with Booker Stardrum
Lisel + Booker Stardrum is the collaborative duo of classical and experimental vocalist/producer Lisel (Eliza Bagg) and electronic musician/percussionist Booker Stardrum. The project brings together Stardrum’s textural, polyrhythmic production with the sweeping, ethereal world of Lisel’s “fractured, futurist form of pop” (WNYC) and resulted in the collaborative album, Mycelial Echo.
Lisel’s manipulated vocals are combined with Stardrum’s complex sequences and organic percussion to create a sensorial experience of our relationship to the natural world that meditates on the burden of bringing about the imminent environmental breakdown. The music is centered in organic sounds and images of nature, with the idea that our impact as humans is felt as an echo in the ecological memory of the earth and its flora.
Lisel’s musical practice is grounded in her extensive career as a vocalist of Renaissance, Baroque and minimalist/post-minimalist singing styles, as she “disintegrates her voice into a euphoric, Auto-Tuned goo, emerging from the other side of the abyss an electro-pop alien” (NPR). Lisel also sings in two other Big Ears concerts, with Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK Ensemble and Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s False We Hope.
Stardrum is a performer-composer whose compositions are sculptural, carved from the dense layering of instruments, a focus on pan-tonality and an intuitive approach to rhythm. His music is a highly personal amalgamation of electro-acoustics, minimalism, ambient, jazz, and contemporary experimental electronic music that The Wire said “further solidifies Stardrum’s position as one of America’s most intriguing composers.”