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Published on Aug 6, 2019
Luciana Souza, vocals Derek Bermel, clarinet Ted Nash, saxophones Juilliard Jazz Orchestra Albany Symphony David Alan Miller, conductor
'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.