lisa alvarado (b. 1982 san antonio, tx) is a visual artist and harmonium player living in chicago. she is a member of joshua abrams’ natural information society -playing harmonium + gong and backdropping their musical performances with her large-scale, scroll-like banner paintings.
alvarado has performed in festivals and cultural institutions including: festival international de musique actuelle de victoriaville; eastern daze festival, ghent, belgium; sant’anna arressi jazz festival, sardinia, italy; guelph international jazz festival; adventures in modern music festival; suoni per il popolo festival, montreal; pritzker pavilion, chicago; issue project room, new york; cafe oto, london; estrada, poznan; jazzhouse, copenhagen; narodni dom, maribor. she has also performed with theaster gates’ black monks of mississippi in: the black monastic, serralves museum of contemporary art, porto, portugal; documenta 13, kassel, germany and the harvard graduate school of design.
alvarado’s recent exhibitions include: the freedom principle: experiments in art and music, 1965 to now, museum of contemporary art chicago + ica philadelphia; imaginary landscapes, mana contemporary and szalon, reva and david logan center gallery, university of chicago.