September 25th @ The DiMenna Center (Norman S. Benzaquen Hall)|
8pm - $22
About the Evening:
For this special FONT performance, Thomas Bergeron adds a string quartet to his flexible jazz quintet, as well as vocalist Becca Stevens and Pakistani tabla master Yousuf Kerai.
The 11-piece ensemble will perform new arrangements of Thomas' music, including material from his critically-acclaimed albums "Sacred Feast" and "The First of All My Dreams", as well as brand new music for the ensemble.
The Thomas Bergeron Ensemble (with strings):
Thomas Bergeron - Trumpet
Becca Stevens - voice
Jason Ennis - Guitars
Chris Doyle - Piano
Michael Bates - Double bass
David Palazola - Percussion
Yousuf Kerai - Tabla
Sara Caswell - Violin
Tomoko Akaboshi - Violin
Colin Brookes - Viola
Hamilton Berry - Cello
About Thomas Bergeron:
A trumpeter, composer, producer, and educator known for excelling in both the jazz and classical realms, Thomas Bergeron exemplifies a new breed of 21st century artists. Bergeron has become known for cross-pollinating musical idioms, performers, and audiences. In addition to his own hybrid jazz chamber ensemble, Thomas performs as a sideman with many jazz groups in NYC, is member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet and principal trumpet with the Springfield Symphony. He recently concluded a 2-year residency at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble ACJW, and has performed with Vampire Weekend, The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The American Symphony, The Temptations, Idina Menzel, Judy Collins, Jon Irabagon, Arlo Guthrie, Ernie Watts, and the Radio City Christmas Orchestra, among others. His network television appearances include Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and CBS This Morning.
As an educator, Thomas is dedicated to sharing music in communities that would not otherwise be able to access it. He currently teaches inmates at Sing Sing Maximum Security Correctional Facility through Musicambia, and is an educational consultant for The Harmony Program in New York City. Thomas has held teaching positions at Williams College, Bennington College, Yale, and Amherst College. He holds two advanced degrees from Yale, where he won the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and received the John Swallow Award for excellence in brass playing. He also holds a business management degree from UMass Amherst.
Thomas is a Conn-Selmer Artist, performing on Bach Artisan Stradivarius Bb and Eb/D trumpets, the Bach Stradivarius Chicago C trumpet, and the Conn Vintage One flugelhorn.
Critical Acclaim of "Sacred Feast":
"What an accomplishment this is. Sacred Feast speaks to Messiaen's creativity, Bergeron's ingenuity, and the talents of the band that brings this music to life. Bergeron takes the seeds of Messiaen's work and plants them so they can sprout into different shapes in a wholly different scene and context." - Dan Bilawsky - All About Jazz
"A spectacular chamber-jazz fusion that really opens up the more you listen to it. Becca Stevens' vocals are a dream" - Solomon Deep
"A stunning work of jazz chamber music There is no doubt that Olivier Messiaen would be pleased with Bergeron's offering." - Paula Edelstein, AXS
"The music is truly a feast ... Some listeners may listen to "Sacred Feast" and be reminded of Dave Douglas's "Charms of the Night Sky" quartet with accordionist Guy Klucevsek or John Hollenbeck's eclectic The Claudia Quintet ...This music goes in its own entertaining direction. The trumpeter's clear tones and intelligent arrangements stand out as does this excellent recording." -Richard Kamins, Step Tempest
"A really fine, beautiful statement. Subtle and rich ... I can't think of another player anywhere that could pull this off" - Dave Douglas
Dimenna Center (View)
450 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018