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Eliza Bagg

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. 

Recent performance highlights include Girl Angel in Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone (Renaissance Opera, 2022), Siren 2 in Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s The Night Falls (Peak Performances, 2023), vocalist for Yaz Lancaster’s video-opera Paper Tiger (Opera Philadelphia, 2023) performances at the 2022 and 2023 Big Ears Festival, Ape in Michael Gordon’s Acquanetta (Prototype Festival 2018, Bard Summerscape 2019), Iphigenia of the Sea in Iphigenia by esperanza spalding and Wayne Shorter (Cal Performances, 2022),and performances of Julia Wolfe’s Her Story with Lorelei Ensemble and the BSO, CSO, SF Symphony, and Nashville Symphony. Next season brings, among other performances, an extended collaboration with Ted Hearne and director Daniel Fish at the Komische Oper Berlin and a performance of Dorothea at Carnegie Hall.

Bagg has performed as a soloist in new music projects with major symphonies including the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony, including singing multiple solo works on an evening length concert with the the Los Angeles Philharmonic in April2022. She has performed at venues around the world from Carnegie Hall and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg to the Kitchen and Iceland Airwaves. She has worked closely with and premiered music by composers such as David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Ted Hearne, Caroline Shaw, Michael Gordon, Ellen Reid, Christopher Cerrone, John Zorn, and Angelica Negron, among many others. Bagg’s compositional work is grounded in the human voice mediated by technology, as she combines virtuosic singing with electronic processing, exploring the “valley between authenticity and artifice” (The Guardian).Dubbed an “electro-pop alien” (NPR), her recently critically acclaimed album Patterns For Auto-tuned Voices And Delay (Ba Da Bing Records, 2023)combines medieval and minimalist vocal styles and idioms with vocal effects, creating "gleaming electro-hymns" (Uncut) and re-contextualizing these musical languages in and the spiritual nature of layered, choral singing within a technological, futuristic sensibility.