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Musician. Bassist. Improviser.
Pluck. Spank. Sparkle.
New York, USA
Lisa Dowling is a bassist and improviser living in New York. Her playing has been described as 'energetic and precise’ by the New York Times and ‘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 12 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 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, The New York Chamber Players, the Neauveau Classical Project and has recently given solo recitals at the Gershwin Hotel’s ‘Contagious Sounds Series’. 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 and The Tank. In 2008/2009 she studied with Francois Rabbath and is now an educator and promoter of his technique. In that same year she served as section Bassist with the Paris-based orchestras Les Siecles under Francois Xavier Roth and Opera Fuoco, under David Stern, performing on baroque and modern bass. 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 holds a Masters Degree in Contemporary Double bass Performance from Manhattan School of Music. She completed her undergraduate studies Stony Brook University where she was awarded a URECA grant for research into Double bass pedagogy. Lisa is also a professional DJ. She enjoys spinning funk, hiphop, r&b, jazz, soul and