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"Mocha Maya" also won the Instrumental Grand Prize in the 2010 Billboard World Song Contest! You can give it a listen by checking out this "video" on YouTube. Congratulations Tony!! We couldn't be more thrilled!!


See what legendary country musician Roy Clark of Hee Haw fame has to say about the song 'Mocha Maya' on the Billboard Winners page.


"It has appeal. This song has energy..and it has slick pickin." - Roy Clark

We are very psyched to announce that Tony Lechner’s song, “Mocha Maya” won the John Lennon songwriting contest for best jazz song of 2010. Tony is the leader of Wild-Wood, the band that has played Mocha Maya’s so many times in the past. And his Gypsy Jazz instrumental original, that you can view just below, first won the “Session 2” jazz category and just recently the “Session 1” winner went head to head with “Mocha Maya” and Tony was victorious! Thank you to all of you that went and voted for it.

We are very excited to announce tickets are now on sale for ‘Bella Gaia’! This very special show will be held at Memorial Hall on Saturday, June 18th at 8pm, right next door to us. ‘Bella Gaia’ is a multi-media experience created by musician Kenji Williams. Kenji worked with NASA in the creation of this moving and informative event. Also heavily involved is musician Kristin Hoffmann who many of you know from her long history of performing here at Mocha Maya’s.


We have been wanting to get this event into Memorial Hall for a few years now and we are so thrilled to finally be able to help make it happen! This is a great event for children and adults, one we don’t think anyone will ever forget. Just read for more information on what ‘Bella Gaia’ is below followed by info on how you can purchase tickets online. You can also purchase tickets at Mocha Maya’s. They are $30 for adults and $15 for students and children.


BELLA GAIA is an unprecedented audiovisual experience that combines NASA satellite imagery of Earth, time lapse nature photography, and cultural heritage footage with stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world.


Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life changing power of seeing the Earth from space, director-composer Kenji Williams’ award winning BELLA GAIA successfully simulates the Overview Effect  from space flight, by using NASA supercomputer data-visualizations with an “iridescent landscape of gossamer melodies and labyrinthine rhythms” (Nooga.com) to explore the relationship between humans and nature through time and space.


BELLA GAIA is "A stunning work of multimedia entertainment" (Phoenix New Times) with “haunting classical/world fusion music ... creating a mesmerizing spectacle that should not be missed”  (Huffington Post)


"Sublime" (Village Voice)


"Discover what it’s like to be an astronaut"  (Washington Post)


"Out of this World"  (USA Today)


“Awe-Inspiring”  (Examiner)


BELLA GAIA is a “breathtaking audio-visual exploration that will transform your view of life on earth” (AZ Weekly) with a “sound and visual environment that mesmerizes audiences” – (Hollywood Progressive)


“BELLA GAIA shows you how humans and nature are connected, and how art and science are connected. Itʼs an exploration of the relationship between human civilization and our ecosystem through time and space.”


  1. -Kenji Williams, BELLA GAIA Founder & Director


To order tickets online click on the link below: