"A really fine, beautiful statement. Subtle and rich ...
I can't think of another player anywhere that could pull this off"
- Dave Douglas
"A stunning work of jazz chamber music ... There is no doubt that Olivier Messiaen would be pleased with Bergeron’s offering"
- Paula Edelstein, AXS
"This is a CD you find inside yourself through concentrated listening.”
- WV Jazz Society
““Bergeron continues to take the jazz/classical mix to new levels of the game on his second album"
- Chris Spector/Midwest Record
Thomas Bergeron's groundbreaking sophomore album is a stunning work of jazz chamber music inspired by Olivier Messiaen. The album is a fitting follow-up to his well-received 2011 debut which (like Messiaen himself), took inspiration from Claude Debussy.
Bergeron has already developed an impressive career straddling the jazz and classical/contemporary music worlds. His love and understanding of both genres runs deep, and his recordings are designed to bring together what he finds to be the most powerful qualities from each. This project is not designed to be a scholarly dissertation or academic treatise on Messiaen’s work, but rather to pay tribute to him by using his creations as a jumping off point for new music.
Thomas says “I like to dream about what it would sound like if Messiaen were playing and composing in Brooklyn today alongside some of the city’s most creative jazz artists. That’s what I’m trying to capture with this record. Though some of this material stems from Messiaen’s mind (some harmonic structure, occasional melodic content, etc), much of the material is improvised, so each player really deserves composing credit.”
Thomas has gathered some of New York’s finest artists for this project. The vocalist Becca Stevens shines throughout the album, singing Messiaen’s original text on “Pourquoi?” and “The Lost Bride”, as well as the poetry of Cécile Sauvage (Messiaen’s mother) on the breathtaking track “The Smile”. The strikingly seamless blend of Bergeron’s trumpet and Stevens’ voice is featured in the sublime wordless “Vocalise”.
Brazilian accordionist and pianist Vitor Gonçalves, who has studied the compositional methods of Messiaen, improvises throughout the record as though he is channeling the spirit of Messiaen himself.
Satoshi Takeishi, known for combining classical, jazz, and traditional Columbian sensibilities, brings his unique percussion palette to the project: a selection of frame drums, cymbals, bells, gongs and snares, with no hi-hat, kick drum, or anything using a pedal.
Guitarist Jason Ennis contributes vibrant electric colorings with his array of pedals (all created live), as well as beautiful harp-like textures on the nylon 7-string guitar.
Renowned classical cellist Hannah Collins and jazz bassist Michael Bates weave together the low string fabric, fluidly swimming in and out of the group sound.
released May 12, 2015
Thomas Bergeron – trumpet, flugelhorn
Becca Stevens – voice
Jason Ennis – guitars
Vitor Gonçalves – accordion, piano
Hannah Collins – cello
Michael Bates - double bass
Satoshi Takeishi - percussion
Recorded at The Bunker in Brooklyn, NY
Mixed and Mastered by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Studios, NYC
Thomas Bergeron is a Conn-Selmer artist, performing on an Artisan Stradivarius Bb trumpet and a Conn Vintage One flugelhorn
A trumpeter, composer, and producer known for excelling in both the jazz and classical realms, Thomas Bergeron exemplifies a
new breed of 21st century artists.
His debut jazz chamber music album took inspiration from the piano music of Claude Debussy, and his anticipated follow up album "Sacred Feast" interprets the music of Olivier Messiaen, featuring the vocalist Becca Stevens....more
Pourquoi les oiseaux de l'air
Pourquoi les reflets de l'eau,
Pourquoi les nuages du ciel,
Pourquoi les feuilles de l'Automne,
Pourquoi les roses de l'Éte,
Pourquoi les chansons du Printemps,
Pourquoi n'ont-ils pour moi de charmes
Why do the birds in the air,
Why the reflections of water,
Why the clouds of the sky,
Why do the leaves of Autumn,
Why the roses of Summer,
Why the songs of Spring,
Why do they not charm me?
Track Name: The Smile (Featuring Becca Stevens)
Certain mot murmuré
Par vous est un baiser
Comme un baiser sure l'âme.
Ma bouche veut sourire
Et mon sourire
Certain word murmured
By you is a kiss
Like a kiss on the spirit.
My mouth wants to smile
And my smile
Track Name: The Lost Bride (Featuring Becca Stevens)
C'est la douce fiancée
C'est l'ange de la bonté
C'est un après midi ensoleillé
C'est le vent sur les fleurs
C'est un sourire
Pur comme un coeur d'enfant
C'est un grand lys
Blanc comme une aile
Trés haut dans une coupe d'or
Bénissez- la! Elle!
Donnez --lui votre grace puissante!
Qu'elle ignore la souffrance,
She is the sweet fiancée
She is the angel full of goodness
She is a sun-drenched afternoon
She is the wind on the flowers
She is a pure smile
Like the heart of a child
She is a tall lily
White as a wing
Towering in a gold vase
Give her your grace and strength!
May she never know pain