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Derek Bermel's GRAMMY nominated album tells the story of northward Migration / Classical101 - WOSU: Columbus

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It was a fateful trip to the art museum. That trip decades ago, when Derek Bermel was just a kid - long before he became an award-winning composer and clarinetist -  that has landed Bermel on the list of Grammy Award nominees.

On that trip through the galleries of New York City's Museum of Modern Art, Bermel first saw Migration Series, a series of 60 paintings by the 20th century African American painter Jacob Lawrence, and telling the story of African Americans' migration from the rural south to the north during and just after World War I. Inspired by those paintings, Bermel's Migration Series for Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra is a nominee for the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Bermel's second Grammy nomination and comes on the heels of the 2019 release of Migrations (Naxos), a recording of three of Bermel's works, including his Migration Series, performed by the Albany Symphony, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and soloists, David Alan Miller conducting.

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