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Liza Bec by David Ryder Prangley 2021

Liza is a multi instrumentalist, composer and author whose work explores themes of consciousness, time and space. Working in collaboration with her band Spiral Dial she combines intricate layers of woodwinds and vocals with ideas drawn from science and medicine to create imaginative and innovative soundscapes and stories.

Introduced to both science and music at an extremely early age, Liza achieved Grade Eight Distinction on the recorder at the age of 12 and made her concerto debut with the band of the Royal Marines at the same age. After studying Geology at the University of Oxford she completed a Masters in classical Clarinet Performance at Trinity College of Music, London,  where she was awarded a Distinction and the Hambleton Clarinet Prize.

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

Alongside her medical studies she re-learnt how to play, focusing on improvisation in order to bypass the glitches in her brain. Her first professional performances after her diagnosis were with The Memory Band. After releasing an album with original rock band Bordello Rose she received positive reviews in Prog! and Team Rock magazines.

She then 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. 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 music triggered epilepsy. She uses her scientific and medical training to inform and inspire her creative practice. She is currently producing Spiral Dial, a monthly serial sci-fi story and soundscape released on the last Friday of every month.

Liza plays on a Syos saxophone mouthpiece. She has also built a customised tenor recorder – the ‘robo-recorder’- with integrated circuit board to control her live electroacoustic setup on Max for Live. She is available for session work and for interesting collaborations.

Instruments:

Recorders: sopranino, descant, treble, tenor; robo recorder

Clarinets: Eb, Bb, A, Bass

Saxophones: Sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor

Flute

Keyboards

Vocals: mezzo soprano

Excellent sight reading skills

Production: Ableton Live, basic Max for Live. Anarres Studio is available for home recording sessions.

Multi Instrumentalist, Composer and Author