A native of Portland, Oregon, Hilary Downes knows how to ‘just put a bird on it.’ She got her start in entertainment in front lawn dance performances, piano recitals, and an ill-fated contest for the part of Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes” in high school.
Hilary co-wrote and recorded three albums with once-stalwarts of the Brooklyn music scene, The Snow -- with whom she performed throughout New York City between 2006-2012. The Snow also made appearances in Scandinavia, Russia and Los Angeles.
Her solo project, Secrets of Birds, released a record in January 2017 - available digitally and on vinyl. Hilary has been inspired by and enjoyed longstanding collaboration and friendship with both C.Gibbs and Bad Reputation, as well as the pleasure of regular appearances with Milkman and Sons on Sundays between 5:30-7p in Brooklyn. Hilary also assembles, produces and leads event-specific musical ensembles for weddings, synchronized swimming performances, parties, fundraisers and other events.
Hilary has also brought music to less traditional venues, including the New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope -- where she collaborated with other musicians to bring chamber concerts to patients. She was also a member of and participant in The Bushwick Book Club, in which musicians read and respond to books by writing and performing original new songs.
Her interest in the messy and transcendent work of being human informs all Hilary's pursuits. She employs her insight in this area in her work as a freelance consultant, producer and head of production for branding and production companies. In addition to her work in media production, Hilary is also a Licensed Master of Social Work -- acting as consultant, coach and therapist to artists, business owners, and others interested in multi-dimensional personal development.
Hilary is a writer, world traveler, linguist, and trained martial artist – and a continuing practitioner of yoga, dance, and various other esoteric disciplines. She believes in rainbows, black holes, and endless evolution.
Photo by Naomi White 2016