Coat Cooke

NOW Orchestra

Coat Cooke founded the legendary NOW Orchestra in 1987 with many of Vancouver’s top improvising musicians performing new works from leading composers.  More than twenty years later, this internationally lauded band continues to explore new territory and to feature some of the most important musical voices from Canada and abroad. 

The NOW Orchestra is unique in the world – an improvisational group with a distinct Vancouver stamp.  Under Coat Cooke's powerful leadership, the ensemble's identity is derived from its unique brand of West Coast improvisation, extraordinary collaborations, and explorations with dance, spoken word, electronics, and inter-cultural music. 

Rightly renowned for its longevity and creative output of improvised music, the NOW Orchestra has gained local, national and international acclaim.  Their impact has been documented through their recorded output with collaborators like George Lewis, Barry Guy and Marilyn Crispell.  In addition to their celebrated series of concerts in Vancouver, Coat Cooke and the Now Orchestra have appeared at jazz festivals in Chicago, Berlin and Lisbon.

You can learn more about NOW Orchestra on their website.


Demo 1 - WOWOW