Liza Carbé is bassist, guitarist, vocalist and composer based in Los Angeles. After years in the music industry, she finally has her first solo CD available: “Wait for the Spring”. The vocal music, forged in a modern yet timeless new age style, represents compositions as far back as “Songbird”, written when Liza was 19, to last year’s creative work “Wait for the Spring”, inspired by the passing of Liza’s mother.
Liza is perhaps best known as one of the co-founders of the internationally acclaimed, Billboard-charting latin-guitar-world-fusion group INCENDIO. Born to a family of artists and musicians, Liza sang in her first musical at the age of five. After moving to California from Connecticut (so that her Sicilian-born father, Nino Carbé, could return to work at the Disney Studio), she started studying guitar at the age of 9. During her first year of college, she was fortunate to have a professor who studied with cutting-edge composer and instrument creator Harry Partch. One of her first assignments was to combine her art welding skills with her musical knowledge and invent an instrument. Thus the Zil was born – a three-foot metal cone with 32 piano strings. Shortly thereafter she was asked to play her new Zil on the critically acclaimed new music CD “The Pillory” and later again on the “The Pillory/The Battle” written by Jasun Martz. She also performed in local clubs singing and playing guitar and working in churches as a soloist and section leader.
After graduating from Cal State Northridge with her degree in classical guitar and voice, she took off across the country, playing bass and singing with the now-classic metal group Vixen. One year later, she took another musical left turn, touring and recording with the R&B Christian artist and one-time lead singer of Santana, Leon Patillo. As she was always writing and recording with other composers and producers, she started applying her writing talents to her band Red Van Go, wherein she joined forces with longtime friend Larry Weber on guitar and Nicole Falzone on drums and vocals (Nicole presently plays with Liza in Incendio). The group was an eclectic rock/jazz combo that put out an independent CD and did two tours of Japan, during which they filmed a concert on the popular Tokyo Freak television show. Through 1992- 1993, she was honored to be selected to play with Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac – she was asked to play guitar and sing on his solo tour across the United States and Canada. Amongst the highlights of this tour were getting to play “Go Your Own Way” with Lindsey every night, playing Radio City Music Hall, and opening many dates for Tina Turner as part of her “farewell” stadium tour.
For the last twelve years, she has focused on working with her husband and partner, JP Durand. In 1997, they were hired by Paramount Music to compose cues for Entertainment Tonight, which were then used extensively on many other Paramount shows. Since then, they have written many different library CD’s for Sonoton/APM, Megatrax, Five Alarm Music and Frame Works. They have also written, produced, and performed on music for “Extreme Makeover”, “American Idol”, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, “Ellen”, the Flameworthy Country Music Awards, several independent films, and a host of other network shows as well as A&E (score to the “History of Mexico” miniseries) and Animal Planet (“Who Gets the Dog” and “Ultimate Zoo”, amongst others).
In 1999, Liza and J.P. started working with guitarist/composer Jim Stubblefield. Together they formed the latin guitar world fusion group INCENDIO. Their first 2 CD’s (released on PARAS Recordings) charted on Billboard, CMJ, and various other charts. To date, they have now released 7 CD’s and a DVD internationally (including two recent titles on New World Music), and tour around the United States and beyond for an average of 120 dates a year at festivals, theaters, clubs, and cultural centers. Their music is played on Pandora, Spotify, and radio stations around the world. Liza is a key contributor to the group, producing the CD’s, composing the tunes, and performing live on both bass and guitar. Liza’s life is a total immersion and music and the creative process. She is so pleased to finally be able to share her first true solo CD “Wait for the Spring”.
Liza Carbe on her Lindsey Buckingham years.
Lindsey is a music legend. So when I was asked to be a part of his solo album and tour I was beyond excited. What I learned during that time has proven to be far more instrumental than I could ever have imagined. I’m a better musician and music producer because of it. Thanks to Lindsey and our crew.