MONIQUE "HONEYBIRD" MIZRAHI – Multi-instrumentalist (charango, bass, guitar, vocals), singer-songwriter, and LGBTQ+ artivist. Born and raised in Los Angeles she found her musical calling in Italy, and is currently based in Bologna. After graduating Berklee College of Music she worked in Hollywood recording studios with Primus, Rage Against the Machine, Elliott Smith and countless others. She has studied charango with Argentinean maestro Patricio Sullivan. As Honeybird she has brought her music around Europe, Latin America, Canada and the US. With trio honeybird & the birdies, she performed at Primavera Sound (Spain), Eurosonic (Holland), Cherchez La Femme (France) as well as tours in Italy including a performance at Primo Maggio in Rome.
In 2015 she recorded a solo album Out Comes Woman chronicling her coming out experience as bisexual, produced by Marc Urselli (John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Mike Patton). In the US she received the steve ben israel commission to create a yiddish pacifist ritual for BRIC; an unique invite to present Bi at the Brooklyn Museum for Women's History Month; and a prestigious invite to perform at the US White House under the Obama Administration for the Bisexual Community Briefing. Two wild tours and an EP release (WM) with charango-punk trio Honeybird & The Monas. She spent much of 2016 touring with popular Italian rock band Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti playing charango, guitar and singing backing vocals in an extensive summer and winter tour. Performances took place the following year in Vancouver, Canada at Too Queer: A Bi-Visibility Cabaret and around California. In 2017 and 2018 she was visiting artist at Berklee College Music, Valencia, Spain, and presented Artivism and LGBTQ+ themed topics to faculty, staff and students. Her mission is to listen to intersectional LGBTQ+ community voices and transform the daily struggle into song.
Monique plays Aquila Corde charango strings. (link)