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Alex Baran
The WholeNote, December 2015

Her [Tanya Ekanayaka’s] keyboard technique is formidable. Massive arpeggios seem completely effortless as she weaves together traditional Sri Lankan melodies… She is capable of both the smallest nuance as well as the grandest gesture the keyboard can afford. One begins to wonder if she is perhaps the Keith Jarrett of the subcontinent. © 2015 The Wholenote Read complete review

Jack Sullivan
American Record Guide, November 2015

Ekanayaka is a formidable pianist worth hearing just for her big sound and scrupulous voicing. And these are big pieces, basically 19th Century virtuoso etudes full of flashy Lisztian and Chopinesue arpeggios and colors, spiced with Sri Lankian motifs that somehow blend in. …As usual, Grand Piano offers scintillating, realistic piano sound. The Steinway D in this recording leaps out and envelops the listener. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

International Piano, November 2015

Melodic fragments of great beauty float through this music… © 2015 International Piano

Julian Hayes
BBC Music Magazine, October 2015

Transmuting re-imaginings of traditional Sri Lankan melodies through the creative prism of the Western classical tradition, Ekanayaka’s semi-extemporisations vividly recall the golden age of musical ‘reminiscences’. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine

Hemantha Abeywardena
Asian Tribune, June 2015

…Tanya Ekanayaka proved that playing one’s own compositions with perfect faith in musician’s ability is the psychological equivalent of silver bullet in combating the misplaced anxieties over accidental memory slips. © 2015 Asian Tribune

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2015

Born in 1977, Tanya Ekanayaka has become one of Sri Lanka’s most famous international solo pianists with a portfolio of compositions for the instrument. She works in a musical world of spontaneous creativity, scores emerging ‘often as a whole within just a few minutes’, her ten minute Vannam (Gajaga, Mayura & Hanuma) & You, completed in just one afternoon in February 2013. Stylistically her scores stand somewhere between Chopin and Rachmaninov, her building blocks are scales, arpeggios and arabesques forming immediately pleasing pieces combining a wide variety of her national melodies, both folk and popular. She then adds the influences she finds in her public recitals, with fleeting direct quotations from other composers, including a jazzy reference to Gershwin in 2013/14 June Echoes. Others, I am sure, will find her national input, but I guess most will just sit back and enjoy her pleasant and tuneful music. As a performer she is highly capable, those long arpeggio passages played with a crystalline clarity. This is my first taste of a new offshoot of the Grand Piano series that will feature performer-composers, the Edinburgh University made recording, where Ekanayaka now teaches, is of unassuming sound quality. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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