Lior

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Lior
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Background information
Birth nameLior Attar
BornRishon LeZion, Israel
GenresIndie
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active2000–present
LabelsSenso Unico, ABC Classics
Associated actsNigel Westlake
Websitelior.com.au

Lior Attar, better known simply as Lior,[1] is an independent Australian singer-songwriter based in Melbourne. He is best known for his 2005 debut studio album Autumn Flow and for the song "Hoot's Lullaby".

Early life and education[edit]

Lior was born in Rishon LeZion, Israel and he and his family moved to Sydney when he was 10.[2][3] They made their first Australian home in Lane Cove, and Lior studied at Killara High School and the University of New South Wales.[4]

Career[edit]

2000-2007: Early EP, Autumn Flow & Doorways of My Mind[edit]

In 2000, Lior released his debut extended play The Soul Suicide EP.

In October 2004, Lior recorded his debut studio album Autumn Flow. He sent it to a number of record labels but failed to secure a deal, and released the album independently, late in 2004. In 2015, Lior recalled the first time he heard a song of his on the radio station, Triple J; "I'd just done the so-called tour to launch the album but it didn't have any sort of exposure or radio play, so no-one really knew what it was. I went up and down the east coast with a band and lost all my money. I was feeling really defeated and quite sorry for myself, going 'how am I going to do this', and the song ("This Old Love") came on."[5] Autumn Flow made its ARIA chart debut in early 2005, peaking at number 45. Lior has toured with the WOMAD festival in 2005 to the UK, Singapore and Korea. Lior also performed at the Spiegeltent throughout the world, and the Make Poverty History concerts in Australia.[citation needed]

At ARIA Music Awards of 2005, the album was nominated for three awards; Breakthrough Artist, Best Male Artist, and Best Independent Release.[6] In 2005, the album was one of the fifteen nominees for radio station triple j's inaugural J Award,[7] given to "an album of outstanding achievement as an Australian musical work of art – for its creativity, innovation, musicianship and contribution to Australian music.[8] Autumn Flow was certified gold by ARIA in 2006.

In February 2006, Lior released a live album, Doorways of My Mind, recorded at the Northcote Social Club. The album consisted mostly of tracks from Autumn Flow as well as some new material such as "Diego and the Village Girl", "Burying Chances" and "Avinu Malkeinu" (a traditional prayer). At the ARIA Music Awards of 2006, the album was nominated for two awards; Best Independent Release and Best Blues and Roots Album.

Lior moved from Sydney to Melbourne in 2007.[9]

2008-2012: Corner of an Endless Road, Tumbling into the Dawn and Giggle and Hoot[edit]

In February 2008, Lior released his second studio album, Corner of an Endless Road. The album debuted at number 13 on the ARIA charts. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2008, the album was nominated for the Best Independent Release.[10]

In 2008, Lior toured extensively, both in his home country of Australia and abroad including feature performances at the Edinburgh Festival. In early 2009, he performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for a series of outdoor concerts. In 2009, Lior launched the Shadows and Light Tour, a collaboration with renowned shadow artists Stephen Mushin and Anna Parry; an interactive performance combining Lior's music with live shadow art performance and featured a season at the Sydney Opera House.[11]

In 2009, Lior was approached by children's television show Giggle and Hoot series producer Clare Gerber, and was asked to write a song. He agreed thinking "this could be fun" and wrote "Hoot's Lullaby". The song plays nightly on ABC 2 just before 7:00pm, and marks the end of children's programming on the channel for the day.[5][12][13]

In October 2010, Lior released his third studio album Tumbling into the Dawn. The album peaked at number 26 on the ARIA charts.

In 2011 Lior wrote and recorded "Hey Hootabelle" for Giggle and Hoot. At the APRA Music Awards of 2012, the song won the APRA Award for Best Original Song Composed for Screen.[14]

2013-2018: Compassion, Scattered Reflections & Between You and Me[edit]

In September 2013, Lior and Nigel Westlake premiered Compassion at the Sydney Opera House. Compassion is an orchestral song cycle for voice and orchestra consisting of original melodies and orchestration set to ancient texts in Hebrew and Arabic, all centred around the wisdom of compassion.[15][16][17][18] The performance was recorded and the album of Compassion was released in November 2013. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2014, it won the ARIA Award for Best Classical Album. Lior premiered Compassion in the US with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and was subsequently awarded the Austin Table Critics' Award for Best Symphonic Performance of 2015-16 and in 2016 Lior also won the Melbourne Music Prize Civic Choice Award for Compassion.[citation needed]

In March 2014, Lior released his fourth studio album Scattered Reflections. The album peaked at number 23 on the ARIA charts.

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.[19]

In June 2015, Autumn Flow was re-released as a tenth anniversary edition.[20]

From December 2015, Lior played the part of Motel Kamzoil in Fiddler on the Roof at Melbourne's Princess Theatre.[21]

In 2016, Lior worked with producer Tony Buchen to write an orchestral score for The Wider Earth, a Queensland theatre production based on Charles Darwin's journey on HMS Beagle.[22][23][24] At the 2016 Matilda Theatre Awards, the music won Best Original Theatre Score.[citation needed]

In 2016 Lior co-wrote and recorded a children's album with The Idea of North & Elena Kats-Chernin for the HUSH Foundation. Created for the dual purpose of raising funds for the children's hospital as well as making original music to be played in the wards, the album A Piece of Quiet featured original music written to lyrics written by the children in the hospital wards and was released in October 2016. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2017, the album was nominated for ARIA Award for Best Children's Album.

