World music fusion trio, At-Ma, is the dynamic collaboration between vocalist/composer Russell Stone, multi-instrumentalist composer and producer Craig Pruess and dynamic and sensitive tabla player, Tom Simenauer (Tabla Tom). It is no coincidence that these three musical spirits were born and raised in three different continents: Europe (Russell), America (Craig) and NZ/Australia (Tom). Each brings a wealth of musical and spiritual experience into the group, and audiences have been mesmerised by the result ever since.
This is contemporary music expressing a unique and accessible blend of Western and Eastern influences. It weaves the expressive and controlled voice of Russell together with the sympathetic accompaniment of Craig on sitar, harmonium, trumpet, voice, zither and percussion. Aided by Tabla Tom’s emotive and hypnotic tabla drums — producing often blistering, arresting rhythmic displays — At-MA musical journeys explore the relationship between voice, instruments and the soul. In its depth and delicacy, it also reveals the power of silence and space.
Having performed in many settings, concerts and festivals, At-Ma are also effective in a meditative, calm environment – typically yoga retreats – where their spontaneous creations are allowed to take full flight, and audience attention is unbroken and settled. The bliss and bubbling joy is tangible, as the heartfelt melodies develop, simmer, explode or caress. Imagine Indian ragas and talas (Indian rhythm cycles), weaving around soulful vocal lullabys and sitar improvisations, and then switching gears to powerful chants and spacey trumpet calls.
At-Ma music from the heart – prepare to be transported.