Lior is one of Australia’s most successful singer-songwriters, renowned for his beautiful voice and songs that radiate truth and sincerity. Lior burst on to the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album – ‘Autumn Flow’. Recorded and released entirely independently, and spearheaded by the much loved and timeless opening track ‘This Old Love’. Subsequent singles ‘Daniel’ and the title track ‘Autumn Flow’ both secured high rotation airplay via the national broadcaster Triple J, and further cemented this album into the hearts of the Australian public.
The album was released at a time when independently funded and released records were still a rarity, Lior being one of only a handful of artists paving the way for a model that is now deemed common place. Thankfully, the faith and belief in the music paid off with the album becoming one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian music history. A swag of accolades followed, including three Aria nominations (including Best Male Artist), as well as Triple J’s prestigious ‘J Award’ nomination for Album of the Year.
Lior’s sophomore album – ‘Corner of an Endless Road’ – released in 2008, followed on where ‘Autumn Flow’ left and was a huge success, debuting at #2 on the Australian Albums chart and topping the Independent charts for several weeks. The album gave a greater indication of Lior’s rich cultural background with a number of tracks featuring Middle Eastern influences. Lior picked up another 2 ARIA nominations including Best Independent Release. The release was followed by a string of sold out national tours, including the hugely successful ‘Shadows and Light’ tour – a stunning collaboration with live performance shadow artistry built specifically to Lior’s music. The tour showcased at the Sydney Opera House to wide critical acclaim and went on to perform a season at The Sydney Theatre Company.
In September 2010, Lior released his third studio album ‘Tumbling into the Dawn’. The album cemented his long time collaboration with Grammy Award winning producer Francois Tetaz whom Lior had worked with on his two previous albums. Lior’s most recent album – ‘Scattered Reflections’ was released in 2014 and was entirely crowd funded. The album traverses broader territory and showcases Lior’s fertile musical palate. The album secures Lior’s place as a master craftsman in the art of songwriting, and is the greatest exponent to date of his trademark voice. The track ‘Learn to Live’ off the album is the featured song in Robert Connolly’s hugely successful film ‘Paper Planes’.
Lior has toured extensively both in Australia and internationally and has been a regular performer at WOMAD and art festivals around the world, including an entire season at the Edinburgh Festival. Alongside his own tours, Lior has also toured in collaboration with artists such as Melbourne vocal group ‘Invenio’ headed by Gian Slater, as well as several visual artists, string quartets and full orchestras nationally.
In 2013, Lior collaborated with renowned composer Nigel Westlake in writing a song cycle for voice and orchestra titled ‘Compassion’ consisting of original melodies and orchestration set to ancient Hebrew and Arabic texts centred on the idea of compassion. Commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the work was premiered by Lior along with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House in late 2013 and subsequently went on to tour nationally with all the major state orchestras, including a performance at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in early 2014. Furthermore, the first half of these orchestral shows featured a collection of Lior’s songs from across his own album catalogue, with new orchestral arrangements and interpretations performed by Lior with the respective state orchestras.
A recording of ‘Compassion’ was released in 2014 and went to #1 on both the Classical as well as Classical / Crossover charts. Lior and Nigel went on to win the ARIA for “Best Classical Album” in 2014. In 2016, Lior premiered ‘Compassion’ in the US with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, performing over two nights at the Long Center, Austin Texas. The work was received with standing ovations and rave reviews – http://theartoftheconductor.com/news/4944-2/ Lior also won the Austin Table Critics’ Award for ‘Best Symphonic Performance of 2015-16 alongside the Austin Symphony for this performance.
‘Autumn Flow’ signalled the arrival of one of Australia’s most respected and loved singer/songwriters, showcasing an artist that has gone on to create a varied and diverse musical legacy. Alongside his highly acclaimed albums and live projects, Lior penned and sang the much loved closing track ‘Hoot’s Lullaby’ to the ABC Children’s show ‘Giggle and Hoot’. ‘Hey Hootabelle’, another Lior track commissioned by the ABC for the show went on to win the coveted ‘Best Original Song Composed for the Screen’ at the 2012 APRA Screen Music Awards.
In April 2015, Lior was invited as the sole Australian artist to perform at the prestigious 100 year anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, performing his song ‘Safety of Distance’ with the Gallipoli choir leading in to the dawn service. Most artists set out with an ambition to build a career based on musical credibility and integrity whilst maintaining an independence and individuality in their craft. Lior is certainly part of that rare breed that has achieved this whilst garnering a great degree of success and critical acclaim.
In 2016, Lior co-wrote his first theatre score for the play ‘The Wider Earth’ with producer Tony Buchen. Written and directed by David Morton, the play traces the voyage of Charles Darwin and premieres at the Queensland Theatre Company. Lior also made his music theatre debut in 2016, performing the role of Mottel in the Australian production of “Fiddler on the Roof” alongside Anthony Warlow and Sigrid Thornton.
Lior is currently working on an album for the HUSH Foundation. The project is centred on songs written by Lior in collaboration with Sydney based vocal group ‘The Idea of North’ and composer Elena Katz Churnin. The lyrics are based on answers to questions delivered to sick young kids at the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital Cancer Ward. The HUSH project has a dual purpose of both creating music to provide a better environment in the wards as well as raise funds for these wards. The album is set for release in late 2016 and will be accompanied by a series of concerts. Lior is set to write and record his fifth studio album in the latter half of 2016.
Most artists set out with an ambition to build a career based on musical credibility and integrity whilst maintaining an independence and individuality in their craft. Lior is certainly part of that rare breed that has achieved this whilst garnering a great degree of success and critical acclaim.