Throughout 2018 Lior toured with Australian pianist and composer Paul Grabowsky in performing a collection of Lior's songs adapted and reinterpreted for piano and voice. In 2019 Lior featured as the guest vocalist for the Australian Chamber Orchestra's 'Luminous' tour which toured nationally in Australia as well as performances in the Barbican in London.[citation needed]

In September 2018, Lior released his fifth studio album Between You and Me.

In 2018 Lior was awarded a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Music in recognition of outstanding achievements and services to Australian music.

2019-present : Air Land Sea[edit]

In 2019, Lior formed the musical group 'Air Land Sea with Nadav Kahn and Tony Buchen. The group released four singles and a self-titled studio album across 2019.[25]

In 2019 Lior was awarded the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowhsip awarded to artists who display exceptional talent and outstanding courage in their field.[19]

Philanthropy[edit]

In a 2015 interview, Lior mentioned working for the charities Cambodian Children's Trust and Global Poverty Project as well as supporting Oscar's Law.[26]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS
[27]
Autumn Flow
  • Released: October 2004
  • Label: Senso Unico (SENSOCD444)
  • Format: CD
45
Corner of an Endless Road
  • Released: February 2008
  • Label: Senso Unico (SENSOCD888)
  • Format: CD, DD
13
Tumbling into the Dawn
  • Released: October 2010
  • Label: Senso Unico (SENSOCD111)
  • Format: CD, DD
26
Scattered Reflections
  • Released: March 2014
  • Label: Senso Unico (SENSOCD333)
  • Format: CD, DD
23
Between You and Me
  • Released: September 2018
  • Label: Senso Unico (SENSOCD369)
  • Format: CD, DD, streaming
-

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums, with selected details
Title Album details
Doorways of My Mind
  • Released: February 2006
  • Label: Senso Unico (SENSOCD666)
  • Format: CD
  • Recored live at Northcote Social Club in November 2005
Compassion
(with Nigel Westlake & Sydney Symphony Orchestra)
  • Released: November 2013
  • Label: ABC Classics (ABC0678)
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Recored live at Sydney Opera House in September 2013

Other albums[edit]

List of other albums, with selected details
Title Album details
A Piece of Quiet (The Hush Collection, Vol 16)
(featuring Lior, The Idea of North & Elena Kats-Chernin )
  • Released: October 2016
  • Label: ABC Classics (4814581)
  • Format: CD, digital download
Ali's Wedding (soundtrack)
(Nigel Westlake & Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Joseph Tawadros, Slava Grigoryan & Lio)
  • Released: September 2017
  • Label: ABC Classics (4815738)
  • Format: CD, digital download

Compiation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected details
Title Album details
3-2-1
  • Released: 2011 (Europe only)
  • Label: Rough Trade (SENSOCD999C)
  • Format: CD

Extended Plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
The Soul Suicide EP
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Senso Unico (SENSOCD101)
  • Format: CD

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Album
2003 "Burying Chances" non-album single
2005 "This Old Love" Autumn Flow[19]
"Daniel"
"Autumn Flow"
2007 "Heal Me" Corner of an Endless Road
2008 "I'll Forget You" (with Sia)
"Simple Ben"[29] (with Brian Cadd, Mike Rudd and Old Man River) Morning of the Earth (soundtrack)
2010 "I Thought I Could Sing On My Own"[30] 'Tumbling Into The Dawn
2011 "It's Only Natural"[31] (with Emma Louise) They Will Have Their Way
2014 "My Grandfather" Scattered Reflections
2018 "Real Love"[32] Between You and Me

Awards[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006[33] Autumn Flow Best Performing Independent Album Nominated
himself Independent Artist of the Year Nominated
2008[34] Corner of an Endless Road Best Independent Album Nominated
Best Independent Blues and Roots Album Nominated
himself Best Independent Artist Nominated

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Lior has won two awards from nine nominations.[35]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2005 Autumn Flow Best Male Artist Nominated
Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Best Independent Release Nominated
2006 Doorways of My Mind Best Blues & Roots Album Nominated
Best Independent Release Nominated
2008 Corner of an Endless Road Best Independent Release Nominated
2014 Compassion
(with Nigel Westlake & Sydney Symphony Orchestra)
Best Classical Album Won
2017 Ali's Wedding (soundtrack)
(with Nigel Westlake, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Tawadros & Slava Grigoryan)
Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album Won
A Piece of Quiet (The Hush Collection, Vol 16)
(with The Idea of North & Elena Kats-Chernin)
Best Childrens Album Nominated

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually. Lior has won one award from five nominations.[36]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 "Daniel" Most Performed Blues & Roots Work Nominated
2009 "Heal Me" Most Performed Blues & Roots Work Nominated
2012 "Hey Hootabelle" for Giggle and Hoot, written by Lior Best Original Song Composed for the Screen Won
Hootabelle Best Music for Children's Television Nominated
2014 Compassion (with Nigel Westlake} Work of the Year – Orchestral Nominated

J Award[edit]

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2005[37] Autumn Flow Australian Album of the Year Nominated

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