About this Artist
Eliza Bagg is a Los Angeles-based experimental musician, working primarily as a vocalist in the field of contemporary classical music along with producing her own work. She has collaborated across genres with prominent experimental artists ranging from performing in Meredith Monk’s opera Atlas with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to touring regularly as a member of Roomful of Teeth, playing the role of Ape in Michael Gordon’s Acquanetta, singing chamber motets by John Zorn, or working collaboratively with Ted Hearne on his theatrical song cycle Dorothea. Her singing has been called “ethereal” by The New York Times and “gossamer” by The New Yorker.
Bagg has performed as a soloist in new music projects with major symphonies including the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony, and has performed at venues around the world from Walt Disney Hall and Carnegie Hall to the Kitchen and Iceland Airwaves. She has worked closely with and premiered music by composers such as David Lang, Ted Hearne, Caroline Shaw, Michael Gordon, Ellen Reid, Christopher Cerrone, John Zorn, Bill Britelle, and Angélica Negrón, among many others.
Called “otherworldly, warped” (Stereogum) and “billowing, crystalline” (Gorilla vs. Bear), Lisel is Bagg’s sweeping, ethereal avant-pop project. A “fractured, futurist form of pop” (WNYC), Lisel’s music is grounded in Bagg’s extensive career as a vocalist of Renaissance, Baroque and minimalist/post-minimalist singing styles, and Bagg has received particular recognition for her use of extended vocal techniques and unique vocal sound, which Pitchfork compared to “a lovelorn alien reaching out from the farthest reaches of the galaxy.”
Upcoming projects include a performance of collaboratively written semi-staged work for vocal trio at Wild Up’s Darkness Sounding series, several performances at Big Ears Festival including her own work as well as pieces by Ellen Reid and Ellis Ludwig-Leone, and performing a role in the opera Iphigenia by esperanza spalding and Wayne Shorter.