Canadian-born, New York City–based cellist and composer Julia Kent makes music using layered and processed cello, electronics, and found sounds, creating haunting and evocative soundscapes that range from hushed intimacy to cinematic expansiveness. She has released five solo records, the most recent being Temporal on UK label Leaf, and has toured throughout North America and Europe, including appearances at Primavera Sound, Mutek, Meltdown, and Unsound.
She also composes for film, television, theatre, and dance, including award-winning film scores and music for productions at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, BAM Fishman Space in New York City, Ballett Nationaltheater Mannheim, and Balletto Teatro di Torino.
Press for Temporal
“Epic”- The Guardian , 4/5 Contemporary Album of the Month,
“This is music on a truly human scale, in terms of its inspiration, delivery and undeniable emotional punch” – MOJO 4/5
“Her playing is as graceful as any ballerina, but this is a not-so-merry dance through sombre post-classical soundscapes at once both intimate and imposing”
– DJ 8/10
“Here’s a record of real substance from this extraordinary Canadian cellist and composer. Richly textured and full of depth and complexity that will enamour devotees of neo-classicists such as Max Richter or Jóhann Jóhannsson” – Electronic Sound
“Temporal is deep and distinctive, another high mark in a distinguished career”- A Closer Listen
“A depth and soul miles beyond most of the electronic/classical fusions available today”- Popmatters
“Julia Kent’s Temporal acts as a meditation on both time and the transitory, fragile nature of existence. Temporal has an intimate relationship with that of the physical world”- Fluid Radio
“Gorgeous record” – Tom Ravenscroft, BBC 6 Music