Our Team

Our Team

Shad-portrait1Chidroopa

Chidroopa is an artist and musician from Vancouver, BC but hailing from New York City. Chidroopa started playing the violin at the age of six and now is learning the hammer dulcimer and the ukulele, and is our resident encyclopedia with an incredible knowledge of all trivial and fascinating details on ancient and modern instruments from everywhere around the world.

Claire Work PhotoClaire

Is a classical guitar student at Capilano Univeristy, with the hopes to become a composer. She loves to learn about the historical and cultural backgrounds of all the instruments in the store but is particularly passionate about stringed instruments, especially the kantele, tzoura and hammered dulcimers.

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Seema is our store’s hostess. She loves singing and plays percussion with her tail. She adores the customers, especially when they have food to share, and in general is just a lover of life. She believes that music (and food and love) is the foundation of all goodness in the world.

Vilupti portraitVilupti

Vilupti has recently returned to Vancouver from years away working for the United Nations around the world. She is a master of none of the instruments in our store because she cannot focus on any of them long enough, but her love and passion for music and for sharing the beauty of world music shines nonetheless.

Timothy Corlis is a JUNO nominated composer who aims to use music as a way to create opportunities for artistic exchange and intercultural brigde building. His music is performed all over the world to critical acclaim.  In the media, he has been described as “a composer of great depth and passion, not to mention a pristine polished craft.” (WholeNote Magazine, Toronto). In 2009, Corlis founded the Vancouver Peace Choir, an ensemble dedicated to exploring inner and outer expressions of peace through music. As an educator, Corlis holds a Masters of Arts in Social and Political Thought, a Masters of Music from the University of Toronto and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of British Columbia. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships, awards, and grants and has taught as a tenured  professor of music. He currently works as a full time composer, orchestrator, and music director on commission.