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Lisa Dowling is the Program and Administrative Associate for Exploring the Metropolis (EtM). Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Lisa is a bassist, improviser, vocalist, composer and teaching artist working and living in the Bronx, NY. Her performances have been hailed as “energetic, precise” and “Bjork-like, innovative” by the New York Times, and her compositions have been described as “sublime and lovely” (Downtown Music Gallery) and “brusquely subtle or exquisitely dense” (Innana Naked).

In the capacity of curator and arts administrator, Lisa has worked at Spectrum, Muchmore’s and Dubspot DJ school.

Her trio, Concert Black, have been featured artists at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (AK), The Wildshore Festival for New Music (AK), Music With A View festival at the Flea Theater in New York, The Color Field Festival in Madison, WI and the Berkshire Fringe Festival.

Lisa’s debut album ‘lullaby apocalypse’ is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2015 with Gold Bolus Records. The album will feature a group of original electronic art pop songs for bass, voice, piano, synthesizer, electronics, flute, spoken word and percussion under her stage moniker, kills to kisses.

An active freelancer, Lisa can be seen performing with the Argento chamber ensemble, DJing at various clubs and venues (Sleep No More, the Dream Hotel), and playing the guitarron in New York’s first and only all-female Mariachi band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

Ms Dowling is deeply dedicated and grateful to the burgeoning new music scene in New York that has fostered her musical growth. In New York alone, she has contributed to movie scores (9 to 5), grass-roots events at warehouses (urban circus), dance pieces (RoseAnne Spradlin, A. O. Movement), fashion shows (Gretchen Jones) and appreciates that the diversity of this expression has a positive impact on the cultural life of her adopted city. As an educator she has been fortunate to work with the New York Philharmonic’s Young Composers Program, Florida State University, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and conduct workshops in remote primary schools across Alaska and Australia. She is a graduate of Stony Brook University (BA) and Manhattan School of Music (MM). She has also completed additional training at the Conservatoire de Paris (Historical Performance), the Victorian College of the Arts (Australia), The New School and with renowned French pedagogue, Francois Rabbath.