Lydia Violet (of Ayla Nereo Band) is deeply inspired by folk, blues, and protest music traditions. She uses her stunning violin sounds, intricate 3-part harmonies, lyrical banjo, and strong instrumental arrangements to bring her listeners into a soul-folk revival experience woven into with new wave of protest music. Lydia has also 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 profound communion with our human and more-than-human communities. In the past year she has performed alongside Climbing PoeTree, Ayla Nereo, The Polish Ambassador, Wildlight, Rising Appalachia, MaMuse, and Joanna Macy. From civil right songs to old-fashioned blues to sweet folk vibes, Lydia delights in sharing the medicinal power of music.
2017 Convergence Performance: Sunday, Oct 6 | 12:30 – 1:00 PM | Main Stage
“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