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Baliphonics is a profound and ecstatic insight into the ritual music of Sri Lanka in a contemporary context. Their music draws upon a particular astrological healing ritual known as the Bali Ritual, stemming from the Southern and Western regions of Sri Lanka.

The unique quartet instrumentation of yak bera (devil drum), drum set, and double bass in combination with traditional ritual chant and dance makes the Baliphonics performances an intense and visceral experience. Prasanna, a master traditional drummer, displays the free expressive nature of Sri Lankan drumming at its best while joining his brother Susantha with chants and dance. On drum set, Sumudi has established a deep and powerful approach to his playing, integrating the Sri Lankan ritual drum vocabulary via long-standing research on this traditional music. The percussionists form the base for the raw, cathartic nature of Susantha’s transcendent chants which intertwine the deep, rich counterpoint and sonic textures of Isaac’s double bass playing.

Baliphonics communicates the energy of an age-old ritual which struggles to find its place in a globalized, modern, contemporary society and transforms and transports us in the moment and into the past.

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Shows

Up Coming Dates …

European Tour – Dec 2018 – Dates to be announced!

 

Past Dates …

29.04.2018 – Anteroom, Dunedin, New Zealand

28.04,2018 – University of Canterbury Recital Room, The Arts Centre, Christchurch, NZ

24.04.2018 – The Mussel Inn, Takaka, New Zealand

21.04.2018 – Aotea College, Wellington, New Zealand

20.04.2018 – Pyramid Club, Wellington, New Zealand

19.04.2018 – Auckland Unitarian, Auckland, New Zealand

28.01.2018 – Melodies of Folk Festival, Colombo

23.09.2017 – The Sound Room, Colombo

29.01.2017 – Kala Pola festival, Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo

12.11.2016 – WINGS festival, Colombo Planetarium

27.09.2016 – British Council, Colombo

14.08.2016 – Musicmatters Festival 2016, Colombo

18.06.2016 – Goethe Institut, Colombo

15.08.2015 – Musicmatters Festival 2015, Barefoot Garden Cafe, Colombo

07.03.2015 – Goethe Institut, Colombo

24.01.2015 – Choppa Festival 2015, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

09.08.2014 – Musicmatters Festival 2014, Viharamaha Devi Park, Colombo

29.03.2014 – Sri Lanka Foundation Center, Colombo

08.03.2014 – Goethe Institut, Colombo

08.02.2014 – Soundmaker Studio, Penang

07.02.2014 – Petaling Street Art House, Kuala Lumpur

06.02.2014 – Blu Jaz, Singapore

03.02.2014 – Artists in Residence at Lassalle College of the Arts, Singapore

 

Audio

Pol Gediye Kavi – Birth of the Coconut

Ruthi Rathi Divi – The Blessing

Muninda Raja – Offerings to the Triple Gem

Isivara Saudama – Saudama for the Sun

Lo Thura – Buddha’s Virtues 

Yakune – Warding off Demons

Udeta Payana – Giving Thanks

All tracks by the Baliphonics (Susantha Rupathilaka – voice, Prasanna Rupathilaka – yak bera,  Isaac Smith – double bass, Sumudi Suraweera – drums). Recorded 2018 at Stik Figure Studio, Colombo by Kamani Koralage. Mixed and Mastered by Ranga Dasanayake.