The "Liz Barak's Project" is an international collaboration project meant to empower women through music worldwide.
"It's not about the producer... or even the artist or the musicians around him or her - It's about creating a circle of art that is bigger than everyone involved."
Liz Barak is a composer, songwriter, guitarist, music producer, audio engineer, and author. She lived and performed for years in London, Amsterdam, and Berlin. She has a Composition/Music Production bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a Contemporary Composition degree from the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. She is the Music Producer, Arranger and Mixing Engineer of the Project.
Credit Photo: Adam Kennedy
With the pursuit and goal of telling stories through music, Liz Barak’s Project hopes to bring inspiration to women around the world, as well as more equality to the music industry.
Founded in 2019, the Project has already produced 9 recordings that have included over 50 different female musicians around the globe.
The album, "Ballad to the North Wind" includes 7 covers and one original song composed by Liz Barak, and it is further backed by Liz’ novel Ballad to the North Wind (book) that provides the literary-parallel and backstory for the Project itself.
Liz Barak’s Project further displays first-hand how, even during COVID, great women continue to rise to the challenge and perform virtually, inspiring women around the globe to fulfill their destinies, amidst rising unemployment and domestic abuse.
The Project partners with nonprofit organizations and businesses to help advance the status of women globally.
Ballad to the north wind is the story of Layla Nueman. An Israeli singer-songwriter guitarist who moved to London during the late 90's to pursue her dreams and escape her past. She meets at a festival a Scottish man, Erik, who is 20 years older than her and falls madly in love with him. 25 years later she walks into a restaurant in east London with her husband and daughter and runs into him there. It's a story about music, writing music, festivals, juggling, fire and regret.
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The recording of Eric Clapton's "Layla" includes 10 virtuoso female guitarist recording from around the globe, and in addition, a female singer, bass player, drummer and keys player.
"Mindblowing" - Guitar World
2. Me & Bobby McGee
A delicate new gospel version of the Janis Joplin immortal classic featuring vocalist Zoey Dagan (Israel).
3. Feeling Good
A sexy fresh new version of the Nina Simone classic with some amazing Jazz players playing from around the world featuring Singer-Songwriter G'emma (Berlin, Germany).
4. Star of the County Down
A fresh female version of the Celtic classic.
Vocals and Guitar by Liz Barak, fiddle and flute by Fiona (Scotland) and Emma (Ireland).
The recording of Damien Rice's "Delicate" includes different female indie singer-songwriters from Israel, Germany and South Africa, and in addition, a female Violinist and Cellist.
6. Part of Your World
A dark, electronic version of the Disney Classic featuring
world-renowned Candian Mezzo-Sopran Wallis Giunta.
A haunting all-girl version of the Leonard Cohen masterpiece. Featuring Grammy Nominated Jazz singer Nicole Zuraitis (New York),
Cellist Maya Belsitzman (Tel Aviv) and Pianist Natalie Harnett (London).
8. Ballad to the North Wind
The one and only original song of the project.
Lyrics: Khalil Gibran
Music: Liz Barak
Mastering of all music: Robert Baum @ the Lab