Debut Atlantic’s Diomira tour kicks off at UPEI

(L to R): Joseph Petric, Dinuk Wijeratne, and Nick Halley
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Posted on Thursday, 6 February 2014

The UPEI Music Department is pleased to present the trio, Diomira, in performance on Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30 pm in UPEI’s Dr. Steel Recital Hall as part of Debut Atlantic’s Encore tour.

Performing works composed by their founder Dinuk Wijeratne, Diomira’s music explores Dinuk’s hugely diverse cultural influences—from the Persian poetry of Omar Khayyam and the fantastical prose of Jorge Luis Borges, to the sensuality of Flamenco and the intricate rhythms of the Indian Classical tradition.

Formed in April 2011, the trio’s critically acclaimed literary and globally-inspired program was immediately recorded by CBC, and has since enjoyed repeated nationwide broadcast, garnering audience support for a style that balances sublime music-making with virtuosity.

The 'soul’ of Diomira’s unique sound is the accordion of Joseph Petric. An internationally renowned recording-artist hailed as “an extraordinary performer” by the Boston Globe, Petric toured with Debut Atlantic for the first time in 1990. World percussionist Nick Halley is a fiery talent who moves effortlessly amongst the major drumming traditions. Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne, with a rapidly growing reputation as a prolific creator of genre-spanning projects, leads the group with his striking compositions and remarkable invention at the piano.

As part of the Debut Atlantic tour, Diomira will engage local young creators and composers to write music for the ensemble. These works will then be performed in concert, bringing a unique element to each community performance.

Tickets are $15 / $10 for students and seniors and are available at the door, or in advance by calling (902) 566-0507 or