Miguel Kertsman’s compositions organically reach beyond genres and boundaries. They encompass classical symphonic, chamber, and vocal music for the Concert Stage, as well as experimental, progressive rock, jazz, and film/game scores.

His classical works have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by international artists such as conductor Dennis Russell Davies, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Saint Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, São Paulo State Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Vienna Symphony, mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, guitarist John Williams, and others.

Kertsman’s music has also been performed at noted international jazz venues and on renowned stages such as The Knitting Factory and 55 Bar in New York, Porgy & Bess Vienna, and concert stages including Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Latin American Memorial São Paulo, St. Paul’s at Covent Garden London, and the Bregenz Festival, as well as the United Nations in Vienna and Belem’s Festival Ecology in Nature and the Arts in the Amazon Rainforest.

His music has been released and published on Sony Classical, RCA Victor Group / BMG, Naxos Records, and Universal Edition. Kertsman, a recipient of Boston’s Berklee College of Music’s Oscar Peterson Jazz Masters Incentive Award and Professional Music Scholarship, graduated cum laude in record time from Berklee pursuing subsequent orchestral conducting studies with Mo. Attilio Poto at the Boston Conservatory, and composition with Prof. Stanley Wolfe at New York’s Juilliard School of Music.

In his earlier career, Kertsman built an extensive body of work as keyboardist and arranger/conductor in recording studios across New York City. There he also founded his progressive ensemble, Amazônica Universal Orchestra. Several solo albums followed, in which Kertsman’s ability to spontaneously ignore music genres built him an eclectic and diverse international audience. This album reaches into this personal center of gravity.


In the Moment

Release Date: October 28, 2022
Catalog Number: BR8972
21st Century
Jazz Rock
Electric Piano
From genre-smashing composer and keyboardist Miguel Kertsman and drummer Ernie Adams comes IN THE MOMENT, a true-to-its-name album that leaps over musical boundaries and defies any label. The single-take, minimally microphoned recordings capture the raw emotional potential of music and the spontaneity of an intimate recording session. Kertsman’s vintage analog keyboards, bass pedals, and Adams’ drums work in tandem to duck and weave between musical forms, mingling with progressive rock, jazz fusion, Brazilian, Eastern, and more, all seamlessly fused together into one cohesive musical journey.