Liza is a multi instrumentalist, composer and author whose work explores themes of consciousness, time and space. Working with their band Spiral Dial Liza combines intricate layers of woodwinds and vocals with science fiction to create imaginative soundscapes using a self built cyborg tenor recorder – the ‘robo-recorder’. They also perform with Paraorchestra. They are agender and use they or she pronouns.
The Guardian: ‘joyous….ecstatic, burbling flute improvisations‘
Loud & Quiet ‘gorgeous detail….Liza Bec’s fluttering clarinet flourishes….provide both height and depth’
TeamRock: ‘hugely talented…. their voice was truly unique, and when you added their abilities on the saxophone, keyboard and recorder to the mix throughout the set, you had a potent combination’
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 their concerto debut with the band of the Royal Marines at the same age. After studying Geology at the University of Oxford they 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 reflex epilepsy, triggered by playing certain patterns of notes. This inspired them to apply to medical school on King’s College’s Graduate Entry program and they qualified as a doctor in 2011. Alongside their studies they relearnt how to play through improvisation in order to bypass the glitches in their brain.
Liza was funded by Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund in 2018-10 to produce Innervate, a short story and AV installation about music triggered epilepsy featured at Guys Hospital.
Liza has also collaborated with electronic artist James Holden on ‘The Animal Spirits’ which was featured on BBC 6music as Album of the Day, co-writing and playing treble recorder on the track ‘Spinning Dance’. They performed with the Animal Spirits on the European festival circuit from 2017-19. Currently they produce a monthly scifi podcast with live, improvised music with their band Spiral Dial.