Derek Bermel / Juilliard Jazz Orchestra & Albany Symphony on Naxos American
Migrations provides a generous view of Derek Bermels 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. Commisioned 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 Souzas bell-toned voice and the intense feelings of Portuguese saudade, while A Shout, A Whisper, and A Trace honors Bartoks last years in New York, referring to the Concerto for Orchestra as well as to jazz and Balkan music.
Derek Bermel / Alarm Will Sound
Derek Bermel / Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Derek Bermel's CD of orchestral works: From the melodic roots of West Africa to the infectious grooves of Bulgarian folk music, the CD's four orchestral works meld Bermel's love for orchestral and jazz music with a myriad of unlikely global traditions and influences.
Derek Bermel/Chamber Works on New World Records (CRI)