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October 21, 2012
Mili Bermejo explores the Latin American song as a vehicle for interpretation and improvisation, communicating the universal values of music — melody, harmony, and rhythm. This workshop explores various improvisation exercises that apply to Latin music with explanations and demonstrations showing the connection between jazz and Latin music and how the same basic principles apply to both. With an instrumental approach to improvisation, Mili guides the class through patterns, chord progressions and form analysis to enhance song interpretation.
$50 advance purchase,
$65 day of workshop
Mili will be assisted by bassist Dan Greenspan who will accompany students as they apply the principles of the workshop to individual songs.
Vocalist Mili Bermejo and bassist Dan Greenspan have developed a rich, multi-cultural sound that blends jazz, Latin American and classical. With a repertoire that includes the works of contemporary composers alongside standards of the jazz and Latin traditions, this unique duo is renowned for their highly original textures, pulse and lyricism.
“Mexico and Argentina are in [ Mili Bermejo’s] blood, Boston academia and progressive jazz are on her resume, and the Latin tinge that is her second nature is at its most compelling when she’s surrounded by a sizable ensemble of deft, daring players.”
—Jim Macnie, Village Voice
About Mili Bermejo:
For more than three decades, Boston-based vocalist/composer Mili Bermejo has transcended the borders between cultures and musical genres. Critics have called her “the Latin equivalent of Abbey Lincoln…a singer/composer who challenges us with her musical honesty” (Cadence) and described her inclusive sound as “part poetry-folk, part Sarah Vaughan sophistication” (Boston Magazine) and her music as the place “where jazz meets Latin with elegance and soul” (Boston Globe). “Cross-cultural projects are now commonplace,” writes the Boston Phoenix’s Jon Garelick, “but Mili Bermejo’s aesthetic has always been singular…long a fixture on the Boston scene, [she] combines all manner of Latin American folk in a way that gives her music a flavor that’s as up-to-the-minute as it is Old World.”
With her husband, bassist Dan Greenspan, Bermejo’s project DUO has become the basis her musical explorations since the 90’s, developing Bermejo’s compositions and finding creative ways to blend the aesthetic of Jazz with the colors, textures, rhythms and poetic content Latin American music. Bermejo has toured extensively and produced a dozen recordings, including: “Casa Corazon” with George Schuller’s Orange Then Blue Big Band, “¡Ay Amor!” with Mick Goodrick, “A Time for Love” with Bruce Barth, and, most recently, “Love Songs of the Americas” with Tim Ray and Eugene Friesen.