liza garza
Gig Seeker Pro

liza garza

| SELF

| SELF
Band Spoken Word Latin

Calendar

This band hasn't logged any future gigs

This band hasn't logged any past gigs

Music

Press


"Liza Garza: Rare Soul"

Have you ever met a person
who changes your life?
Whose presence makes you
question your very purpose making
you truly examine yourself and alter
aspects of your existence? Have you ever
met a person whose natural beauty exudes
from their petit frame and whose passion
emanates during moments of silence? I have.
She has been described as "a rare soul who
possesses the uncommon ability to keep
listeners captivated while provoking social
change and action in the community. Her words
simultaneously whisper power and strength; peace
and grace."
Three days before finding out that spoken-word songbird
Liza Garza was in town, I was absent-mindedly
re-arranging my top friends list on my Myspace page and
decided to add Liza's profile. Maybe that was a coincidence
or maybe it was Allah preparing me for the bonds of
sister-ship that were about to be built. I prefer the
latter. I decided to meet up with this multi-
talented Latna Muslima who has graced
TV screens on Russell Simmons Def
Poetry and remarkably performed
alongside Stevie Wonder and
Roberta Flack at the Rainbow/
PUSH Coalition's national march.
We met up in Baker Street.
She arrived with her hair
wrapped beautifully and a
shawl covering her modesty
over a traditional Mexican
dress… she looked fly! We
walked to Regents Park
mosque and she couldn't
resist the urge to smell
ave you ever met a person
who changes your life?
Whose presence makes you
question your very purpose making
you truly examine yourself and alter
aspects of your existence? Have you ever
met a person whose natural beauty exudes
from their petit frame and whose passion
emanates during moments of silence? I have.
She has been described as "a rare soul who
possesses the uncommon ability to keep
listeners captivated while provoking social
change and action in the community. Her words
simultaneously whisper power and strength; peace
and grace."
Three days before finding out that spoken-word songbird
Liza Garza was in town, I was absent-mindedly
re-arranging my top friends list on my Myspace page and
decided to add Liza's profile. Maybe that was a coincidence
or maybe it was Allah preparing me for the bonds of
sister-ship that were about to be built. I prefer the
latter. I decided to meet up with this multi-
talented Latna Muslima who has graced
TV screens on Russell Simmons Def
Poetry and remarkably performed
alongside Stevie Wonder and
Roberta Flack at the Rainbow/
PUSH Coalition's national march.
We met up in Baker Street.
She arrived with her hair
wrapped beautifully and a
shawl covering her modesty
over a traditional Mexican
dress… she looked fly! We
walked to Regents Park
mosque and she couldn't
resist the urge to smell
flowers along the way telling me, with the passion of a child
how she ended up in London...

FULL ARTICLE AT:

WWW.THEPLATFORMAG.COM - Platform Magazine


"Liza Garza: Performance Activism"

“A non-traditional student? What is that?” laughs Liza Garza. “My whole life is non-traditional.”

Liza is the single mother of two young boys who bring her boundless joy, yet has experienced more pain and loss in her 27 years than most do in a lifetime. She is a UM-Flint Maize & Blue award recipient. She is relentless. She is a mother. She is a leader. She is an artist. Liza Garza is UM-Flint.

After receiving an associates degree in graphic design from Baker College, Liza was preparing to move to Texas. Then something prompted her to visit UM-Flint – something the Flint native had never done. She spoke to an admissions counselor who, “wanted to hear my story, not give me a sales pitch. She, and the university, made a wonderful first impression.”

That year, UM-Flint offered the Mott Educational Opportunities Initiative scholarship. Liza applied and got it. “It was a full ride. It included daycare, a stipend for books, everything. I was so thrilled. Everything fell into place.”

Aimi Moss, Liza’s academic advisor, described to her the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies requirements – whereby, Liza could create her own degree, her own major. “You have to submit the rationale for it, the courses you will take in order to earn the degree, have it endorsed by four faculty members, and come up with a title. My degree will be in performance activism – using performance art to spur and initiate new thought and new action, thus creating change. This is not art for art’s sake.

The departments she pulled from were: Communication, for the technical, tactical public speaking instruction and etiquette; Theatre, for how to use your body, the space around your body and your presence to be commanding; Africana Studies, because Liza believes all people should know more about themselves and their history; English, to work on the craft of writing and expose herself to the great poets and writers; Education, for classes on folklore and storytelling; and so many other courses – all with real, valid and applicable knowledge.

