Derek Bermel- Migrations
Migration Series for Jazz Esnemble and Orchestra Mar de Setembro A Shout, a Whisper, and a Trace
Luciana Souza, Vocals Ted Nash, Soprano/ Alto Saxophone Derek Bermel Julliard Jazz Orchestra Albany Syphony Symphony _ David Alan Miller
Migrations provides a generous view of Derek Bermel’s superb craftsmanship and eclectic style, in which classical forms, world music, jazz, blues and American folk music create a mix that reaches directly into the body and the heart. Commissioned by Wynton Marsalis, Migration Series has its roots in African American music, its impeccable counterpoint and biting rhythms expressed through orchestration that sounds like a city coming to life. Mar de Setembro was inspired by Luciana Souza’s bell-toned voice and the intense feelings of Portuguese saudade, while A Shout, a Whisper, and a Trace honors Bartók’s last years in New York, referring to the Concerto for Orchestra as well as to jazz and Balkan music.