Liza is a multi instrumentalist, composer and author whose work explores themes of consciousness, time and space. Working with her band Spiral Dial she combines intricate layers of woodwinds and vocals with science fiction to create imaginative soundscapes using a self built cyborg tenor recorder – the ‘robo-recorder’. She also performs with Paraorchestra.
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….her voice was truly unique, and when you added her 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 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. Through improvisation she relearnt how to play in order to bypass the glitches in her 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.
She 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’. She performed with the Animal Spirits on the European festival circuit from 2017-19. Currently she produces a monthly scifi podcast with live, improvised music with her band Spiral Dial.