LISA FORKISH – Tickets – Yoshi’s Oakland – Oakland, CA – March 27th, 2017


CD Release


Mon 3.27

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Yoshi's Oakland

Oakland, CA


***Join us at 7:30pm for a pre-show listening party of the 7-song EP***

Lisa Forkish
Lisa Forkish
Lisa Forkish is an award-winning singer, composer, arranger and music educator. For the past six years, Lisa has been Vocal Music faculty at Oakland School for the Arts where she is founder and directer of the school's four-time national champion a cappella group Vocal Rush. A native of Eugene, OR, Lisa has performed all over the country, sharing the stage with a wide range of artists including Bobby McFerrin, Pink Martini, k.d. lang and Stephen Schwartz. As a songwriter/composer, Lisa has many accolades to her name; she was the winner of Portland's “Songwriter of the Year” title in 2009 and the Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project in 2010, in addition to receiving a "Songwriting for Social Change" award at Berklee College of Music where she received her Bachelor of Music.

In addition to writing and performing, Lisa has been heavily involved in the rising contemporary a cappella scene since 2002, getting her start as music director for the University of Oregon’s award-winning women’s a cappella group Divisi, featured in Mickey Rapkin’s best-selling book “Pitch Perfect" (and later made into the box office smash hit film). Lisa was also also ranked #4 on the A Cappella Blog’s “100 Coolest People in A Cappella" and continues to pioneer as President, Education Coordinator and co-founder of the Women’s A Cappella Association (WACA), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating women in a cappella.

As a solo artist, Lisa has released one EP and two full-length albums. Her most recent release “Bridges” was reviewed by numerous publications including Jazz Times and received radio rotation across the country, as well as in The Netherlands, Bavaria, Argentina and Canada. As well, Lisa released a bossa/jazz duo record alongside OSA colleague and jazz pianist Cava Menzies under their group name CAVALISA; their album “Vast is the Sky” brought in rave reviews and a packed Yoshi's CD Release Party.

Lisa's latest recording project combines her lush and dissonant a cappella arrangements with her honest and soulful songwriting. "Love Warrior EP" is a collection of songs about the triumph of love and the power of the human spirit and features Lisa's vocals in layers of expressive harmony. The CD Release Concert at Yoshi’s will feature the award-winning high school that Lisa directs (Vocal Rush), as well as a host of Oakland-based vocalists who will join her onstage in a celebration of “Love Warrior EP”’s release. More about Lisa at
Venue Information:
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607