观众面前表演过.

“虽然, I knew that if I didn’t say yes in that moment, that was my only chance to do this,她说.

她承认她不得不在整个节目中即兴发挥,依靠 音乐疗法 她在Immaculata获得的技能:倾听、匹配、留出空间和活在当下. 她描述了她是如何通过第一场表演的,肾上腺素飙升,几乎淹没了她可能感受到的任何紧张. She channeled all the experiences of walking into 学校, 团体之家和其他不熟悉的地方作为一个音乐治疗师来磨练自己. A little pep talk – “You Got This”—didn’t hurt either. The crowd loved the juxtaposition of the set.

加拉格尔和诺茨又演出了几场,然后他问加拉格尔她是否也能唱歌. 此后不久,她开始弹竖琴和唱歌,他们二人组“带着它上路了”.

Years later and the duo is going strong. 2018年,Kuf Knotz和Christine Elise (Gallagher的表演名)发布了他们的第一张专辑, selling it only at shows to help pay touring expenses. Their current album “Kəˈmyo͞onədē” [Community] released in 2021, is available on all platforms (including Spotify, 苹果的音乐, 潮汐, Bandcamp and Amazon Music) . Their radio team secured airplay on college and Triple-A radio stations, 哪一个 has exposed them to a wider audience.

意识到他们彼此都能展现出最好的一面,这让两位音乐家从不同的艺术角度看到了一个瞬间. 诺茨的音乐风格一直偏向于嘻哈和口语, focusing on positive messages and motivational themes. Gallagher brought classical 音乐 into the mix.

“The reviews have been amazing,” Gallagher states. 她解释说,他们的宣传海报吸引了人们的注意力:嘻哈和竖琴手? “What is this going to be like?“他们从观众那里得到的反馈是欣赏和感激. 经常, they are told that their performance was a therapeutic experience, 哪一个, according to Gallagher, “Is not a typical reaction you would receive in a bar!她意识到,他们的音乐可以让听众平静下来,同时包含了人们能感同身受的前卫嘻哈歌词. Although their songs touch on current events, 加拉格尔说,始终存在着向前迈进的潜在信息.

坚信支持社区音乐治疗和鼓励他们的粉丝, 加拉格尔和诺茨已经把音乐治疗讲习班纳入了他们的巡演日程. As a licensed professional counselor (LPC), Gallagher founded the 社区 outreach performance project, Higher Grounds Music. 她解释说,该组织是一个社区音乐治疗的私人实践之路.

自2018年以来,加拉格尔一直在Immaculata教授研究生音乐治疗课程. 一个学期教几个周末的课,让她和诺茨可以根据她的时间表游览. No matter what city they visit, Gallagher finds a place where they can conduct 音乐疗法 workshops. They have done workshops at college campuses, 学校, 库, 瑜伽组, 社区 centers and then they perform at bars, 咖啡馆, art centers and theatres at night. 最近,他们在印第安纳州为那些需要情感支持的孩子们举办了一个研讨会,之后他们将在公路旅行中举办三场音乐会.

Although Knotz had always been 社区-minded, the concept of 社区 音乐疗法 was unfamiliar to him. 然而, with his dedication to 社区 音乐ians, 他在研讨会中的角色已经变得和加拉格尔临床治疗师的角色一样重要.

The input of 社区 音乐ians is at the crux of 社区 音乐疗法. 因此,参与者、音乐家和治疗师之间存在联系. 加拉格尔意识到,有些人更喜欢诺茨,有些人更喜欢她. “它创造了e世博登录网址双方都提供的额外能量,如果没有另一个人,e世博登录网址就不会有这种能量,她补充道. 然而, even though they are a self-sufficient duo, they gladly accept help and support on their 音乐al journey.

而旅游, 加拉格尔和诺茨遇到了最亲切和关心的人,使他们有可能在路上生存. 一个这样的例子发生在他们在隆冬游览阿拉斯加的时候——这是这个位于北美西北端的州一年中最寒冷、最黑暗的时候.

加拉格尔承认:“e世博登录网址在阿拉斯加安排了这次旅行,当时并不知道e世博登录网址要面对的是什么。. 飞机降落后,他们又长途跋涉了8个小时才能到达演唱会地点. 加拉格尔记得当时人们问:“你们有紧急防雪设备吗? Do you have ways to protect yourself from animals? Do you have extra gas?” Gallagher acknowledged that in the moment, she and Knotz questioned the decision to perform in Alaska. 然而,社区救援了他们,并提供了所有必要的物资. 他们非常感激,因为加拉格尔注意到他们在一个偏僻的地方, with no gas stations and tons of snow!

Gallagher wants to conduct more workshops, not just in the U.S., 但在国际上创造了她所说的音乐治疗课程给社区和他们随后的表演带来的连锁反应. 最终目标是为他们的研讨会扩展编程,并提供资源,以便在二人组离开时社区可以继续下去.

Outside of touring, 加拉格尔和诺茨通过扩大他们的音乐治疗项目来维持他们的音乐事业. Continuing to grow their organization, Higher Grounds Music, 他们参与了一些项目,比如为自闭症儿童的电子游戏作曲.

对Gallagher来说,有机会在巡演和表演的同时继续练习音乐治疗是两全其美的. “When I transitioned into this, 我没有意识到我正在步入我的梦想——我为之努力的一切,她说. “I didn’t realize that it was being handed to me.”

Her advice to anyone considering a similar career path: Just say yes.

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