Lydia Violet is a gypsy-heritage violinist and passionate singer/songwriter, listen to her album, "Already Free," available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Spotify

Lydia Violet @ The Fox Theatre, Oakland w/ Ayla Nereo & The Polish Ambassador

Lydia Violet @ The Fox Theatre, Oakland w/ Ayla Nereo & The Polish Ambassador

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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. 

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