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 leeding jazz pianists has also been out of the country on numerous occasions as a musical ambassador for the lankan jazz scene.
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.
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 in music.
hi Kuma, I'm enjoying
your wonderful song,
Native & Blue, while I
write you this note..nice
work! Thanks for
supporting our new radio
station with all five of
your outstanding songs.
Enjoy your weekend!
peace, Paddy....................[comment from IMRadio officials]
Hello! my brother
Kuma,you have some wicked
definitely gained a new
fan,i love it my brother
all five tracks,simply
beautiful music sincerely
& musically,Emmett North
Alston Joachim / one of the leading players who has toured the world representing Lankan jazz. ... ALSTON JOACHIM ... »
Sumudi Suraweera recently submitted his doctorate in
ethnomusicology at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, in which he
focused on Sri Lankan Low-Country traditional drumming. After graduating from the Christchurch Jazz
School in 2003 with a diploma in jazz drums, Sumudi carried on his music
studies to attain a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance with first
class honors at the University of Canterbury in 2005. He has been a performing jazz musician in New
Zealand for several years and has been actively engaged in musical
collaboration projects with Sri Lankan traditional musicians.
DEREN SABARATHNAM. DULIP GNANAKAN.
BANDS WORKED WITH......!!<p>Sonstrio,Pioneers,Silverclan, Sam the man,Noelin Honter[Galaxy] 1983],Aloha ,Upeka  Noelin Honter/ Skyline  Milestone  Pro-arrangement Jazz in focus Purplerain  Joe Thambimuththu Trio  Blindfaith  Boomarng  Nathasha Rathnayaka,Southern jazz project  ....