Revives golden times
The retro-sixties and psychedelic craze has certainly not passed Liraz by. Thus, analogue synth sounds dart across her band's tight rhythm section and as soon as a guitar passes, you immediately hear the unmistakable twang of Shadows guitarist Hank B. Marvin. The Israeli singer and actress of Persian Jewish descent combines modern arrangements of ancient rhythms with sounds that refer to Persian tradition, such as the tinkling of the tar (long-necked lute). She is very committed to the cause of women, which makes her extra involved in the current situation in Iran. The recording of her latest album Roya had to take place more or less in secret in Istanbul because it involves Iranian musicians who cannot travel to Israel and for whom any contact with Israelis is even punishable. Roya means fantasy and Liraz's dream is that everyone - men and women - can dance carefree and freely again to her contemporary recreation of the music of Iran's golden funk and disco years.