Craig Pruess - page 2

... Joe Cocker, Massive Attack, Katie Melua, Def Leppard and Pascal Obispo; television music scores (BBC prime time programmes: "Five Days", "Moses Jones", "Rich Deceiver", and one the longest and most successful independent UK TV drama series, "Peak Practice") and also arranging, sitar and sound design work (for such well known composers as Danny Elfman, Gabriel Yared, Patrick Doyle, Carl Davis, John Altman, Rachel Portman, and George Fenton); and lastly, creating music for many high profile television and film advertising campaigns over the years.

Craig was nominated for a British Academy Award in 2010 for his score on the BBC drama series "Moses Jones" about Ugandan musicians struggling to survive in London, with tribal divisions in the home country spilling over on to the streets of modern London. This project spawned the Ganda Boys project, which has grown into an international fusion, performing and recording band, with Craig featured on keyboards, trumpet, guitar, voice and percussion. He is a central song-writer with the Ganda Boys along with his Ugandan colleagues, Denis Mugagga and Danial Sewagudde.

 

 

 

The Queen of Uganda has said that the Ganda Boys are putting Ugandan music on the international map with their powerful songs and big world sound.

Utilising his knowledge of Indian ragas, Craig also performs regularly with his world fusion trio, At-Ma, featuring vocalist extra-ordinaire, Russell Stone, and tabla maestro, Tom Simenauer. Their music combines the delicacy of Indian ragas with mesmerising chants in creative a fusion of Sufi, shamanic and African vocal styles. A standing ovation at a capacity-filled Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Poland, November 2010, underlined the accessibility and popularity of this highly original, spontaneous and evocative music.

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