MEMO Music Hall – Sunday 4 July 2021, Doors 2.30 pm & Show 3-5 pm
“Coco’s Lunch remains one of the most inspirational and culturally compelling A Cappella groups in the world, reflecting the better society that awaits us all if we lean into harmony.” – Deke Sharon, Musical Director/Vocal Producer ‘Pitch Perfect’ hit TV series, USA
“Coco’s Lunch is my favourite A Cappella group. A few years ago when I directed the Adelaide International Cabaret Festival I invited them to perform and they were so successful I basked in their reflected glory. Their delectable repertoire is composed and arranged by them and gloriously performed on this new album. They are better than ever.” – Barry Humphries
“Beautiful music for an extraordinary year…” – Aparna Sridhar, Soft Power Mag (INDIA) 2020
Australia’s multi-award-winning purveyors of the A Cappella art Coco’s Lunch celebrate the launch of their seventh studio album Misra Chappu released to international acclaim during the lockdown in late 2020. The album launch concert is at MEMO Music Hall from 3-5 pm (doors 2.30 pm) on Sunday 4 July 2021 with w special guest Priscilla Stanley and guest percussionists Simone Lang and Athavan Wijeyamanoharan.
This rare Melbourne performance features eight new pieces of exceptional beauty and unparalleled originality crafted by Cocos Lunch during an extraordinary time in planetary history. Misra Chappu (pron. miss-rah chah-poo) forges an adventurous new direction in contemporary vocal music. This is heart music, set to the pulse of trademark Coco’s five-part groove – music created with love, an awareness of Spirit, and with the intention of bringing healing, light, and beauty to the world.
Composers Lisa Young and Jacqueline Gawler draw deeply from the rich sonic palettes of Australia, India and Africa, and between the five singers Lisa Young, Jacqueline Gawler, Nicola Eveleigh, Emma Gilmartin and Gabrielle MacGregor, impressive alchemy brings these stories to life. Soaring angelic lines and arresting rhythmic interplay, high vibration poetry and breathtaking harmonic movement set a new benchmark for the ensemble.
With nods to Pop, Jazz, World and Folk, Misra Chappu offers a masterful feast of sound that transforms the traditional A Cappella genre with five-part South Indian vocal percussion, jazz improvisation and complex songcraft. Described as ‘a national treasure’, Coco’s Lunch have made an indelible imprint on the contemporary vocal music landscape and are dedicated to the creation of soul-enriching music to be shared with vocal ensembles and audiences worldwide.
Misra Chappu received extensive national and international airplay throughout USA, Europe, Portugual, Mexico and Spain since its November 2020 release and acclaim including:
• TOP 10 – TRANSGLOBAL WORLD MUSIC CHARTS
• NOMINATION: BEST FOLK/WORLD SONG – Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards USA
• ALBUM OF THE WEEK – Friday Jazz Sessions on Fine Music Sydney radio
• Title track Misra Chappu, featured on ‘AUSACA Volume 1: The Best of Australian A Cappella’ album – WINNER OUTSTANDING OCEANIC ALBUM IN THE CONTEMPORARY A CAPPELLA RECORDING AWARDS USA
• Chosen for FEATURE SOUNDS on PBS FM (Chanson Pour Anaïs)
The album features acclaimed single Other Plans:
• WINNER – Best Song Composed, Australian A Cappella Awards (2015)
• FOUR NOMINATIONS IN THE AUSTRALIAN A CAPPELLA AWARDS
• Featured on the CONTEMPORARY A CAPPELLA SOCIETY OF AMERICA’S 2015 COMPILATION ALBUM SING 12: THIS BIG! along with the best A Cappella tracks from around the world.
Misra Chappu also features some of Melbourne’s finest percussionists: Dave Beck, Sai-Sarangan Ravichandhira, Simone Lang and Tony Floyd (see Track List next page). The album title references Misram, the Sanskrit word for seven, and Misra Chappu talam, the name of the South Indian talam (rhythmic cycle) where one cycle is three and a half beats.
The launch is at MEMO Music Hall, 88 Acland Street St Kilda on Sunday 4 July doors 2.30pm and show 3-5pm. Tickets $25 to $45 plus booking fee at www.memomusichall.com.au