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Sophie Berkal-Sarbit – At the tender age of nineteen, Winnipeg native Sophie Berkal-Sarbit is already a seasoned performer, imbueing her sumptuous voice with a heady cocktail of emotion, musical skill, infallible pitch and innate good taste. Her strong background in musical theatre has given her a comfort on stage as well as an instant affinity with the audience.
With Young & Foolish, Producer/Arranger Bill King has fashioned an eclectic follow-up to Sophie’s well-received debut CD, Gypsy in My Soul - also produced and arranged by Bill King.
In fashioning the new recording, Bill has utilized Sophie’s new levels of maturity in her delivery and lyrical intent, as well as an increased facility with her naturally beautiful instrument.In her native Winnipeg, Sophie is half of the successful musical performance group, “Le Duo”, which includes guitarist Ariel Posen. She is also a key member of Bill King’s popular contemporary jazz vocal quartet, “Real Divas”. Since last July, Sophie Berkal-Sarbit has made her home in Toronto, and has quickly become a regular on the Toronto jazz scene. As part of the “Real Divas”, she has appeared on national television shows, including CTV’s “Canada AM” and CityTV’s “BT”. She has also appeared at numerous Canadian jazz festivals throughout the summer of 2009, and was also honoured to have headlined at the 2009 National Jazz Awards (broadcast “LIVE” on “Tonic” - CBC Radio 2).