Memorial Hall Library

TRIchrO + Oboe

joel bard

The Trio has been recognized for its unique compositions that incorporate beautiful melodies and rich harmonies. Although the core of the band is a jazz trio, they often invite other instrumentalists including jazz and classical players to join them for live performances and recordings. TRIchrO performs regularly throughout the Greater Boston area, NYC and Japan and their newly released CD is titled "Gravity." They will be joined by Joel Bard on oboe.

Mark Fairweather, drums, BM (Percussion Performance) Berklee College of Music studied with Hal Fairweather, Hugh Soebbing, Gideon Alorwoyie, Johnny Lane, Steve Wilkes, Tommy Campbell, John Ramsey, Joe Hunt, Dean Anderson, Gary Chaffee. In Mark’s playing one can hear differing influences of the many bands and ensembles, great musicians, and iconic teachers with which he has worked. Dynamic tonal and timbre explorations, polyrhythmic and polymetric applications, organic phrasing, and an exacting orchestral touch combine with hard-hitting rock, groovy soul, frenzied bebop, and infectious hip hop. Underlying all is an old-school, driving swing sensibility rarely heard today. Mark’s classical performances include Portland Symphony, New England Philharmonic, and Indian Hill Symphony. Mark is the Percussion Instructor at Middlesex School, Fenn School, and teaches privately.

David Mercure, bass, is an Andover resident and 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, the Nathan Aronow Nextet 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 Mercure, piano & composer, is an Andover resident and graduate of the Kunitachi College of Music where she studied flute with Mr. Toshinori Ishihara. She then was awarded the “Nichion Scholarship” and attended Berklee College of Music where she received a degree in Jazz Composition while studying under the direction of Mr. Greg Hopkins. While at Berklee, her studies focused primarily on large ensemble composition and performance and regularly played flute and piano when her compositions were performed. In 2015, Eriko resumed writing and performing with the jazz trio “TRIchrO”. The trio has been performing original, contemporary and modern jazz throughout greater Boston, New York City and Tokyo and will have their first multi-city tour of Japan in September 2019. Eriko has also been composing classical pieces and her woodwind ensemble pieces have been performed in Tokyo, Shizuoka and Boston. Her first piano piece made the shortlist for Noosa ISAM Composition Competition in 2018. 

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 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 an Associate Research Fellow at Pfizer where he is currently focused on biotherapeutic informatics.