the blog of musician Dinuk Wijeratne

Month: January, 2015

A ‘Spin Cycle’ Teaser

Happy Monday! Just out for you to enjoy, in 60 secs, is a little teaser for the string-quartet-&-DJ project:

Remembering Abbado….one year on.

I wanted to make a short post to commemorate the passing of Claudio Abbado. I continue to cherish his numerous recordings and reflect on what his remarkable musicianship has meant to me. Accentus Music have appropriately released a DVD/Blu-ray of the ‘Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado’, given by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, who fittingly open the program by performing Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony without a conductor. Andris Nelsons leads an intensely powerful rendition of the Mahler 3 Finale to close, as many players themselves are moved to tears. It is a profoundly moving farewell to the legacy of a truly great artist.

The Art of Turntabling

I am indeed privileged to know one of the finest turntablists in the world: DJ Skratch Bastid. Yesterday, as we met for a long overdue hang, we discussed our work on an innovative project involving four equally fabulous performers: the Afiara String Quartet. Skratch took some of my quartet material out for a spin!