Liza Bec by David Ryder Prangley

Liza imagines stories and writes the music to bring them to life. Taking inspiration from the dark, unswept corners of slightly unhinged minds, she combines intricate layers of woodwinds and vocals with sprinkles of genres from folk and electroacoustic to rock and beyond. Her most recent EP and short story ‘Beyond the Blonde’ was released on limited edition vinyl in May 2018.

She is currently finishing work on Innervate,  a short story and AV installation about music triggered epilepsy, funded by Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund.

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 this 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.

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 weird and wonderful collaborations.



Alternative Multi Instrumentalist