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EKANAYAKA, TANYA (b. 1977)

Reinventions

Rhapsodies for Piano


  • Tanya Ekanayaka, piano

Tanya Ekanayaka is one of Sri Lanka’s foremost pianists and an internationally acclaimed composer. Her ‘deeply autobiographical’ piano compositions, or reinventions, introduce a novel and hybrid musical genre that takes a wide variety of Sri Lankan melodies – ancient, folk and popular – and blends them with motifs inspired by the tonal centres of established classical compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Ravel and others.

This recording was made on a modern instrument: Steinway, Model D

Tracklist

1
Adahas: Of Wings Of Roots (2010) (00:04:18)
2
Dew Encounters: Of Scottish Walks, Vannam (Udara) and Sri Lanka's Bugs Bunny (2013) (00:04:29)
3
Dhaivaya: Alter(ing) Hue (2011) (00:10:25)
4
Vannam (Gajaga, Mayura and Hanuma) and You (2013) (00:09:52)
5
In Lotus: Olu Pipila With Moment (2013) (00:06:01)
6
Labyrinth; Vannam Lent (2012) (00:05:52)
7
2013/14 June Echoes (2014) (00:15:23)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:56:20

The Artist(s)

Tanya Ekanayaka Dr Tanya Ekanayaka is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Sri Lankan-British concert pianist and composer and regarded as one of Sri Lanka’s finest artistes. Classically trained and with a background in Asian and Popular music, she is also a linguist, musicologist and record producer. Although trained as a pianist, her compositional skills are the result of a purely intuitive and natural development. Influenced by her multifaceted background, multilingualism, ambidexterity and partial colour synaesthesia her works which she describes as ‘deeply autobiographical’ and which evolve when she is at the piano (and at times in her dreams), have not been scored in any form but remain precisely frozen in her memory once evolved.

The Composer(s)

Tanya Ekanayaka Dr Tanya Ekanayaka is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Sri Lankan-British concert pianist and composer and regarded as one of Sri Lanka’s finest artistes. Classically trained and with a background in Asian and Popular music, she is also a linguist, musicologist and record producer. Although trained as a pianist, her compositional skills are the result of a purely intuitive and natural development. Influenced by her multifaceted background, multilingualism, ambidexterity and partial colour synaesthesia her works which she describes as ‘deeply autobiographical’ and which evolve when she is at the piano (and at times in her dreams), have not been scored in any form but remain precisely frozen in her memory once evolved.

Reviews

International Piano

“Melodic fragments of great beauty float through this music…” – International Piano

“Ekanayaka is a formidable pianist worth hearing just for her big sound and scrupulous voicing.” – American Record Guide

BBC Music Magazine

“Ekanayaka’s semi-extemporisations vividly recall the golden age of musical ‘reminiscences’.” – BBC Music Magazine