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Liza Bec by David Ryder Prangley

Liza imagines stories and writes the music to bring them to life. Working with her band Spiral Dial, she combines intricate layers of woodwinds and vocals with sprinkles of genres from electro-folk to krautrock and beyond.

Originally a classical clarinettist and saxophonist who trained at Trinity College of Music, London, 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…. I cried buckets afterwards as I just couldn’t believe that I was back performing again.”

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 his latest release ‘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 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 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