About Lili Haydn
Who is Lili Haydn?

Child prodigy classical violinist/actress turned rock violinist, singer, recording artist, film composer.

Daughter of legendary comedienne Lotus Weinstock (the first woman to perform at the comedy store, engaged to Lenny Bruce (the last year of his life), contemporary of Robin Williams, Bill Maher, Jay Leno, and Sandra Bernhard.

Her Father was cultural outlaw, conspiracy theorist, film and television director David Jove (New Wave Theater, Stranger than Love), AKA The Acid King, the first person, alongside Owsley Stanley) to mass produce LSD, infamously having turned on The Rolling Stones and the Beatles.  

Lili grew up in a commune in Hollywood, "The Brotherhood of the Source" led by Guru Father Yod.  When Lili's father escaped a prison sentence in Canada and came to America on a dead man's passport in the mid 1970s, he "rescued" Lotus and Lili (then Cherub) from the cult, in a standoff that has been described as The Acid King vs. Father Yod.  

At 7 years old, Lili had a dream she could play violin, but her mom and she were on welfare, so Lili started working as an actress to pay for her education and violin.  She graduated from Brown University in Political Science and started jamming with bands, ultimately leading to her legendary collaborations with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Roger Waters, Sting, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Josh Groban, Robert Plant and Jimi Page for whom she opened on their entire last US tour, and George Clinton, who called her "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin."

Haydn's debut album as a solo artist, Lili, was released in the fall of 1997 by Atlantic. Light Blue Sun appeared in 2003 from BMG/Private Music, with a pair of releases from Nettwerk Music Group, the EP Goodbye Stranger and the full-length Place Between Places, arriving in 2007 and 2008, respectively.   NPR described Place Between Places as "A mix of neo-psychedelic flower child and rock star virtuoso...Heifetz meet Hendrix," and Haydn performed the single "Strawberry Street" on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the HBO hit Californication.   Lili's fourth full length studio record, LiliLand, was released in late 2014, and was written in the aftermath of a freak chemical accident that caused brain damage and the loss of everything Lili owned.  Lili describes this record as "the jungle of my mind.  Fun, fragile, and ferocious songs about losing everything and getting it back.”  She further explained her miraculous recovery in a TEDx talk "How Music Saved My Brain." Lili’s most recent TED performance went live on the TED site in July of 2018.

in July of 2015, Lili released a “Classical Crossover” album titled Evocations, a collaboration with Master pianist/composer Bill Goldstein, a completely improvised acoustic record that highlights the duo’s distinct genre bending virtuosity and ability to create completely spontaneously, a style Bill calls “Instant Composition.” 

When the world got turned upside down with the election of 2016, Lili began to feel that words no longer seemed to matter. She explains “I lost faith in my protest songs and threw myself into creating an album without words and which was simply the embodiment of the peace and inclusiveness I wanted to see in the world. In these polarized and frightening times, simply making beauty and loving across boundaries is a revolutionary act.”  Thus, Opium Moon, Lili’s most recent passion project, a sensual and groovy collaboration of master musicians from Iran, Israel, and the US was born.  Their self titled GRAMMY nominated debut album was released July 2018 and debuted at #6 on four Billboard top 10 charts, including World Music and Classical.


In addition to Lili's recording and touring career, Lili’s music has been licensed for TV, film, and commercials, and she is the featured voice and violin on several films with Hans Zimmer, (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Burning Plain) among others.  Lili is also a film composer in her own right, with fifteen feature films to her scoring credit, additional music credits on several films, and a Film Composing Fellowship to the Sundance Film Institute.  Her film’s have been festival favorites, with credits that include Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, (2011), Somewhere Between (2012), The Horse Boy (2009), The House That Jack Built (2015), Sublime and Beautiful (2014), ANITA, directed by Academy Award winner Freida Mock (2014), DriverX (2018), Feminists: What Were They Thinking? Starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda (2018), additional music on the hit show Transparent (2017), and the Sundance Selects/IFC film DriverX, starring Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) which was released theatrically and On Demand November 30, 2018, with an accompanying soundtrack which has four new songs from Lili, including the infectious single Ain’t Like It Used To Be.  Lili won Best Music at the Milan International Film Festival 2014 and has just completed the score for Freida Lee Mock’s forthcoming documentary RUTH: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words.   

A humanitarian and activist, Lili also performs regularly for various human rights and social justice organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the Global Security Institute (for whom she performed a concert at the UN), and AmeriCares.  

Additional Press

"The show opens and closes with sound direct from God through the amazing Lili Haydn. Her violin and her voice combined to utterly and totally mesmerize the audience. Her performance...was nothing short of pure magic."  - Examiner.com

"Bliss-inducing original music by violinist/vocalist/composer Lili Haydn...My response was the reviewer’s equivalent of a spiritual visitation."  -  L.A. Times

"Ms Haydn approaches and reaches the ecstatic, lifting the audience literally to heights seldom experienced."  -  On Stage Los Angeles

 "...the incredible violinist and singer Lili Haydn literally blew away the public and can understandably be called the Lady Hendrix of the violin."  -  Hollywoodtoday.net

 "Haydn has a voice so sublime that it is truly like the fifth string of her virtuoso violin."  -  Paper Magazine

