The Story Behind Lah-Lah
Lah-Lah was created by husband and wife - and most importantly Mum & Dad - team Tina and Mark Harris. An opera singer and a jazz double bass player, both have Masters degrees in music. Tina and Mark have been entertaining and educating children in music and language internationally for over 20 years.
After the birth of their daughters Lily and Emily, the pair opened and operated four early childhood music schools in Sydney. It was actually the parents at their schools, seeing from first hand experience just how important music was to their children's development, who suggested Tina and Mark present a live show. So, Tina and Mark hired a venue and got the band together - Lah-Lah was born!
After their first live season they were signed by Nickelodeon and started the adventure into TV. With three TV shows screening internationally, the highly awarded band is now a favourite for families all over the world. And now, in addition to their popular live and TV shows and albums, Lah-Lah's highly successful YouTube channel is growing exponentially around the world with over half a billion views and counting!
Meet the Band
Tina is a mum first🙂 She’s also sung with top companies including Opera-Australia and The Melbourne and WA Symphonies. She’s lived and studied in Paris and Japan, taught early childhood English and music and run 4 early childhood music schools in Sydney.
Tina jokes that she spent way too many years at university holding a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Diploma of Opera, and Masters of Music. But she met Mark at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music so it was all worth it. Tina and Mark created Lah-Lah in 2008 with a self-produced CD and live show which was then signed to Roadshow Entertainment and Nickelodeon Australia to make a series of music videos.
Tina co-created the live action/animated series ‘Lah-Lah's Adventures’, for CBeebies and 7TWO and Lah-Lah’s Adventures for ABC KIDS TV. Lah-Lah’s live tour is a 2 time winner of the ACE Awards’ Best Children's Show and and WhatsOn4Kids Hall of Fame. And in music, Lah-Lah is a 2 time ARIA awards finalist. Tina works as a composer, performer and producer for the Lah-Lah YouTube channel and also help mentor other artists with their videos and music because beautiful music makes the world a better happier place.
Buzz the Bandleader
Mark Harris is best known by preschoolers Australia wide as Buzz the Bandleader from Lah-Lah. For older audiences, Mark is the comedic singing double bassist in triple ARIA winning world music band Monsieur Camembert and performs with Abby Dobson (Leonardo's Bride) and Lara Goodridge (Fourplay) in French nightclub band Baby et Lulu.
A Masters graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Jazz department (but it took a very long time!), Mark has also performed, recorded and or toured with the Wiggles, James Morrison, Emma Pask,
the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sierra Boggess, Rhonda Burchmore and Tom Burlinson, and has
performed in the Sydney productions of Crazy For You, My Fair Lady, Annie, The Boy From Oz, Chicago, Wicked, Fame, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, and Aladdin. On stage, Mark performs in venues nationally with Lah-Lah and also worked alongside Tim Rogers and Bojana Novakovic in The Importance Of Mary Maclane By Herself for Griffin Theatre Co.
As a composer, Mark wrote an album of original jazz - Entrée - for his quartet Mark4. He also co-composed the score for the stage adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ book The Book Eating Boy with wife Tina for CDP Theatre Producers as well as the music for Lah-Lah’s six albums, two of which were nominated for ARIA awards.
Lah-Lah was created to make music fun! Based around early childhood musical concepts but always, entertainment first! There’s Lola the Dancing Double Bass, Squeezy Sneezy the hyper allergic piano accordion, Tom Tom on Drums, Mister Saxophone who loves to go hiding, Buzz the Bandleader and the loveable lead singer Lah-Lah. Lah-Lah's music is inspired by world music, Jazz, rock and roll, pop and a touch of classical.
What Parents Think
"I wanted to let you know how much Lah-Lah's Adventures captures my son's imagination. My son Lucas, who is nearly 3, acquired a saxophone from the glad wrap roll, an accordion that he made from folding a page out of my precious beautiful home magazine, chopsticks for his drumsticks and his ukulele is now fondly called Lola 😊 Thank you so much!"
"I'd just like to say thank you for your wonderful music and show. Both of my kids love watching you. My son has since taken a real interest in instruments also. He loves playing all kinds of instruments. I just wanted you all to know that your music and what you do, makes a difference. Thank you!"