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Vocalist Mili Bermejo Announces New CD, New Website, and New Tour

SOURCE: Published: 2002-06-12
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Scott Menhinick, Media Relations for Ms. Bermejo
Improvised Communications
(781) 893-9424
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BOSTON, MA - Jazz vocalist, composer, and Berklee College of Music professor Mili Bermejo is proud to announce the American release of her latest recording Pienso el Sur (Ediciones Pentagrama) on June 11th, the launch of her new website, and a short Northeast tour with her Octet in July. Pienso el Sur features the Mili Bermejo Sextet, with Argentinean guitarist/composer Claudio Ragazzi, and is available today through Bermejo?s new web site, http://www.milibermejo.com. Her newest ensemble, the Mili Bermejo/George Schuller Octet, merges New York downtown multi-instrumentalists and traditional Latin-meets-jazz compositions. The group will perform at Boston?s Regattabar July 10th, New York City?s Cornelia Street Caf July 12th and 13th, and New Haven, Connecticut?s Neighborhood Music School July 16th.

Originally released in 2001 in her native Mexico, Pienso el Sur is Bermejo?s fifth jazz release and documents her first jazz foray into the Argentinean musical heritage she inherited from her mother, a professional tango singer who once performed for the notorious Eva Pern. Born in Buenos Aires, but raised in Mexico City, Bermejo never thought to delve musically into her Argentinean background until old friend and fellow Berklee graduate Ragazzi asked her to write lyrics to some of his compositions. Together, Bermejo and Ragazzi co-wrote three of the record?s twelve tracks, with the rest representing arrangements of traditional music and the works of other contemporary Latin American composers. The sextet also includes accordion player Evan Harlan, pianist Tim Ray, bassist Dan Greenspan, and drummer Steve Langone.

Bermejo?s July performances feature her Octet, co-led by George Schuller, and bring the added elements of creative large group arranging and the New York downtown aesthetic to her usual mix of traditional Latin folk music, classical training, and socially conscious songwriting. The Bermejo/Schuller Octet includes trumpeter Russ Johnson, reed players Oscar Noriega and Jason Hunter, trombonist J.C. Sanford, pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Dan Greenspan, and Schuller as drummer and arranger. Schuller cut his writing and arranging teeth leading his all-star ensemble Orange Then Blue for nearly 15 years. He currently leads The Schulldogs and Chump Change, and will also be performing in the Northeast in July as a member of the Ran Blake Trio and Matt Darriau?s Ballin? the Jack.

More information on Mili Bermejo is available at her new website at http://www.milibermejo.com. The Mili Bermejo/George Schuller Octet performs at Boston's Regattabar Wednesday, July 10th at 8:30pm. Tickets are $12 and more information is available at (617)876-7777 or http://www.concertix.com.The Cornelia Street Cafe performances on Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th are part of the venue's 25th anniversary celebration and begin at 9pm. The cover charge is TBA and more information is available at (212) 989-9319 or http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com . The Octet's Tuesday, July 16th performance at New Haven's Neighborhood Music School is part of the Twilight Tuesday/Al Fresco Dinner Concert Series. Music begins at 7:15pm and tickets for adults are $15. For further details, please contact the NMS at (203) 624-5189 or http://www.nmsmusicschool.com

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