bio

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copyright David Ryder Prangley 2016

Liza is an alternative singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and author with a distinctive and original sound.

New EP Beyond the Blonde fuses alt rock, folk and electronica with an original short story. It will be released on limited edition vinyl in January 2018 with launch show booked at the Half Moon, Putney.

Liza recently collaborated with electronic artist James Holden on his upcoming record, James Holden and the Animal Spirits, released October 2017, co writing the track ‘Spinning Dance’.  She will be performing with the Animal Spirits across Europe this winter- for dates check here! She also performs regularly across the UK with partner in crime and folk/country singer Will Purdue.

Previous recordings include work with The Memory Band on their album On The Chalk and her original rock band  Bordello Rose at venues including Kensington Roof Gardens, O2 Academy Islington and the Underworld.

Originally a classical clarinettist, her life was transformed when she was diagnosed in 2008 with a rare form of reflex epilepsy, triggered by playing certain patterns of notes. “I had to re-learn how to play”, Liza says. “I spent several years without playing a note. My first gig was with the Memory Band at the album launch (for ‘Oh My Days’)…. I cried buckets afterwards as I just couldn’t believe that I was back performing again.” Her first solo EP Where The Waves are Breaking  was a one day recording and video project inspired by a surf trip to Barbados in March 2016 and new EP Out of Control dropped in December 2016. Her song ‘Lay It Down’  for Bordello Rose was recently playlisted on Union Jack Radio.

Going back to the start, Liza started recorder and piano aged four and used to drive her parents crazy playing Lloyd Webber tunes in the car.  All that practice on long journeys paid off when she achieved Grade 8 Distinction aged 12 and made her concerto debut the same year at Portsmouth Guildhall with the Band of the Royal Marines.  It was probably the first time they’d accompanied Vivaldi played on the sopranino recorder. Along the way she picked up a few other instruments including the sax, flute, bassoon, violin and clarinet. She studied classical clarinet performance at Trinity College of Music with Fiona Cross, where she won the Hambleton Clarinet Prize.

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photo by Fairlight Studios 2016


Alternative Multi Instrumentalist