Duration: 12 minutes

Commissioned by Symphony Nova Scotia

Orchestra instrumentation: 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 2 trp, 3 trb, timp + 2perc, str

'HOMECOMING' - piano & oud (2015)

Commissioned by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
for the official opening ceremony (June 25th, 2015)

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'THROUGH THE INVISIBLE' - string quartet & DJ/turntables (2015)

Duration: 4.5 minutes

Commissioned by the Afiara String Quartet & DJ Skratch Bastid

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'TWO POP SONGS ON ANTIQUE POEMS' - string quartet (2014)

Duration: 13 minutes

Commissioned by the Afiara String Quartet

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'VALDRADA' - percussion quartet and orchestra (2014)

Duration: 4 minutes

Commissioned by TorQ Percussion Quartet
for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra instrumentation: picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 3 trp, 3 trb, 1 tba, timp + 2perc, str

'INVISIBLE CITIES' - Concerto for percussion quartet & wind orchestra (2014)

Duration: 27 minutes

Wind ensemble instrumentation: picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 3 cl, bass cl, 2 bsn, 4 sax (sop, alto, ten, bari), 4 hn, 3 trp, 3 trb, 1 tba, 1 euph, timp + 2 perc, pno, db

Commissioned by TorQ Percussion Ensemble

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'ERSILIA' - percussion quartet (2013)

Duration: 6 minutes

Commissioned by TorQ Percussion Quartet

'LOVE TRIANGLE' - violin, 'cello, piano (2013)

Duration: 15 minutes
Commissioned by the Gryphon Trio

Gryphon trio

'TSIMO!' - piano, vocals, drums, DJ/turntables (2012)

Duration: 20 minutes
Commissioned by the Halifax Jazz Festival
Recorded by the CBC

'NO ESCAPE' - piano, vocals, drums, DJ/turntables (2012)

Duration: 20 minutes
Commissioned by the Halifax Jazz Festival
Recorded by the CBC

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'HYMNPEACE (ReMixed)' - piano, vocals, drums, DJ/turntables (2012)

Duration: 20 minutes
Commissioned by the Halifax Jazz Festival
Recorded by the CBC

'Dinuk Wijeratne continues to astonish us'

the Chronicle Herald

'An artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future.'

the Toronto Star

'Exuberantly creative'

the New York Times

'Dinuk is one of the most gifted musicians I know.'

Bernhard Gueller
Music Director - Symphony Nova Scotia
Former Music Director - Johannesburg Philharmonic, Cape Town Philharmonic, Nuremburg Symphony

'Young Dynamo'

the Coast

'The [Tabla Concerto] is fantastic, complex, and brilliant.
The orchestration and solo writing are masterful. I didn’t
think one could pull off [such] a concerto, but Dinuk did.
I don’t know of anything like it. The audience went crazy
after it for good reason.'

John Corigliano

'[Dinuk] is a fabulous composer writing music full of energy,
expressivity, rhythmic complexity and non-stop excitement.
As a composer, conductor, pianist, improviser and experimenter
across various musical genres, Dinuk redefines what a classical
musician is and does.'

Christos Hatzis

'Internationally acclaimed'

the North Sea Jazz Festival

'He is representative of the best of a new generation of musicians
who work fearlessly in a variety of styles with flair and imagination'

Ara Guzelimian
Director - the Juilliard School
Former Director - Carnegie Hall

'An artist internationally respected for his virtuosity and sensitivity'

the CBC

'Wijeratne's multi-disciplinary piano-playing sounds like
the work of an entire backing band....stretch[ing] his
audience's conception of how the instrument should sound'

Lebanon Daily Star

'Dinuk Wijeratne’s Tabla Concerto is a breath of fresh air
in the repertoire – a vibrant, colourful piece that orchestras
love to play, and audiences will never forget.'

JoAnn Falletta
Music Director - Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Principal Conductor - the Ulster Orchestra

'[The] Tabla Concerto is a pioneering work of musical fusion,
a seamless integration of the most complex aspects of
North Indian Classical Tabla music into a totally Western model.'

