Dr. Lisa Young
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 specialises in konnakol - South Indian vocal percussion.
Lisa Young Quartet’s album Grace won the prestigious BELL Award for Best Australian Vocal Album in 2007 (with Stephen Magnusson, Ben Robertson and Dave Beck). In 2011 they premiered their new song cycle The Eternal Pulse to a standing ovation at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, followed by performances at KL Jazz Festival 2014 and Borneo Jazz Fest 2013. The Eternal Pulse album was a finalist in the 2012 Bell Awards Best Australian Vocal Album, it features compositions by Young in collaboration with Robertson and Mani, incorporating both intoned and pitched passages of konnakol, layering Indian elements, rhythmic textures and ensemble dialogue. The music was created as part of a PhD in Music Performance at Monash University, where she received the Monash-Pratt Post Graduate Award for her candidature.
Renowned as a passionate and engaging workshop leader, choirs throughout the world perform Young’s works. Her composition Thulele Mama Ya (with Coco’s Lunch) won ‘Best Folk/World Song’ in the Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards (USA), and she has enjoyed recent commissioned works for the Australian Voices and Gondwana Choirs. She composed children’s songs for the television show ‘Playhouse Disney’ (Australian TV).
Young serves as a vocal teacher at Monash University, Victorian College Of Arts and Box Hill Institute, Melbourne, Australia. She was a finalist in the 2013 Melbourne Prize for Music Outstanding Musician’s Award. In January 2014, The Eternal Pulse and Grace albums were released worldwide on the STEM label (Germany).
"Young has created a fine balance between accessible composition and exciting improvisation. Her sophisticated blend of Indian and jazz idioms seduces from the start and never releases its hold..." Ian Patterson, All About Jazz.
“Other-worldly...totally engaging… Her art is an awesome rhythmic control. Not to be missed, this is one out of the box.” Leon Gettler, The AGE.
'Remarkable grace in amazing voice' - Jessica Nicholas, The AGE.
Jacqueline is a first-class Arts Honours (languages) graduate from the University of Melbourne, where she was awarded two Melbourne University Language Scholarships to study in Japan and Italy. In 2003 her thesis was published in the form of several articles (co-authored with Dr. Stephen Kolsky) for various Italian literary journals.
Jacqueline is a freelance singer/percussionist with many high calibre Australian and international ensembles including the Jacqueline Gawler Band, Stoneflower, Christopher Hale’s Sylvan Coda, Panorama Brasil, Picture Box Orchestra (UK/Pakistan/Australia), Sam Keevers’ América Do Sul, Bossa Negra (Brazil/Singapore/Australia), Silverbeat, Avatar, Red Fish Blue (Syd/Melb) & the Starr/Schulz project.
‘Jacqueline Gawler is an impressive talent...(She) has formidable vocal chops, displaying a command of rhythm, melody and breath control... Her vocals, redolent of brilliant jazz songstress Cassandra Wilson, brim with warmth and clarity.’ Mike Roots, ReviewYou.com
In 1998 Jacqueline studied at the Berklee Jazz Clinics in Italy and has since become one of the country's most original indie jazz singers, releasing her Arts Victoria funded debut album AMBROSIA to excellent reviews and packed houses in Australia and Brazil. In 2012 the album reached No. 2 in the KK Box Rock Charts and no. 7 in the same Jazz Charts in Hong Kong (over 80,000 subscribers) and also made the Top 20 in the KK Box Rock Charts in Taiwan (8 million subscribers).
‘… a songwriter of intelligence, with a sense of poetry and a love of language...' Ausjazz Blog
In 2009 Jacqueline travelled to Brazil to record a pop album with some of Rio de Janeiro's most acclaimed musicians, including a duet with pop star Jorge Vercilo, and returned in 2011 for a 6 month stint to study Portuguese, launch Ambrosia, film the music clip Sahara Nights and collaborate with Brazilian singer/songwriter and The Voice Brasil finalist Paulo Loureiro.
