Underwhelmed by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO)

(Photos by Pramyth Abeysekra) After two and a half years in Malaysia, finally watched a performance by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). The 2016/17 season opening concert “A Musical Journey in Anime”, which incidentally was false advertising given that only half the programme was from Joe Hisaishi’s anime repertoire. How was the performance? In one… Continue reading Underwhelmed by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO)

Pyramus and Thisby – 2011

Took my camera along when I went to watch Pyramus and Thisby, “a hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, according to Jehan Aloysius who devised, directed & choreographed the play. It was a laugh riot and these were the shots I managed to take from my seat during the brief intervals I stopped laughing.… Continue reading Pyramus and Thisby – 2011

Stigmata’s ‘Psalms of Conscious Martyrdom’ – A Decade of Martyrdom has Paid Off

originally published in The Nation “Here, did you know Stigmata’s new album is coming out this week?” The question came from a friend’s mother a few days before the launch of Stigmata’ third studio effort, ‘Psalms of Conscious Martyrdom’. A few years ago I couldn’t have imagined a scenario where a parental figure would come… Continue reading Stigmata’s ‘Psalms of Conscious Martyrdom’ – A Decade of Martyrdom has Paid Off

Akasa Kusum

Image from http://akasakusum.blogspot.com/ I have noticed that every time I’ve watched a film by Prasanna Vithanage, it has made me think. For days afterward I would randomly remember something from the film, I’d research to understand certain parts of it that I did not fully comprehend. For an example, after watching Ira Madiyama, I attended… Continue reading Akasa Kusum

Guest Post – Review: Cantando Cello Ensemble: Lionel Wendt: July 2nd ’09

By Eshantha Peiris D minor triad. Multiply by 13 unamplified cellos on the Lionel Wendt stage. Result: one of the most powerful openings to a live concert that I’ve ever experienced. The compositions of J.S. Bach have a knack for being readily adaptable to instruments for which they were not originally written: e.g. from pipe-organ… Continue reading Guest Post – Review: Cantando Cello Ensemble: Lionel Wendt: July 2nd ’09