Lydia Violet Officially Confirmed for UNIFY FEST September 1st-3rd, 2017!

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

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. Lydia has recently 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. She can currently be seen playing with songstress Ayla Nereo, as well as with Ayla Nereo and David Sugalski’s (aka The Polish Ambassador) sonic collaboration, Wildlight. She has also shared stages this year with MaMuse, The Polish Ambassador, Rising Appalachia, Elephant Revival, HAANA, and many more.

Lydia is eternally grateful for the people and communities she meets as she weaves together her passions for social justice, environmental justice, and music. In addition to her craft she offers workshops entitled, “Music As Medicine in Our Planet-Time.” These workshops stem from her eight-year study with scholar of deep ecology and Buddhism Joanna Macy, who explores how to foster greater internal resiliency and strength in the face of a world in crisis. The workshops can be adapted in length, and have ranged from 2-hours presentations to 3-day retreats. Lydia first conducted these retreats in collaboration with internationally recognized permaculture teacher Penny Livingston at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California. They have also been offered in collaboration with artists such as Rising Appalachia, Ma Muse, and Ayla Nereo. This work offers inner tools for the cultivation of courage, resiliency and taking heart in our current planetary moment.