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. Her 2018-2019 season includes Meredith Monk’s Atlas with the LA Philharmonic, 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 performs with her 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 will release their second album, Mystery Hour, on Bella Union in early 2019. She also writes, records, and performs a solo future-pop performance project as LISEL.
Bagg has performed with ensembles such as Roomful of Teeth, 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). 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, Duke Performances, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kitchen, the Guggenheim, Infinite Palette, Alice Tully Hall, Tanglewood, Iceland Airwaves, and the Ecstatic Music Festival.
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.