Derek Beres is one of the leading figures in international music in America, working in numerous facets of the industry, from journalist and DJ to producer and presenter. He has written for dozens of magazines covering the traditional and digital realms of global music and has toured internationally, playing alongside some of the most important figures in the scene today.
As journalist, he has written for The Village Voice, Urb, Trace, Paste, Remix, XLR8R, Relix, Tricycle, The Star Ledger, Afropop, Sing Out!, Flavorpill and Phoenix New Times, reviewing hundreds of CDs and conducting over 400 artist interviews. He spent 2 1/2 years as Managing Editor of GLOBAL RHYTHM, where he helped usher in the new while paying respect to traditional music worldwide. Global Beat Fusion, his book about the new world mythology being created by global electronica, was published on 6.21.05 by Outside the Box Publishing.
A 1997 graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Religion, Beres entwines the mythological with the modern, showing how digital music is the first true global folk music as artists everywhere employ computers in their sonic creations. Global Beat Fusion blurs the lines between sacred and profane, highlighting today’s ritual ceremonies within club context.
As DJ, Beres tours internationally with GlobeSonic alongside Fabian Alsultany (Events Manager, Putumayo World Music) and Acidophilus (Bill Bragin, Director of Joe’s Pub). His first DJ-mixed CD, Moving Stillness, was released on One World Music in May 2005. The trio has produced countless shows, playing alongside the likes of Transglobal Underground, Ojos De Brujo, Zuco 103, Sidestepper, the Gipsy Kings, Karsh Kale, Yerba Buena, Antibalas, Tabla Beat Science, Aterciopelados, Cheb I Sabbah and the New Deal. They currently hold residence at East Village hotspot Nublu. Beres was also a resident DJ of Kollective alongside Karsh Kale, and has appeared numerous times at the infamous Turntables on the Hudson parties.
In 2001 Beres co-founded EarthRise Arts alongside painter Craig Anthony Miller, and their Infusion parties are known to blur the lines between music venue, art gallery and theatrical performance. As playwright, Beres’ two plays, Suburban Politics and Burning Trees, have both seen life in NYC theaters.
Beres is also a yoga instructor, certified in both the 200-hour teacher’s certification program and Thai Yoga Massage at Atmananda Yoga in SoHo. He currently teaches at Equinox and Shri Yoga in NYC, among other studios.
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