Creator: Dinuk Wijeratne (composer)
Nominator: Burt Wathen
In the 15-minute work commissioned by the Toronto-based Gryphon Trio, the composer integrates Asian scales, melodies and rhythmic patterns, together with improvisation, in a through-composed piece. The Gryphon Trio musicians are trained as interpreters, not improvisers, and the “improvised” passages had to be fully notated—yet they sound utterly convincing. Wijeratne seamlessly synthesizes the tendencies of his previous works to incorporate diverse cultural influences. Love Triangle has been performed in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Ottawa, Ontario, and abroad. The Gryphon Trio continues to tour internationally with this captivating piece of chamber music.
Jury Comments: Moving and exotic. Wijeratne masterfully synthesizes the tendencies of his previous works to incorporate diverse influences.
Creator Dinuk Wijeratne was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Nova Scotia.