A fixture in the LA, NYC and London entertainment communities since 2004, Ysanne Spevack aka Meena Ysanne is best known for arranging strings, touring and recording with the Smashing Pumpkins. She composes music to picture for the BBC, explores multisensory music for her own Yntegrity prodictions, and creates innovative experiences for international clients, from London to New York.
As a solo artist, Meena has released four albums, plus 2013's The Mermaid Song, which sold 24,000 copies via her partnerships with Lush Cosmetics and Sea Shepherd. She has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Mojo, Wallpaper, The Strad, i-D, and beyond.
She has worked with Elton John, Tiesto, Christina Perri, Tilda Swinton, David J (Bauhaus / Love & Rockets), and ADF, as well as creating orchestral arrangements for Michael Stipe (REM), Psychic TV, Brett Anderson (Suede) and more great artists. Her biggest audience was 100,000 people for an open air show with Tiesto, and 80,000 people at a stadium with Brett Anderson.
She enjoys experimenting, and has toured and/or recorded with some of the greatest experimental musicians, including Psychic TV, Faust, The Seeds, U-Roy, and Black Uhuru, as well as members of Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Electric Prunes, and Hawkwind.
Meena works on multimedia projects including film, TV, commercials, and live experiential events, and collaborates with other composers, from her string arrangements for an opera commissioned by the English National Opera, to Doug Aitken's sleepwalkers film for MoMA, which was their most viewed artwork ever. She worked on two stage productions with David J (Bauhaus / Love & Rockets) in Los Angeles, including a staging at the REDcat theater at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
She has worked on projects for brands that include: American Express, LUSH, Nordstrom, Siemens, Levi's, Intercontinental Hotels, Ted Baker, British Aerospace, Jaguar, and global media clients, including Sony, EMI, Virgin, CAA, BBC, Discovery, M&C Saatchi and BBH.
She has composed music for non-profits including Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Childfund, Oxfam, Sweet Relief, Jail Guitar Doors, and David Lynch Foundation.