Regattbar

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2016-11-29

7:30PM

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"Vocalist Julia performs with all the pizzazz of a headliner... Her voice is gorgeous--with a full palette of evocative colors... She is completely riveting..." - Victor Rosenbaum, concert pianist, composer, and NEC music professor

Julia and the Zerounian Ensemble

Featuring: Julia Zerounian - Vocals
Layth Sidiq - Violin
Edwardo Mercury - Guitar, mandolin
Grant Smith - Percussion
Fernando Huergo - Bass
Sarkis Zerounian - Piano

The inimitable song-stylist Julia and her 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. Her husband, pianist Sarkis Zerounian, leads the versatile and talented ensemble of musicians, featuring gifted Jordanian violinist Layth Sidiq, talented guitarist Eduardo Mercuri, the well-seasoned klezmer music specialist Grant Smith on percussion, and 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. Julia moved to Boston in 1972 after marrying Sarkis (who also happens to be a highly regarded structural engineer with numerous award winning projects), whom she met when he was doing graduate studies in Armenian music at the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan. Since then, Julia 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, passionate singing and her mastery of many different musical styles has not only gained a large and loyal following, but also garnered rave reviews from prominent musicians and music critics as well as her loyal fans.

Victor Rosenbaum, concert pianist, composer, and music professor commented after one of Julia's concerts: "Vocalist Julia performs with all the pizzazz of a headliner, as comfortable on stage as if she had been singing on Broadway, in clubs and in cabarets all her life... Her voice is gorgeous--with a full palette of evocative colors--and she can put across every kind of song, from the sweetest innocent love song to hand-clapping dance numbers. She is completely riveting on stage, and her back-up group led by her husband Sarkis at the piano provides all the necessary support, rhythm and complementary color."