WEEKENDS WITH LISA DOWLING IN BOŠKINAC

Lisa Dowling is a multifaceted artist whose career has spanned multiple genres and platforms. A Double bassist, vocalist, DJ, improviser and songwriter, the integrity and passion she brings to the stage has garnered praise from around the globe: her double bass playing has been described as ‘energetic and precise’  by the New York Times, as a vocalist she has been hailed as ‘dynamic, diverse, powerful’ (New York Music Daily) and her compositions have been praised as ‘innovative, Bjork-like’ (New York Times).

An avid and dedicated chamber musician, improviser and music producer, she has been a go-to a collaborator of many New York chamber ensembles including the Argento New Music Project, the New York Chamber Players, the Nouveau Classical Project and the New York Improvisers Orchestra under the direction of Karl Berger. Recent highlights have included giving the premiere of David Lang’s ‘The Loser’ at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Bang on a Can Opera-Orchestra and providing musical direction and original score for the Patrician Noworol Dance Company’s performance of ‘Tremendous’ at the La MaMa Moves Dance Festival in New York.

Ms Dowling’s fearless exploration into contemporary classical music has produced commissions of new works for double bass quartet and solo double bass by American composers Tristan Perich and Robert Honstein. In 2011 she founded the new music trio Concert Black with flautist Domenica Fossati and Percussionist Owen Weaver. Dedicated to commissioning new works, improvisation and songwriting, the trio has performed and given workshops at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and the Wildshore Festival for New Music in Alaska and the Berkshire Fringe Festival, the Flea Theater’s Music With a View Series, The New Music Bake Sale, the Contagious Sounds Series and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus in New York.

Ms Dowling’s curiosity and thirst for musical exploration lead her to join Latin Grammy-winning ensemble Flor de Toloache as their guitarron player from 2015-2016.  They were featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk series and toured with Grammy-winning artist Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) across Europe and the United States.

Ms Dowling’s solo debut album was released in 2015 by Gold Bolus Recordings. Entitled Lullaby Apocalypse, under the moniker, kills to kisses, the album is a collection of electronica-pop art songs made with a loop pedal, her bass and her closest collaborators in New York City. The album has received much acclaim within the electronic and indie NYC music scene.

Ms Dowling has given workshops and masterclasses in songwriting, looping technology and extended double bass techniques at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska, Florida State University and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. She completed her B.A at Stony Brook University with Joseph Carver and her M.M in contemporary double bass performance at the Manhattan School of Music with Robert Black. She has completed additional training at the Conservatoire de Paris in historical performance practice and with renowned pedagogue Francois Rabbath. She has earned fellowships at Tafelmusik, Juene Atlantique (under conductor Philippe Herreweghe), the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and the OMI International Musicians Institute.

Ms Dowling has recently returned to Australia after living in New York for the past 16 years. She commenced her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy at the University of Melbourne in March 2019.

She is performing in Boškinac on weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) in July.