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Liz was born in the suburbs of North London to Singaporean/Malaysian parents. She learnt the piano and violin from an early age, gained a Bachelor of Science in music at City University and gained her Licentiate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama (LGSM) with honours. Extensive gigging led her to perform, tour and record with a wide range of artists including Moby, Gnarls Barkley, Goldfrapp, Nelly Furtado, Lamb, Asian Dub Foundation, KLF/Orb and Barry Adamson.

In the late 1990s she formed a band with her sister Sarah called Chi2, a charismatic blend of ‘east meets west’ rhythms and melodies. Chi2 blends Chinese instruments with electric violins and beats, performing at festivals and gigs up and down the UK. Inspired by their tour of South East Asia they wrote Monkey King – A Modern Beijing Opera – with producer Tom E Morrison. The opera was performed throughout the UK in 2008 (as part of the CHINA NOW season) and 2009 with the support of Arts Council England; a CD was released to accompany the show, featuring special guest Kuljit Bhamra on tabla and Indian percussion.

Her unique blend of Chinese instruments with electronics has led to commissions including Time is Like Water Flowing a soundtrack to multi-disciplinary spectacle commissioned by Greenwich and Docklands Festival. This was a collaboration with Tom E Morrison in 2008, culminating in seven shows at London’s O2 Arena. This poetic evocation of the four seasons 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). 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 a commission by Chinatown Arts Space to perform and co-write a live soundtrack to classic Chinese film  Song of the Fisherman which premiered at the Royal Opera House (Linbury Theatre). Chi2′s music has been used on BBC Radio 4 and BBC TV news, in short films and art installations.
 
Liz is currently working on a dance/music piece called 'Snapshots' which will be written for solo piano, violin, guzheng (chinese zither) and xiao (chinese flute).