Briana Marela Lizárraga is a mixed race Peruvian American composer, vocalist, and performing artist. She was born in Seattle, WA  and later spent time in the Olympia, WA music scene where she first started performing and releasing music. After graduating from Mills College in 2020 with an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media, she has returned to a more experimental sound focus than her electronic pop commercial releases for independent label Jagjaguwar. She is known for her work with sampled instrumentation and synthesis performance with MaxMSP, using her voice as a focal point as well as an ambient texture in compositions. Her current interest is in using objects and the voice with gestural mapping in live performance and working with surface transducers to send her voice through varying metallic resonators. She is a Allied Arts Foundation Grant recipient as well as an AAUW Career Development Grant recipient. She has toured with artists such as Jenny Hval, Waxahatchee and Emel Mathlouthi and has toured across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe. She has played such festivals as Sasquatch, Decibel, and Green Man (UK). She has been interviewed by Vogue, Interview Magazine, and Billboard with reviews on Pitchfork for her most recent album releases. In 2018 she received a commission from Radiolab's More Perfect Podcast to write a song about the 4th amendment for their album celebrating the constitutional amendments. Her most recent accomplishment is having designed and built a custom Arduino body suit to use in her live electronic vocal performances that trains her movements and vocal gestures to a neural network for compositional parameter mapping.
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