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Opium Moon w/ Norton Wisdom
March 18 @ 7:00 pm
Music | Art
“One of the most astonishing, deep & soulful music experiences in recent memory.” —KCET
Opium Moon is Kama Sutra music… a sensual and groovy collaboration of master musicians Lili Haydn on Violin/Voice, Hamid Saeidi on Santoor (Persian hammered dulcimer) and voice, MB Gordy on ancient percussion, and Itai Disraeli on fretless bass. We come from the corners of the world—Israel, Iran, and the US—making peace through harmony.
“Opium Moon produces a sound that’s biblical yet carnal… creating a sound like something born from the underlying forces of sensuality.” —Malibu Arts Journal
Don’t miss this family-friendly concert of lush world music featuring live painting by Norton Wisdom!
Opium Moon w/ performance painter Norton Wisdom
Sunday, March 18 @ 7 pm
Meet the Artists
Lili Haydn (violin and vocals) has released five critically acclaimed recordings as a solo artist, which have been a favorite on NPR, praising her as “A mix of neo-psychedelic flower child and rock star virtuoso…Heifetz meet Hendrix.” Known for her legendary collaborations; she has played with, sung with, and opened for everyone from Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Josh Groban, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and George Clinton’s P-Funk All Stars to name a few. Both as a solo artist and as support, Lili has toured the world and performed in premiere concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl. A humanitarian and activist, Lili also performs regularly for human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, with the believe that music has the power to uplift and heal.
Hamid Saeidi (Santoor) Dynamic. Captivating. Transcendent. These are the words critics and music lovers around the world use to describe musician, producer and award-winning composer Hamid Saeidi’s work. His composition, Imaginary Knots, coalesces classical Persian themes with contemporary, tour de force instrumentation to create a truly unique, truly magical experience. Over his career, Hamid has composed musical scores for more than 30 films, television programs, dance and theatrical presentations, receiving awards at the Beirut film festival (2002), the Iran TV Festival (2002-2004-2007) and the Society of Critics of Theater in Iran (2005). In recognition of his accomplishments on the international stage, The Farhang Foundation in Los Angeles commissioned original multimedia compositions by Hamid in 2011 and 2012 for their annual Nowruz celebration of Persian culture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Genre is an illusion, and M.B. Gordy (Percussion) is proof…having played with artists as diverse as the LA Philharmonic and The National Symphony to Beck, Michael Buble, The Doobie Brothers, Guns and Roses, Green Day, Josh Groban, and many more. Gordy’s groove is ubiquitous, having played on over 300 top box office films, including Frozen, X-Men series, and Harry Potter series.
Itai Disraeli (Bass) is an award winning bass player, composer, and co-founder of the band MAETAR. His innovative style is informed by his Middle Eastern heritage, and collaborations in music from Jazz, Indian, Rock, and Funk. He’s played with Jackson Browne, Larry Coryel, James Gadson, and Nishat Khan, among others. His music has been licensed for TV and film and he has contributed to humanitarian and peace organizations, believing that music has the power to heal and connect.
Performance painter Norton Wisdom works with musical ensembles and spontaneously paints images that capture the essence of the moment. He has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival 2005, the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics 2002, the premieres of the Cirque Du Soleil shows O and Alegria in Las Vegas, in ‘organica’ at Royce Hall in Los Angeles, the Coachella Festival, the inauguration of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, and the Womad World Music and Dance Festival in Seattle. He has collaborated with The Doors, National Bamboo Orchestra of Bali, Daniel Lanois, Steven Perkins and David Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Lili Haydn, Christoph Bull, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), George Clinton (P-Funk), Beck, Grateful Dead, Styx, John Waite, members of the L.A. Philharmonic, David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet, and Zam Johnson (Berlin).