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)....
--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,
born out of sorrow and loss.
It mixes Spanish and English lyrics with Bermejo's graceful, wordless vocal
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
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
--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