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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

For more than two decades, Boston-based vocalist/composer Mili Bermejo has transcended the borders between cultures and musical genres. Her music blends the beautiful stories and infectious rhythms of authentic Latin American poetry/folk music with social awareness and jazz improvisation.

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 Vaughn sophistication” (Boston Magazine) and the place “where jazz meets Latin with elegance and soul” (Boston Globe)....
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    A Time For Love

    Ediciones Pentagrama
    2004
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    Pienso el Sur

    Ediciones Pentagrama
    2002
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    Identidad

    Xenophile Records
    1996
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    ¡Ay Amor!

    Xenophile Records
    1992

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Featured recording “De Tierra”

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De Tierra

Ediciones Pentagrama (2007)

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”Mili Bermejo remains one of the most, if not the absolutely most, emotive singer of Latin Jazz music currently recording...the Latin equivalent of Abbey Lincoln. Strong music from a singer/composer who challenges us with her musical honesty.”
--Alan Bargebuhr, Cadence

”Cross-cultural projects are now commonplace, 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. She has a cabaret performer's ability to get across a song, and she expressed alternating currents of sadness and humor with understated dramatic flair.”
--Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix

”Mili Bermejo's lovely and heartfelt new CD, A Time for Love, was born out of sorrow and loss. It mixes Spanish and English lyrics with Bermejo's graceful, wordless vocal improvisations. Highlights include a cover of Abbey Lincoln's tribute to Miles Davis, 'Bird Alone'; a medley of Bermejo's own 'Are You There?' and Ruben Rada's 'La Rama,' dedicated to Bermejo's late brother; and 'La Niña de Guatemala,' based on text from the Cuban poet Jose Marti.”
--Bill Beuttler, Boston Globe

”Bermejo possesses a burnished, expressive voice... [Casa Corazón is] an album that truly adds something new and fresh to the Latin jazz scene.”
--Mark Holston, Jazziz

”Mexico and Argentina are in her 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. The singer doesn’t come down from New England often enough.”
--Jim Macnie, Village Voice

”Mili Bermejo has always been a musical explorer, seeking out new combinations and new concepts in her multi-hued career.”
--Jay Miller, Quincy Patriot-Ledger

”…flat out one of the best singers we've ever had on Mountain Stage.”
--Larry Groce, Host of Mountain Stage

”Bermejo is not only one of Boston's most talented singers in any genre, she’s also one of its most musical. Covering material from Cuba, Mexico, Uraguay, Brazil, and Argentina, Bermejo took the approach favored by the likes of Astrud Gilberto and Flora Punim one step further; she not only combined Latin American music with jazz to showcase the vocals, she made her richly shaded voice a seamless part of the mix…an uncanny sense of rhythm and tempo to make her luxuriant phrasing sound emotionally genuine…compelling listening.”
--Bob Young, Boston Herald

”A gentle warmth and beauty pervades in Mili Bermejo's throaty singing and lilting songs that pushes the materials through any and all language barriers.”
--Jonathan Takiff, Philadelphia Daily News

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