Genre: “Otherworldly” – Chamber; Folk; Classical; World
With an intoxicating acoustic potion of harp and ethereal voice—driven by an eclectic mini- orchestra of violin, viola, cello, upright acoustic bass, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, music boxes and ethereal harmonies–Mamalama weaves a vibrant tapestry of chamber-folk, classical, world music (South American, West African, Middle Eastern, Native American), modern minimalism, early music (sacred/early), and mystical, image-rich poetry.
Listeners often recall the music of Kate Bush, Philip Glass, Yann Tiersen, Dead Can Dance, and Hildegard of Bingen, the music moving effortlessly through centuries of music—which is why Mamalama is so difficult to place in a genre. Seamlessly bringing together ancient modality with modern songwriting, “Mamalama is a stunningly beautiful sound that may lull you to a place of peace, if you’ll only allow it…” (Chronogram Magazine).
“The relationships between all of the different elements in nature, both the natural world and our own inner nature, are very inspiring to us–along with dreams, science and physics, mythology, meditation and prayer. The songs come from a contemplative space and when the song becomes medicine, like a salve for the spirit, it’s finished. ” says harpist, vocalist, and composer Elizabeth Clark-Jerez.