Music is like mycelium: the community, the process, the rehearsals, the writing, the arranging and the trial and error--the parts “underground” that most people are not intended to see or hear. Music is a lifestyle and a way of thinking.
Ants on a Log
Music for children and other childlike people
Founded in 2015 by Anya Rose and Julie Be, Ants on a Log performs socially-conscious music for all ages in the Greater Philadelphia area. We released our third album, "Make It Myself" in April of 2023, and recently added drummer Miles Crabtree to the band! Two-time awardees of the Leeway Grant for Art and Social Change, we also won a Parent's Choice Award for our musical, "Curious: Think Outside the Pipeline!" about two siblings who fight against the fossil fuel industry. We are regularly played on SiriusXM and Kids' Corner on WXPN. See our separate website here:
Unidos da Filadelfia
A Community of Loud Learning.
You're welcome :)
We study rhythms with roots in Brazil. Our class meets twice a week under teacher Mike Stevens, founder and leader of Phillybloco. We also perform at community events and protests. Fellow drummer, Bobbi Block, and I organize a five-day summer camp for adults. Reach out to hear about our second annual, "Beat Retreat" at the Ashokan Center in Upstate NY (2023).
Quirky Songs on Quality Instruments This is what happens when you mix half a string quartet with Brazilian percussion and quirky lyrics. Open Hand draws from jazz, singer-songwriter, and Brazilian influences (pagode and batteria styles). Songs are originals, arranged by Percussionist Mike Stevens.