Epilogue: Goodnight Estelle
While Thomas was writing the material for this album, his angelic grandmother Estelle died. Just weeks later his niece was born, who took the same name. As a dedication to both of them, Thomas chose Debussy's "The Sunken Cathedral", which so vividly evoked his memory of Memere Estelle's funeral. From the organ loft at the funeral, Thomas played the the traditional French hymn "Beau Ciel". A re-harmonization of the melody from "Beau Ciel" is what ends this piece, and the record. The text of the hymn includes the words “The world, it's possesions, it's pleasures, have nothing worthy of envy when you call me to my heavenly home”
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released 01 June 2011
Produced by Thomas Bergeron
Thomas Bergeron - trumpet, flugelhorn
Dave Veslocki - guitar
Dan Campolieta - piano, Rhodes
Samuel Adams - acoustic bass
Charlie Dye - percussion
Bio Thomas Bergeron
American trumpeter Thomas Bergeron is at home in a wide variety of genres. He is currently a fellow with Carnegie Hall's resident chamber ensemble ACJW in New York City and works as a teaching artist for Carnegie's Weill Institute. He is Principal Trumpet with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest principal with the American Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with jazz groups throughout the Northeastern US. Thomas has taught jazz and classical trumpet and brass chamber music at Williams College, Bennington College, Amherst College, and Yale University. He holds two advanced degrees in music from the Yale School of Music, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Massachusetts. He has performed on Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Kimmel Live with Vampire Weekend, and has also performed with The Temptations, The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Albany Symphony, The Vermont Symphony, Deep Purple, The Irish Tenors, Arlo Guthrie, and Byron Stripling, among others. Thomas is a founding member of the Reveille Trumpet Collective, dedicated to expanding the contemporary music repertoire for trumpet. He has commissioned and premiered works by Lukas Ligeti, Andy Akiho, David Kechley, Jay Wadley, and Jacob Walls.