SOLO - Mar de Setembro (2011) 

Duration - 13:00

mezzo soprano; 2 flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes (english horn), 2 clarinets (A, bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (contrabassoon); 2 horns, 2 trumpets; harp, 2 percussion; strings

Mar de Setembro was commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, music director, as part of the Sound Investment program.

Unambiguously luscious music.... [Bermel is] a versatile, respectful chameleon…[who] weds Impressionism, bossa nova, tango, waltz and more to evocative ends.
— New York Times
‘Mar de Setembro’ is a short set of five songs to texts by the late Portuguese poet Eugénio de Andrade and written for the Brazilian jazz singer Luciana Souza. Bermel has produced a small gem…dreamy music of the senses and pure pleasures for Souza’s tongue. The orchestra laps like waves of the ocean.
— Los Angeles Times