"Bravo! Brava!...I can't do justice to the power and beauty of your show, and your ensemble… This was story-telling and musical art of a very high order, and chops and style and vast humanity."
- Christopher Lydon
Media Personality and Author
"The soulful vocalist is a one woman United Nations of Cabaret."
- The Boston Globe
Julia & the Zerounian Ensemble
Featuring: JULIA ZEROUNIAN – VOCALS
TESSA LARK – VIOLIN
GORAN DASKALOV – ACCORDION & SAXOPHONE
SCOTT FITZSIMMONS – BASS
GRANT SMITH – PERCUSSION
SARKIS ZEROUNIAN - PIANO
The inimitable song-stylist Julia and the Zerounian Ensemble perform familiar and exotic songs from around the world. According to the Boston Globe, “The soulful vocalist is a one woman United Nations of Cabaret”, singing French, Italian, Armenian, Russian, Persian, Yiddish and Latin tunes in addition to American Songbook classics, with her husband pianist Sarkis Zerounian leading the versatile and talented ensemble of musicians, 2012 Naumburg Competition winner Tessa Lark on violin, Goran Daskalov from Macedonia on accordion and saxophone, Scott Fitzsimmons on bass and Grant Smith on percussion.
With her gorgeous and evocative voice she transcends language and culture to express the music inherent in any language and culture. With a worldwide repertoire of songs, Julia and her ensemble deliver an exciting musical experience with equal parts conviction, authority and heart. She takes on all the different musical genres of these countries performing with her glowing and warm personality and making her truly a "world music singer".
Julia began her singing and acting career at an early age in Armenia, later performing with various professional ensembles and theatrical groups throughout the former Soviet Union. Since her move to Boston, she has become well-known to audiences as a great interpreter of international and contemporary songs performing in many cities in the United States and Canada.
The combination of Julia’s soulful, vibrant singing and mastery of musical styles has not only gained a large and loyal following, but garnered rave reviews from prominent musicians and music critics as well as her loyal fans. Media personality and author, Christopher Lydon commented after Julia’s 2013 spring concert at the Regattabar, "Bravo! Brava! …earlier in your show I pinched myself thinking: We're in Cairo, we're in Beirut, we're in Paris, we're in Jerusalem. And Julia feels at home each of the great capitals -- and seems to embody them when she sings. I can't do justice to the power and beauty of your show, and your ensemble. You transported us, almost literally. This was story-telling and musical art of a very high order, and chops and style and vast humanity."