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Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka To Perform For The ‘Pianists Of The World’ Series In London

Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka to perform for the prestigious ‘Pianists of the World’ series of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London

Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka, Sri Lanka’s outstanding and award winning concert composer-pianist also a musicologist and highly qualified linguist, is billed to make her third appearance at London’s famed concert venue St. Martin-in-the-Fields with a solo recital on the 25th of October this year. She performs on invitation by St. Martin-in-the-Fields and her recital will be for the prestigious ‘Pianists of the World’ series. This is the oldest running recital series of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, a series she performed for back in 2010 as well and founded by the legendary concert pianist, Dame Myra Hess. Dr. Ekanayaka performed to capacity audiences at this venue in both 2010 and again in 2012 and on both occasions the audiences were among the highest recorded at this venue. 2013 has seen Dr. Ekanayaka evolve a set of new compositions for solo piano to complete her maiden album comprising her own compositions. Her delightful programme for this recital includes Haydn’s Sonata in D Major Hob. XVI: 37, Beethoven’s Bagatelle WoO 59 “Für Elise”, Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23, Debussy’s L’Ise joyeuse and the world premiere of two of her own compositions, ‘Vannam (Gajaga, Hanuma, Mayura) & You’ and ‘In Lotus: Olu Pipila With Moment’.

The distinguishing feature of Dr. Ekanayaka’s recitals is that they incorporate her own compositions representing a novel musical genre. Her compositions within a recital programme  comprise adaptations of melodies belonging to indigenous and popular Sri Lankan musics (most of which have never been adapted for the piano or harmonised), with musical motifs inspired by a particular aspect salient to each of the other works that form a given recital programme she is performing. In this sense, her compositions also function as a ‘link’ serving to unite at an experiential level the diverse works featured in a recital programme. Dr. Ekanayaka regards her compositions as deeply autobiographical and a result of her multilingualism (she is a native speaker of English and Sinhala), multicultural background, being ambidextrous and experiencing partial colour synaesthesia. Her compositions evolve spontaneously and as a whole when she is at the piano often within a few minutes.

Back in the summer of 2012, Dr. Ekanayaka debuted in the USA with a solo recital to a capacity audience at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC which was followed by a performance at the Asia Society Concert Hall in New York. Her programme for her Kennedy Center debut incorporated the world premiere of two of her own compositions.

Dr. Ekanayaka also holds the distinction of being the composer of the first composition and first compositions for the piano by a Sri Lankan composer to be performed at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (2010) and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC (2012) respectively.

She has been on the teaching faculty of Edinburgh University since 2007 where she has taught part-time in its departments of Linguistics and Music. Since 2012, Dr. Ekanayaka has also been developing a pioneering and so far highly successful music project on a purely voluntary basis aimed at empowering traumatised as well as underprivileged Sri Lankan children and youth recovering from the horrific civil war that ravaged the nation for over thirty years.

Official St. Martin-in-the-Fields event web-link; Click here

For further information about Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka, her life and work, please visit www.tanyaekanayaka.com

Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka performing her composition ‘Dhaivaya: Alter(ing) Hue’ at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in 2012. This composition incorporates an adaptation of and set of variations on the Sri Lankan hymn ‘Jehovah Thou Hast Promised’/Danno Budunge.

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    Magnificent and outstanding acclimatization
    we all could be proud of.Good luck

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      Something all Sri Lankans have reason to be proud about. While there still remain a small group of musicians and those interested in
      Western Music in the country, there is sufficient capacity in the country for the tribe to increase. The former Chairman of Brooke Bonds
      Esmond Sattarasinghe was featured in a weekly SLBC programme focussing on Western classics. We used to often discuss Music in our regular meetings. The Symphony Orchestra is doing its part but will
      probably like to see more students taking into music. The last Western Musician of international note we produced, I believe, was Rohan de Saram on the Cello. When I was in Delhi years ago, I seem to have surprised a member of the Symphony there we had a fairly developed Symphony in Colombo. I gave him some contacts and hope this was of some assistance. The Russian Cultural Centre at Independence Square in Colombo now and then flies some brilliant pianists. I was totally impressed by the solo performance of a brilliant Japanese pianist at the Centre who played a collection of Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Chopin to the delight of a full-house of enthusiasts in his 2 hour recital.

