Mamalama is an ever-evolving, uncommon orchestration with song circles written for voice and European/Paraguayan harps, with piano, ethereal voices , traditional Native American/Andean flutes, hammered dulcimer, music boxes, harmonium, octave mandolin, charango and frame drums.
With elements of world music (West African, Celtic, Native American, Middle Eastern), early/sacred music, and classical minimalism, the originally composed pieces are a new kind of sacred music, and are as much contemplative practice as performance. Harpist/vocalist/songwriter Elizabeth Clark composes the music informed by her travels, both worldly and otherwise. The stories behind the songs are sourced from dreams, meditation, world mythology, and prayer. Accompanied by the ethereal artistic sensibilities of soprano Annie Roland (Barely Lace, Vanaver Caravan), new music composer/programmer Henry Lowengard (Pauline Oliveros 'Droniphonia', Catskill Gamelan), and Andean flute/charango virtuoso Luis Lopez (Andes Manta), Mamalama has been described by Chronogram Magazine as: " A stunningly beautiful, intoxicating sound that may lull you to a place of peace, if only you allow it...".
Mamalama performs throughout the region, appearing in retreat centers, theaters and music festivals, within natural settings (caves, gardens, waterfalls, sculptures), as well as in many different forms of churches and sanctuaries. Listeners often recall the music of Kate Bush and Philip Glass, with undertones of Hildegard of Bingen and early polyphonic music.
Mamalama's three live-recorded albums are Willows and Waves (2010), The World of Color and Light (2012), and Live at The Old Dutch Church (2016).
An Artist in Residence at Woodstock's Byrdcliffe Guild, Mamalama's front-woman Elizabeth Clark is currently composing "Seeds Under Nuclear Winter," her first inter-disciplinary 'earth opera.' This large-scale production encompasses music orchestrated for a world music 'pit' orchestra, choir, and harps, as well as dance/movement, multi-sensory experience, and animated/acoustic moving visual art.
Here are some videos taken from the Mamalama / Andes Manta concert in the Widow Jane Mine, August 25,2018.
The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (COSM) (November 2nd, 2018)
The Falcon Undergound (September 27th, 2018)
Omega Institute (September 8th, 2018)
The Widow Jane Mine (August 25th, 2018)
The Colony w/ Rasputina (August 8th, 2018, solo)
Cocoon Theatre Soirées in the Parlor (July 30th, 2018)
Kripalu (May 19th, 2018)
Paidia's Grand Exhibition Ball (April 7th, 2018)
The Omega Institute, Lake Theater (Oct 28, 2017)
The Rail Trail Café (Sept 16, 2017),
The Widow Jane Mine (Aug 26, 2017),
The Center for Discovery (July 15, 2017),
The Old Dutch Church (w/ Andes Manta)(June 24, 2017),
Gomen Kudasai (June 11, 2017),
Kripalu (May 27, 2017),
Opus 40 (w/ Andes Manta)(May 21, 2017),
Sadhana Yoga (April 22, 2017),
Mettabee Farm (April 8, 2017),
CoSM (Jan 13, 2017),
The Old Dutch Church (Oct 1, 2016),
The Rail Trail Cafe (Sept 25, 2016),
Omega Institute (July 23, 2016),
Mettabee Farm (July 2, 2016),
Old Glenford Church (May 27, 2016),
The Rail Trail Cafe (May 15, 2016),
Beltane (April 30, 2016),
the Hudson Valley Folk Guild show on February 6th, 2016,
We were back with Andes Manta in 2018! Beautiful shows at the Widow Jane Mine and COSM, where we'll certainly be back in 2019. Elizabeth continues her work on new songs and ideas for her Earth Opera, including time in residence at Byrdcliffe in Woodstock.
We had some great shows in 2017 - three with Andes Manta! With them, we learned to play on a few of their songs, and they learned a few of ours. We'll be continuing this collaboration in 2018.
Thanks for a great 2016, with a release of 7 new recordings on the album that we made in the Old Dutch Church in Kingston back in September 2015!
We had a great time at the NERFA conference on November 13,14, and 15, 2015! Mamalama was honored to present a Quad showcase as first-timers!