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Liz Chi Yen Liew 柳琪妍

Musician / Composer

LIZ CHI YEN LIEW is a musician and composer. She studied the piano and violin at the junior Royal Academy of Music, gained A's in practical and theoretical Music A levels, won an organ scholarship, then graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours Music degree at City University in London whilst also completing her Licentiate of Guildhall School of Music performance diploma.

After her rigorous classical music training she ventured into the world of pop music and has since toured/performed/recorded with diverse artists including Moby, Gnarls Barkley, Goldfrapp, Nelly Furtado, Lamb, Asian Dub Foundation, KLF/Orb, Barry Adamson.

Together with her sister as ‘double violin assault specialists’ Chi2 she composes and performs a charismatic blend of 'east meets west' rhythms and melodies, blending Chinese instruments (liuqin, erhu, jinghu) with electric violins and beats. In Summer 2008 and Autumn 2009 they toured their exciting new show Monkey King – A Modern Beijing Opera - a brand new spin on the classic Chinese tale - in the UK and are planning more shows internationally.

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In April 2008 she co-wrote and performed a live soundtrack to classic Chinese film Song of the Fisherman to packed audiences at the Royal Opera House (Linbury Theatre) as Chi2 with Jiang Li and Kimho Ip, in a commission by Chinatown Arts Space.

In June 2008 Liz and composer/producer Tom E Morrison were commissioned by Greenwich and Docklands Festival to write a 40 minute soundtrack to multi-disciplinary spectacle Time is Like Water Flowing a poetic evocation of the four seasons. This show combined aerial acrobatics (by French group Les Passengers), with innovative multi-media effects (visuals duo 8gg) and epic Chinese landscape painting (Beijing visual artist Yan Huang) and culminated in seven performances at London’s O2 Arena.

She and Tom released an album featuring music from this show under the guise of LT Chi Sound System and are planning live shows.

Other writing credits include a co-write on Lamb's album Between Darkness and Wonder, music for Channel 4 documentary Birthday Girl and Chi2's music has been used on BBC Radio 4 documentary Chinese in Britain, BBC1 news segment, short films and art installations.

She has just been selected as one of the composers for New Music 20 x 12 working with Andy Leung and collaborating with Chinatown Arts Space, to compose and perform a piece for the London Olympics 2012 as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Says Liz “I’m really excited to be working with Andy and CAS on this Olympics commission. It’s an amazing opportunity and we’re planning to pull out all the stops for a ground-breaking composition and hopefully inspirational performances!

"It's a combination of musical pedigree and sisterly intuition that makes Chi2 so spectacular" – The Independent, London
"Keep an eye out for anything Chi2 do." - Taipei Times, Taiwan
"hotly-tipped live act" –Metro newspaper, London
"double violin assault specialists" – South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

Liz is based in London.

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Updated on 15 December, 2010


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