Craig Pruess is an American composer, arranger, record producer, sound engineer, multi-instrumentalist, world music specialist and orchestral conducter living in Britain for many years. His career has been varied and diverse, but influenced by many years of his personal discipline in meditation and yoga practice; since 1995, he has been an Art of Living teacher for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's THE ART OF LIVING FOUNDATION. His many years of penetrating exploration into consciousness and sound gives his recorded work an unusual depth and breadth. He is founder and director of Heaven on Earth Music, an independent, artist owned record label and publishing company. His "Sacred Chants of..." series of CDs are sold in 100 countries around the world since 1998, selling millions all over the Indian sub-continent. His music has been championed by globally known leaders of the human development movement such as Ekhart Tolle, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Art of Living), Anthony Robbins, Bhagwan & Amma (21 Day Process), Brandon Bays (The Journey) and Amma-ji (the hugging Mother). While using his skills for the refinement and propogation of spiritual, yoga and meditation music, Craig has also had success in the mainstream music business since 1982 with gold and platinum record (production and arranging) for top international acts, besides featuring as a successful world music recording artist himself.
Craig has composed the music score for two highly successful number one UK box office feature films: "Bend It Like Beckham" and "Bride & Prejudice", also both successful internationally (number 7 and 15 respectively in the USA) which featured a varied Indo-fusion music score. In 2010, he was nominated for a British Academy Award for Best Original Music for the BBC-TV prime-time series, "Moses Jones", which featured a sophisticated African fusion score. As Indian music specialist, he has assisted Oscar winning composers in the area of Indo-fusion music: Danny Elfman for "Charlie & the Choclate Factory" (Johnny Depp), Patrick Doyle for "A Little Princess" and "Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire", Madonna's "The Next Best Thing" (Rupert Everett), Jimi Mistry's "The Guru", George Fenton for "Bergerac", John Altman for "Shoot to Kill", "Dog Boys", "Hear My Song", "RKO 281" (EMMY AWARD winning score) and James Cameron's "Titanic".
He has been appointed World Music Ambassador and European Coordinator for World Peace One's global movement, headed by Claes Nobel (senior member of the Nobel Prize family & humanitarian). www.worldpeaceone.com features the team that put together the global broadcasts for Live Aid, Live Eight and Live Earth, the biggest music global braodcasts in history. Craig's African fusion band, the Ganda Boys, championed by World Peace One, has performed for world leaders and dignitaries. As CEO of the Ganda Foundation, a charity dedicated to aid to rural Uganda's schools and hospitals, Craig is active with senior members of the Ugandan government and Bugandan royalty there.
Craig has performed sitar for the Dalai Lama, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and African fusion music for the Archbishop of Canterbury (Houses of Parliament, UK) and the Queen of Buganda (national concert in Uganda, 2013). In 2014, he performed three of his original compositions (including one on sitar) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London for the "Singing the Oceans" concert for Patricia Cori and Dolores Cannon, in aid of the dolphins and whales.
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