ORCHESTRA - Migration Series (2006) - concerto for jazz band

Jazz Band + Orchestra

The Migration Series was commissioned by Wynton Marsalis for the Jazz Lincoln Center Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra as part of Bermel's Music Alive residency. The piece premiered on November 16th, 2006 in the Rose Theater, New York.

The work opens with a moody episode built atop a repetitive descending bass riff, with plaintive harmonies and sinewy solo lines. When he scores bluesy brass chords, Mr. Bermel spikes them effectively with gnarly modernist dissonance. There were riveting passages that combined choralelike harmonies with unhinged rhythms; a bleakly comic episode in which the brass players from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra evoked a wondrous gaggle of squawking, whining and pleading human voices.
— New York Times

Derek Bermel rehearing "The Migration Series" with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis 

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis