Derek Bermel: Soul Garden-Chamber Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR895     Release Date: 2007-01-01

Paul Neubauer, viola; Fred Sherry, cello; Borromeo String Quartet: (Nicholas Kitchen, violin; William Fedkenheuer, violin; Mai Motobuchi viola; Yeesun Kim, cello); Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Bob Ingliss, .oboe; Derek Bermel, clarinet; Theo Primis, horn; Frank Morelli, bassoon; Christopher Taylor, piano; Heleen Hulst, violin;

Derek Bermel can make instruments sing. He can make them talk. Laugh. Scream. Sigh. A composer who is also a first-rate clarinetist, Bermel has an exquisite ability to capture the spirit of the human voice in his music.

Equally at ease in a New York City nightclub or a dusty village in West Africa and with a keen enthusiasm for rap, Messiaen, klezmer or Monk, Bermel is comfortable with any manifestation of the human soul. This naturalness in embracing our variegated humanity is perhaps what enables him to write such compelling music-music in which "each note counts," as New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini wrote of a Bermel piece.

Performed by Bermel on the clarinet along with cellist Fred Sherry, pianist Christopher Taylor, the Borromeo String Quartet, violist Paul Neubauer and others, and elegantly recorded by producer Judy Sherman, these eight works present, for the first-time an overview of Bermel's small- ensemble writing. Soul Garden is an album of consistently engaging chamber works—clean, smart and unique music. Bermel's is a garden in which to linger.


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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Track Listing

Soul Garden
Derek Bermel
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Wanderings: I. Gift of Life
Derek Bermel
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Wanderings: II. Two Songs from Nandom
Derek Bermel
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Coming Together
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Turning: I. Song for B.
Derek Bermel
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Turning: II. Nightmares and Chickens
Derek Bermel
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Turning: III. Kowie at Dawn
Derek Bermel
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Turning: IV. Passage
Derek Bermel
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Turning: V. Carnaval Noir
Derek Bermel
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Turning: VI Coda
Derek Bermel
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Theme and Absurdities
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Mulatash Stomp
Derek Bermel
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SchiZm: Field of Stars
Derek Bermel
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SchiZm: Puppet State
Derek Bermel
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Quartet
Derek Bermel
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