Lisa E. Harris, Li, is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, creative soprano, performer/composer, improviser, writer, singer/songwriter, researcher, educator and cultural producer from Houston, Texas. Harris' course Sound, Mind and Body: Achieving Spiritual Harmony in an Out of Tune World, is a new cross-disciplinary addition to Harvard University's Department of Music. Harris is currently an Artist in Residence at Harvard Artlab. She is the recipient of the 2021 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Dorothea Tanning Award in Music/Sound, a 2022 Brown Foundation Inaugural Houston Affiliate Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, and a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts.
Harris is the founder and creative director of Studio Enertia, an arts collective and production company in Houston Texas. Studio Enertia is the producer of Harris’s recently completed ten year durational work, “Cry of the Third Eye, a new opera film in Three Acts” that archives the effects of development and the displacing of people and culture on her Houston neighborhood. In 2018, she created and curated Houston’s inaugural Free Time Flow Festival at MacGregor Park, celebrating the intersections of basketball, electro-acoustic music and improvisational performance. Harris is responsible for instating and curating Pauline Oliveros Day at Discovery Green Houston. In January of 2023, Harris joins renowned flautist Claire Chase in a special performance at Carnegie Hall, Pauline at 90, celebrating the legacy of the great humanitarian and composer, and also native Houstonian, Pauline Oliveros.
Harris' albums include EarthSeed (FPE Records, 2021), co-composed with flautist Nicole M. Mitchell and inspired by the writings of Octavia Butler. Her solo album release Life and That is available on digital platforms (Studio Enertia, 2021).