“Julia Vari shines whether performing jazz, pop or various Latin music styles, all of which she can deftly sing in eight different languages.”
– George Varga, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE.
“[Julia Vari] is without a doubt the most important voice of her gender [in Mexico]… you only need to hear the genuine display of her talent alongside Armando Manzanero!… Her talent is one-of-a-kind”
– Mario Moreno Ivanova. Son of “Cantinflas” .
“[Julia Vari] blew one right out of the park [at Vitello’s Los Angeles]. Her performance was pure perfection. She has the voice of an angel who swings her heart out, and her poise and command of the stage is mesmerizing and captivating. I felt like I was in the presence of mastery.”
– Debra Graff, Sleepless in Studio City, Los Angeles .
“[Julia Vari] has positioned herself as one of the most important Lat American jazz singers of our time.”
– Fabian Vázquez, CIO Noticias TV .
“Julia Vari exudes energy and talent”
– Instituto Mexicano de Cultura.
Hailed by the press as “the voice of an angel [whose] poise and command of the stage is both mesmerizing and captivating,” (Debra Graff, Sleepless in Studio City), internationally-reknowned singer, songwriter and pianist Julia Vari “shines whether performing pop, jazz, or various Latin music styles, all of which she can deftly sing in eight different languages.” (George Varga, San Diego Union Tribune). Recognized as “without a doubt the most important voice of her genre in Mexico” (Mario Moreno Ivanova, son of Cantinflas), the multilingual artist has enchanted audiences around the globe for nearly a decade, including recent performances at Mexico City’s National Auditorium, the CARIFESTA International Festival in Haiti, Harlem Jazz Club in Barcelona, National Arts Center in Ottawa, CLAZZ Latin Festival (sharing the stage with Arturo Sandoval), and Vitello’s E Spot in Los Angeles. She has toured extensively through the U.S., Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Spain behind a pair of ground-breaking, chart-topping full-length album releases: a jazz-inflected fusion titled Lumea: Songs of the World in Jazz (2013), followed by Adoro (2015). The latter featured a soul-stirring collaboration with the legendary Armando Manzanero for which the disc was eponymously named. Both albums soared to the top of the jazz-blues charts in Latin America, competing with artists such as Michael Buble and Diana Krall.
The child of a classically-trained pianist mother and an accomplished guitar player father who became a medical doctor, Vari bounced back and forth for many years between New York and Mexico, as well as some time spent in Europe; as a result, she has long considered herself a citizen of the world. Vari spent many years exploring jazz fusion, and she is now thrilled to share more recent musical discoveries, compositions and live performances at the heart of a highly anticipated full-length album. Boldly—and appropriately—titled Borderless, it firmly declares itself and Vari to be sin fronteras… without borders. Vari believes in music without borders or restrictions, and that the elimination of literal and metaphorical borders is a prerequisite for appreciating the sonic, stylistic, emotional and lyrical terrain in which Borderless zigzags and summersaults through, mixing Pop sounds with electro, world music, jazz, and flamenco influences.
Julia Vari confesses that her musical awakening literally preceded her birth, and believes that her musical ear and taste began to form while waiting to leave her mother’s womb. Two years later she learned to play sitting on her mother’s lap, and formally began her studies at the age of five. Vari has made it a matter of practice to defy creative and imaginative limits, as her dynamically eclectic repertoire spans across a vast spectrum of genres and languages—she sings and has recorded material in six languages beyond her native English and Spanish. At University of Rochester’s renowned Eastman School of Music—Reneé Fleming, Steve Gadd, band leader María Schneider and trumpet giant Chuck Mangione are alumns—her studies included voice, piano theory and composition, as well as musical theater training at New York University.
With an extraordinary voice that can growl its way through a torchy love song one moment, go operatic the next and then shift smoothly into pop, swing, or any other musical idiom, Vari is formally concerned with fusions, blends and hybrids. Her unparalleled vocal charisma is at equally home with Pop, Latin, jazz, world rhythms, flamenco, classical or dance-electronica (EDM), and perhaps more so in those unmined spaces where those overlap. She has been called the “Diana Krall of Mexico,” often surprising her audience with her piano stylings, and more recently has been known to perform solo piano-voice concerts.
Julia Vari now divides her time between Los Angeles and Mexico City, where she has worked closely with award-winning producer/arranger Mario Santos (Gustavo Dudamel, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Alejandro Sanz). Santos, Vari says, blew her away with his arrangements of “Cruela de Vil,” her own rollicking, swing-fusion take on the Mel Leven-composed “Cruella de Ville,” (101 Dalmatians), produced by Mares Entertainment. Recorded and mixed by John Avila (Oingo Boingo), the track was engineered by two-time Grammy-winning engineer Robert Hadley, both among the roster of high-profile artists Vari has collaborated with, on stage and in the studio since coming to L.A. Borderless, Vari notes, also includes a duet titled “Pensar en Ti,” with the famed Cuban “trovador” Francisco Cespedes.
Borderless, Vari affirms, is the record she has always wanted to make. It could not have come at a better time, say long-time and recently garnered fans, since it reflects her own dreams for a world without borders, as well as the world so many dreamers like her envision.
Julia Vari is also a proud voting member of the Latin Recording Academy (LARAS), a BMI songwriter, and a William Morris Endeavor Agency exclusive artist for Voice Overs.
Partial list of cultural forums, festivals and venues that have featured Julia Vari:
- National Auditorium “Lunario”
-Mexico City’s Main Plaza “Zocalo”
-Ángela Peralta Theater
-Julio Castillo Theater
-Guanajuato International Film Festival
-QUIMERA Festival (Metepec)
-Luminaria Festival (Atizapan)
-Pablo Villavicencio Theater (Culiacán)
-Festival de las Almas (Valle de Bravo)
-CEIBA International Festival (Tabasco)
-Felipe Villanueva Theater (Toluca)
-Jose Alfredo Jimenez Festival (Dolores Hidalgo)
-CARIFESTA Festival (Haiti)
- Vitellos E-Spot (Los Angeles)
- Bogui Jazz Club (Madrid)
- Harlem Jazz Club (Barcelona)
- “CLAZZ” International Latin Jazz Festival with Arturo Sandoval
- Mexican Cultural Institute (Washington)
-The Loft (San Diego)
-Le Chat Noir (Miami)
-Fedenador Theater (Ecuador)
-FEPADE Auditorium (El Salvador)
- El Salvador International Jazz Festival
-Dick Smith Theater (Guatemala City)
Positive coverage and glowing critical reviews of Julia Vari have been published or broadcast by the following well-known media outlets in the U.S., Latin America, and Spain:
San Diego Union Tribune (USA) – L.A. Weekly (USA) – The Dante Night Show (USA)
El Pais (Spain) – EFE (Spain) – La Opinion (Spain) – SercanoTV (USA) – Reforma (Mexico) Excelsior (Mexico) – Milenio (Mexico) – La Jornada (Mexico) – El Financiero (Mexico) Susana Adiccion (Mexico) – Alfa 91.3 con Tono Esquinca (Mexico) – Grupo Formula
Maxine Woodside (Mexico) – Televisa Radio (Mexico) – La Prensa Grafica (El Salvador) Prensa Libre (Guatemala) – Esta de Moda (Ecuador)