Thriloka and Betelnuts

Thriloka and Betelnuts, originally uploaded by nazreen.sansoni.

The Fusion Dhyan Arts Circle presents:

‘Thriloka and Betelnuts go Barefoot’

The title should be self-explanatory, we think?

But just to clarify…


The fusion band ‘Thriloka’ has been interacting with local audiences for close upon 3 years now, delivering a innovative blend of traditional folk music, raga, jazz and rock. With all 5 band members – Sarani Perera: guitars, Eshantha Peiris: keyboards, Uvindu Perera: bass, Harshan Gallage: drums, and Pabalu Wijegoonawardane: percussion – contributing musical ideas to the band’s repertoire of original music, Thriloka’s musical output is truly a fusion of global sounds and rhythms. This performance marks their return to the local performance arena after a 6-month musical-gestation-period, and serves to kick off a new season of hot grooves and refreshing harmonies (highlights to include the re-mix of ‘Bisura’, the release of the new ‘Rana Mayura’ video, and the much anticipated June 2009 ‘Thrilogy’ project).

The Betelnuts

Hailing from the Land of the Long White Cloud, musicians Reuben Derrick (saxophone), Misha Marks (guitar), Isaac Smith (double bass) and Sri Lankan/New Zealand musician Sumudi Suraweera (drums) have been residing in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean over the past month, working on an extensive collaboration project with a number of high profiled Sri Lankan traditional ritual masters. The product of this unique innovative collaboration will be debuted at the Barefoot Gallery at this event for a one-off public performance in Sri Lanka. The Betelnuts have already made plans to premier the ensemble at international festivals in the near future.

Performance to be held at the Barefoot Gallery Cafe on Friday April 24th: tickets priced at Rs. 600 available at the gallery office and at the door


Every morning
when I wake
my first thought
is of civilians
In the vanni
Women children
No chance
At life
She might?
Is a terrorist?
For god’s sake
She could have
been a scientist
Our loss
Our unimaginable loss