Every once in a while I’m introduced to a musician that I’ve heard before, but I didn’t know it. Such is the case with Lili Haydn. For example, I bet you didn’t know she was the featured vocalist and violinist in the 3rd and 4th movies scores for the Pirate of the Caribbean films, which I am a fan of.
In preparation for Haydn’s upcoming album I Am A Man, scheduled for release in 2013, the new single “Tyrant” was released as a free download (go here). Haydn’s musical style blends pop, jazz and classical. As the song title suggests, it’s hard to miss the message: Tyrants are everywhere. With lyrical punches, the song jabs at the tyrants in the Middle East to those social chaos here in the U.S. But if we don’t fight the tyranny, then we are also equal to the tyrants by allowing it happen. She wants to believe the human spirit is good, but we all must fight the tyrant within all of us to achieve peace.
Some of you may recognize another track by Haydn, “Strawberry Street,” which was performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the HBO hit Californication.
A humanitarian and activist, Lili also performs regularly for various human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the Global Security Institute (for whom she recently performed a concert at the UN).
Upcoming performances including the Venice Beach Music Festival on September 8, 2012, Los Angeles Lobster Festival on September 15, 2012, and as a featured guest at the Hollywood Bowl with Christina Perri, opening for Jason Mraz on October 5, 2012.
Haydn has performed with or opened for many music legends including Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Josh Groban, Seal, Matchbox 20, Cyndi Lauper, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and George Clinton’s P-Funk All Stars.