Lisa Young AU

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: September 21    

Lisa Young AU

Lisa Young is well known to World and Jazz Music listeners as a creative vocal stylist and improviser, incorporating Indian and African elements in her work. A longtime student of maestro Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani in Chennai, India, Lisa specializes in “Konnakol” - South Indian vocal percussion. She has studied South Indian music since 1994, both in Australia and in India. In 2010 she received the Monash-Pratt Post Graduate Award for her PhD Music Performance candidature at Monash University.

Lisa Young Quartet's album “Grace” won the prestigious “Bell award” for “Best Australian Vocal Jazz Album” in 2007. Following that, In 2008, Young received an Australia Council Project Fellowship enabling her to further her study in India and compose new vocal works.

Her quartet premiered their new song cycle “The Eternal Pulse” at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in 2011, releasing the CD in 2012 In Australia and in 2013 Worldwide. The album was a finalist in 2012 Bell Awards Best Australian Vocal Album. It features compositions by Young in collaboration with bassist Ben Robertson and K. Mani containing passages of Konnakol and rhythmic recitations, layering Indian elements, rhythmic textures and ensemble dialogue, in an evocative journey of sound and song....
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2003 - Best "Folk/World" song for "Thulele Mama Ya" (with Coco's Lunch) in the Contemporary Acappella Recording Awards, USA. 2003 - Coco's Lunch album "A Whole New Way of Getting Dressed' finalist in Best Folk/World Album, CARA awards USA. 2007 - "Grace" album awarded Best Australian Vocal Album 2007, in the Bell Awards 2007 - Coco's Lunch "Blueprint" ARIA Award nomination. 2008 - Australia Council Project Fellowship for further her study in India and to compose new works. 2010 - Awarded the Monash-Pratt Post Graduate Award for her PhD Music Performance candidature at Monash University. 2012 - "The Eternal Pulse" finalist in the Bell Awards for "Best Australian Vocal Album 2012".
”Her sophisticated blend of Indian and jazz idioms seduces from the start and never releases its hold.” - Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

“Totally engaging… her art is an awesome rhythmic control. Not to be missed, this is one out of the box.” - Leon Gettler, The AGE, Australia.

“Young has developed a fine vocal instrument, dark and rich, with a rare confidence when improvising… Indeed, it’s a rare vocal album where the wordless tracks… are the most interesting. That’s the case here. But everything on this fascinating session is of interest” - David Dupont CADENCE Mag., USA.

“An intelligent, loving, and unforced marriage of two great musical traditions” - Doug Spencer, ABC radio, Australia.

“Lisa Young revels in jazz and excels in it” - Sunday Mid-Day Profile, Mumbai, India

“Remarkable grace in amazing voice” - Jessica Nicholas, The Age, Australia.

“The topography crosses Jazz, Indian and African terrain... Young opens with the stunning solo machine-gun fire of wordless vocals where the rhythms arerepeated, extended and then moved across the pulse….. electrifying” - Leon Gettler, The Green Guide, The Age, Australia.

“Lisa Young’s flexible voice and brilliant musicianship shines…” - Amelia Alder, Vocal Australia, Australia.

“Words seem inadequate to describe the uniqueness of this extraordinary singer. A stunning vocal talent.” - Billy Pinnell, The Mag, Australia.

“Young showed amazing oral dexterity throughout the performance and produced pure, true vocals. It’s a testament to her that, despite there being no lyrics, the performance was incredibly engaging and accessible” - Rachel Ross, artsHub, Australia.

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Vocal Tutor, Contemporary Music stream at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Southbank Campus. Northern Metro Institute of Technology (NMIT) VCE solo and group performance. Guest Seminar presentations at VCA, NMIT (industry day).

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Using chants, songs, soundscapes, vocal percussion, and simple percussion parts, Lisa inspires singers to explore rhythm, harmony and improvisation. She works with song form, wordless pieces, and movement encouraging a great love of rhythm and using the voice as a colorful instrument. The repertoire is predominently original, however she also includes music from a variety of streams. Lisa has composed extensively for choirs and her works have been performed throughout Australia, across Europe and Canada and the USA. Recently Lisa has been guest workshop presenter for The Australian Voices Festival in Kennillworth Queensland, Young Voices of Melbourne, Bendigo Youth Choir, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, St Columba Anglican School in Port MacQuarie and Vocal Australia. Lisa has given workshops for The Orff Society, ASME (The Australian Society for Music Education), and she was a ‘Song Writing’ Artist In Residence at Preshil School, Melbourne. She has directed and composed mass choir works for The Big Sing and Festival Fremantle, Melbourne A cappella Festival and Ettalong Festival.

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Featured recording “Grace”

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