As a vocalist and composer, Merinda Dias-Jayasinha specialises in jazz, improvised, chamber, and contemporary music. She delights in storytelling and pursues musical excellence through her art and collaborations.
Now Melbourne-based after a recent move from Brisbane, Merinda writes for and sings in a number of diverse ensembles and projects. In 2018 she released ‘First Cycle’, the debut album of her string/voice quartet Meridians, and is recording a second in July 2020. The debut album of her co-lead trio Strong Cotton Socks, ‘Falling Towards You’will be released through ABC Jazz in March 2020.
In addition to leading her own jazz ensembles, Dias-Jayasinha’s professional skills reside in composing and arranging for choirs. In 2018, she was commissioned by the Brisbane Girls Grammar School Chamber Singers to compose a work for their gala, titled ‘With The Sea’. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, she was a Generations In Jazz Vocal Scholarship Finalist.
A Bachelor of Music (Honours) graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium, Merinda studied with renowned vocal pedagogue Dr. Irene Bartlett and celebrated Australian jazz vocalist Kristin Berardi. She has performed at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, and at The JazzLab, Brisbane Jazz Club, DooBop Jazz Bar, Foundry616, and Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.
Merinda is cementing her place in Australia’s emerging generation of jazz musicians.