About Dark Beauty
The Band Biography
Dark Beauty mixes elements of contemporary hard rock, classic progressive rock and opera to tell the dark, rich stories that burst forth from lead singer Liz Tapia’s mind. The band was formed to record a three-album cycle telling the tale of the character of The Dark Angel, her fall from grace and hopeful redemption.
Liz takes on the role of The Dark Angel while performing, and the character changes from meek to powerful as the story progresses. While she’s passionate about the music, Liz says “it’s really all about the story. I want to pull the audience into The Dark Angel’s world.”
Dark Beauty made its live debut at Progstock, a three-day festival in Rahway, NJ in 2018. While the band fits comfortably within the progressive rock world, elements of pop, dance, opera and heavy classic rock are all part of the mix. The songs are complex and rich, yet a focus on memorable melodies, story-based lyrics, and lean instrumental sections allow Dark Beauty’s music to appeal to a wide variety of listeners.
For more information please contact Bryan Zeigler at Info@DarkBeautyMusic.com, or Liz Tapia on Facebook or Instagram at DarkBeautyMusic.
Liz Tapia is a lyric mezzo-soprano, whose smooth, warm, versatile voice adds multiple textures to the epic music she writes and performs. She draws influence from Anne Wilson, Linda Ronstadt and Inva Mula. Liz’s background in acting, production and musical theater all affect the musical scope and cinematic feel of her work.
Bryan Zeigler is a founding member of Dark Beauty as lead guitarist and co-writer. He has been playing guitar for thirty years in mostly progressive, sometimes humorous, usually original bands. His guitar influences include David Gilmour, Ty Tabor and Steven Wilson, and he currently sings and plays guitar for prog-punk satirists Jaded Babies.
Katie Pachnos is a classically trained keyboardist and electric harpist who has toured with progressive metal bands Fates Warning and Infinite Spectrum and performs as a guest instrumentalist for NYC-based prog and metal acts. When she is not playing live, she can be found creating split-screen electric harp covers of songs in the prog and symphonic metal genres.
Drummer and percussionist Dan Granda performs regularly with several NY/NJ based orchestras. He has also performed with the NJ Symphony Orchestra, the NJ State Opera Orchestra and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. He can also frequently be found playing for regional theatre productions throughout the US.