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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. In the fall of 2016 Lydia 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 Brooklyn-based spoken word group Climbing PoeTree and songstress Ayla Nereo. She has also shared stages this year with MaMuse, The Polish Ambassador, Rising Appalachia, and many more.

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