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EKANAYAKA, TANYA (b. 1977)

The Planets and Humanity – Piano Reflections


  • Tanya Ekanayaka, piano

The eight works in this album explore reflections on the eight planets of the solar system and the earth’s seven continents. Most bear echoes of traditional melodies originating from indigenous peoples. Largely composed during the Covid-19 pandemic, Tanya Ekanayaka’s passionate awareness of the connections and congruences between the past and present is reflected in her vision of harmonious co-existence. In this cycle she presents a tapestry of moods – tenderness, fantasy and vivid ‘trans-creations’ of ancient melodies.

Tracklist

1
Neptune: Asháninka Kindled (2018/2020) (00:16:44)
2
Mercury with Antarctica (2019/2020) (00:05:11)
3
Uranus: Numbulwar Sustaining (2020) (00:05:50)
4
Venus: Sámi Traced (2019/2020) (00:05:22)
5
Saturn: Gond Inspired (2019) (00:10:12)
6
Earth - Life (2020) (00:05:01)
7
Jupiter: Cree Cast (2020) (00:05:26)
8
Mars: Hadzabe Touched (2020) (00:03:58)
Total Time: 00:57:44

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.