Craig Pruess is a one-of-kind world musician and composer with an international profile. His original music CDs are sold in over 100 countries and his achievements have covered a wide range of music over the years.
American born and bred but settled in the UK for many years, he is known as a composer, songwriter, concert and session musician, modern and orchestral arranger/conductor, gold & platinum record producer and sound engineer/sound designer. He has over 30 years experience in composing media music of all styles, often working with Oscar/BAFTA/EMMY winning composers and directors, high profile recording artists along the way. His own credits include two number one box office films in the UK. He has an international reputation as innovator for of his original styled “Sacred Chants” series of music CDs. Many writers, directors and famous inspirational thinkers have used Craig’s music in their work: Ekhart Tolle, Anthony Robbins, Shiva Rea, Deepak Chopra, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Brandon Bays, to name a few. He is one of the few composers trained and steeped in three major musical traditions of the world: Indian classical/fusion music, Western classical/contemporary styles, and all aspects of African music (having lived in Kenya from the ages of 20 to 23).
His diverse music career has seen him excel in record production (with numerous gold and platinum records) for international stars such as Sir Cliff Richard, Anu Malik and Sheila Walsh (whose first album, “War of Love” was produced and arranged by Craig and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1983); musical arrangements for Massive Attack, Def Leppard, Elton John, Bond; feature film soundtrack music scores including the number one UK box office hits: “Bend It Like Beckham” and”Bride & Prejudice”, also: “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife”, “What’s Cooking?” and “Bhaji on the Beach”); world music producing, performing (sitar, keyboards and African percussion) and arranging for international acts such as Manic Street Preachers, 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 of 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 Buganda (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.