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Baliphonics offers a profound and ecstatic insight into an ancient form of Sri Lankan ritual, by re-imagining it in the modern world. This art form draws upon a particular astrological healing practice known as the bali ritual in which deities are invoked and demons exorcised via a spectacle of dance, music and light. Baliphonics understands the ritual as an intense and visceral experience and not only as a means of cultural preservation. The unique quartet formation of yak bera (demon drum), drum set and clarinets, in combination with traditional ritual chant and dance, provides an exciting way to engage to the ritual as a living and evolving form.

Prasanna, a master traditional drummer, displays the free and expressive nature of Sri Lankan drumming at its best while joining his brother Susantha with chanting and dance. Sumudi has established a deep and powerful approach to playing the drum set by integrating ritual vocabulary via his long-standing research into the tradition. The percussion forms a base for Susantha’s raw and cathartic chants, and sometimes ‘possessed’ dancing, which intertwine with the rich counterpoint and blistering textures of Reuben’s soprano and bass clarinets.

Baliphonics thrilling performances communicate the transcendental energy of an age-old ritual, struggling to maintain its traditional place in a globalized and contemporary society, yet transforming and transporting us simultaneously into the moment and into the past.

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Up Coming Dates …

08.12.2018 – Radio Asia Festival, Warsaw, Poland

07.12.2018 – Radio Asia Festival, Warsaw, Poland

 

Past Dates …

02.09.2018 – Artist talk and performance at Guru Gedara Festival, Chitrasena Dance Company, Colombo

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