Coat Cooke

Coat Cooke as Visiting Artist

Performing professionally for nearly four decades, Coat Cooke is a leader in Vancouver’s internationally acclaimed creative music scene. In 1977 he founded the legendary NOW Orchestra where he remains Artistic Director. Recent work with NOW includes curating And NOW on Monday Nights… a weekly series of small improvising ensembles at the Cellar Restaurant & Jazz Club.

As a feature artist, Coat knows how to deliver passionate performances while never compromising innovation and modernity. His intuitive ability to support and respond to any direction or idea emerging combines with a rare fusion of honoring and utilizing diverse music traditions. He is a composer who can write pieces for small or large ensemble that include an improvisation. As a creator and conductor, he brings a wide diversity of experience wherein he has integrated music in projects that include spoken word performances, multi-media, installation, CD-ROM, silent movies, global cultural orchestras and many of the world’s leading improvisors.