Regattbar

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2016-05-10

7:30PM

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"What struck me above all is what a truly marvelous singer Julia is: such a solid, consistently rich sound; and then the nuance, the languages, the fun, the flirtation, the air of a truly cosmopolitan spirit."
- Christopher Lydon, Media personality and author

Julia & the Zerounian Ensemble

Featuring: JULIA ZEROUNIAN - VOCALS
DANIEL STEPNER - VIOLIN
GORAN DASKALOV - SAXOPHONE & ACCORDION
EDUARDO MERCURI - GUITAR
GRANT SMITH - PERCUSSION
FERNANDO HUERGO - BASS
SARKIS ZEROUNIAN - PIANO

The inimitable song-stylist Julia and the Zerounian Ensemble return to the Regattabar for a unique and enchanting cabaret evening of 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 featuring, the great classical violinist Brandeis University music professor Daniel Stepner, the wonderful and versatile young musician from Macedonia Goran Daskalov on saxophone and accordion, very talented guitarist from Brazil Eduardo Mercuri, the well-seasoned and klezmer music specialist Grant Smith on percussion and from Argentina, Berklee College of Music professor Fernando Huergo on bass.

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 with her husband Sarkis in 1972, 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 all the different 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. The Emmy award winning TV host, best-selling author, Sonya Hamlin commented the following after Julia's 2015 spring concert at the Regattabar: "Julia Zerounian is a very gifted performer who adds a most interesting unique aspect to the cabaret singing scene... She performs in about 10 different languages - bringing both folk songs from those countries as well as bringing back more familiar foreign-language ballads from the Europe... What's special is that, besides being a truly fine talent... is watching the audience sing and clap along with songs they don't understand, responding simply to the basic ethnic beats of far-off countries was so wonderful... What an innovative way to emphasize how global, how deeply connected the people in our world can be if you appeal to the heart, to the basic musical instincts in all of us... Bravo Julia and Sarkis, her husband and musical director, and their great multi-ethnic band. "