Julia Kent is a Canadian, New York City-based, Vancouver, British Columbia-born, cellist and composer. She has performed as a member of Rasputina and with Antony and the Johnsons.
She creates music using looped cello, found sounds, and electronics. In 2007, she released "Delay," her first solo album, on Important Records. An EP, Last Day in July, was released for commercial distribution in 2010, and a second full-length record, Green and Grey, in 2011, on Tin Angel.
In 2013 Kent moved to The Leaf Label, releasing her third solo album, Character, in March. Her album Asperities was released on Leaf on 30th October 2015. Kent spoke about the album in an interview, saying "I was thinking about the concept of difficulty. Whether in life or in nature - of conflict, of being troubled. The idea of friction. Also in geology, an asperity is some part of a faultline that doesn’t move which can create an earthquake, which is quite an evocative concept…In the music there is an inherent sense of dissonance; that things are too close for comfort. More generally, it seems like a particularly dark time in the world right now, and I think that definitely had an influence too".
Her composition "Dorval" was used in the 2008 film Trinidad, and in The Good Show, an episode of National Public Radio's Radiolab.
In 2011 her composition "Gardermoen," from "Delay," was used in Paolo Sorrentino's movie This Must Be the Place.
She composed music for the Canadian documentary film The Boxing Girls of Kabul, the short film Birthplace, "A Short History of Decay," and "Oasis," which won Best Short Film at the Seville European Film Festival 2015.
She has also composed and performed music for theatre and dance, including productions by the Italian company Balletto Civile.
As a solo artist, she has appeared at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, the Meltdown Festival in London, the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, the CTM festival in Berlin. and the Unsound festival in New York City.