Merinda Dias-Jayasinha (she/her) is a creative artist and musician whose practice explores heartfelt and lyrical storytelling, genre-blurring compositions and the melodic and textural potential of the voice. Born and raised in Meanjin with Sri Lankan/Australian heritage, Dias-Jayasinha explores her artistry, impressive vocal ability, and versatility through a number of ensembles and projects and delights in collaboration, connection, and community
The debut album of her co-lead trio Strong Cotton Socks, ‘Falling Towards You’ was released through ABC Music in March 2020. In 2018, she released ‘First Cycle’, the debut album of her voice/string quartet Meridians through MADE NOW MUSIC. Alongside her own projects, Dias-Jayasinha is a member of many ensembles, including as a member of Gian Slater’s celebrated Invenio Singers. She also leads a contemporary jazz quartet with Niran Dasika, Matt Hoyne, and Helen Svoboda. In November 2022, they will release their debut album, Sense.
Dias-Jayasinha studied with Dr. Irene Bartlett and renowned jazz vocalist Kristin Berardi at the Queensland Conservatorium and has performed at MPavillion, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, and at The JazzLab, Brisbane Jazz Club, Foundry616, and the old Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.
Merinda is cementing her place in Australia’s emerging generation of creative practitioners.