Willie Aron – film/tv composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer – has had a unique, diverse career in music that has spanned nearly forty years. Willie’s first band of note was L.A.-based acoustic avant-folk-popsters The Balancing Act. The heralded quartet released three albums on I.R.S. Records in the ‘80s, toured relentlessly and enjoyed a small but devoted following.
Following the band’s demise in 1989, Willie went on to perform as a sideman with a myriad of artists such as Victoria Williams, Syd Straw, Michael Penn, Dave Alvin, Peter Himmelman, Moby Grape guitarist Peter Lewis, and countless others. Encouraged by former Balancing Act manager and renowned music supervisor Gary Calamar as well as friend and mentor Van Dyke Parks, Willie became an acclaimed film/tv composer, amassing credits for such shows as the NAACP Image Award-winning documentary series, “Unsung,” HBO’s “True Blood, “American Gangster,” and many more. He has also composed music for many commercial agencies and music libraries.
As a long-standing member for L.A.‘s beloved Wild Honey Orchestra, Willie has accompanied such legends as The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine, Buffalo Springfield’s Richie Furay, The Band’s Garth Hudson, and the surviving members of The Lovin’ Spoonful for an annual series of charity concerts that have raised funds for autism.
Willie also served as co-producer of a series of as-yet-unreleased recordings by the late, legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and his former partner, Anjani Thomas.
Willie is currently one-half of the Beatles-gospel-folk-funk power duo, Thee Holy Brothers, along with Lone Justice founding member, Marvin Etzioni. They have recently released their debut album, “My Name Is Sparkle.”
Following the untimely passing of Willie’s beloved wife of twenty-five years in November 2018, he rededicated himself to the magic of live performance, and has subsequently been performing with a number of noteworthy ensembles, including Paisley Underground pioneers The Dream Syndicate, psych-jazz-krautrockers Mushroom LA, psychedelic-world beat-poetry explorers The Illustrious Ancestors, instrumental outfit Two Heads (including X’s DJ Bonebrake, Camper Van Beethoven’s Victor Krummenacher, and Half Japanese/Matthew Sweet’s John Moremen), and The Vince Melouney Sect (featuring original Bee Gees guitarist Vince Melouney).
As an actor, Willie appeared as a Wrecking Crew guitarist in the critically-acclaimed film about Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, “Love & Mercy.”
Willie’s latest project is a collaboration with singer-songwriter Milo Binder in the psychedelic pop “story album,” “Paisley and the Firefly.”
As is evidenced, Willie Aron is a consummate musician and collaborator in a lengthy career in music, and Willie retains his love and passion for all forms of creating and performing music.
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