'3 Play' on a musical journey
Make your tracks on a Friday evening to the California Grill,
Galadari Hotel and soak in the vibes of '3 Play' who are on a musical
journey to compliment the cuisine journey offered by this fine dining
restaurants. '3 Play' is led by the popular Shiraaz Nooramith whose bass
drum, stick technique and cymbals have a special sound and style that
echoes "Shiraaz." He's happy that the other members of the Trio are the
experienced pianist Tamara Ruberu and bassist Denver Barnes who moved
into the professional scene recently.
In a spool back Shiraaz reveals that his interest in playing the
drums kicked off when he was just 10 years old. His father got him a set
of drums and a keyboard and he is proud of the fact that he is a self
"I used to watch other drummers in action and my biggest influences
in drumming were Hassen Musafer and Aruna Siriwardhana and on the global
scene I gathered more on style and wrist work from Steve Gadd, Billy
Cobham and Dave Weckl. It has been an exhilarating journey for me since
I got my little drum set when I was ten and believe me it was all a
forward drive playing with so many bands during what senior drummers
would call my formative years."
And the band you started playing with professionally?
Shiraaz Nooramith, Denver Barnes and Tamara Ruberu.
I was 17 years and the band was Sheri and the Sunshine Band. Remember
Sheridan Kuruppu? He was then playing in Negombo along with Hilary
Christie and Clifford de Andrews. Gosh where did I go next? "I joined
the band Charade with Hussain Jiffry, Kamal Perera and Adrian de Silva.
There was 'Serendib', Noeline and Galaxy and then with Arabesque in
Switzerland. Switzerland was good. You learn to be punctual and
disciplined on stage or otherwise. On my return I joined singer Marie de
Rosairyo's band with Dr. Farazard Nazeem, and Lucky Manikavasagar. I had
some interesting years with Pro Arrangement led by Russell Fernando,
with pianist Cecit Rodrigo, Harshel Rodrigo and also with saxophonist
Rodney Van Heer and I still play with him at the Mount Lavinia Hotel.
With '3 Play' we play a wide repertoire of music simply because Tamara
is an accomplished pianist and she knows practically every song in the
book and whatever rhythm that is required." Naturally, since Tammy
Ruberu has a Licentiate from Trinity College, London having also won a
special award in piano. Although she learnt in the classical idiom, she
was trained to play any tune, if the occasion demands it.
"Chart hits, other pop songs and evergreens pose no problem for me. I
have a passion for rock and my favourite groups are Green Bay. Deep
Purple and Police. As a solo pianist, I play at the Hilton Colombo and
the Cinnamon Grand, my wide repetoire stands me in good stead. I teach
as well, at the Yamaha School and I'm proud to say that the Sri Lankan
students are extremely talented with the few facilities unlike say in
Singapore where I was a music teacher for some time. We had some
interesting moments playing at the Hilton Colombo as Trio with bassist
Alston Joachim and now at the California Grill with Shiraaz it's an
Bassist Denver Barnes enjoys playing in today's music scene and he is
thankful to his Dad, Romano for launching him. He draws his influences
from Lary Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Jaco Pastorius, Melvin David and
Abraham Laboriel. He moved into professional playing with Hersched
Rodrigo, pianist, who heard him at Derek Wickramanayake's house and he
began playing regularly with Herschel at the California Grill, Curve and
Qbaa, but unfortunately Hershel returned to the States last year. Now at
the California Grill he's enjoying himself playing for the cosmopolitan
guests who make the weekly date at the fine diving restaurant.
Classical Guitar Workshop and Concert by Aakash Saha
The India Cultural Centre, Colombo in association with Amarnath
Guitar Akademi, Colombo and Asian Guitar Federation is organizing
classical guitar workshops and Concerts by Aakash Saha, Bachelor of
Music from Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, USA
from June 7 to 11 at Colombo and Kandy.
The Asian Guitar Federation is a growing network that connects music
organisations with the aim of enabling music education, performance
opportunities, festivals and competitions for the development of
classical guitar in Asia. Sri Lanka is an active member-nation of AGF,
having already hosted maestros from US, Thailand and India.
Aakash Saha is a virtuoso classical guitarist, chamber musician,
composer and pedagogue from India. He has trained directly under
legendary classical guitarist Denis Azabagic (Bosnia-USA). He completed
his Bachelor's of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from
Azabagic's studio at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt
University. He has participated in Twents Guitar Festival (The
Netherlands), Koblenz Guitar Festival (Germany) and Tampere Guitar
Festival (Finland). He is one of the founder and director of Calcutta
Classical Guitar Society and driving force behind the Indian Guitar
Federation and Asian Guitar federation.
Contact No 0773475609.
June 8 --- Classical guitar workshop at Indian Cultural Centre – 10
June 9 --- Classical guitar workshop at Indian Cultural Centre – 10 a.m.
June 7th --- Classical guitar concert at Overseas School of Colombo,
Battaramula at 9.30am (for students and teachers of OSC)
June 10, Classical guitar concert at Russian Cultural Centre, Colombo 7
at 7.00 pm
June 11, Classical guitar concert at Chandananda Buddhist College,
Asgiri Vihara Mawatha, Kandy at 6.30 pm
For registrations and information email to