Liza Bec by Ben Hughes 2022

Liza is a composer and producer who creates imaginative and innovative music and podcasts. Always curious about how the world works, they love to use ideas from science and medicine when writing their stories. They have also built a customised tenor recorder – the ‘robo-recorder’- with integrated circuit board to control their live electroacoustic setup.

Introduced to music at an extremely early age, Liza achieved Grade Eight Distinction on the recorder at the age of 12 and made their concerto debut with the band of the Royal Marines at the same age. The first person in their family to attend university, they studied Geology at the University of Oxford. They then completed a Masters in classical Clarinet Performance at Trinity College of Music, London,  where they were awarded a Distinction and the Hambleton Clarinet Prize.

They had only been performing professionally for a short time when they were  diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy, triggered by playing certain patterns of notes.  Having worked extensively with Live Music Now! and Music in Hospitals, Liza was inspired to study medicine at King’s College London. They gained a place on the highly competitive Graduate Entry programme, qualifying as a doctor in 2011.

Alongside their medical studies they re-learnt how to play, focusing on improvisation in order to bypass the glitches in their brain. Solo EP and short story ‘Beyond the Blonde’ was released on limited edition vinyl in May 2018. Liza was funded by Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund in 2018-19 to produce Innervate, a short story and AV installation about their experience of music triggered epilepsy.

Liza collaborated with electronic artist James Holden on ‘The Animal Spirits’ (2017), co-writing ‘Spinning Dance’ and playing recorder, sax and clarinet on many subsequent European tour dates. They also work with Paraorchestra and more recently with Kuljit Bhamra, assisting with the recording of the soundtrack to global game sensation Genshin Impact v 3.0.

They are currently producing Spiral Dial, a monthly serial fiction podcast with live original music released on the last Friday of every month. They are available for creative collaborations and production work from Anarres Studio.

Liza Bec and the roborecorder at Anarres Studio by David Ryder Prangley, 2021