Lior Tsarfaty

An international touring musician and recording artist, Lior Tsarfaty has always viewed music as more than entertainment. For Lior, it’s also been a profound source of healing. In 2009, he left his native Israel to study at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the Voice Sound and Healing Music Program and the Hakomi Institute of California to explore the field of body-oriented psychotherapy. After finishing these programs, Lior was an assistant to renowned Bay Area singer-songwriter-teacher Jennifer Berezan, helping with her class “The Healing Ecstasy of Sound.” He also broadened his scope by working with a wide range of spiritual organizations, teachers and artists, including Chochmat Halev, a Jewish renewal spiritual center; Patti Cathcart, of the jazz group Tuck and Patti; and Roshi Norman Fisher. Prior to coming to the United States, Lior was a journalist and radio broadcaster in Israel. Lior set about employing music as a tool for peacemaking and, in 2014, released his debut album “Lior Tsarfaty & The Prayer Songs Project,” which brought together—in perfect harmony—Israeli, Moroccan, Indian, Canadian and American musicians. His second album, which he hopes to release soon, is a collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian musicians. Over the years, Lior has used the healing power of music to make a difference for the homeless, for kids, for hospice patients, and more recently for elders. Five years ago, he began taking his music to Alzheimer’s communities in the Bay Area, and the response has been overwhelming.