LISA YOUNG is renown as an exceptionally creative vocal stylist and improviser incorporating Indian and African influences in her work. She has a background in Folk, Jazz and World music.
In 2003 her composition ‘Thulele Mama Ya’ won ‘Best Folk/World Song’ in the CARA awards in the USA, and in 2007 her quartet’s most recent album ‘GRACE’ won ‘Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album 2007’ at the ‘Bell’ Awards. She has completed a Master of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts.
She is a founding member of vocal and percussion group Coco’s Lunch. They have recorded 5 Cds or original music for both adults and children, in 2007 received 2 ARIA nominations, and have toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Canada and Asia.
A student of South Indian percussion master Karaikudi Mani, she has been studying South Indian vocal percussion for 16 years.
In 2008 she received an Australia Council Project Fellowship enabling her to further her Konnakkol study in India and compose a new series of works for her quartet.
‘a highly individual singer…her voice is rich and supple, and her singing is obviously informed by more than just jazz…the music is often at once earthy and delicate, melodic and abstract.’ – Doug Spencer
‘the audience was transfixed’- Jessica Nicholas, The Age
‘Words seem inadequate to describe the uniqueness of this extraordinary singer. A stunning vocal talent’ Billy Pinnell The MAG
‘she introduces the listener to new vistas. Check out the konnakkol ….machine-gun-like rhythms of her wordless vocals…To be listened to and savoured.’ **** Leon Gettler The AGE Green Guide