Recent Highlights


  • Meilana was featured in an interview on RTE Lyric FM along with several clips from the recent debut album ‘RBG Trio’
  • Meilana's new works for the Ban Bam Award will be premiered Jan 20 & 21 in Dublin and Belfast.  The 4 Level suite inspired by 80's Nintendo and Sega chipset music will be performed by the RBG Trio in a more electrified format.
  • RBG Trio's debut album has gotten several glowing 4-star reviews in many of the most popular Jazz & improvised music publications
  • RBG Trio was named a London Jazz Festival Highlight by Jazzwise Magazine.  There were 400+ Shows accross 60+ venues and RBG Trio did a short performance at the Barbican on the Free Stage as part of an Irish showcase supported by Culture Ireland and IMC Dublin so this was a nice surprise!
  • Meilana recently taught on the faculty of the Sligo Jazz Workshop, and annual week-long residential festival hosting over 120 students and over 20 teachers.  She taught alongside saxophonists Tony Kofi, Cathal Roche and Micheal Murray and performed nightly in the Hawkswell Theatre and at Hargadon's pub with Phil Robson, Toni Kofi, Liane Carroll, Sara Colman and many more.  
  • The RBG Trio's debut album will be released 20/9 which features several compositions penned by Meilana, Dave Redmond and Kevin Brady.  They will do a tour of Northern Ireland and some other shows around Ireland and greater UK (more TBA).  The album was made possible by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's General Arts Award, as well as the tour which is organised by Moving on Music
  • Starting in September '23, Meilana will be a part of an initiative to bring together a community of Women/Trans/Non-Binary Jazz musicians founded by Moving on Music.  This community will share information, learn about harmony/theory/improvisation/stagecraft and more, while providing a supportive and positive environment for artistic growth.  
  • Meilana recently performed at the Derry Jazz Festival with Gene Calderazzo, Joseph Leighton and Neil O'loclainn as well as hosting special guests the Joel Frahm Trio at Bennigans along with John Leighton, and also performed with the john Street Quintet at the Playhouse, and a live radio vocal performance on BBC Radio Foyle with John Leighton
  • Meilana was awarded one of the Ban Bam commissions for female jazz composers in NI/IE.  She will debut her piece in January among several related performances.  (Supported by Moving On Music, Improvised Music Company, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council Ireland)
  • The RBG Trio performed at the JPN (Jazz Promotion Network) Conference showcase in Belfast and received highly favourable reviews in Jazzwise Magazine and All about Jazz
  • In 2022, Meilana was selected as one of Improvised Music Company's 30/30 Artists, celebrating 30 years of the organisation.  Through this selection, the RBG Trio was able to record at Camden Studios in Dublin and release their single 'Neither Here nor There' (available on Bandcamp).  

Some things People often get mixed up

Not technically American, just raised in USA

Meilana Gillard is pronounced "Muh - LAY - Nuh   Gill-urd"

Moved to the USA at age 5.

Got started on the Columbus, Ohio music scene.  

Photo by Monika S. Jakubowska -                                     Click image to download in High Resolution

Photo by Monika S. Jakubowska -    Click image to download in High Resolution