Tanya Ekanayaka - Twelve Piano Prisms | Grand Piano GP785

Tanya Ekanayaka - Twelve Piano Prisms

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Label: Grand Piano

Cat No: GP785

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 14th September 2018



Tanya Ekanayaka (piano)


Ekanayaka, Tanya

Piano Prisms (12)


Tanya Ekanayaka (piano)


Tanya Ekanayaka’s Twelve Piano Prisms extend the concept heard on her album Reinventions: Rhapsodies for Piano (GP693). They correspond to the twelve primary notes of the keyboard, and combine Sri Lankan melodies with music from other countries in a deeply personal representation of diverse cultures; their style inspired not only by a rich heritage of Western classical and indigenous world music, but also by pop, rock and film music.

Tanya Ekanayaka’s compositions represent novel and invigorating musical genres involving reinventions of Sri Lankan melodies belonging to a wide range of ancient, folk and popular music traditions and more recently, adaptations of traditional melodies of other countries with which she has been associated musically. Her compositions, which she describes as ‘deeply autobiographical’, are influenced by her multifaceted background, multilingualism, ambidexterity and partial colour synaesthesia. Her works have been featured on numerous international media and are often the first by any Sri Lankan composer to be performed at international venues.

“Transmuting re-imaginings of traditional Sri Lankan melodies through the creative prism of the Western classical tradition, Ekanayaka’s semi-extemporisations vividly recall the golden age of musical ‘reminiscences’.” – BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

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