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Lydia Violet

Lydia Violet

Lydia Violet is an accomplished Iranian-American multi-instrumentalist weaving together Southern blues, American roots, and Iranian folk music traditions. In her live band she combines fiddle, banjo, and luscious 3-part harmonies to offer a soul-folk revival experience participating in a new wave of protest music. Her weaving of West African percussion, clawhammer banjo, and gospel-inspired vocal parts take her audiences deep into the cave of roots music wonders. She also lends her violin and vocal sounds to Brooklyn-based prophetic duo Climbing PoeTree, as well as West Cost singer/songwriter Ayla Nereo and has featured onstage with The Polish Ambassador, Elephant Revival, Rising Appalachia, MaMuse, and many others.

Lydia also has studied closely with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past 9 years, learning how we can metabolize our pain for the world into energy for resilience, action, and community. She runs The Music As Medicine Project, a non-profit dedicated to creating access to music and music education as tools for cultivating resilient cultures in our communities.

Lydia Violet Harutoonian began her journey with the fiddle at age 3 when her father took her to their local instrument shop in Pasadena, California and asked her to pick her favorite instrument. From that moment on, Lydia entered into a profound love affair with the timbre and scope of the violin. At age 24 she ventured out from her classical roots and discovered her natural skill for improvisation as well as her unique sound stemming from her Persian heritage and love of music that spans many genres. A musical chameleon, Lydia is able to jump in with a wide range of artists including most recently producers in transformational festival communities. In the fall of 2016 Lydia produced her debut album, "Already Free," a 12-song exploration of music that is inspired by protest traditions, a profound care for community and the Earth, blues, and international folk music.



"Lydia's violin has provided a spontaneous deepening of experience to all, as has her capacity for keen and genuine presence..." ~ Joanna Macy

"Lydia is a magical gypsy whose violin notes dance like fire and fall with the grace of water. She is one of the most talented violinists I’ve ever had the honor of working with. Her enthusiasm is absolutely infectious, and she is always so receptive to ideas, feedback, changes, and crazy impromptu improvisations. She beams a bright light, and it truly brightens up every person around her." ~ Ayla Nereo

"Violet’s serene and soaring violin work is paired with an intoxicating clawhammer banjo, revealing a delicate and determined rhythm that serves as foundation for the songstress to weave her narrative." ~ Compose Yourself Magazine

"In these turbulent times on earth, we need music that reconnects us—to ourselves, to one another, and to our gratitude for this world. Lydia Violet’s new album, “Already Free,” does just that." ~ Invoke Magazine

"The moment has never been more ripe nor ready for feminine protest music, and there’s a new artist on the scene to deliver a rallying cry." ~ Bee Getz, Compose Yourself Magazine

Lydia Violet