Lydia Violet, M.A., is an artist, scholar, and community organizer who has studied dedicatedly with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past decade, learning how we can metabolize climate despair, eco-anxiety, and community traumas into energy for resilience, action, and community healing. She is a group work facilitator, and she and runs The Music As Medicine Project, a non-profit dedicated to creating access to music and music education as tools for cultivating resilient cultures in our communities.
Lydia is also an Iranian-American multi-instrumentalist, and as front-woman in her music project she weaves together Southern blues, American roots, and Iranian folk music traditions. With her live band she combines fiddle, banjo, and luscious harmonies to offer a soul-folk revival experience, bringing in a fresh wave of protest music. In the past year she has collaborated with world-renowned artists Climbing PoeTree, Rising Appalachia, and Lyla June.