‘Inordinately, preposterously, almost slanderously talented.’ Phillip Adams, ABC Radio National, Australia
‘Coco’s Lunch is living proof that the world’s first instrument – the human voice – is still the finest and most versatile…As singers they prove that the voice has no bounds…’ The Hindu, India
'Moving poems of freedom, love and wildness.' Primarily A Cappella, USA
Renowned for their extraordinary song-writing, skin-tight vocal harmonies and stunning live performances, Coco’s Lunch have long been recognised as award-winning pioneers in the composition of innovative Australian vocal music. Co-founded by Lisa Young and Sue Johnson in 1994, Coco's Lunch features Melbourne singer/percussionists Gabrielle MacGregor, Lisa Young, Nicola Eveleigh, Jacqueline Gawler and Emma Gilmartin, and has spent over 20 years winning the hearts of audiences across Australia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Laos, Taiwan, Germany, Austria, France, New Zealand, Canada and India.
'A Cappella like you’ve never heard it before…' Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National Breakfast
Coco’s Lunch have garnered praise and critical acclaim for their work worldwide, and in 2015 released their latest single and show Other Plans, which they premiered at the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival - directed by Noel Jordan (Festival Director - Edinburgh International Children's Festival).
‘Tight and soulful…sheer joy... There are no down moments – just celebrations of life, places, love and unity… A national treasure indeed…’ The Clothesline, Adelaide (4.5 stars)
‘Delivering a feast of a cappella goodness, the five stunning voices of Coco’s Lunch relay fond travel memories with worldly beats and glimmering, jazzy harmonies to sultry perfection — think a sexy Lion King soundtrack…each arrangement a celebration of the human voice — rich, intricate, and utterly captivating.’ The Advertiser, Adelaide
**NOMINATED FOR BEST FOLK/WORLD SONG in the 2016 CONTEMPORARY A CAPPELLA RECORDING AWARDS USA (single Other Plans)
Coco's Lunch won BEST SONG COMPOSED in the 2015 Australian A Cappella Awards for their new single Other Plans, composed by Coco's Lunch artist Lisa Young, who in 2015 was awarded her PhD in the creative art of South Indian konnakol. Coco's Lunch were also nominated for:
- Best Jazz Song – In My Room by Lisa Young
- Best Jazz Song – Other Plans by Lisa Young
- Best Song Composed– Palani Princess by Jacqueline Gawler
- Best Female Solo – Palani Princess by Jacqueline Gawler
- Best Original Song – Shifting Time by Lisa Young
- Best Original Song– Sister My Sister by Sue Johnson
- Best Original Song– Other Plans by Lisa Young
'I put [Other Plans] on and straight away I knew it was a winner.' Paul Gough, The Inside Sleeve, ABC Radio National
'The sound of female acapella group Coco’s Lunch in their new single Other Plans fits into the realm of the angelic... musical bliss.' Beattopia 2015
'A Powerhouse...' Richard Stubbs, ABC 774
In 2015 the award-winning new single Other Plans was chosen from vocal groups worldwide to feature on the prestigious Contemporary A Cappella Society of America's compilation album Sing 12. Other Plans was also chosen to feature on the Get Vocal 2015: Best of Contemporary Australian A Cappella compilation album.
In 2007 Coco's Lunch released their 6th album Blueprint to critical acclaim and an Australian Recording Industry Award (ARIA) nomination for BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM. In the same year they received an ARIA NOMINATION for BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM for their CD Rat Trap Snap!
'The new repertoire shines with exquisite harmonies – one of Coco’s trademarks.’ The Age, Melbourne
‘Another outstanding album…9/10.′ Music Australia Guide
2 ARIA NOMINATIONS 2007
BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM: Blueprint
BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM: Rat Trap Snap!
In 2013 Coco's Lunch were invited to tour India for the prestigious Hindu NovemberFest, made possible with funding by the Australia India Council and the Australian High Commission in Chennai. In 2010 the group was also invited to represent Australia as one of 12 vocal ensembles from around the globe to perform at the 2010 Polyfollia 4th World Choral Showcase in FRANCE, performing in front of over 100 international festival directors as well as conducting workshops for amateur choirs & festival delegates – translated into French. They were a headline act at the 2006 Taipei International Choral Festival in Taiwan where they performed at the Taipei National Concert Hall, and also the 2005 Vancouver International Festival, where their concert at the University of British Columbia received repeat national broadcasts by the Canadian Broadcasting Commission.
‘One of Australia’s best exports.’ Vancouver Sun, Canada
‘Brilliant and explosive!’ Cellensis Festival, AUSTRIA
In 2009 Coco’s Lunch received a return invitation to MusicFest Vancouver and were the first ensemble to be invited back to the Sydney Opera House Utzon Music Series in consecutive years (2008 & 2009). In 2008 Coco’s Lunch were also invited to perform at Telstra Dome for the Days In The Dioceses Commissioning Mass celebration in front of a 40,000 strong audience. In 2003 the quintet scored BEST FOLK/WORLD SONG (Thulele Mama Ya – Lisa Young) and received Runner Up BEST FOLK/WORLD ALBUM (A Whole New Way of Getting Dressed) in the USA Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. Their CD Invisible Rhythm was a finalist for Best Album in the 2000 Australian World Music Awards, and the group was also nominated for 2 APRA music awards.