 "A mix of neo-psychedelic flower child and rock star virtuoso...Heifetz meet Hendrix."  -  NPR

 "LiliLand is a playful, upbeat, moving, genre-transcending, mystical journey…for your Heart, Soul And Mind As Well As Your Ears”  - Huffington Post

"Courageously intimate with her audience, Haydn lays into her violin as if it's a wild animal only she can bring to heel.  The effect is an emotional magic show...a party of sound...electronica beat, lyrical strings, ethereal voice, and words that resonate in the battered chamber of the human soul."  -  L.A. Weekly

"Lili amazed her audience...tossing her raven curls like the rock star she is...her performance was electrifying."  -  Women Who Rock


Quotes about Lili’s latest CD, LiliLand from celebrated producers:

"Unique, creative, moving, bold, sonically beautiful and really fucking clever.... I love this record for its passion, craftsmanship, & honesty. I would go on this ride again & again & again..."  - Linda Perry (Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani)

"Lili manages to mix Kate Bush with modern influences to make a beautifully unique sound based around her amazing violin skills and soulful voice."  -  Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthew’s Band, Muse)

"I really like the spareness of it, and the content…the strong thread of mid-60's Haight-Ashbury aggression and looseness to it all, informed by beat making grooves  (with some classical influence). All the different feels, from Russian folk to Carnival to Flamenco to hiphop, and beyond. Your voice sounds really great...dark and rich. I also really like "This Is A Moment"...Great programming and movement. Love "I Am A Man", and the way it goes into a sort of funeral/gospel song. "Tyrant "was one of my faves, esp the line about not knowing the cost of freedom until you're free…great!"  -  David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Lana Del Rey)

More about my Brains And How i got them back

I've done a lot of talking about how I lost everything and got it back through music.  You can hear an entertaining version of this story in a TEDx talk I did called How Music Saved My Brain.

I want to explain with a little more factual detail, in case anyone reading this is curious, or wondering if they're affected...

I became chemically sensitive to a pesticide called Chlordane, which exists in 30 to 60 million homes in the US, pretty much any structure built between 1948-1988.  It was used to prevent termites, but they later found it to be carcinogenic.  It has no halflife and it is pervasive, found in 90% of breast milk.  It can cause a whole host of problems, and in my case, it caused me to be foggy headed, so foggy that I literally couldn't  think or follow instructions, or process information.  I once was in traffic and rear ended the car in front of me because I thought 'red' meant 'go.'  It's called "Toxic Inebriation."

Only about 1% of the population is chemically sensitive, but the human body can only sustain so much environmental toxicity before it can no longer handle even one molecule of a given toxin, and my immune system was battered by an earlier incident in which the generator that was powering my recording studio melted over the course of a year, and I was breathing melting wires and flame retardant, through the heating and AC vents in the house.

In the process of remediating the melting generator, we disturbed the foundation of the house, which had Chlordane in it, which became airborne, travelling through the vents and contaminating everything I owned.  I had to evacuate and get rid of everything, my grandma's grand piano, my pictures, because it couldn't be cleaned to a level that wouldn't make a "chemically sensitive person" sick.  

I had to figure out how to save my house, my sanctuary.  Once I figured out what it was, I found out that there is a very specific and costly protocol for fixing a house with Chlordane in it (not all houses are able to be fixed.  In more humid areas like the South, they used a lot more of it, and those houses can be too contaminated to fix).  It involved replacing the HVAC system, meticulously wiping down EVERY surface and crevice in the house in a specific method, and encapsulating the crawlspace with an impenetrable substance which prevents any other chemicals or mold or pests or you name it from entering the house.  I spent my savings doing all these things and more, in order to save the only possession I had left (besides my violins).  After doing all this, I hired the same toxicologist and Industrial Hygenist who discovered the Chlordane to test it for safety, and THANKFULLY all the tests came back fine!  I had saved the house.  

But I was still sick.  I wasn't myself.  Electroencephalograms (tests of the brain) confirmed what I was feeling, and indicated that my brain waves were abnormal and typical of someone who had been poisoned and had brain damage. Western medicine had absolutely no solutions.  A child of alternative medicine, I did a 6 month detox (the Purification Rundown), Neuro-feedback, Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, and so many other healing modalities, and they helped, but only about 65%...I was still not fully there.  

I was really scared.  I remember one night in bed with my beloved Itai, crying because I thought I had lost myself.  I didn't even care about the possessions any more.  I couldn't write lyrics, and my concentration was shot.  I was fucking up at recording sessions and stopped getting hired by my main employers. I didn't know how I was going to live like that.  

And then I decided to start practicing my violin more rigorously, forcing myself to concentrate, and sight reading classical music again.  And literally every day I practiced, I would wake up the next day feeling more present and smart. I kept it up, and had a full recovery...a miracle.

I found out in the process of researching this for my TEDx talk that music literally causes neuro-genesis, activates the whole brain in a way that nothing else does, and is 65% more effective than any other form of neuro-therapy in tests of people affected by strokes.  Children who study music test as much as 30% higher in math and reading, and it is not an airy-fairy proposition to say that music is medicine.

If you have more questions about this, please feel free to write me.  Here is a link for the remediation of Chlordane, and I hope you take the time to make some music every day!

How to remove Chlordane: http://www.chem-tox.com/chlordane/repair.htm

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