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An  invitation to listen to my music

SEVEN SEVEN FOUR (excerpt) 

-Track2 -  in the Album - "HARSHA & KHROME"  

Composer-         Harsha Makalande                                     Drums -             Hemapala Gallage

Solo Violin -       DD Gunasena ( solo by DD)                       Piano -              Harsha Makalande

Electric Guitar - Mahinda Bandara (solos by Mahinda)          Bass Guitar -     Guy Halpe   

Kala Bera  (Sri Lankan drums made by Ravibandu Vidyapathi) - Ravibandu Vidyapathi  (solo by Ravi)              

Master recoding  by - Dayananda Perera (Eastern Recording) 

*Released in 2000 April, the first copy was presented to Arjuna Ranatunga at Nuwara Eliya.*All rights to Harsha Makalande2000

 

 

Colomblues (excerpt) -Track 1 -" Live At Asian Jazz Yatra" - 'KALA GHODA' Mumbai 21st of April 2002

Piano - Harsha Makalande

Bass - Alston Joechim

Drums - Shiraz Nooramit

Composed by Harsha Makalande        Master Recording by - Neil D'Souza (India)

 

Lullaby of Birdland (excerpt) -Track 3 -" Live At Asian Jazz Yatra" - 'KALA GHODA' Mumbai 21st of April 2002

Piano - Harsha Makalande

Bass - Alston Joechim

Drums - Shiraz Nooramit

Percussion - Arjuna Krishnaratna

Sri Lankan Drums - Ravibandu Vidyapathi

This arrangement by Harsha Makalande        Master Recording by - Neil D'Souza (India)

 

SVARASANGA VANNAMA

This is a work for full Orchestra,Piano and Sri Lankan Drums.

It is interesting to note that Ravibandu Vidyapathi, the world famous percussionist made his debut with a Symphony Orchestra at the opening performance of this work.

The Colombo Symphony Orchestra which performed the piece was conducted by Dr. Earl de Foseka (29th of May 1992, at the Ladies College Auditorium).The Colombo Symphony Orchestra is now known as theSymphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, or the SOSL.

The Piano was played by Sri Lankan classical pianist Ramya de Livera Perera.

 

HARSHA MAKALANDE
HARSHA MAKALANDA

Dear friends,

A profile with some samples of my music  will be posted soon.

The samples will include performances at "Asian Jazz Yatra"(Mumbai),

"Jazz Unlimited"{Colombo), and some from my CD 'HARSHA & KHROME'.

 Introducing my REPERTOIRE

SEVEN SEVEN FOUR- A piece I composed for my first CD. It's

influenced by Sri Lankan folk rhythms and  folk elements (modal)..

    Talking  of  Rhythm:- Ravibandu Vidyapathi, the well known percussionist

      will be describing a range of local drums, starting with the 'GETA BERA',

      SOON!  You will be able to see photos of these instruments.

 

READ ABOUT NURTI MUSIC FROM SRI LANKA..SIRISANGABO OR SIRISANGABODI AS IT IS NOW KNOWN WAS CREATED BY JOHN DE SILVA AND VISHVANATH LOUJI...

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     PERFORMANCES  IN  JANUARY:- 2006

      Harsha Makalande will be performing with AMAZING GRACE, the band that was the most popular

     Sri Lankan Western Pop band in the 70's, of which he was a member, from 1976 to 1977. The line up

     was Tony de Silva (Vocals,Key-Boards), Donald Pieris( Vocals,Drums), Reza Deen (Vocals,Guitar),

     Adrian Ariyaratne( Vocals,Bass) Harsha Makalande (Piano,Key-Boards).


   See Concert Poster!


 

CONTACT DETAILS-

ADDRESS - 30/1 ANGAMPITIYA ROAD, ETTUL KOTTE, KOTTE, SRI LANKA.

EMAIL - harsha_lyceum@yahoo.com

Mobile Phone - +94777380362

 

Profession

Musician

Film Music  Director
Pianist
Composer
Arranger


  

REVIEWS  AND OTHER ARTICLES
Sunday Observer1

Sunday Observer2
Pavuru Valalu ("WALLS WITHIN") - A film by Prasanna Vithanage

New York Times-ASWESUMA, LETTER OF FIRE
ANANTHARATHRIYA (“Dark Night of the Soul”) - A film by PRASANNA VITHANAGE - MD Mahindapala writes
Child Aid 2005 - At THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
PERFORMING WITH PRADEEP RATNAYAKE
PERFORMING WITH HAROLD SENEVIRATNE
HARSHA & KHROME - Performance at BISHOP'S COLLEGE AUDITORIUM 18th of Dec. 2004 - DAYAN JAYATILEKE WRITES.
Niduk Wijetileka - Jazz Pianist.
"No Man Is An Island!"-IZETH HUSSAIN WRITES.
AN APPRECIATION - Lucky Manickawasagar:The Unique Bassist - Mahes Perera writes.
AMAZING GRACE IN CONCERT
Sri Lankan Pop Music History

ARTICLES IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION

Dr Bob Smith of Australia
 
LYCEUM INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Sites that contain my music.

FILM MUSIC1

 

AWARDS

SUMATHI AWARDS
 

BUNKA AWARDS
 

NATIONAL HONOURS-Harsha receives KALA SURI title
 

 

 

 

LINKS TO SRI LANKAN COMPOSERS AND SONG WRITERS  

 

 1. SANJEEWA PARANAMANA  

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 2. KEERTHI PASQUEL  

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 3. DILLUP GABADAMUDALIGE  

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 4. ROOKANTHA GOONATHILAKA  

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 5. AMARADEVA  

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 6. NIMAL MENDIS  

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 7. CLARENCE WIJEWARDENE  

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 8. RUKSHAN PERERA  

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PROFILE

Harsha Makalalande started studying Western Classical music (the Piano as his instrument) at the age of six under Mrs. Chitrani Balasuriya. Even at this young age he was attracted to Pop Music, Jazz Standards, Sri Lankan Folk, Pop, Baila, and Indian music. The exposure to Indian music came mainly through the influence of Sam Makalandage Silva (a grand uncle) who was a friend of Rabindranath Tagore. The influence of Sinhala Poetry, which was brought about by his mother’s father, VD de Lanerolle (a Sinhala poet of extraordinary stature), created a lasting impression in him to look for a ‘Sri Lankan Sound’. VD de Lanerolle had been, by profession a qualified English teacher, and a former editor of Lankadeepaya (a Sinhala News paper). Most mornings, on the days when Makalande lived at his grand father’s house at Kaduwela, he heard Victor de Lanerolle reciting poetry at three in the morning! He had the practice of reciting while he created and wrote hundreds of Sinhala poems and stories for children and adults. The Samudraghosha (the sound of the sea) Viritha (style) in which he sang was the base used in Makalande’s film music compositions. Sometimes he would listen to the Prith Ose .This consists of three notes roughly seperated by a tone, and a semi-tone. His second teacher, Mrs. Ann Makalande Perera, who was one of his father’s younger sisters played Western Classical music, as well as Show tunes, Jazz Standards in the style of Charley Kuntz,etc. ………To be continued……..
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