The The first time Polly Hall ’04 and Andrew Barkan ’02 worked together, they were in a cramped studio space at Amherst, Barkan playing piano on a folk album that Hall was recording. Today, their workspace has expanded, as has the nature of their collaboration. From their home and studio in Santa Monica, Calif., the husband-andwife duo have composed catchy, quirky tunes for movies, advertising campaigns and children’s television, including Nickelodeon’s Wallykazam!.
But they spend most of their time recording and performing as the children’s music duo Andrew & Polly. They do live shows of their own material around Los Angeles, and they produce the monthly podcast Ear Snacks. Their new album, Odds & Ends, won a Parents’ Choice Award for its “generous helping of sunny warmth, gentle humor and truly expert musicianship.”