Improvised Arts Society Board Members
Meredith Bates is a multiple award winning violinist based in Vancouver, B.C.
Her list of collaborative and solo projects is extensive and she’s thrilled to have worked with many of Canada’s most innovative musicians, performing, touring and recording.
Mentionable highlights include: touring internationally with Pugs & Crows, Peggy Lee’s Film in Music, Dyad, and Annie Lou, to name a few; sitting on the NOW Society board of directors; and, curating shows in both Vancouver and Halifax over the past two decades.
Spearheading VIAS is a culmination of her passion for improvisation and collaboration; she relishes any opportunity to join forces with other like-minded artists.
An “effortlessly big voice”.- Adrian Mack – Georgia Straight
Alongside his work as an artist, Singh is a long time facilitator and educator working within the libratory practice of creativity. This work has been shared in universities, colleges, youth prisons and communities across Turtle Island, India and the UK.
She pays particular attention to issues that she deems crucial to nowadays’ music scenes, and especially to establishing international partnerships, building strong community roots and creating space and empowerment for under-represented artists (women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+). She believes that her work goes beyond simply organizing events. Being a music promoter is also about bringing people together and creating new possibilities, for the artists and for the audiences.
His community work includes developing and leading workshops in music and performance art practice, acting as a consultant for community arts organizations and supporting the work of emerging artists as the theatre & literary arts programmer at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.Joel DeStefano has worked in numerous capacities in arts and culture throughout his career. An active composer, performer and interdisciplinary artist, he has collaborated on a wide range of projects in film, dance, radio and theatre He’s a graduate of SFU’s MFA program in contemporary art and was a founding member and co-artistic director of Proximity Arts, an interdisciplinary arts collective.
His community work includes developing and leading workshops in music and performance art practice, acting as a consultant for community arts organizations and supporting the work of emerging artists as the theatre & literary arts programmer at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.