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Sophia Perlman

Biography

SOPHIA PERLMAN (Vocalist) Since completing her studies at Humber College in Toronto, Sophia Perlman has become a fixture of the Ontario jazz and blues scene. Her musicality, old-soul voice and skill as an improviser have made her a first-call featured singer with some of the top ensembles and musicians in the country. In addition to performing and touring with her own quartet, she is found performing regularly with numerous artists and ensembles, including Adrean Farrugia, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra, the Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra, the Toronto Rhythm Initiative, the Vipers, and Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Blues Band.

Early choral training, and a knack for picking out harmony nurtured a deep love for singing with others, and Sophia can often be found collaborating with other vocalists including Terra Hazelton, Julie Michels, Alex Samaras and Tyler Yarema. From 2008-2013, she worked with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company’s OPERAtion KIDS outreach program, and during her tenure worked with close to 2000 elementary aged students in Toronto creating music and opera, as well as instructing two of their choruses for children as young as three.

Her most recent recording, Alive at Musideum, featuring piainist Adrean Farrugia was released in 2012. She is also heard on numerous other recordings, fronting two albums by The Vipers, and as a featured guest on Adrean Farrugia’s Ricochet, Brandi Disterheft’s Debut, as well as recordings by the Toronto Jazz Orchestra, the Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra, Jesse Barksdale, Mike Fields, and Chuck Jackson.

In summer 2014, Sophia completed a seven week tour of Western Canada with vocalist Terra Hazelton as part of their duo "Perlhaze."

In 2014, Sophia joined the faculty at Mohawk College as a vocal instructor.