Dr. Sumudi Suraweera
PhD (music), BMus (hons) jazz, Dip jazz, BSc (computer Science).
Suraweera obtained his PhD – in the discipline of ethnomusicology – in 2010 from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His research focused on Sri Lankan Low-Country traditional drumming. Prior to this, he completed a Bachelor of Music in jazz, majoring in drums, with first-class honours. Suraweera has been a performing jazz musician in New Zealand for ten years and has performed in some of the major Arts and Jazz Festivals around New Zealand. Ensembles led by Suraweera such as Baliphonics, Serendib Sorcerers and Musicmatters Transcoastal Collective tend to draw upon Sri Lankan traditional music, placing it in a contemporary setting.
Eshantha Peiris (MA – composition & film scoring, BMus – piano performance, Dip – ABRSM piano).
Eshantha Peiris had his secondary education at St. Joseph’s College, Colombo, and graduated from New York University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance and Composition. His music teachers over the years have included Ramya de Livera Perera, Ananda Dabare, and Eduardus Halim.
As a musician, Eshantha is interested in understanding various musical styles in their original contexts, and using this knowledge to bring a fresh perspective to contemporary performance. This approach influences his work as a collaborative pianist and conductor (of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, and the vocal ensembles The Old Joes Choir and Contempo), and with the rock group Triloka which experiments with Sri Lankan folk music.
Eshantha’s discography includes two albums of Brazilian classical music recorded with flautist Celina Charlier, and two albums of original fusion music recorded with the band Thriloka.
Eshantha is currently on a sabbatical from teaching and is studying towards a doctorate in music at the University of British Columbia in Canada.
Residential International Tutor
Isaac Smith is a New Zealand born musician, Double Bass player and composer with a passion for improvised and creative music. Having extensive experience across a multitude of performance based artistic disciplines, Isaac has cultivated and encompasses a unique, integrated approach to music and teaching with a deep interest in addressing many philosophical, practical and personal aspects of learning and performance. Isaac holds a bachelor of Jazz Performance Double Bass from the New Zealand School of Music and currently resides in Sri Lanka as the foreign instructor at Musicmatters.
Past and Present International Guest Tutors
Derek has extensive performance experience throughout the Northeast United States and Greater Boston area in a wide range of music. Teaching period: 2013 Feb-March, 2014 Jan-Aug.
Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer James Wylie, currently based in Greece, grew up in New Zealand and was introduced to music through classical repertoire at a young age. Teaching period: 2012 Jan-April.
Borey Shin performs on synthesizer, piano, accordion and laptop computer. He composes acoustic chamber music and has a keen interest in working with film and video. Teaching period: 2014 Sept-Dec
With a special interest in composing his own music, David has developed an innovative approach to improvisation and creative interpretations of classical pieces. Teaching period: 2015 Jan-April
Rosie Langabeer is an award wining New Zealand composer, experimental musician and instigator with a taste for things that teeter across the intersection of the serious and the absurd. Teaching period: 2015 April-May
With a solid background in both Classical and Jazz piano, swedish pianist Povel Widestrand’s interest is currently more focused towards spontaneous music. His trio in Berlin – the Holon Trio – won the 7th European Burghauser young Jazz Prize in 2015. Teaching period: 2015 Sept-Dec
B.Mus.(jazz piano and jazz composition).
Bernhard Geigl was born in Munich and grew up in Oman. He spent his school days in Bavaria and attended the Berufsfachschule for music “music college” in Regensburg. At the Anton Bruckner private university in Linz, he studied instrumental pedagogy, jazz piano and jazz composition, and completed both master studies with distinction.
Austrian pianist Phillip Rist has appeared in a number of European Festivals in groups as well as a soloist at a relatively young age. He was recently awarded the “Young Masters Scholarship” of the Outreach Academy (Schwaz/Tyrol). Teaching period: 2016 Jan-April
Originally from Texas, Brian Allen performs as a solo trombonist, in duo with Jacob Koller and Hernan Hecht, with Brainkiller and other artists in creative music such as Dave Ballou, Cyro Baptista, Anthony Braxton, Gerald Cleaver, Mark Dresser, Ellery
Eskelin, Satoko Fujii, Drew Gress, Dominique Leone, Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey, Roswell Rudd, Nate Wooley and Creative Opportunity Orchestra. He has performed across North America, Europe and Japan at Roulette, The Stone, Porgy & Bess (Vienna), Les Siestes Electroniques (Toulouse), Gezmataz (Genova), Vive Latino, Festival Aural (Mexico City), Bang On A Can Marathon, College of Santa Fe Electroacoustic Festival, Carnegie Hall and CBGB’s.
Yohan Jayasooriya – Drums, Piano, Theory, Ensemble
Dinuka Jayasooriya – Guitar, piano, Theory, Ensemble
Sarani Perera – Guitar, Piano, Theory, Ensemble
Uvindu Perera – Guitar, Drums, Piano, Theory, Ensemble
Harin Amirthanathan – Voice
Shevon Mendis – Voice
Niroshan De Silva – Drums
Pradeep John – Guitar, Piano, Ensemble
Sachi Gamage – Guitar, Theory, Ensemble
Shehan Devdos – Guitar, Drums, Theory, Ensemble
Darshana Amarasinghe – Violin
Hasrshan Gallage – Drums
Amila Sandaruwan – Guitar, Theory, Ensemble
Amal Abeygunawardene – Guitar, Theory
Asoka Indrasiri – Voice
Johanne Peiris – Piano
Navindri Ratnatunga – Piano
Renuka Shriyantha – Vioiln, Guitar
Milinda Perera – Guitar, Theory
Joshua Goonathilaka – Guitar