Accordion, piano, percussion trio perform original works

Darlene Shea
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CHARLOTTETOWN – Performing works composed by their founder Dinuk Wijeratne, Diomira's music explores his hugely diverse cultural influences: from the Persian poetry to the sensuality of Flamenco and the intricate rhythms of the Indian Classical tradition.

The musical trio, Diomira, will be stopping at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall on Feb. 11 for a 7:30 p.m. Charlottetown performance as part of the UPEI Music Department Recital Series.

The 'soul' of the Diomira's unique sound is the accordion of Joseph Petric, the internationally renowned recording-artist hailed as “an extraordinary performer.” Petric toured with Debut Atlantic for the first time in 1990. He returns this year with Diomira as the encore tour.

World percussionist Nick Halley is a fiery talent who moves effortlessly amongst the major drumming traditions.

Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne leads the group with his striking compositions and remarkable invention at the piano.

In advance of their Debut Atlantic tour, Diomira reached out to local young creators and composers to collaborate on an original piece for the ensemble. Entitled “Sonic Assembly!”, one work is planned to be featured at each of the Atlantic concerts, bringing a unique element to each performance. 

For more information or for tickets to the Charlottetown performance call 566-0507, email, or check out

Organizations: UPEI Music Department Recital Series, Sonic Assembly, Anglican Church Festival Theatre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Antigonish, Lunenburg Cumberland Street Wolfville Fredericton

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