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

Regenesis – HollowPoint Halo

Date: Friday, August 8, 2008 Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm Location: Club Nuovo, Taj Samudra I apologize for this review being two weeks late but to use a hackneyed phrase, better late than never so here goes. I looked forward to this gig from the day I saw their first evasive advertisement in a Sunday newspaper… Continue reading Regenesis – HollowPoint Halo

Thriloka – Almost Acoustic

Thriloka – Almost Acoustic Friday 18th July, 2008 Russian Cultural Centre Hall, Colombo 7 I have an aversion towards Sri Lankan fusion music. One reason for this may be that I grew up listening to a healthy balance of different genres and therefore have a real love for what is loosely termed as Sinhala music.… Continue reading Thriloka – Almost Acoustic