      I hope someone will arrange a recital of Tanya in Colombo soon.

      Senguttuvan

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      Excellent to see Sri Lankans performing well in theworld stage, apart from all the negative publicity that is generated by the likes of BBS, JHU and other following the Buddist “Tipataka”

      http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/07/18/tanya-to-debut-in-%E2%80%98pianists-of-the-world%E2%80%99-series-in-london/

      At 16, Tanya was the youngest competitor and joint winner of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka’s Concerto Competition (Pianoforte) and later performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.488 with the same orchestra. Tanya gave her debut solo piano recital in 2002. Her final recital in Sri Lanka shortly before moving to the UK in 2006 upon being awarded the University of Edinburgh Principal’s Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies in Linguistics was as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka where she performed Schuman’s Piano Concerto in A Minor Op.54.
      Tanya is also a university lecturer in Linguistics in the Department of English at the University of Peradeniya. In 2006 she was awarded the University of Edinburgh Principal’s Scholarship to pursue an MSc degree in Linguistics. She was awarded the degree (with distinction for her thesis) in 2007 and has since been pursuing a PhD in Linguistics also at The University of Edinburgh, UK. Her doctoral research is multidisciplinary combining both Linguistics and Music.

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        Amarasiri,

        You can’t help yourself from making a dig at BBS when you should be appreciating the beautiful piece (in both sense of the word).

        You seem to know so much about Tanya, better to pursue on that line of thought and leave Buddhism alone. Who knows you may strike it lucky.

        Attacking BBS will get you nowhere. You seem to know so little about Buddhism and still feel qualified enough to make derogatory remarks.

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          “You seem to know so little about Buddhism “

          so you claim that you and your buddies at the BBS know proper Buddhism huh? now that my friend is a pukka joke!

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          seems that you have an eye for things other than music too ;-)

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          Dear BBS Rep,

          “You can’t help yourself from making a dig at BBS when you should be appreciating the beautiful piece (in both sense of the word).”

          I did appreciate Tanya’s performance, but was very proud there were Sri Lankan performers still advancing despite the vile hatred shown by the myth holding, hegemony maintaining opportunistic BBS, and JHU monks, politicians, mullahs, priests and their goons. Naturally, for Sri Lanka BBS came to the top.

          Now let’s look at the CT readerships interest and comments in Art and Culture..

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/listen-to-the-singing-of-the-first-pote-gura-of-the-maname/

          There were ONLY TWO Comments. both by Amarasiri, the so-called “self-proclaimed Egalitarian”. Where were all the Sinhala Buddhists, who are lovers of the Sinhala Buddhist and Sri Lankan culture?

          Listen To The Singing Of The First Pote Gura Of The Maname

          Shyamon Jayasinghe, a Peradeniya University graduate in Philosophy, worked as a public servant in Sri Lanka specializing in Management. He subsequently worked in Australia where he is now domiciled. A frequent commentator on social and political issues in Sri Lanka, he is renowned for his role as the Narrator (POTE GURA) of the original production, in 1956, of Ediriweera Sarchchandra’s theatre classic Maname.

          2 Responses to Listen To The Singing Of The First Pote Gura Of The Maname

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          Amarasiri – July 15, 2013
          7:16 am

          Shamon Jayasinghe,

          Thank you for being part of Maname, which I saw in the Wale Sellama at Peradeniya. Maname was there in the beginning when Sinhala Buddist Racism and Chuvanism took root. post independence. The riots of 1958, SWRD Murder by Buddhist Monk in 1959, and the new constitutions of 1972, 1978, the Riots of 1983 and the Tamil freedom struggle and the all the way to 2009, and the end of Phase I, of Sinhala Buddhist “Non-Violence” “Ahimsa”.

