When Mollie Kidari plays the piano, she steps out of the way and lets the music come through her allowing her to become the instrument. She believes music is spiritual communication to Spirit.
Mollie’s lifelong love of music started at three when she watched her mother teach piano. In third grade, she studied at the Conservatory of Music in Texas and won musical competitions. Two years later, she moved with her family to Arizona and studied at Arizona State University under Dr. Donald Isaak, originally from Germany (whose teacher was taught by Beethoven himself), and Dr. Arnold Bullock until she was 18. Mollie was very fortunate to study with Grant Wolfe and Don Bothwell in the jazz music program at Mesa Community College, performing with the big band and the jazz percussion ensemble.
Mollie performed for two years with Central Phoenix Unity, five years with Unity Church of Today in Scottsdale, as well as the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, and other community churches.
While Mollie performed for several years with choirs and in churches, she also turned her talents to rock music. Mollie has played with many bands and many types of bands, as well as performing musical background for television productions and Telemundo novellas.
For seven years, she was the pianist with Gravelin’ Roll. She played in concerts, opened for Fleetwood Mac, Little Feat, and King Crimson, and was a featured artist on KDKB with Bill Compton. And while living in San Diego she played with Mode’, an all girl jazz fusion band. In Phoenix, she performed for three years with Loose Cannons Blues Band, featuring Luther Jackson (Michael Jackson’s uncle). Currently she performs with Refugees from the ‘60s, a band here in the Valley that plays original songs as well as ‘60s classics.
Mollie’s career ranges from teaching music, being a school administrator for 11 years, and doing production sound design for Valley Youth Theatre. Mollie now teaches music and customizes the teaching for her students for the many ways people learn music. She also has served as a mentor with Free Arts of Arizona to bring art and music to abused and neglected children. Currently she works with international high school students here on scholarships from the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, to be ambassadors of peace.
To Mollie, the whole point is playing music from the heart to bring joy to everyone and uplift the Spirit.