Elizabeth Nott didn't quite foresee a career in music until she went on to live in London in 1999.
Back home in Venezuela, where she grew up, Elizabeth took music and piano lessons from a young age,
and classical guitar in her teens; she was also pretty good at the 'cuatro' and recorder.
However, she was mostly interested in reading about the mysteries of life and in drawing...
After three years studying Modern Languages at university
Elizabeth left her studies to travel to England and 'see what happened'.
During a short course in percussion and composition at Morley College in 2001,
Elizabeth re-connected with her passion for music and enrolled in a full-time foundation course in music there.
Discovering Ethnomusicology that year, she pursued that degree at SOAS (2003-2006)
where she focused on Middle Eastern music and percussion.
Her first mentor was Ahmed Mukthar on darbuka, then Ibrahim Al-miniawi and Tim Garside.
Elizabeth learnt to play riqq, bendir and daf mainly on her own and then developed it more
through various workshops with Rowan Storm, Andrea Piccioni, Yshai Afterman, Glen Velez...
Since graduating in 2006 Elizabeth has been working as session musician, teacher, events organiser ,
and has performed with various artists and at various events including:
Ahmed Mukhtar (Oud player and composer), Maya Youssef (Qanun player and composer),
Baque Luar (Afro-Brazilian), Amira Kheir (Singer and composer), Tatcho Drom (Balkan music),
Fear of The Forest (Folk/Medieval/Middle Eastern music), Charles Ketcham (pianist and conductor),
Khyam Allami, Nadine Khouri, KARAMA, Olcay Bayir, Opaz, and with
Choreographer and dancer Florencia Guerberof (For 'Mi Patria Son Mis Zapatos’) amongst others;
at BBC Radio 3, 1 and 6, Royal Shakespeare Company, Linbury Theatre
(Royal Opera House for 'Golden Journey'),
WOMAD, Cully Jazz Festival, Camden Fringe Festival, Busker Street fest in Switzerland...
Elizabeth's interest in music teaching draw her close to Dalcroze Eurythmics
which she studied in London for two years. She has also been interested in the South Indian
rhythmical vocalizations "Sulkatu" as a way to developing and understanding rhythm more.
These two methods together with Elizabeth's interest in body percussion,
take an integral part in her music teaching at schools and in workshops she organises every year.
Another addition to her music facilitation practice is the Community Drum Circle Facilitation,
which she does for kids and adults. She participated in a 3 day facilitation course in 2022 and a 6 day certification facilitation course in October 2023 with Village Music Circles Global in Scotland.
Drum Circles are an opportunity for people of all kinds of background and ages (mainly 5+ )
- engage in the making of music together in a safe and non-judgemental environment
- building positive inner (with ourselves) and outer (with others) connections
- developing coordination, listening, musicality, self convince, creative skills and more.
Elizabeth is also interested in the healing aspects of sound and energy and since 2017 has embarked in studies in reiki and Sound Healing. Today she is a TRAUMA INFORMED Reiki Master and Sound Healing practitioner.
For her promotions and workshops see 'Nottas Productions' page.
An for her DJ adventures go to her MixCloud link below.