Since completing her studies at Humber College in Toronto, Sophia Perlman has become a fixture of the Ontario music scene. Her musicality, old-soul interpretation 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 self-led jazz quartet, she is found regularly as a guest and collaborator and vocal arranger with some of Canada’s top ensembles and artists – including Adrean Farrugia, The Vipers, The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra 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. Sophia is the co-leader of PerlHaze with friend and fellow singer/musician Terra Hazelton. They are currently writing and arranging their debut recording with producer Drew Jurecka.
Sophia is also much in demand as an educator, and is passionate in her belief that every person deserves access to music and the arts. She currently teaches at Mohawk College in her current hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, where she is also an instructor for An Instrument For Every Child. In Toronto, she conducts the children’s choir for the We Are One Jazz Project and is a regularly featured children’s performer and clinician for Jazz Fm’s Jazz4Kids program. From 2008-2013, as outreach coordinator for the Canadian Children’s Opera Company’s OPERAtion KIDS program, she facilitated nearly 2000 elementary aged children through the process of composing and performing their own ten minute operas.
Her most recent recording Sophia Perlman & Adrean Farrugia: Alive at Musideum 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 (JUNO Award nominee, Contemporary Jazz), Brandi Disterheft’s Debut (JUNO Award winner, Traditional Jazz), as well as recordings by The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra, Jesse Barksdale, Mike Fields, Chuck Jackson and many others.