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11 Tanya EkanayakaThe Planets & Humanity – Piano Reflections
Tanya Ekanayaka
Grand Piano GP879 (


Neptune: Asháninka Kindled - Listen on Apple Music

Venus: Sámi Traced - Listen on Apple Music

Mars: Hadzabe Touched - Listen on Apple Music


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Award-winning Sri Lankan-British pianist and composer Tanya Ekanayaka delivers a recording of original compositions which correspond to the eight planets that inhabit our solar system and the seven continents on Earth. Many of the selections utilize echoes of traditional melodies supported by a decidedly Romantic-era harmonic sensibility. 

Composed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this cycle for solo piano represents Ekanayaka’s interest in the expressive connections between past and present. The eight movements combine to create a potpourri of moods through which Ekanayaka is able to showcase a confident and precise technical command of the piano.

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