TRIchrO performs regularly throughout the Greater Boston area, NYC and Japan and their latest CD is titled "Gravity.” Although the core of the band is a jazz trio (David Mercure, bass; Mark Fairweather, drums; Eriko Yamako, piano), they often invite other instrumentalists including jazz and classical players to join them for live performances and recordings. For this performance they will be joined by oboist Joel Bard. All pieces performed in this concert were composed by Eriko.
Joel Bard, oboe and English horn, received a B.M. in oboe from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Mack, and an M.M. in conducting from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Jorge Mester, Sixten Ehrling, and Roger Nierenberg and worked in master classes with Leonard Bernstein and Herbert Blomstedt. He was Director of the Repertory Orchestra at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras from 1989 to 2011. He also has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University and is a Research Fellow at Pfizer where he is currently focused on biotherapeutic informatics.
Mark Fairweather, drums, began his musical pursuits at an early age, studying drums with his father, Harold Fairweather and piano with his mother, Margaret Laughlin Fairweather. He has a B.M. in Percussion Performance from Berklee College of Music where he was a student of Steve Wilkes, John Ramsey, Joe Hunt, and Dean Anderson, and was a member of John LaPorta’s small Jazz ensemble. Mark continued his drum set studies, after graduating, privately with Gary Chaffee. In addition to playing with TRIchrO, Mark has been featured with the Tom Nutile Big Band, the Boston productions of “Menopause, the Musical” and “Respect”, plays timpani with the Franklin Performing Arts production of “The Nutcracker”, and can be heard with the Vista Orchestra at Groton Hill. Mark is the Percussion Instructor at Middlesex School, and teaches privately.
David Mercure, bass, was a long-time resident of Andover and currently resides in North Andover. He is a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music where he earned a degree in composition. David performs regularly with TRIchrO as well as the Tom Nutile Big Band and numerous artists throughout the Boston area. He is also an active pit bassist with a number of theatre groups throughout Greater Boston and provides private bass instruction. David studied bass with Cecil McBee, Bruce Gertz, Ed Friedland and John Neves and contemporary composition with Jeronimas Kačinskas and John Bavicchi.
Eriko Yamaki, composition, jazz piano, started playing piano at age 4 and flute when she was 11. She holds a degree from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, She then attended Berklee College of Music where she received a degree in Jazz Composition, and Eriko also studied jazz piano. After graduating Berklee, she played in the Boston area with the Sonny Watson Quintet and the East West Quartet. In 2016, after a somewhat extended hiatus, Eriko resumed writing and performing with the jazz trio “TRIchrO” and their first CD ” Gravity” was released in 2018. Eriko has also been composing classical pieces and her pieces have achieved recognition in various composition competitions, and a few albums were released from Naxos Records. On September 5, 2023, The National Philharmonic of Moldova will premiere her first string orchestra piece, “Prosperity”. Eriko is a member of the Phasma-Music Composers’ Club in Poland.
The Sunday Concert Series is sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library.
The Sunday Concert Series is funded in part by a generous grant from the Mass Cultural Council.