Innervate tells the story of what happens when a musician’s brain goes very wrong. Written by multi instrumentalist Liza Bec, who lives with music triggered epilepsy, this immersive audiovisual show is set in a dystopian future where minds are commodities to be traded and disposed of at will.
Using a customized robotic tenor recorder, live percussion and synthesizer, Liza and her band Spiral Dial will create a hypnotic and mesmerizing improvised electroacoustic soundscape. The story will be narrated by David Ryder Prangley (Rachel Stamp) and will be accompanied by stunning abstract visuals.
Liza previously performed with James Holden and the Animal Spirits. She has collaborated with Leafcutter John on the design of her robo-recorder. The creation of Innervate was funded by Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund.
With visual design from Dan Tombs (Blanck Mass, Jon Hopkins) and Catalina Velasquez Gonzalez.
There will be a collection for Epilepsy Action at the end of each performance.Book Now
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 live electronics in atmospheric soundscapes.
Most recently she has created Innervate, a short story and audiovisual 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 in collaboration with Leafcutter John to control her live electroacoustic setup on Max for Live.
She is currently working on a new series of short stories with accompanying improvised electroacoustic soundtracks which will be released monthly in 2020.Book Now
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Praise for previous work
The Guardian **** ‘joyous... .ecstatic, burbling flute improvisations’
TeamRock ***** ‘hugely talented’
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