Lisa Young Quartet

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Lisa Young Quartet is a jazz-world music quartet from Melbourne, Australia, led by a vocal artist and composer Lisa Young.


Lisa Young is a prominent musician on the Melbourne jazz scene, known for the use of wordless vocals and the use of voice as an instrument with Konnakol influences (the South Indian vocal percussion technique).[1]

The quartet is composed of Young, Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Ben Robertson (double bass) and Dave Beck (drums). Their most recent work, The Eternal Pulse, is a wordless song-cycle featuring the intoned rhythmic recitation of konnakol, varieties of meter and subdivision, layering Indian elements, rhythmic textures and ensemble dialogue, in an evocative journey of sound and song.

Young is also a member of an a cappella group, Coco's Lunch, which has recorded six albums of original music.[2] In 2003, Coco's Lunch won the award for 'Best Folk/World Song' at the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, in the United States.[2] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2007, Coco's Lunch received nominations in the category 'Best Children's Album' for Rat Trap Snap and in 'Best World Music Album' for Blueprint.[3]



  • Transformation (1991)
  • Speak (1999)
  • Grace (2007)[4]
  • The Eternal Pulse (2012)[5]
  • Grace Special Edition (2014)[6]


Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2003 "Thulele Mama Ya" Best Folk/World Song in the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Won[citation needed]
2007 Grace Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album 2007 Won[7][8][9]
2008 Lisa Young Project Fellowship Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts Awarded[citation needed]
2010 Lisa Young's PhD candidature at Monash University Monash-Pratt Post Graduate Award Won[citation needed]
2012 Lisa Young's PhD research presentation, "The Evolving Nature of Konnakol in Contemporary Performance" Best Paper at the 2012 Musicological Society of Australia's Victorian Chapter Conference Won[citation needed]
2012 The Eternal Pulse Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Nominated[7][8][9]


  1. ^ "Asialink - India". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Coco's Lunch". cellensis - Festival Geistlicher Musik. 11 August 2006. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Winners by Year 2007: 21st Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Nicholas, Jessica (2 July 2007). "Remarkable grace in amazing voice". The Age. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Patterson, Ian (21 May 2013). "Lisa Young Quartet: The Eternal Pulse (2012)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Bailey, C. Michael (1 March 2014). "Lisa Young Quartet: Grace (2014)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Lisa Young Quartet 'The Eternal Pulse' (AUS) - World Premiere & Magnet (AUS/Argentina) - World Premiere". Melbourne International Jazz Festival. 2011. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Jackson, Andra (3 May 2007). "For jazz Hall of Fame, it's plain and simple: is Don, is good". The Age. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "The Australian Jazz Bell Awards 2007". The Australian Jazz Bell Awards Limited. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 

External links[edit]