Bernhard Gueller
Music Director - Symphony Nova Scotia
Former Music Director - Johannesburg Philharmonic, Cape Town Philharmonic, Nuremburg Symphony

'Remarkable piano artistry....he has an enviable touch'

the California Chronicle

'Wijeratne’s extraordinary setting was the last of three concerts featuring
works commemorating Bishop. Not only interesting but apocalyptic - an
exciting whirlpool of energy and tranquility, marking the impact of Portuguese
steel on Brazilian rainforest and aboriginal humanity, and rising in its latter
stages to an apotheosis of movement and drums. The music was a brutal
exposition of colonialism at its nastiest, yet colourful, exotic, vividly original,
and sent over the top by the last section.'

the CHRONICLE HERALD on 'Brazil, January 1, 1502'

'Dinuk embodies the true meaning of an artist. His creative
approach to composition brings a fresh virtuosity to an age old
art form. Invisible Cities is a milestone in the genre.'

TorQ Percussion Quartet

'Voraciously curious, indefatigably adventurous,
Dinuk is an artist who appears to be constantly
challenging himself.'

Sri Lanka Sunday Times

'[Love Triangle] is the kind of direction I like to see composers who are writing for chamber music go in.
What [Dinuk] is able to do so expertly is articulate a mix of sounds, and a mix of worlds.'

Roman Borys, the GRYPHON TRIO

TABLA CONCERTO - tabla & orchestra (2011)
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Duration: 26 minutes
Commissioned by Symphony Nova Scotia
Recorded by the CBC
Generously supported by:

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'SOLEA DI DIOMIRA' - accordion, piano, percussion (2011)
'SOLEA DI DIOMIRA' - (youth) orchestra (2010)

Commissioned by the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra

'BRAZIL, JANUARY 1, 1502' - soprano soloist, piano, oboe, percussion ensemble, double bass, Capoeira dancers (2010)
'ONCE THE COLOUR OF FIRE, NOW THE COLOUR OF ASHES' - accordion, piano, percussion (2010)
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'PRISMATIC QAWWALI PARTY' - clarinet soloist, percussion soloists, flexible chamber ensemble (2010)

Duration: c.40 minutes (including improvised solos)

Audio excerpts: Kinan Azmeh, clarinet; Dinuk Wijeratne, piano; Mark Adam & Ken Shorley, percussion; the NSYO Chamber Ensemble

CP ALLEN QAWWALI PARTY for clarinet soloist, percussion soloists, & wind ensemble (2009)
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'HYMNPEACE (ORCHESTRAL REMIX)' - turntables, ‘cello, orchestra (2008)

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Duration: 16 minutes
Instrumentation: 2*222/2200/T+2/str

Audio excerpt: Norm Adams, ‘cello; Buck 65, turntables; Symphony Nova Scotia; Dinuk Wijeratne, conductor

Commissioned & recorded by the CBC

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'HYMNPEACE (Trio ReMix)' - clarinet, piano, tabla (2008)
'THIS WAY UP↓ - clarinet, piano, tabla (2008)
'COLOURSTUDY IN RUPAKTAAL' - solo piano (2007)
'KHAYYAM XXXII' - for voice, piano, string quartet, double bass, clarinet & tablas OR for accordion, piano & percussion (2005)
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POWERPLAY dance piece for mixed ensemble Western and Indian instruments flute, clarinet, violin, sarangi, tabla, pakhawaj, double bass, piano, female voice (north indian classical) (2004)
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(OUT OF THE) KARMICBLUE for voice, piano, string quartet, double bass, tablas, & 2 percussion (2004)
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CHAMBER CONCERTO 'ABOUT SANKHARA' - chamber ensemble (2003)

Duration: 13-14 minutes
Instrumentation: 1111/1110/T+2/pno/str (11111)

THE LEARNING CURVE for clarinet & piano (2003)
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SOMETHING THERE for clarinet & piano (2003)
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SILENT FANFARES for clarinet & piano OR accordion, piano, & percussion (2003)
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STRING QUARTET (2002)
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'VESAK OCTET' - saxophone quartet and percussion quartet (2001)
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'VISAYA' - saxophone quartet (2000)

Duration: 7+ minutes
Commissioned by the Apollo Sax Quartet

PERCUSSION CONCERTO - solo percussion (vibraphone, marimba, drums) & chamber orchestra (2000)
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SONATA FOR VIOLIN & PIANO (1998)

Duration: 22 minutes

Audio: 3rd movement
Sarah Oates, violin; Dinuk Wijeratne, piano

'DI BRAVURA' - two pianos (1996)
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