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).
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.
Daughter of the late Mexican composer Guillermo Bermejo and his wife Luz, an Argentinean tango singer, Ms. Bermejo's blood already contained the wealth of two musical cultures at birth. She was born in Buenos Aires, but raised in the socially and artistically diverse environment of Mexico City where she grew up internalizing the music and political statements made by the Argentineans, Chileans, Brazilians and Uruguayans who fled bloody dictatorships at home.