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.