Musicmatters Festival 2013
Date: Sat July 13
Venue: Park Street Mews
Tickets: Rs 1000, available from Park Street, Goethe Institute and Musicmatters from July 5th.
Lineup of artists:
The 2013 Festival opens with a piano recital presented by Eshantha Peiris. The repertoire includes modernist piano compositions which have been influenced by traditional rhythms from around the world. Highlights include Sri Lankan pianist/composer Dinuk Wijeratne’s ‘Colour Study in Rupaktaal’, Joshua Uzoigwe’s ‘Abigbo’, and a new Sri Lankan composition.
Musicmatters proudly presents four groups of students, aged 6 – 13, playing a variety of music including old jazz standards, funk music and some of their own compositions. Nurturing creativity of young children through music education is one of Musicmatters’ main mandates and these groups are an excellent example of the 2 year-old institute working well in-line with their objectives.
Game of Patience
Game of Patience creates improvised music combining elements of free jazz, electronic music and free improv. The group features Yong Yandsen (Malaysia) on saxophone, Brian O’Reilly (US/Singapore) on contrabass with electronics and Darren Moore (Australia/Singapore) on drum and percussion.
Derek Beckvold and Sumudi Suraweera
The music of drummer Sumudi Suraweera and American saxophonist Derek Beckvold twists and turns with sensitivity and aggression. Melded together through the dialogue of improvisation and the combined knowledge of a diverse range of musical traditions from around the world, what results is a unique and exciting collaboration.
The Brahminy Kites
The Brahminy Kites draws upon a diverse spectrum of musical forms and influences ranging from Alternative Contemporary American folk music, folk music from North India, Eastern European Gypsy music, folk music from the Arab World and Western Contemporary endeavors in Sonic Art and Composition. The original music for banjo, percussion, voice, viola, double bass and electronics skillfully weaves a sound that is hard to define, steeped in melancholy and mystery.
Baliphonics presents the music of the Low-Country bali ritual tradition of Sri Lanka in a sublime collaboration with contemporary jazz and improvisation. The raw, original chanting, singing and dance gestures of the Low-Country in dialogue with experimental sounds and sonic textures sees the traditional boundaries being pushed, while still transcending the audience into the spirit of the ritual.
Mix Master Blong
Human behavior strangely entangles with sound in an emotional and informative way, driving one into vivid states, perceptions and living styles. Sound colours humans according to the way it shapes. Mix Master Blong is an experimental improvisational exploration into textural, psychedelic, drone music experience for vivid colours!
Tyson Smith, an exceptional guitarist/singer/songwriter, originally hails from New Zealand’s South Island though his last decade of musical meanderings has taken him to the Caribbean, Central America, USA, Southeast Asia and Europe. He performs as guitarist with a range of high profile New Zealand artists in both jazz and popular music and also plays banjo in his sister’s world music group “Mundi”. He has released one album under his own name and is currently honing songs for a new album. This new material contains a variety of influences including folk, blues, rock and world music.
Orienteering you through to another way of musical morality, Sri Lanka’s own two bit, spazz step, go wave outfit promises you hip hop beats so hard and ragadocious rhymes so killing the soul of every shoe will, twist, turn, slide and step in unprecedented harmony, dancing their way into a lotus leaf of hip hop ecstasy!