By Colombo Telegraph –
A live recording of one of Sri Lanka’s most distinguished concert pianists, a composer, musicologist and linguist, Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka’s most recent solo piano recital at the prestigious international concert venue, London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields on 13th November 2012.
Dr. Ekanayaka’s recital concluded with the UK premiere of her composition ‘Dhaivaya: Alter(ing) Hue’ which includes an adaptation of and set of variations on the famed Sri Lankan hymn ‘Danno Budunge’ also known as ‘Jehovah Thou Hast Promised’, integrated with a motif inspired by the other works of the same recital programme.
What characterizes Dr. Ekanayaka as a recitalist is her quintessential recital style. Her recitals have increasingly included her own compositions representing a novel form of musical fusion as well as works from the established classical repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary works. Her compositions within a recital programme tend to self-consciously adapt indigenous and popular Sri Lankan folk melodies which are then reinterpreted and integrated within musical frameworks inspired by the western classical works of the same programme. She regards her compositions as deeply autobiographical ‘moments’ and attributes her compositional style to her multilingual and multicultural backgrounds as well as to being ambidextrous and having partial colour synaesthesia.
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2
Rachmaninoff – Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2
Tchaikovsky – ‘August’ from Les Saisons Op. 37
Tchaikovsky – ‘June’ from Les Saisons Op. 37
Khachaturian – Toccata
Tanya Ekanayaka – Dhaivaya: Alter(ing) Hue
For further information about Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka please visit: www.tanyaekanayaka.com
*Photo – Arun-Sundar Photography