Someday, after her career as a performance activist Liza would like to become a college professor, teaching performance activism.
- University of Michigan-Flint


"Starting on a High Note"

Last Friday night, the Black Lily Film and Musical Festival's Opening Concert stayed good from the second it started. The evening was hosted by Ryva, of Decibel Live, and just as Decibel Live lets no one stay on stage at Mill Creek's First Tuesday event if they're not performing well, or have gone over their time limit, she kept the pace moving and the crowd energized and entertained all night. The evening was filled with performances by artists who've been in the area and performing through Black Lily for years, and others who were in the country for the first time ever.

Highlights of the evening included, of course, the Jazzyfatnastees, as without them, there would be no Black Lily. I'd be lying if I said the crowd rallied to sing, dance, and generally get close to the stage more for any other artist than they did when the Jazzyfatnastees came on. Slanty Eyed Mama, a group who describes themselves as "David Byrne meets Timbaland meets Laurie Anderson meets Missy Elliot meets the Velvet Underground. Badassed political hip hop. Alternative flow. Crazy asianatrixes gone wild," performed a few songs earlier in the evening. Their material deals with their experiences as Asian women in America, dealing with the variety of stereotypes the public places upon them, and their own reactions to such twisted expectations.

My favorite performer discovery of the evening, Liza Garza, who recently released her self-produced first album, performed a set that felt shorter than it should have been, because her songs were just that good and that moving. At the beginning of her set, she played "My Everything," a song that starts out with the words "They said we would become victims to the streets/as if the concrete could creep up and catch us/in the midst of walking/catch up and grab up/cock back and slap up/and we believed them," and from that point on, I was hooked to every word and note that came through the sound system.

- Phillyist.com


Discography

Frequent Flyer Music Series 2010-2011
Frequent Flyer Music Series 2009
Bloombeautiful EP 2006
You Never Knew Until I Wrote (poetry series) 2005

APPEARS ON:

Taking it to the Streets Compilation 2010
Change of Atmosphere Dela 2008
Like a Thief in the Night Amir Sulaiman LP 2007
Take the Land Back Compilation 2007 featuring The Last Poets, Jessica Care Moore, Amir Sulaiman

Photos

Bio

Emmy Award-nominated Liza Garza is a rare soul. An HBO Def poet and vocalist, Liza, possesses the uncommon ability to keep listeners captivated while provoking social change and action in the community.

You Never Knew Until I Spoke, her first book of poetry, was published in 2005 followed by the release of her debut album ‘BloomBeautiful’ in October 2006. Currently Liza is in the process of recording her sophomore project with an expected 2012 release date.

Gracefully infused with the spirit of hip-hop and a tapestry of poems and ballads reminiscent of Mexican folk tunes, 'BloomBeautiful' brilliantly displays Liza's diversity through song and spoken word. Liza has shared the stage with several respected musicians and luminaries including Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Amir Sulaiman, and Jill Scott and was a featured poet on HBO's ‘Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry’.

Possessing a degree in Performance Activism from the University of Michigan, Liza spends the balance of her time speaking on topics related to women, hip-hop and culture at colleges, universities and conferences.

With perfomances that include The Lincoln Center, The Apollo, the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, and numerous stages world wide, diverse people are finding a home in her voice

CONTRIBUTIONS:

Roots Fest 2011
RedRock Women's Music Festival 2011
Lincoln Center 2010
National Association of Latino Arts and Culture 2010
Taking it to the Streets Festival 2010
The Center for Spiritual Awareness 2010
The Apollo 2009
National Performance Network 2009
Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2009
Innercity Muslim Action Network 2009 Feature Performer
Islamic Society of North America 2007 Feature Performer/Panelist
Black Lily Film and Music Festival 2007
HBO Def Poetry 2007
National Conference On Race and Ethnicity Presenter 2006
International HipHop Festival 2006
Spoken hosted by Jessica Care Moore 2005
Notre Dame
Columbia University
University of Michigan
Michigan State
Carleton College
Texas Lutheran University
University of San Diego

RECOGNITIONS:
Emmy Nomination for “I am U of M” commercial, 2006
Flint Area Advertising Federation Spoken Word Award, 2006
Maize and Blue Award, University of Michigan Flint, 2005
Margaret Dow Towsley Scholar, University of Michigan Flint, 2005
Mott Educational Opportunity Initiative Scholar, University of Michigan, 2003-2005
Minority in Higher Education Award, 2001-2005