Liz Draper

Bass  | USA

Classically and jazz-trained versatile bassist Liz Draper has has performed, recorded and toured internationally with such groups as the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, Soul Asylum, Charlie Parr, The Cactus Blossoms, The Rose Ensemble, Ben Weaver, Orkestar Bez Ime, Davina and the Vagabonds, The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers and Dakota Dave Hull. A professional musician since age 16, Liz has performed in an astonishing array of musical genres and ensembles, from jazz and classical to folk, metal, improvisational, experimental, Balkan, and acoustic strings. She has led a similarly diverse range of projects, including Black Blondie, an all-female alternative R&B group that was featured on the same stage as Questlove and Amy Winehouse at Philadelphia’s Black Lilly Festival, the all-female “gyspy” band Carpscale Orkester, Up The Mountain Down The Mountain, an acoustic chamber doom folk metal project, and Chama Devora, a duo with fellow composer Crystal Myslayjek employing minimal soundscapes, textures, layers with voice, bass and keyboards/synths.

Liz holds a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with leading members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, and has studied at The School For Improvised Music in Brooklyn, New York. Liz is the Music Director and Executive Producer for Cantata Learning, specializing in song-based educational e-books, and has taught privately since 1998.