Lolita is an Assyrian and Armenian musician, born on Cabrogal land and navigating many worlds: she is a pianist, vocalist, music educator and feminist ethnomusicologist.
Lolita’s experience as a performer spans across venues such as AGNSW and Sydney Opera House, to The Metro Theatre and North Byron Parklands for Splendour in the Grass festival. Her work is actively inspired by her experience as a young woman in stateless diaspora. Guided by the tutelage of Dr. Natalia Andreeva and masterclasses with Armenian pianist Anahit Nercessian, Lolita is particularly drawn to expressions of cultural identity through the works of Armenian art music composers Arno Babadjanian and Aram Khachaturian.
Similarly, she is a strong advocate for the continued preservation and reconstruction of Assyrian, and more broadly, at-risk culture through music. In 2019, she performed in Assyrian Aid Society Australia’s first Mesopotamian Night. In the same year, she toured as a pianist in the US with the emerging Assyrian Women ensemble, guided by Dr. Charlene Archibeque and initiated by the Assyrian Arts Institute. In 2018, Lolita conducted Participatory Action Research work with young Assyrian women in diaspora on music-making and identity construction. Lolita has also toured as a backing vocalist with hip-hop artist and spoken word poet Luka Lesson across Australia with international artists Akala (UK) and Nahko and the Medicine for the People (US). She is currently an academic tutor in musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.