Founding Director, Lis Addison, is an award winning and internationally recognized Composer, Vocalist and Dancer. She encourages the practice of song and dance as transformational tools and supports individuals to activate their voices and bodies to do the sacred work they were designed for and create positive change in themselves and the world. She has composed music for ten albums and numerous soundtracks, has choreographed dozens of KiVo training videos and has led hundreds of Sessions in Sound Healing and The Akashic Records. As a Teacher, Mentor and Healer, Addison has led groups, gatherings and community circles at home and abroad, including Mexico, Tanzania, England, Mallorca, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Mexico and New York and locally at The Globe Institute for Sound and Consciousness and the Conference for Science and Non-Duality in San Francisco. She also teaches and sees clients on the phone, Skype and Webinar.
When not recording or leading KiVo circles, Lis travels throughout the world participating in and convening dance and song circles in Africa, Europe and the US and she has conducted research in ethnomusicology and the social life of music and dance at Stanford University. She was recently invited to teach electronic music at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, on a Fulbright Scholarship.
As an artist, Addison composes and records music in her Singing Tree Studio and has won awards from the Pacific Composer's Forum, Meet the Composer (NEA), The Global Music Awards and her CD The Grace of the Green Leaf won Best Vocal Album at the Zone Music Reporter Awards. Her last three releases have been in the top 10 of the International Charts. Lis is a member of American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS). She holds a BA in music composition and an MFA in electronic music from Mills College. Her music can be heard on conventional and Internet radio from Alaska to Zimbabwe. She has received favorable reviews in Africa, Canada, Holland, India, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Spain and the UK as well as the LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle among others. Lis has performed music at the DeYoung Museum, New Langton Arts, Via Montalvo, the Marin Arts Festival, the Fenix and with Pablo Cruise and other rock, reggae, jazz and world music ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Hawaii, Los Angeles and New York.
Her non-profit The Singing Tree Institute serves to reforest our world and empower women and children in East Africa that share their dance-songs with her. She and her husband have two University age children and live in Marin County. For more information, go to lisaddison.com.