“Cindy Fairbank on keyboards, a petite, barefoot dynamo…” 
– Howard Druckman -Live Eye

“So gentle, so reflective…” 
Eric Freison -CBC radio 2, Studio Sparks

 

 

photo by Pink Monkey Studios

Cindy Fairbank is a pianist, composer, and educator. For over twenty-five years she has performed and taught professionally across Canada and the United States, recording and touring with many internationally recognized musicians including two-time Juno Award winner Shari Ulrich, Jeremy Fisher, Madison Violet, Barney Bentall, Bill Henderson, Justin Hines, Liam Titcomb, Tom Taylor, Kirby Barber, Christie Grace, David Graff, Jodi Proznick, Sienna Dahlen, Dione Taylor, Heather Bambrick, Drew Birston, John Alcorn, Daniel Barns, Ted Warren, Davide Direnzo, Donna Grantis, Andrew Downing, Kevin Fox, Justin Abedin, David Occhipinti, Stuart Cameron, Mark Mariash, Rich Brown, Victor Bateman, Hugh Fraser, Ethan Ardelli, William Carn, David French, Artie Roth, and Quinsin Nachoff.     

In 2010 Cindy released her debut jazz CD, imaginaries, featuring ten original compositions written for strings, brass, woodwinds and rhythm section. “I have found it compelling to search for a contemporary sound within the traditional jazz genre, and to find my voice within this combination of strings and the Jazz Art Form.”  The textures of imaginaries draw from a harmonic quality inspired by Nicolas Slonimsky, Phillip Glass, Brad Mehldau, and Edgar Meyer.  

Cindy is a passionate Artist-Teacher. She received her BMus in Jazz Performance (piano) at McGill University, her BEd from the University of Toronto, and her level one ORFF Schulwerk Certification. In 2007 she founded the Sunnyside School of Music, co-founded ESME (Expanding Success in Music Education) in 2011, and in 2012 began teaching music in the public school systems (kindergarten to twelve). Cindy gives workshops and master classes, and enjoys presenting at conferences including OMEA, and BCMEA. 

Since 2015 Cindy has led the music, band and choir programs at Bowen Island Elementary School (West Vancouver School District). Currently she is attaining her Masters degree in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University.