The Julians are four of Portland's finest classically trained female vocalists working together to explore, challenge, embrace, and sing the living daylights out of music that they love. The Julians formed in 2010 with the intention of creating genre-defying programs that seamlessly meld classical, pop, jazz, and indie music. They have performed their original arrangements in a variety of Portland venues including Alberta Rose Theatre, Someday Lounge, Splendorporium, Jade Lounge, as well as on many concert series including First Presbyterian Church Celebration Works Concert Series, Salem Hayloft Concert Series, Oregon State and Portland State University Concert Series, and PICA’s T:BA festival with New York based composer, Nick Hallett. In 2014, The Julians took second place in the annual Pacific Northwest Regional Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival. They collaborate frequently with local artists including Portland’s own 45th Parallel and are featured on Bryan Free's 2011 album, Red Queen. The Julians are comprised of: Kristen Buhler, Liz Bacon, Maria Karlin and Vakarė Petroliūnaitė.
The Julians were named for the 13th century mystic and philosopher, Julian of Norwich. Her work, Revelations of Divine Love, is the first book in the English language known to have been written by a woman. She had the radical idea - back when it was dangerous for women to have ANY ideas - that love was more powerful than war. She symbolizes the values our group holds most dear: courage, creativity, and most of all, LOVE. The Julians are grateful to the founding artistic director of our group - Tuesday Rupp, for finding this perfectly suited name.