Sonoda (so-NO-duh) is a meditative pop ensemble based in Los Angeles, CA. The quartet approaches live music and dream pop with a delicate, spiritual, and therapeutic perspective. A gentle glow of crystals, salt lamps, candles and flowers adorn the stage as the band creates a welcoming wash of ambience with warbly guitars and oscillating synths. Each performance opens and closes with a soothing ‘Ohm’ sung by front woman Lisa Sonoda, who resounds deeply on stage with her singing bowl, tingshas and chimes. It is in this dream world where Sonoda’s lullaby-pop sensibility conjures the auras of influences like Broadcast and Beach House. From these influences, Sonoda offers a new take on music and dream pop, bringing us a collective deep breath— a refreshment, a renewal: Meditative Pop.

Starting as Lisa Sonoda' solo project, she soon expanded the current live band with help from Adrian Garcia, Eddie Ramos and Jacob Maag. They released Half-Life/The Mark (Anniversary, 2019), Point of View (Flexible/Terrible Records, 2021), Purpose (Flexible/Terrible Records, 2021) and toured in support of Mutual Benefit and Hater. Sonoda has also performed with Good Morning, Juniore, Claud and many more.

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Events featuring Sonoda

Mar 17, 2022
9:30pm — 10:00pm
Presented by
Fire Records / Anniversary Group
Los Angeles, CA
Dream Pop
Professional Connections
Sonoda is seeking the following:
  • Label
  • Management
  • Brand Partnership
  • Gear Endorsement
  • Other Artists to Tour With
  • PR/Publicity Agency
  • Producer/Studio Engineer
  • Sync/Music Supervisors