CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Julia Zerounian and the Zerounian Ensemble will perform familiar and exotic songs from around the world on October 21 at the Regattabar.
According to the Boston Globe, “The soulful vocalist is a one woman United Nations of Cabaret,” singing in French, Italian, Armenian, Russian, Persian, Yiddish and Latin in addition to American Songbook classics. She will perform alongside her husband pianist Sarkis Zerounian leading the versatile and talented ensemble of musicians. Featured performers will include Menuhin competition winner from China, Angelo Xiang Yu on violin; from Macedonia Goran Daskalov on saxophone and accordion; the seasoned Klezmer music specialist Grant Smith on percussion and from Argentina, Berklee College of Music professor Fernando Huergo on bass.
With her evocative voice, she transcends language and culture to express music from a multitude of cultures. She takes on all the different musical genres of these countries performing with her warm personality and making her truly a “world music singer.”
Julia Zerounian 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 her soulful 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. Media personality and author, Christopher Lydon, commented after her 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 in 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.”