Phyllis Free

Phyllis FreeAbout the artist:
Phyllis Free is a master drummer (drumset & djembe), poet, and choreographic, theatrical, & visual artist.  She is also a master teaching artist, and professional development trainer & workshop facilitator.  Phyllis says the following about her work: “I believe in the power of the arts to enhance personal growth and to create positive social change, to focus attention on issues and experiences which isolate, divide, or connect us, and to bridge the gaps in between. I hold a passionate belief that the essential “heart of the arts” is the power to speak the truth of one’s own experience and the opportunity the arts present for us to respond to what is expressed by others.”

Current Projects:
Drummer On-Call

  • Improvisational drum circle facilitation for all ages & abilities
  • Creative collaboration &/or percussion accompaniment for musicians &/or dance and theatrical ensembles.
  • Performance engagements & Studio Recording sessions

Phyllis Free Association

  • Performs in ensemble w/ various guest artists selected by genre, venue, & purpose of the event

Free Spirit Drumming and Creative Arts – Workshops & Residencies designed to:

  • facilitate team-building to foster a sense of community
  • foster individual creative expression & group affirmation
  • enhance listening, communication, & problem-solving skills
  • enhance personal empowerment, healing & recovery

Creative Consultant & Performance Coach

Phyllis Free / Creative Services
2117 Fairhaven Cir NE
Atlanta, GA  30305

Fee Structure:

  • Drummer On-Call: $300-500+ per day *
  • Phyllis Free Association: $500-1500+ per performance* (depending upon size of ensemble)
  • Free Spirit Drumming & Creative Arts: $350+ per workshop*
  • Creative Consultation & Performance Coaching: $350-500+ per day*

+ Private accommodations, travel, & per diem
*Sliding-fee scales negotiable for extended projects, multiple bookings, & residencies

Artistic Disciplines:

  • theater
  • dance
  • music
  • spoken word
  • poetry
  • visual arts
  • multidisciplinary

Special programs available for:

  • Colleges and universities
  • K-12
  • Senior Centers
  • Immigrant populations
  • Hospitals
  • Differently abled populations
  • Alternative Schools
  • Residential Treatment populations
  • Recovery & Wellness
  • LBGT+
  • Women’s Studies
  • Cultural Diversity

Watch these 3 samples of Phyllis’s work:
1. Phyllis Free performs as guest artist on drums w/ M.U.G.A.B.E.E. for the 2010 School of the Americas Watch benefit at Eyedrum Gallery in Atlanta
2. Phyllis Free provides djembe accompaniment for Spoken Word Artist/Musician Paula Larke at Pine Lake Art Salon.
3. Clips from Macbeth production at Josephine Sculpture Park, Frankfort KY 2010, Phyllis Free, Sound Designer, Musical Director/Collaborator

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.