Lisa Dowling, Double Bass

When Sara asked me to be an active collaborator in this project I was immediately excited. I have wanted to participate with dancers for a while now and this seemed like the perfect setting to explore an array of relationships and emotions that ultimately occur when we are confronted with the naked human body. Pushing boundaries and exploring taboos has been a passion of mine and it has been a challenge for me to present this passion in conjunction with my music. Sara offered a safe environment of exploration and I thank her for that. I also thank Martha Cargo for her openness and uninhibited creativity during this process.

Lisa Dowling is a bassist and improviser living in New York. Her playing has been described as 'sublime and lovely' by Bruce Gallanter of the Downtown Music Gallery. Her debut CD 'The Invention Room' with Sitarist and electronic improviser Gian Luigi Diana, was praised as 'exotic' (DMG) and is distributed by the Downtown Music Gallery. As a versatile musician she performs a wide variety of music including baroque, experimental, classical, jazz and hip-hop. She considers improvising and collaborating with artists from all backgrounds essential to her development as a musician and human being. Her energetic and feisty commitment to new music and emerging composers has resulted in over 10 works for double bass written specifically for her. She has also premiered additional works from American and European composers. Her primary focus as a musician is to develop the sound world of the electric and upright bass and abolish any preconceived limitations of these instruments. She has appeared on stage with members of the Emerson Quartet, Colin Carr, Eduardo Leandro, Frank Morelli, Steven Tyler, Carolyn Sampson, Niia Bertoni, Bang on A Can, Argento New Music Project, Arcos Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with Tactus and The New York Chamber Players. She has performed at the Sydney Opera House, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Citi De La Musique in Paris and notable New York venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Alice Tully Hall, Galapagos Art Space, Symphony Space, Miller Theater, The Tank, The Local 269 and The Downtown Music Gallery. She is the founding member of the electro-acoustic duo Blurboxer, the multi-media ensemble, Massive Time Collective, and frequently gives solo recitals in and around New York. In 2008/2009 she studied with Francois Rabbath and is now an educator and promoter of his technique. In that same year she was the first and only bassist to be accepted into Paris Conservatoire's Historical Performance Master's Degree program, studying Viennese Violone and Baroque Bass with Richard Myron. She has participated in the Juene Atlantique festival (France) working with conductor Philippe Herreweghe and the Tafelmusik Baroque Institute in Toronto. In 2007 she was a sponsored artist at the Boston Early Music Festival performing on viola da gamba and double bass. In 2010 she was a fellow at the Bang on a Can summer institute at MassMoca, MA. Lisa is a graduate of Stony Brook University where she was awarded a URECA grant for research into double bass pedagogy. She will complete her Master's Degree in Contemporary Performance from The Manhattan School of Music in May 2011. A competent arranger, she recently performed her own transcriptions of Eric Dolphy's 'Out to Lunch' album and Bela Bartok's 'Mikrokosmos' with Bassoonist Annie Lyle. Solo arrangement's include John Cage's 'Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs' and 'A Flower'. The 2010/2011 season includes solo and chamber works by Giacinto Scelsi, Jacob Druckman, Jon Deak, Gerard Grisey, John Cage, Hans Werner Henze, Luciano Berio, Elliot Carter and Bright Sheng. Lisa is also a professional DJ. She enjoys spinning Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul, Funk and Afrobeat.

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