Lily Desmond is a story-telling musician. Currently residing in the New York Metropolitan Area, Desmond’s ongoing projects include her solo performances and recordings of original violin loop pedal compositions and art pop/rock songwriting, as well as her band Lily And The Goddamns. Her work can be heard on her 2018 release Growing Flowers, and on an upcoming album Desert. You can occasionally catch her busking at various locations in New York and Los Angeles.
Beginning her creative endeavors at an early age, Desmond combined her musical talents with her passion for the martial art Aikido by composing, performing and recording her first album titled Key (2012) for her senior high school project at 17 years old.
A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Presser Scholarship for Music (2016), Desmond studied music theory and history, voice, violin, composition, anthropology and writing. She broadened her performance vocabulary by studying Hindustani and Karnatic Raga, Irish fiddle, and jazz standards in various academic and independent collaborations. For her senior thesis, A Night of Lives, she assembled five different chamber groups to perform original arrangements of her orchestrated compositions. Since graduating, Desmond has performed on major productions such as The Cave: A Folk Opera and the podcast 36 Questions. She currently performs and tours with Sloppy Jane, Brian Falduto, Josh Gachette & His Pioneers, has performed with Ember & His Orchestra, and has been a featured solo performer at events hosted by The Soundshop. She continues to collaborate with artists Nadine S. Pearson, Maria Caputo, Melanie Rose-Thomas, Leah Ogawa, Aaron Lindenberg, The Standards, Nameless Dread, and Chamber Band.
Photos by David Kagan