The first Baliphonics ensemble formed in Sri Lanka in 2009 as an extrapolation upon Sumudi Suraweera’s Ethnomusicological research with bali ritual masters S.N. Dharniel, Susantha and Prasanna Rupathilaka. Including Sumudi Suraweera and the Rupathilaka family, initially the ensemble formed as a collaborative Septet, involving the musicianship of three New Zealanders, Reuben Derrick on saxophones, Misha Marks on guitar and Isaac Smith on double bass. Since the ensemble’s inception in 2009, the personnel has undergone several reformations, most notably in 2014, a quintet formed which saw, along with Prasanna and Susantha Rupathilaka, Sumudi Suraweera and Isaac Smith, the inclusion of Eshantha Peiris on Piano. Currently the Baliphonics performs in a quartet format comprising of Susantha Rupathilaka – dance and vocals, Prasanna Rupathilka – dance, yak bera and vocals, Sumudi Suraweera – drum kit, and Isaac Smith – double bass.