Eliza Bagg is a Los Angeles-based experimental musician. Along with her own work, she has collaborated with a number of prominent composers on projects ranging from avant-garde operas by Michael Gordon to motets by John Zorn. Recent projects include Meredith Monk’s Atlas with the LA Philharmonic, Michael Gordon’s opera Acquanetta at Bard Summerscape, new operas by David Lang and Bryce Dessner with Roomful of Teeth, soloing with the North Carolina Symphony and on the San Francisco Symphony’s Soundbox Series, a collaboration with Daniel Wohl for voice, electronics, and string quartet, and new works by Ben Frost and Julianna Barwick for a performance on the Liquid Music Series.
Bagg has been noted for her unique sound, which Pitchfork compared to "a lovelorn alien reaching out from the farthest reaches of the galaxy."
Bagg writes, produces, records, and performs a solo future-pop performance project as Lisel, whose music has been called “otherworldly, warped” (Stereogum) and “billowing, crystalline” (Gorilla vs. Bear). Lisel’s debut album, Angels on the Slope, was released July 26 on Luminelle Records, and Pitchfork commented on how it revels in "the joys of subtle dissonance, and the need to be unburdened by genre" by saying "the intrigue lies in the mechanics of the arrangements, and in Bagg’s ability to keep you on your toes, never allowing the apparent sheen of seriousness to become too comfortable."
She was also a member of the band Pavo Pavo for four years, whose music “sounds like it was beamed down from a glimmering utopian future” (Stereogum). Bagg also performs regularly with Roomful of Teeth and ModernMedieval trio.
Bagg has performed at venues around the world such as Walt Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, International Theater Amsterdam, Art Institute of Chicago, the Kitchen, the Guggenheim, Tanglewood, Iceland Airwaves, and the Ecstatic Music Festival.
She has sung with groups like Ban on a Can All-Stars, Trinity Wall Street, NOW Ensemble, TENET, Conspirare, and Victoire (among others). Recent work with electronic, pop, and indie-rock artists include Lorde, Tim Hecker, GABI, Olga Bell, Nick Zammuto, Helado Negro, Julianna Barwick, and San Fermin. Other recent performances include Michael Gordon's opera Acquanetta at the 2018 Prototype Festival, and appearances at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's musicNOW series, and Duke Performances.
Bagg graduated in 2012 with a BA in Music from Yale University. She was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina where she spent most of her time playing violin and studying modern dance.