Addi Somekh

Balloon Artist, Entertainer



Addi Somekh is a balloon artist who specializes in improvising elaborate balloon hats and large abstract sculptures. His balloon work has taken him to over 40 countries. In 2001, Addi was bit by a tick and contracted Lyme’s Disease, and wound up bedridden for eight months. While he could do little else, he used his time learning to make and play the balloon bass. The balloon bass is a musical instrument made entirely of latex balloons and air, and has a range of three and a half octaves. It is built with only a single 11-inch round balloon and two skinny twisting balloons, and is amplified by a peizo pick up run into a bass amp. These days Addi can be found playing with his Los Angeles-based band, Unpopable.