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)

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

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

Dhyan Yathra

Dhyan Yathra took me on a much-looked-forward-to journey. Now if only half of Colombo didn’t turn up merely to socialise and be seen. But more about that later. It started off with Karunaratne Kiriwattuduwe on santoor accompanied by the tabla. His performance made me wish, not for the first time, that I’d pay more attention… Continue reading Dhyan Yathra

Bringing Down the Sun – Paranoid Earthling

Paranoid Earthling marks International Peace Day this year with the release of the music video to Bringing Down the Sun, a song they say highlights the impact of conflict on youth in Sri Lanka. Young Asia Television (YATV), in collaboration with the Global Partnership for the Prevention for Armed Conflict (GPPAC), has produced the video.… Continue reading Bringing Down the Sun – Paranoid Earthling