These days," wrote Jon Garelick in his January feature article on the group in the The Phoenix, Boston is a hotbed of pan-American vocalists -- Sofia Koutsovitis, Marta Gomez, and Teresa Ines come to mind -- but in a sense Mili is the mother of them all. Mili's exposure to the greats of pan-American music was first-hand -- the first time she heard the legendary Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa was in the family living room. Sosa was the type of singer Mili would model herself on."
Critics have called Ms. Bermejo one of Boston's most talented singers in any genre" (Bob Young, Boston Herald), a musical explorer" (Jay Miller, Quincy Patriot- Ledger), and the Latin equivalent of Abbey Lincoln...a singer/ composer who challenges us with her musical honesty" (Alan Bargebuhr, Cadence). She is a 20- year veteran of the Berklee College of Music faculty, a former Jazz Ambassador for the United States Information Service/Arts America and the first woman to receive the prestigious Achievement in Jazz Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). De Tierra is her 10th recording as a leader and her latest musical expression of hope and meaning in response to the violence and instability in the world today.