Singer, songwriter and actress Liraz Charhi has wowed crowds with her performances on stage and on screen. In her latest groundbreaking musical project Liraz sought to combine modern sounds and beats with the ethnic flavors from her Persian roots.
Liraz’s family emigrated to Israel during the 1970’s at the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Liraz grew up in a Persian community in Israel, which preserved many of its traditions. However, a painful memory remains of a land that they would never be able to go back to. While spending time in Los Angeles, which is known for its large Persian expatriate community, aka ‘Tehrangeles’, Liraz was exposed to the new sounds and personal stories of singers such as the legendary Googoosh and the renowned Dariush, which inspired Liraz to revisit her own background.
The inspiration from Persian culture and traditional Iranian music can be heard in her modern renditions. In this project Liraz aims to express absent voices of Iran through the works of Iranian singers who are forbidden from singing in their homeland. Using the work of Iranian counter-revolutionary artists based outside of Iran along with the ability to sing in Persian, Liraz has managed to embody the lost voices of Iran.
Liraz’s upcoming album, ‘Naz’ boasts cover songs from the pre-revolution period in Iran and original songs written by Liraz herself in collaboration with a variety of Iranian musicians. The album fuses the 1970s sounds of her Iranian background with freshly-cut beats from Rejoicer – one of Tel Aviv’s top producers and founder of the Raw Tapes label. Liraz’s collaboration with Rejoicer, who represents the sounds created in the LA beats scene, epitomizes her deep attachment to LA, which inspired her to create this interesting blend of modern electronic sounds with the music from her Persian origin.
In “Naz”, Liraz takes the listener to a musical journey from the vintage streets of Tehran, to spicy Tel Aviv, and back down to the LA beats scene! Like her personal story, the album moves between exotic sounds that are upgraded by fresh beats sampled by Rejoicer.