Presented by The Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Reviewed 16 June 2017
I have been a fan of Lior for some time, since my little brother introduced me to his beautiful music. Lior has an eclectic fan base, his music being played on Triple J, ABC Radio and even being used by a contestant on Australian Idol. This was demonstrated by the diversity of his audience attending the Dunstan Playhouse on Friday night with a mix of young and old, classical and contemporary fans.
An Australian singer/songwriter Lior’s music draws from his Isreali heritage and has a truly unique sound. His ability to sing softly in a beautifully captivating whisper to his powerful soaring belt, Lior has a stunning range from baritone to a perfectly clean and clear falsetto.
Accompanied by the Australian String Quartet with Dale Barltrop on Violin, Francesca Hiew on violin, Stephen King on Viola and Sharon Grigoryan on Cello, the strings beautifully accompanied Lior’s music without ever changing the mood or overpowering the beautiful vocals.
Opening the show with Grey Ocean the audience quickly became silent and they listened intently to Lior’s beautiful melodic voice. Later Lior joked that playing his music to such a silent audience makes the songs feel more beautiful and the pauses between them seem more awkward. However, this was not the case at all as the awkward moments perceived by Lior were not felt by the silent and completely mesmerised audience.
Next Lior performed Lifted the Morning Fog followed by a surprising Radiohead cover of No Surprises.
Lior was joined on stage by Ali Botttril to sing I’ll Forget You; which he originally recorded with Sia in 2011. After treating fans to a few more favourites including Gypsy Girl, Building Ships and Bedouin Song the performance closed with a Sim Shalom: Grant Peace from Compassion : a song cycle in seven movements, based on a collection of ancient Hebrew and Arabic texts.
Lior’s lyrics are beautiful and personal, his voice is like honey and 70 minutes passed like it was 20. If you like his albums you will adore him live. My only disappointment was there was no time for an encore in a cabaret festival setting and only one performance to enjoy. Lior clearly left the audience hungry for more.
Reviewed by Ceri Hutton
Rating (out of 5): 5