Prologue: "The Valley" - Bergeron Quintet - MP3.
The record opens with a prologue set in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, the farming community where Thomas grew up. The piece is based on Debussy's Prelude "Bruyeres", which is a similarly rural town in the Northeast of France. Thomas sets up a nostalgic country vibe by expanding the I-IV progression, and opens and closes by showcasing his beautiful trumpet sound on meditative improvised cadenzas.
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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.