‘Dazzling rhythms and an exotic blend of sounds and styles…(their) soul and energy will make you look at a cappella music in a whole new way.’ RARB, USA
Coco’s Lunch has toured throughout Australia and Asia with Musica Viva Australia since 1994 and represented Australian contemporary music in Singapore and Laos in the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics. They have collaborated with Stephen Leek’s Australian Voices, and in 2008 were commissioned to write a new work for the ensemble. The award-winning music of Coco’s Lunch has been featured on countless compilation albums, anthologies, short films, ads, installations and documentaries. Sheet music for their original songs is available for purchase, and performed by choirs and vocal ensembles around the world.
‘This group of five women is a national treasure.’ Herald Sun
Coco’s Lunch for Kids are a hit onstage at children’s festivals, including repeat sell-out seasons at Sydney Opera House for 6 years and magical theatre shows for New Zealand’s Capital E Festival, Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out Of the Box Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Something On Saturday at Adelaide Festival Centre, Brisbane Powerhouse, Victorian Arts Centre and repeat shows for the Famous Spiegeltent – all directed by Vanessa Chapple. Their albums for children I Wanna Be A Mermaid, Wally Wombat Shuffle and Rat Trap Snap! were released to outstanding reviews by media and music educators, and are used as educational resources in classrooms throughout Australia.
Performance & award highlights
- CONTEMPORARY A CAPPELLA RECORDING AWARDS USA - Nominated 'Best Folk/World Song' for Other Plans
- FEATURED ON Contemporary A Cappella Society of America's (CASA) compilation album 'Sing 12: This Big!' (Other Plans)
- FEATURED ON '2015 Get Vocal: Best of Contemporary Australian A Cappella' compilation album (Other Plans)
- AUSTRALIAN A CAPPELLA AWARDS 2015 - WINNER 'Best Song Composed' for Other Plans
- AUSTRALIAN A CAPPELLA AWARDS 2015 - 8 nominations including Best Jazz Song, Best Female Solo, Best Song Composed, Best Original Song.
- Adelaide Cabaret Festival at Adelaide Festival Centre 2015
- INDIA - Hindu NovemberFest inc. concerts in Chennai, Kochi & Hyderabad.
- POLYFOLLIA 4th WORLD CHORAL SHOWCASE, FRANCE 2010
- ARIA NOMINATION 2007: Best World Music Album (Blueprint)
- ARIA NOMINATION 2007: Best Children’s Album (Rat Trap Snap!)
- SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Utzon Room Music Series sell-out concerts 2008 & 2009
- SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE – sell-out seasons for Babies Proms & House Ed in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 & 2011
- QUEENSLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE 2008 – Out Of The Box Festival & Child Friendly Cities Symposium
- CAPITAL E NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL – NEW ZEALAND 2009
- AUSTRALIA DAY ROCKSONG! SYDNEY – Coco’s Lunch & Coco’s Kids 2009
- Get Vocal Festival, 2012
- Children’s Book Council National Conference at Melbourne Convention Centre 2008
- TELSTRA DOME 2008 – Days In The Dioceses for an audience of 30,000
- CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2007
- CAMDEN HAVEN MUSIC FESTIVALS 2003, 2007
- TAIWAN – 7th INTERNATIONAL TAIPEI CHORAL FESTIVAL
- TOUR TO CANADA 2005 – including FESTIVAL VANCOUVER @ University of British Columbia
- TV & RADIO APPEARANCES IN CANADA inc. repeat national broadcasts of UBC performance by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) & appearances on CTV’s ‘Good Morning Canada’
- TOUR TO EUROPE 2004 – Vocal festivals in Germany and Austria inc. Voicemania @ Porgy & Bess
- Feast Festival Gala night, Adelaide
- WINNER CARA AWARDS USA 2003 – BEST FOLK/WORLD SONG
- RUNNER-UP CARA AWARDS USA 2003 – BEST FOLK/WORLD ALBUM
- FINALIST Australian World Music Awards 2000 – BEST ALBUM (Invisible Rhythm)
- 2 APRA MUSIC AWARD nominations – MOST PERFORMED JAZZ WORK
- 14 YEARS with MUSICA VIVA AUSTRALIA touring for Countrywide, In Schools and Export programs
- VICTORIAN ARTS CENTRE – Arts Education Program (2005) & Chookahs Kids Festivals (2003, 2007)
- 6 ACCLAIMED ALBUMS of original works for both adults & children
- RECIPIENTS of numerous AUSTRALIA COUNCIL & ARTS VICTORIA grants since 1994
- Songs featured in short films, documentaries, TV ads, anthologies, theatre productions and compilation albums worldwide
- SHANGHAI & HONG KONG – performances for Agnes B and International Finance Centre
- WORLD MUSIC CD OF THE WEEK – Sydney Morning Herald (Invisible Rhythm)
- Australia Day RockSong, Sydney
- GOVERNMENT HOUSE, Sydney (2003)
- THE FAMOUS SPIEGELTENT – Coco’s Lunch & Coco’s Kids concerts (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007)
- The Music Show ABC Radio National – Live from the Spiegeltent (2005)
- ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE – ‘Something On Saturday’ for kids (2008 & 2015)
- Australian Society for Music Educators (ASME) International Conference
- Representing Australian Contemporary Music at the ‘One year to the Olympics Celebrations’ at
- Australian High Commissions in Singapore, Laos.
- Port Fairy Folk Festival: Coco’s Lunch & Coco’s Kids (1995, 2000, 2008)
- Monash Carols by Candlelight 2007.