Unique jazz pianist from the heart of Siberia
On April 10, 2021, the young Russian pianist Julia Perminova, who has successfully established herself on the jazz scenes of Moscow, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin, released her solo album “Imagination”.
Julia Perminova was born and raised in the small Siberian city Tyumen, which she describes as “the most hospitable place in Russia, but unfortunately with no opportunities for a small girl who just started playing jazz and now cannot get enough of it”. Even though she went through Russia’s infamous classical piano program, she always had trouble sticking to the notes on the page and wanted to deviate to her own story.
Soon, Julia left Siberia and moved to Moscow, where her career took off quickly. She studied with Russia’s foremost jazz pedagogues at the prestigious Gnessin Academy and started playing with Russian jazz luminaries such as Igor Butman (Chick Corea) and Valery Ponomarev (Art Blakey).
But living in Moscow, the pianist realised that she needed to go even further from her Siberian hometown. Encouraged by victories at international jazz competitions in Spain and Romania, she decided to further her studies in Europe, where during the past three years, she found a new playground for her musical ideas. Julia got to play with a variety of artists such as Ronnie Cuber (George Benson) and performed her own music in venues such as Sunset Sunside (Paris), Zig Zag (Berlin) and Bimhuis (Amsterdam).
Even though she is still a student, Julia is a in-demand musicians for a variety of styles. She is returning to her hometown where she wrote award winning musicals for children, she arranged music for the Bangladeshi pop star Taposh and performed with him on national television, went to Mongolia and China to perform on jazz festivals.
Travelling around the world Julia Perminova felt inspired to write music that could translate the palette of emotions she went through on her trips. She started to make videos of herself playing short songs and posted them on social media, where the community’s response was very positive. Having collected a few dozen songs, the pianist decided to record a selection for an album. In these songs, she is referring to some of her most memorable experiences: starting with "Lights of Tyumen" (dedicated to Julia's hometown) and ending with "Caribbean Rainfall” (written while working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean Sea), Julia is painting a colourful image of a world that highlights beauty in places where it is not expected. Her musical approach is strongly influenced by the pianistic virtuosity of Rachmaninov and Ravel whilst keeping a Satie-like simplicity, which makes the music easily relatable. Furthermore, Julia Perminova mentions rhythms from jazz, Irish music, and dance music as influences, as you can hear on “Irish Fairytale” or “Rhythm of your Heart”.
Altogether, the songs from “Imagination” will take its listener on a journey around the world, giving insight into Julia Perminova’s experiences. “Since our world makes it difficult for all of us sometimes, I hope that I can give my listeners moments of hope, joy and inner peace, I want everybody to feel that there is beauty inside each of us”, Julia states.
“Imagination” is available digitally on bandcamp and on streaming platforms, physical copies can be ordered on .
Julia Perminova is a young pianist and composer from Tyumen, which is a city in the Siberian part of Russia.
In 2017 Julia graduated Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow. Being a freshman at the Academy, Julia won several international competitions: Kim Nazaretov Contest for young jazz musicians (Rostov-on-Don), "Grand Piano in Jazz" contest (Moscow), Gnesin's Jazz (Moscow), Johnny Răducanu International Jazz Festival (Brăila, Romania), and "International Talent" (Costa Brava, Spain). Also she took a part in various jazz festivals playing with famous Russian and foreign musicians: Ronnie Cuber, Stafford Hunter, Valeriy Ponomaryov, Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra. In 2016 she released her first album called “Luminiscense” with her project “Amber Sept” with famous Russian drummer Ignat Kravtsov. In 2018 she released her trio album “Revival”.
Now Julia is a student of the Jazz Institute (Berlin, Germany). She takes part in different international musical projects whilst also leading her own trio. Studying in different European countries Julia performed with her original music in famous jazz venues such as “Zig Zag” (Berlin), “Sunside Sunset” (Paris), “Bimhuis” (Amsterdam). In 2021 Julia Perrminova released her solo piano album “Imagination”.
Jazz-therapy for clearing your mind.
Listening to the instrumental music written by pianist Julia Perminova one can discover deep intelligence and equilibrium of a boundless soul. Contemplative jazz by a beautiful woman from Siberia.
It’s when serenity prevails over passion, and chaos is being structured. Tamed force of nature properly guided with a soft feminine touch. A wise will hidden behind a soft smile.
Julia Perminova’s music is just as interesting as a conversation between two mature people can be. It’s an unpredictable music discussion where truth is not born but rather inherent in every word.
Reasoning, meaning, and wit make up her language. A gentle touch based on the unshakeable inner resilience is her style. And her personality is friendly serious-mindedness, sincerity that invites you for a dialogue.
If your soul is craving for some refreshing intelligent music, you’ve come to the right place. It restores you mentally and helps you gather your thoughts. Jazz-therapy for clearing your mind.
It’s also worth mentioning that this music will suit both connoisseurs and newcomers. It is meaningful and apprehensible at the same time. It doesn’t overwhelm you with any excessive complexity or confusing intricacy. It’s not some kind of “sophisticated jazz”, it does not seem melancholic, or heavyweight, or oversaturated. It is perceived as calm, sensible, and competent narration. Like clear skies after bad weather or a wise and insightful glimpse dissolving worries and hesitations. Ideal for rebooting your brain.