Merinda Dias-Jayasinha is a vocalist, improviser, and composer.
As a creative musician, she delights in storytelling and pursues musical excellence through her art and collaborations.
The Brisbane-born, Melbourne-based artist explores her artistry, jazz sensibilities, and impressive vocal ability through a number of diverse ensembles and projects, including celebrated Australian vocalist Gian Slater's Invenio Singers. In 2018 she released ‘First Cycle’, the debut album of her string/voice quartet Meridians, and is currently writing a second album for the group. The debut album of her co-lead trio Strong Cotton Socks, ‘Falling Towards You’ was released through ABC Music in March 2020.
Dias-Jayasinha’s professional skills also reside in composing and arranging. In 2018, she was commissioned by the Brisbane Girls Grammar School Chamber Singers to compose a work for their gala, titled ‘With The Sea’.
Graduating with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium, Dias-Jayasinha studied with renowned vocal pedagogue Dr. Irene Bartlett and acclaimed Australian jazz vocalist Kristin Berardi. She has performed at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2018), Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival (2018), Brisbane International Jazz Festival (2017), the Magnetic Island Jazz Festival (2014, 2017, 2018), and as well as numerous beloved local venues, at JazzLab, Jazz Music Institute, Brisbane Jazz Club, DooBop Jazz Bar, Foundry616, and Bennetts Lane Jazz Club. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, she was a Generations In Jazz Vocal Scholarship Finalist.
Merinda is cementing her place in Australia’s emerging generation of improvising musicians.
2020 | The Jazz Social (online solo performance)
2019 | Foundry616
2019 | The JazzLab (Merinda Dias-Jayasinha Quintet)
2018 | Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival (Merinda Dias-Jayasinha Trio)
2018 | Magnetic Island Jazz Festival
2018 | Brisbane Jazz Club (Merinda Dias-Jayasinha Quartet)
2018 | Brisbane Jazz Club (Meridians album launch)
2018 | Melbourne International Jazz Festival (Duo with Theo Carbo)
2018 | Jazz Music Institute (Merinda Dias-Jayasinha Quartet)
2017 | Magnetic Island Jazz Festival
2017 | DooBop Jazz Bar (Merinda Dias-Jayasinha Quartet)
2017 | Brisbane International Jazz Festival (Merinda Dias-Jayasinha Quartet)
2016 | Bennetts Lane
2014 | Magnetic Island Jazz Festival
Merinda and Isaac
Performing a varied set of jazz, originals, folk, and some in between fun, Merinda Dias-Jayasinha (voice) and Isaac Gunnoo (double bass) share a love of simple but heartbreaking (the wonderful and the sad kind) music and the joy of playing with like minded humans.
The prog-rock/classical amalgamation brainchild of Brisbane-based composer Josh Rivory, touring 2020.