slinki connects jazz with pop
Slinki was formed in 2017, with Bryony Ollier on vocals, Tamami Maitland on piano and Ian Wijesinghe on bass. “Slinki” began playing jazz standards, but Tamami soon began sharing a body of jazz inspired original tunes. Many of these are related to nature and the seasons, influenced by her Japanese cultural background and poetry. All members of the band have a strong connection with Japan, Tamami her motherland, Ian with his travels and studies, Bryony who lived there for 12 years. They plan to tour in Japan, and look for ways to share their music, particularly with elders. All members believe that music can provide a solace and healing magic as we age and approach a possibly lonelier stage of life. They are currently preparing for putting together an album.
Bryony genuinely loves all creative arts. As a Theatre Arts graduate from Goldsmiths College, London, she first moved to Japan to become a Butoh dancer! Although that didn’t come to fruition, she was asked to sing with a Japanese Rockabilly band. The seed was planted, and in the last decade she has performed with various funk, folk, gypsy fused nu-jazz bands. Every new opportunity has provided a new expression and aspect to her voice. Committed to growing and learning as a musician and performing artist, Bryony is grateful to explore jazz with Slinki.
Tamami Maitland is a Japanese Canadian Jazz pianist /composer currently working in Vancouver BC. Canada. Born in Osaka, she started playing piano at a young age which eventually led to studying Jazz and Composition at Berklee College of Music and Capilano University. In addition to Slinki, Tamami regularly performs with other local Vancouver groups and teaches piano. In Slinki, we take great pleasure in performing original tunes written by Tamami that weave Asian, jazz, funk and pop influences together. You can follow her projects and listen to more of her compositions at Tamami Maitland.
Ian’s first career was technical but he has always been involved in music. Coming to jazz later in life, he now relishes his new career recording music in his studio, playing bass in a few local bands and finding new collaborations. For other musicians interested in learning jazz, he runs the meetup group Vancouver Jazzy Jams which is how he first met Tamami and Bryony.