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About Me : Kuma De Silva has been in the music industry for the past 25 years as a pianist,composer & an arranger.Most of his work has been with the frontline bands in Colombo/Sri Lanka.In 1999/2000 he toured Europe & Canada with the band "PURPLERAIN",and prior to that had his own jazz band 'INFOCUS' [Alston J on bass,Shiraz Noorhamith on drums] which was regarded as one of the best jazz trios in the country.Kuma who is today one of Sri Lankas leading jazz pianists has also been out of the country on numerous occasions as a musical ambassador for the lankan jazz scene.[India,Jakarta, maldives,Hongkong,Singapore] In 2005 November he performed at Jazzyathra [international jazzfest] organizrd by jazz India in Mumbai & Delhi,along with Austrailian saxist Grant Chamberlane,Alston Joachiam,Shiraznooramith & karnatik percussionist late Neesom Thayagaraja.
....Kuma De Silva, the pianist is one of the leading contemporary pianist in SriLanka with a wide repatoire under his belt.His versatility sees him behind the keyboards with pop groups on a higher plane![SUNDAY OBSERVER/2009] Below is a list of people he has worked and or performed with.Trumpeter Bonny Fields,Martin Taylor,Dave 'O' Higgins band,Rosco Williams,Glen Terry,Hussain Jiffry[project Amazing Grace] violinist David Balasubramaniam ,Lakshman Joseph De saram, Alien Accent,Sumuthi Suraweera,[All the jazz J know/ you & the night & the music} Arney Somogy [England]Sunil De Silva, Andy Thompson,Nathasha Rathnayaka,Pradeep Rathnayaka,Sunil Perera & Gypsies,Bhathiya & Santhosh.
KUMA 's profile songs..........................................................!!!
'EASTERN AIR'..composition with a far eastern touch,[Influences from Indonesian falk music] Late Neesom Thayagaraja played Indian percussion on this track.
Started playing piano at the age of seven Kuma completed fifth grade examination in classical music,grew up listening to Nat king Cole,Charli Christian,Pepe jarmilo,Tito ponte,Jimmy Smith.Moved on to play with pop bands at the age of seventeen had the opportunity of playing with best of musicians & leading bands in the country.[Chitty Somapala,Geffry Fernando,Jjoe Thambimuththu,Rodney & Jean Vanheer,Noeline Honter,Rukshan Perera,Lucky Manikkavasager,Aruna Siriwardana,Patrick & Neville Davidson,Manilal Perera,.....He started learning theory of jazz from various sources till he met Boston pianist STEVE Donavan[Pocketchange] who provided him with a load jazz lessons & personal instructions,which change his touch & direction!