Craig Pruess

Craig Pruess

Craig Pruess

Craig is an American born and bred musician, feature film and TV composer, gold & platinum record producer and arranger, recording artist, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer and singer. He has been living and working in the UK since 1973 and founded Heaven on Earth Music in 1977, which is his own record label and recording studio based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, specialising in chant and world music CD’s, now sold in over 80 countries around the globe. www.heaven-on-earth-music.co.uk

PRODUCING, ARRANGING AND COMPOSING FOR SONGS, FILMS AND TV

Craig first met and composed music together with Russell Stone in 1980, two years prior to Craig producing and arranging gold albums for Sir Cliff Richard (“Now You See Me” and “Silver” albums). Later, Craig and Russell would continue their collaboration in 2007, creating At-Ma out of their synergistic talents. In the intervening years, Craig garnered a Grammy Award nomination for his production and arranging work with UK gospel singer Sheila Walsh (“War of Love” album – GRAMMY nomination fro best newcomer), a set of number one UK film sound track music scores (“Bend It Like Beckham” and “Bride & Prejudice”), ground-breaking world music arrangements for top international acts such as Massive Attack (100th Window), Bond (Shine) and India’s premier Bollywood composer, Anu Malik. Emmy Award television music contributions to RKO 281 and scoring the music for one of the most successful independent TV drama series in British history (Peak Practice) between 1999 and 2002, and two recent BBC-TV prime time drama series, “Moses Jones” and “Five Days II”. “Moses Jones” earned Craig the prestigious BAFTA nomination (2010) for Best Original Music Score, plus a Royal Television Society Award nomination, also for Best Original Music Score (2009). As a result of the “Moses Jones” project, Craig formed the exciting new African fusion group, the Ganda Boys.

INDIAN MUSIC

Craig began his in-depth study and practice of Indian classical music in 1981 after his first visit to India on a Vedic science and meditation course, and through his interest in Ayur-veda, yoga and meditation, came to approach the ancient music of India through an intense exploration of the role of sound and how it affects consciousness. Having been a music teacher in Nairobi, Kenya, West Africa, for two years (1971-1973) at the East African Conservatoire of Music, Craig was later able to also incorporate all these aspects, including his working knowledge of African and Indian classical music into all aspects of his composing and recording work. At-Ma music reflects this fertile area of fusion ideas.

CONCERT PERFORMING AND MORE FILM SCORES

As a sitar player who has performed for Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama, Craig has also performed sitar on the soundtrack for the blockbuster Harry Potter film, “The Goblet of Fire”, and also “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory”, “The Guru” and the Madonna film, “The Next Best Thing”. As a session keyboard player, he has contributed to many films, including “Shall We Dance”, “Hear My Song”, “Funny Bones”, the James Bond film “Goldeneye” and was Indian music consultant and performer on Warner Brothers’ “A Little Princess”. Craig’s other feature film world music scoring credits include: “The Mistress of Spices”, “It’ a Wonderful Afterlife”, “What’s Cooking?”, “Blue Funnel” and “Bhaji on the Beach”. He has contributed an original music soundtrack to the Turner Prize exhibition in 2008, composing a soundtrack for the art installation piece “Waiting” for Turner Prize nominated artist, Zarina Bhimji.

As founder, producer and band member of the African fusion band, the Ganda Boys, Craig has started a non-profit charitable organisation, the Ganda Foundation, to help the poor in Uganda. He has traveled to Uganda and Kenya for fund raising concerts and media interviews.

MEDITATION, YOGA, BREATHING AND THE ART OF LIVING

Craig has been an active volunteer teacher since 1995 for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s international Art of Living Foundation, one of the largest NGOs in the world dedicated to improving the quality of life in all strata of society. Craig leads Art of Living workshops around the UK and Europe, revealing the ancient Science of the Breath and its role in improving health and vitality, gaining deep rest and achieving effortless meditation. (www.artoflving.com)

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