Opium Moon Wisdome LA, Los Angeles
Sensuous and hypnotic, elegant yet deeply emotional, the music of Opium Moon evokes the mysteries of ancient worlds while remaining thoroughly contemporary. The Grammy-winning, Los Angeles-based ensemble’s cinematic soundscapes draw upon the virtuosic skills and diverse ethnic backgrounds of its members: Iranian santoor master Hamid Saeidi, innovative Israeli bassist Itai Disraeli, sought-after American percussionist M.B. Gordy, and the exceptionally expressive Canadian- American violinist Lili Haydn, whose passion and fluid mastery of her instrument enchant in every song.
With original compositions that meld sacred/classical traditions of both East and West with trance-inducing, ancient grooves,the result is at times both stately and rapturous, a sultry and passionate instrumental music that seems to emanate from a profoundly deep wellspring. NPR’s Bob Boilen called it “both a deep, thoughtful breath and an upbeat celebration.”