Home / FT Lite/ Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka to perform with Chamber Music Society of Colombo on 5 December

Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka to perform with Chamber Music Society of Colombo on 5 December


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:00


The Chamber Music Society of Colombo will perform its ‘Season Finale’ on 5 December at the Lionel Wendt Auditorium. The concert, brought to you by Fairway Holdings, will feature the internationally acclaimed composer-pianist Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka performing Mozart’s most popular concerto the ‘Elvira Madigan’. 

Classically trained and with a background in popular and South Asian music, Tanya Ekanayaka is also an improviser, musicologist, linguist and record producer. The concert will also feature the Sri Lankan premiere of two of Tanya Ekanayaka’s own new works for solo piano titled ‘C – Emerald Lapwing Karpet’ and ‘F – Renewal and Goyam Kapuma’ which will be on her forthcoming second solo CD for solo piano performed and produced by her and due to be released worldwide by Naxos Records, the world’s largest independent record label. Also on the program will be the music of Bach, Rameau and Elgar. 

The orchestra is led by concert-master Lakshman Joseph de Saram.

Tanya Ekanayaka’s critically acclaimed debut album of her own compositions for solo piano performed and produced by her and titled ‘Reinventions: Rhapsodies for Piano’ was launched worldwide by Naxos Records (Grand Piano). This album introduces a genre developed by her and also represents the first album of compositions entirely by a Sri Lankan composer to be launched globally by a major record label. 

Although trained as a pianist, Tanya Ekanayaka’s compositional skills are the result of a purely intuitive development and are connected to her ambidexterity and partial colour synaesthesia.  Her compositions evolve when she is at the piano and once evolved, remain precisely frozen in her memory. They have not been scored. 

Her composition ‘Adahas: Of Wings Of Roots’ was also recently featured in the recent Naxos Records album titled ‘Three Centuries of Rare Keyboard Gems’ released in 2017. Often the first Sri Lankan compositions to ever be performed at première international concert venues Tanya Ekanayaka’s compositions have also been featured on international media such as BBC World Radio and BBC World News Television as part of exclusive interviews. 

Resident in the United Kingdom she is on the teaching faculty of The University of Edinburgh where she has taught in both its Departments of Linguistics and Music since 2007.


Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Hype and haunt hovering over Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Thursday, 24 May 2018

There is a connection between the hype that is being built these days around Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary and once-powerful brother of the once-powerful President, and the haunt that shadows him wherever he goes. The hype is loud and


Northern nonsense, SLPP slip-up

Thursday, 24 May 2018

The Tamil politicians and civil society movements are about to blow it—yet again. A week after the TNA’s Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council, presiding over a militant mobilisation at Mullivaikkal, greatly exceeded the


Overlooking systemic crises: Subjecting to neoliberalism and potential hegemon – Part 3

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Renegotiating a country’s position within the world-economy is only possible when the system and/or leaders are in trouble


Annuity-based PPP can expedite infrastructure developments

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Sri Lanka has primarily relied on public finance for the development of public goods and infrastructure. While running


Columnists More