Liraz has taken her shimmering electro-pop underground. She’s turned it into something dangerous
and even more beautiful than before. For her second album, Zan (“Women” in Farsi), the Israeli- Persian singer collaborated online with composers and musicians from Iran. Everything had to be secretive to avoid the gaze
of Tehran’s mullahs and secret police. The result is her private revolution, songs with a true message,
music to make people dance and smile – and above all, think.
Her family, Iranian Jews, moved to Tel Aviv in the 1970s. Yet although Liraz was raised in Israel,
she’s always believed that “my culture is Iranian.” The real revelation came when she moved to the US f
or three years to work as an actress, appearing in several big-budget movies, including A Late Quartet
and Fair Game. In Los Angeles she found a huge Iranian community.