Acoustic treat

Audiences with multicultural musical appetites are in for a feast of fusion, as Dhyan Yathra goes on the boards of Barefoot Gallery Café, on October 3, at 7.30pm. Featuring performances by Thriloka, Mistake, Harsha Makalande quintet, and Santoor master Karunaratne Kiriwattuduwe, Dhyan Yathra promises to deliver an evening as eclectic as it is exciting.

Rapidly gaining a following in the local rock and jazz scenes, Thriloka is a young fusion outfit that remains committed to multicultural music-making within a uniquely Sri Lankan context. With all its band members (oriental percussionist Pabalu Wijegoonawardane, jazz/classical pianist Eshantha Peiris, ragadari/rock guitarist Sarani Perera, jazz/progressive drummer Harshan Gallage, and electric bassist Uvindu Perera) actively contributing to the catalogue of original compositions and arrangements, this melding of musical cultures is in many ways representative of the band's vision for globalisation and cultural assimilation in today's society. Dhyan Yathra sees Thriloka once again hitting the stage under the guise of their 'acoustic' alter-ego.

Mistake is an up and coming fusion band comprised of 7 young, talented musicians committed to making their mark on the local scene. With an instrumental line-up consisting of percussion, flute, drums, guitars and keyboards, Mistake represents the next generation of Sri Lankan musicians eager to bring their voice to new audiences.

Karunaratne Kiriwattuduwe is an unparalleled exponent of the santoor (a harp-like instrument played with mallets), having mastered the art of Hindustani classical music under Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. A career spanning 28 years has seen his artistry on display both in India and Sri Lanka, and his virtuosity never ceases to enthral even the uninitiated listener.

Dhyan Yathra also sees the collaboration of several established names from the local jazz and oriental music scenes. Pianist Harsha Makalande joins together with bassist Alston Joachim, drummer Shiraz Noor Amith, percussionist Ravibandhu Vidyapathy and sitarist Sachin Keyt for a set of innovative fusion-jazz that promises to take the listener to the meeting-point of eastern and western improvised musical traditions.

Dhyan Yathra which roughly translates as 'journey towards a blissful state of being' is presented by the Fusion Dhyan Arts Circle in collaboration with Rockapalooza productions. The official radio partner for the event is E-FM, while the official print media partner is The Sunday Times.

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