          Now we can’t go back.

          What can you do towards forming an Egalitarian Society in Sri Lanka, where the Buddhist Monk Hegemony, is made a private matter, and can lead to the separation of Temple and State.

          The LSSP AND CP sold out to the racists. UNP also sold out to the racists.

          So we now have the so called Sinhala Buddhist Racists BBS and Sinhala Ravaya in Cohort with the State carries out “Ahimsa”, from the teachings of the great Philosophy of Buddha.

          DeJa Vu. What can you do?

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          Amarasiri – July 19, 2013
          4:35 pm

          Shamon Jayasinghe,

          I am appalled that there were no comments besides mine on Maname and the Pore Gura from CT readers. Has the country been taken over by the racists, religious fanatics, politicians, criminals and racists?

          Thank you for being part of Maname, which I saw in the Wale Sellama at Peradeniya. The two great plays by Ediriweera Sarchchandra’s theatre classic Maname and Sinhaba were enjoyed by those who understood the historical significance and the historical myths.

          However, the basis of Sinhaba was based on the Myths of the Racist Sinhala Buddhist Monk Mahanama written in the Mahawansa in the 5th century CE. That Sinhaya or the Lion is the Mythical Grandfather of Vijaya. Well, we know lions cannot copulate with humans, and produce offspring. Monk Mahanama did not know that. The people did not know that. So they all gulped it down hook, sink and float.

          In fact, the Mythical Lion has even made to the Sri Lanka National Flag. Worse yet, the LTTE suckers, made their own Myth, used a Tiger, as their symbol. Had the Sinhala or the LTTE Tamils used the Gorilla or Chimpanzee as their symbol, a rational case could have been made because these two cousins have about 98% common genes with the Sinhala and Tamils.

          Now we can’t go back.Can we and correct the error?

          DeJa Vu. What can you do?

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    Thank you CT for posting this beautiful recital . Good luck and best wishes to her .

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      Sarojini,

      The recital is not the only beautiful thing in this posting. I wonder if anyone will diagree.

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        Beauty is that which beholds the eye while music is with the field of hearing.

        Winter is coming soon.

        The collection made would go to the soup kitchen below to provide hot meals for the homeless folk around London.

        While you BBS with begging bowl go around persecuting folk of other faiths.
        Do not spoil the show because its not a catwalk.

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          Dont talk cock you bloody fool.

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        Dear BBS Rep,

        The recital is beautiful, even if Tanya wore a burka from head to toe. How many beautiful performers we have listened to without seeing them?

        Of course Tanya’s presence without being clad in a burka, wearing a feminine dress of this era, adds to her beauty.

        Good to know even the BBS Rep appreciates the non-burka beauties.

        Is that the reason why BBS was against the Burka and the “Gonibilla” dress? Just curious.

        Won’t the Upasika dress satisfy the cravings of your nature?

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    Once again for free at the same place. What a shame she has not found a promoter as yet. London is full of places where they perform even during lunch breaks and get paid.
    When late Bewis Bawas little park was for free his expenses for maintenance kept on rising.
    So he quipped “anything for free has no value” and charged a rupee and the place was tidy.
    Good luck Tanya.

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      At least once person understands the reality. Free Lunch time recitals in London are mostly for fresh Music School Graduates to get some performing experiences before they become professionals and not for established musicians. A “Distinguished , Internationally acclaimed pianist” needs to try paid gigs or evening recitals

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    The ‘Pianists of the World’ series of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in which Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka has been invited to perform is a highly prestigious international recital series founded by concert pianist Dame Myra Hess. The series consists of 12 recitals each year and all artistes performing in this series are internationally distinguished concert pianists.

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