BIOGRAPHY

Photo by Mark Kwiatek

Photo by Mark Kwiatek


Eliza Bagg is a Brooklyn-based musician. Along with creating original material, she has worked with a number of prominent and emerging composers including John Zorn, Michael Gordon, Caroline Shaw, Judd Greenstein, Chris Cerrone, Daniel Wohl, Bill Britelle, Missy Mazzoli, and Emily Hall, among others. Recent and upcoming performances include Michael Gordon's opera Acquanetta at the 2018 Prototype Festival, Amy Beth Kirsten's chamber work Savior with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's musicNOW series, various chamber works of John Zorn, and appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kitchen, the Guggenheim, Infinite Palette, Alice Tully Hall, Tanglewood, Iceland Airwaves, and the Ecstatic Music Festival. 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 sings regularly with Roomful of Teeth, and tours significantly with them across the United States. In addition, Bagg creatively leads and performs with her experimental pop band Pavo Pavo, whose music “sounds like it was beamed down from a glimmering utopian future” (Stereogum). Critically acclaimed for its "washed-out playfulness and wistful exuberance" (The Guardian), Pavo Pavo's debut album, Young Narrator in the Breakers, was released on Bella Union in 2016. The band has toured significantly behind its release in Europe and the US. 

Bagg has performed with ensembles such as the Bang on a Can All-Stars, HOWL, A Far Cry, Lorelei Ensemble, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, NOW Ensemble, TENET, Conspirare, and Victoire (among others). She has cultivated close relationships within a community of composers and instrumentalists, and premiered four song cycles written specifically for her within the first six months of 2017. Recent and upcoming collaborations with electronic, pop, and indie-rock artists include Lorde, Tim Hecker, Olga Bell, Nick Zammuto, Helado Negro, Julianna Barwick, and San Fermin. 

Also a performer of Baroque and Renaissance music, Bagg recently appeared with the St. Andrew Chorale and Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Bach's St. John Passion and as a soloist at the Bach Berkshire Society. She has held featured roles in operas at the Bard Music Festival, the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and the Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop. 

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. 

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Eliza with Pavo Pavo

Eliza with Pavo Pavo