Lili Haydn

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Lili Haydn
Lili Haydn.jpg
Haydn performing in MacArthur Park, LA
July 2009
Background information
Also known as "Helicopter"
Born (1971-12-25) December 25, 1971 (age 43)
Genres Classical, jazz, rock, alternative
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, actress, activist
Instruments Vocalist, violin, piano
Labels Atlantic, Nettwerk, Arista, Private music
Website Lili

Lili Haydn (born in Toronto, Canada) is a rock violinist, vocalist, recording artist, and composer. As a child, she pursued a career as an actress; at age eight she discovered the violin and began to focus on classical music. By the time Haydn was fifteen, she had played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.[1]

After graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in Political Science, Haydn started composing original songs and became one of the most requested session violinists around Los Angeles. By the time she signed with Atlantic in 1997, she had embraced a variety of genres, having played with Quwaali musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Porno for Pyros, Tracy Chapman, The Jayhawks, Brandy, Tony! Toni! Tone!, No Doubt, Tom Petty and more. In addition, she has played with, sung with, and opened for Sting, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Matchbox 20, Seal, and George Clinton, who calls her "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin".[1]


Lili is the daughter of legendary comedienne Lotus Weinstock (the first woman to perform at the comedy store, who engaged to Lenny Bruce during the last year of his life, contemporary of Bill Maher, Jay Leno, Sandra Bernhard.) Her father was video artist David Jove, cultural outlaw, conspiracy theorist, film and television director (New Wave Theater, Stranger than Love), AKA The Acid King, the first person, alongside Owsley Stanley) to mass produce LSD, and is associated with the drug use of the The Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

Both now deceased, Lili's parents allowed her to choose her own first name. She reportedly chose the name "Helicopter" by which she was known briefly.[2]

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.


As a child actress, Haydn may be best remembered as the young, smart and sassy daughter, Belinda Capuletti, from the 1983 Rodney Dangerfield movie Easy Money.[3] She also appeared in the first Not Quite Human TV movie in 1987, and was a regular cast member on the syndicated The New Gidget.

1979-1980, starting at age eight[4] she played Jenny Columbo, daughter of Lt. Columbo and his ex-wife, Kate Columbo/Callahan, in Mrs. Columbo; A spin-off to the Peter Falk series.

Her debut album, Lili, was released in the fall of 1997 and was followed by Light Blue Sun in 2003 and Place Between Places in 2008, which she promoted with television and radio appearances such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and NPR. NPR described "Place Between Places" as "A mix of neo-psychedelic flower child and rock star virtuoso...Heifetz meet Hendrix."

She has a bit part in the Michael Keaton movie Jack Frost. She contributed to the score of the Edward Burns/Jennifer Aniston film She's the One (1996),[5] as well as several films with Hans Zimmer, including Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Haydn won a fellowship to the Sundance Film Institute composing in 2009, and has composed the film scores for three films, Jacklight, The Horse Boy (premiered at Sundance Film Festival and released in 2009 by Zeitgeist Films), and "The Lightmaker".[6][7][8]

In 2008, Haydn accompanied Roger Waters at the Coachella music festival when they played "Dark Side of the Moon".[9] Haydn also performed on Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Tour 2008. That same year she appeared on the cable TV series, Californication.

Lili's fourth full length studio record, "LiliLand," will be 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 this experience in a TEDx talk "How Music Saved My Brain."


A social activist, Lili also performs regularly for various human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Operation USA, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Action Center; and her song “Unfolding Grace” appears on a CD compilation with U2 and Sting which benefits Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese pro-democracy movement.[10]



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