'Inordinately, preposterously, almost slanderously talented.' ABC Radio National, Australia
'One of Australia's best exports.' Vancouver Sun, Canada
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. Featuring Melbourne singer/percussionists Gabrielle MacGregor, Lisa Young, Sue Johnson, Nicola Eveleigh and Jacqueline Gawler, Coco's Lunch has spent over 15 years winning the hearts of audiences across Australia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Laos, Taiwan, Germany, Austria, France, New Zealand & Canada. Coco's Lunch perform worldwide for both adults and children, and in 2007 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!
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
'This group of five women is a national treasure...' Herald Sun
In 2010 Coco's Lunch were 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.
'Brilliant and explosive!' Cellensis Festival, AUSTRIA
'The new repertoire shines with exquisite harmonies - one of Coco's trademarks' The Age, Melbourne
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.
Coco's Lunch for Kids are a hit onstage at children's festivals around Australia, 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 Festival Centre, Brisbane Powerhouse, Victorian Arts Centre and repeat shows for the Famous Spiegeltent - all directed by Vanessa Chappell. Their albums for children 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 AND AWARD HIGHLIGHTS:
FRANCE - POLYFOLLIA 4TH WORLD SHOWCASE & MARKETPLACE FOR CHORAL SINGING 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 Sellout concerts 2008 & 2009
2008 Commission for The Australian Voices
Child Friendly Cities Symposium at QPAC
Children's Book Council National Conference at Melbourne Convention Centre
TELSTRA DOME 2008 - Days In The Dioceses for an audience of 40,000
CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2007
CAMDEN HAVEN MUSIC FESTIVALS 2003, 2007
TAIWAN - 7th INTERNATIONAL TAIPEI CHORAL FESTIVAL 2006
TOUR TO CANADA 2005 - including FESTIVAL VANCOUVER @ University of British Columbia
NEW ZEALAND - CAPITAL E NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL: 2009 Season at Paramount Theatre
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
WINNER CARA AWARDS USA 2003 - BEST FOLK/WORLD SONG for Thulele Mama Ya
RUNNER-UP CARA AWARDS USA 2003 - BEST FOLK/WORLD ALBUM (A Whole New Way of Getting Dressed)
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
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE - sell-out seasons for Babies Proms & House Ed in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 & 2011
VICTORIAN ARTS CENTRE - 2005 Arts Education Program & Chookahs Kids Festivals (2003, 2007)
Port Fairy Folk Festival (1995, 2000, 2008)
6 ACCLAIMED ALBUMS of original works for both adults & children, funded by Australian grant bodies
RECIPIENTS of numerous AUSTRALIA COUNCIL & ARTS VICTORIA grants since 1994
DOCUMENTARY soundtracks 'Conversations with Women Writers' screened on SBS & ABC
AUSTRALIAN short film soundtracks, CD compilations & anthologies worldwide
SHANGHAI & HONG KONG - performances for Agnes B and International Finance Centre
WORLD MUSIC CD OF THE WEEK (Sydney Morning Herald) for CD Invisible Rhythm
GOVERNMENT HOUSE, Sydney (2003)
THE FAMOUS SPIEGELTENT (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 & 2008)
The Music Show ABC Music Radio National Live at the Spiegeltent
MELBOURNE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL - Opening concert @ BMW Edge (2005)
Australian Society for Music Educators (ASME) International Conference, Melbourne University
Representing Australian Contemporary Music at the 'One Year to the Olympics Celebrations' at Australian High Commissions in Singapore, Laos.
Monash Carols by Candlelight 2007.