UNH Alum To Perform
February 21, 2007
The department of music presents alumnus Tom Bergeron, saxophonist, in
a concert of his music on Tuesday, March 6, at 8:00 p.m. in the Bratton
Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center. Joining Bergeron are Bob
Charest, piano and Wim Auer, bass, old friends from the local 70’s
Bergeron, who has a doctorate in saxophone, has performed throughout the
United States, and in Europe and Central America and has appeared with
internationally-renowned artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Hal Blaine, Anthony
Braxton, Robert Cray, Natalie Cole, Myron Florin, Vinnie Golia, Dick Hyman,
Oliver Lake, Glen Moore, Bernadette Peters, Bobby Shew, The Fifth Dimension,
The Temptations, Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadiens, and Marin Alsop’s
He has premiered dozens of new concert works for the saxophone, and is
widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on multiphonics,
the esoteric technique of producing several notes at once on the saxophone.
He began his musical journey as a multi-instrumentalist in his native
New England, studying piano and music theory with Roland Belisle, who learned
stride piano from Fats Waller. In the late 60s, Bergeron met the legendary
concert saxophonist and teacher Donald Sinta, with whom he studied while
in high school and graduate school. Upon moving to Oregon in 1981, Bergeron
studied with J. Robert Moore, who was among the last generation of students
of Marcel Mule, the French godfather of the saxophone.
As a composer, Bergeron draws inspiration from Western European art music
and the jazz heritage, as well as from music traditions from around the
world. In the 1980s, he studied African marimba with the late Zimbabwean
master-percussionist Dumisani Maraire; more recent explorations have taken
him to Brazil, Costa Rica and Poland.
Bergeron performs and records with Labirynt, Whirled Jazz, Cathexis Orchestra,
Western Rebellion, Clovis Cabal, Hagberg/Bergeron Quartet, and the Mason
Williams band. Over the years, he has played saxophone with the Portland
Chamber Orchestra, Portland Center Stage, Third Angle New Music Ensemble,
Pittsburg New Music Ensemble, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music,
Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Festival of American Music, Oregon Coast Music
Festival, Cascade Festival of Music, Kansas City Symphony, Sacramento Symphony,
Eugene Symphony, Newport Symphony, and Grande Ronde Symphony. His first
orchestral experience was as second bassoonist with the NH Philharmonic
in the late 1960s.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call
the UNH Music Department at 2-2404.