Lior & Domini
Lior is one of Australia’s most treasured singer songwriters renowned for his beautiful voice and songs that radiate truth and sincerity. He burst on to the Australian music scene in 2005 with his debut album — Autumn Flow — which has become one of the most successful independent debut releases in Australian music history. That year Lior earned three ARIA nominations (Australian Record Industry Association) including ‘Best Male Artist’ as well as Triple J’s ‘J Award’ nomination for ‘Australian Album of the Year’. Lior’s second album — Corner of an Endless Road — went to #2 on the Australian Albums Chart and topped the Independent charts for several weeks. Lior has subsequently released a further four albums whilst remaining a completely independent artist. He has earned a total of seven ARIA nominations as well as being a two-time ARIA award winner.
Lior has toured extensively both in Australia and internationally, including a national tour with the major state orchestras in Australia. He has been a regular performer at WOMAD festivals internationally as well as art festivals around the world including an entire season at the Edinburgh festival. He has recently completed an international tour as the featured guest vocalist for the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Luminous’ concert series.
Lior has also undertaken a host of songwriting work for film and television and is a recipient of an APRA Award (Australian Performing Rights Association) for ‘Best Original Song Composed for Screen’.
In recent years, Lior has shown a keen interest in diversification, collaborating on various classical crossover works and theatre projects. In 2015 Lior starred in the Australian production of Fiddler on the Roof. In 2016, he completed his first theatre score for The Wider Earth, a play tracing the personal voyage of Charles Darwin. The play premiered at the Queensland Theatre Company and went on to become the first ever play to perform an entire season at the London Natural History Museum. Lior received the Matilda Award for ‘Best Original Theatre Score’ at the Queensland Theatre Awards that year.
Most notably however, in 2014 Lior collaborated with Nigel Westlake on a symphonic song cycle for voice and orchestra called Compassion. The work consists of original orchestrations set to ancient texts in both Hebrew and Arabic centred around the wisdom of compassion. Lior and Nigel Westlake toured Compassion with the major state orchestras in Australia and won the ARIA for ‘Best Classical Album’ in 2014. In 2016 Lior premiered Compassion in the US with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and subsequently won the 2016 Austin Table Critics’ Award for ‘Best Symphonic Performance’.
In 2019, Lior completed an international tour as the featured guest vocalist for the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Luminous concert series. Lior was recently awarded the prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, awarded to only nine artists nationally across all artforms for displaying outstanding excellence and courage in their chosen artform.
Domini Forster is one of Melbourne’s brightest emerging songwriters. A recent recipient of the coveted Darebin Songwriter’s Award, she is now poised to launch a duo folk project with renowned Australian artist Lior.
With a distinctive voice that shifts from commanding call to lilting, whisper-close falsetto, Domini weaves songs that capture universal human experiences through intimate personal storytelling.
Beginning her career as a finalist in Triple J’s Unearthed High, she has since toured nationally and played at dozens of venues and festivals, including The Sydney Road Street Party, Nannup Music Festival and Mullum Music Festival.
Domini recorded her first EP Little Dreamer with Tony Buchen (Montaigne, The Preatures) and quickly sold out of two pressings. She released her debut album Raven in 2017, with the support of Creative Victoria and a successful Pozible campaign. The national launch tour culminated in a packed out show at Melbourne's Toff in Town and Raven received a 9/10 from Beat Magazine. It was also featured in the PBS Top 10 and the RRR Soundscape, and the lead single Then You Stop made it into the AMRAP Metro Chart top ten.
‘Raven is one of the most impressive local releases in the last twelve months...a compelling and intricate album with a dark narrative arc’ - The Northsider.
In recent years, Domini has toured extensively with Lior. She has supported him at over 100 shows across the country, in venues including the Enmore Theatre and Melbourne’s Athenaeum. She has also appeared as a guest vocalist in his concerts with the SSO at the Sydney Opera House and with the Australian Youth Orchestra in Melbourne and Sydney.
After co-writing the duet Where Will We Be for Lior’s most recent studio album, Domini and Lior established a new duo project. Their debut EP Animal In Hiding is due for release in Oct 2021.
Domini is currently recording her sophomore album.
Watch a video of Animal in Hiding on youTube