Julia Varia - vocals
Mahesh Balasooriya - piano
Kevin Axt - bass
Steve Hass - drums
Xavier Beteta - piano
Leanne Chen - violin
Alex Vargas - bass
GA Advance: $10.00
GA Door: $15.00
BORDERLESS: EXPLORING MEXICAN AND WORLD MUSIC WITH A TWIST!
International singer-pianist, Julia Vari, will take you on an exhilarating musical journey all over the world, surprising you with a wide variety of styles and sounds from the north of Mexico to French cafes and the Israeli sea. Julia will warm your heart and leave you wanting more after hearing her fresh and original pop, jazz, Latin, and bossa versions of timeless tunes like La Vie en Rose and Mexican classic Besame mucho, as well as lesser-known jewels and fusions. Julia will be accompanied by top-level Los Angeles musicians: a spectacular event not to be missed!
Band Member Bios:
MAHESH BALASOORIYA - Performances include Arturo Sandoval at the White House, Natalie Cole, Stanley Clarke, Ravi Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, music director for Engelbert Humperdinck).
KEVIN AXT on bass - performances include Natalie Cole, Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, Hank Jones, Phil Woods, Lalo Schifrin, Shelby Lynne, Queen Latifah, Placido Domingo, Pat Williams, Russell Watson, Patti Austin, Bobby Shew, Chuck Mangione, Bernadette Peters
STEVE HASS - performances include Manhattan Transfer, Patti Austin, Cher, Wynton Marsalis, Debbie Gibson, among many others
JULIA VARI - hailed by the press as “one of the most important Latin American jazz singers of our time,” dynamic jazz-pop-world music artist Julia Vari has dazzled audiences with her extraordinary stage presence and outstanding vocal technique at the most important festivals and theaters throughout the world. Julia’s most recent albums, “Lumea: songs of the world in jazz” (sung in eight different languages), and “Adoro,” both remained six months on the “Top Five” jazz-world music charts in Latin America, competing with artists such as Diana Krall and Michael Buble, and consequently allowing this extraordinary singer-pianist-composer to share the stage and collaborate with musical icons such as Arturo Sandoval and Armando Manzanero.
Currently based between Southern California and Mexico, Julia was born with music in her blood, as her mother is a pianist and her father plays the guitar. She had the opportunity to study voice and piano at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, as well as musical theater at New York University.
Since her return to music in 2011, Julia has performed all over Latin America, North America, and Spain, including venues such as Mexico City’s National Auditorium “Lunario,” the Zocalo (Mexico City’s main plaza), Carifesta International Festival (Port au Prince, Haiti), CLAZZ Continental Latin Jazz Festival, National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada), Vitello’s E Spot (Los Angeles), Dizzy’s (San Diego), Bogui Jazz Hall (Madrid, Spain), Garufa Theater (Corunha, Spain), CEIBA International Festival (Tabasco, Mexico), Pablo Villavicencio Theater (Sinaloa, Mexico), IGA Theater (Guatemala), Fedenador Theater (Ecuador), and FEPADE Theater (El Salvador), among many others. She has also participated in countless well-known Mexican and international radio and TV programs. Julia sings in eight different languages and is known for her fusions of music from different countries, languages and genres into fresh and original arrangements.
Julia is currently in the process of preparing her new album, an exciting mix of original tunes and covers that fusions electro, jazz, pop and flamenco and includes a duet with the famous Cuban artist Francisco Cespedes.FACEBOOK LINK