Festival of Summer Voices

Creative A Cappella with Lisa Young

Engaging with vocal sound-bank for the development of chants, riffs and improvisation. Using vocal rhythms, call and response, groovy bass lines, and South Indian vocal percussion, we embark upon ways to embrace an expressive rhythmic wordless journey, to create in the moment and improvise.  We’ll start by singing one of Lisa’s existing chants or riffs.  Then create our own new riff in the session with volunteers taking improvised solos or scats over the top.


Lisa Young is well known to choral, jazz and world music listeners as a creative vocal stylist, composer and improviser, incorporating Indian and African elements in her work. Her album Grace won the BELL Award for Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album in 2007. A longtime student of maestro Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani in Chennai, India, Lisa specialises in konnakol – South Indian vocal percussion. Lisa is a founding member of vocal group Coco’s Lunch who has recorded 7 CDs of original music receiving 2 ARIA nominations, and toured extensively, performing to packed houses throughout the world.  A passionate and engaging workshop leader, choirs throughout the world perform Young’s works.  She is regularly invited to compose commissioned works, give Master classes, improvisation workshops, and conduct Artist in Residence programs at Tertiary and Secondary Institutions.  In 2015 she was awarded her PhD in Music Performance from Monash University where she received the Best Doctoral Thesis – Music Performance 2015 award. She was granted the Monash-Pratt Postgraduate Award for her candidature.