As well as being in demand as a singer of Brazilian music in Portuguese, she is also a trained West African percussionist. Jacqueline has studied drum & dance in Senegal, Bali and the USA with some of the world’s foremost educators, including Grand Master Drummer Mamady Keita, and currently performs with Melbourne-based company Drummergirl.
Jacqueline was nominated for Best Female Solo and Best Song Composed for her Coco's Lunch song 'Palani Princess' in the 2015 Australian A Cappella Awards.
'Effortlessly fluid vocals...' The Age
Nicola Eveleigh is an Honours graduate in Improvisation from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was awarded the Ivan Oliver Scholarship. An outstanding flautist, Nicola performed with Judy Jacques at the Edinburgh Festival in 1997 and is featured on her album Making Wings, which won Best Australian Jazz Vocal Recording at the Bell Awards 2003. Nicola is featured on the albums, Ren Walters' Start, Nuzrat Ramble's Bursting Moon, the self-titled album Orange Red Orange, Andrea and Valanga Khoza's Vuswa, and has performed with groups such as the Brian Brown Ensemble and Alex Pertout's Jingo. Nicola was nominated for Most Performed Jazz Work in the 1996 APRA awards. She has also toured New Zealand with Zauberflöte, a twenty-piece flute ensemble and Dome, a contemporary Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra.
Nicola has featured in 2 films by Lee Galea, writing the film score for Less Adolescent, (San Francisco Independent Film Festival, ACMI, Fed Square), and played a supporting roll in Monster Pies, (winner - MQFF Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film, 2013). Nicola has taught privately and/or run jazz ensemble workshops at the Victorian College of the Arts, Victoria University, the Council of Adult Education, and the Yarra Valley Summer School.
Gabrielle MacGregor is a vocalist, percussionist and composer. Gabrielle specialised in Improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts (Bachelor of Music Performance). Her ‘cheeky and playful’ compositions (Herald Sun) feature in Australian short films and on compilation albums, and her song Invisible Rhythm has been included in curriculums for the Melbourne University Music Education course and the VCA Bachelor of Music. As a freelance recording and performance artist, Gabrielle has been guest soloist on several albums, including works by Osh10 and Yilila. Her pure voice can be heard on recordings for children, including Hal Leonard’s Choral Time and Music Time! Let’s Begin! by Ros McMillan, as well as I’m Still Awake, Still! by Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson. Her passion for breakdance led to an appearance in the Diafrix music video In Tha Place, and gave rise to an original hip hop collaboration, Creatures Of A Daydream. Her work in Arts Administration has also assisted other artists to perform internationally.
‘A Whole New Way of Getting Dressed and Unreserved (Nicht Reserviert) are testimony to bold originality’ Herald Sun
Emma Gilmartin graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001 with a Bachelor of Music Performance (Improvisation). During her 3 years at the VCA, she performed frequently with pianist Tony Gould, with whom she recorded her debut CD in 2002, "Tomorrow, Just You Wait and See" (Move records). Her voice was described in one review as being undeniably beautiful with "a crystalline purity of vibrato-less tone and flawless pitch" (Leon Gettler, The Age Green Guide).
In 2005, Emma recorded her second CD, Songe, with a stellar band that included William Poskitt, Eugene Ball, Ben Robertson and Rajiv Jayaweera. During the same year, Emma was selected as one of ten vocal finalists in the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. In 2007, Emma was honored to record Blueprint with Coco’s Lunch, which received an ARIA nomination in the same year. In 2010, Emma returned to the studio with Tony Gould for another album of duets called Home (Move Records). In 2013, Emma formed the Emma Gilmartin Quartet with guitarist James Sherlock, bassist Frank Disario and drummer Danny Fischer. This new ensemble will record an album together in 2015.
In addition to performing regularly at Melbourne Jazz venues such as Bennetts Lane, The Paris Cat Jazz Club and Uptown Jazz Cafe, Emma teaches voice at Monash University, The Victorian College of the Arts, Box Hill Institute of Tafe and Northern Metropolitan Institute of Tafe.