Members of Diomira, left to right, Joseph Petric, pianist Dinuk Wijeratne and percussionist Nick Halley, will perform in Sackville this week.
SACKVILLE, N.B. –The Mount Allison Performing Arts Series is bringing the exotic sounds of Diomira to Sackville. Pianist Dinuk Wijeratne, percussionist Nick Halley and accordion player Joseph Petric will present a program of original music that explores diverse cultural influences, from the Persian poetry of Omar Khayyam and the fantastical prose of Argentinian Jorge Luis Borges, to the sensuality of flamenco and the intricate rhythms of the Indian classical tradition. This unique ensemble will perform in Brunton Auditorium, 134 Main Street, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, as part of a Debut Atlantic Tour of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
The “soul” of Diomira’s sound is the accordion of Joseph Petric. An internationally renowned recording artist hailed as “an extraordinary performer” by the Boston Globe, Petric joins the Diomira tour as a Debut Atlantic Encore artist. World percussionist Nick Halley is a fiery talent who moves effortlessly between the major drumming traditions of East and West. Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne – who has a rapidly growing reputation as a creator of genre-spanning musical projects – leads the group with his striking compositions and remarkable piano improvisations. Together, these extraordinary performers have created a globally inspired program that has been lauded with critical acclaim and recorded by the CBC.
In preparation for their debut Atlantic tour, Diomira sent a call to young creators and composers across the Maritimes with an offer to collaborate on an original piece for the ensemble. The winning Sonic Assembly! – a unique “storyboard” based upon musical and literary materials provided by Diomira – will be performed at each concert.