All-Star Group Receives Honor for Self-Titled Debut Album
LOS ANGELES – Opium Moon’s win for Best New Age Album at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards is a victory for global peace and inclusion and for the all-star, multi-national quartet, which features Lili Haydn, Hamid Saeidi, M.B. Gordy, and Itai Disraeli.
“For a band of Americans, Iranians and Israelis, Christians, Muslims and Jews to win a GRAMMY Award sends a powerful message that music done in freedom and peace has value and is recognized,” said bassist Disraeli.
The band’s collective credits include collaborations with everyone from Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, to the LA Philharmonic, George Clinton, Herbie Hancock, and Green Day. You’ll find them in massively popular film scores like Transformers, Game of Thrones, Frozen, and Pirates of the Caribbean, and among them they have scored more than 45 films. Their self-titled debut album landed on four Billboard charts, and today the group has won its first GRAMMY Award.
Violinist and lead vocalist Haydn says, “Our music is created by listening to each other deeply and loving across traditional boundaries of state, religion, and harmony. It is the embodiment of the change we’d like to see in the world. We are humbled by the honor of this award and how it will spread our music and its message far and wide.”
Hailed as, “…spacious and timeless,” by Bob Boilen of NPR Music and celebrated as, “…the soundtrack to an exotic, hazy, languorous dream, a sensual/spiritual trip into the mystic,” by KPCC’s Steve Hochman, Opium Moon features Lili Haydn on violin and vocals, Hamid Saeidi on santoor (Iranian dulcimer) and vocals, Itai Disraeli on bass, and percussionist M.B. Gordy.
Band members have played with musical greats including Roger Waters, Sting, B.B. King, and Josh Groban. The band members’ prolific work has been featured in some of the most iconic moments in popular culture, such as Mad Men, Battlestar Gallactica and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and together they have sold more than 100 million units worldwide.
Opium Moon’s eponymous debut was released in July 2018 by Be Why Music, the California-based record label devoted to music for the global awakening.