Eriko Yamaki Mercure （八巻マキュアー絵里子） is a 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 and Arranging while studying under the direction of Mr. Greg Hopkins. While at Berklee, her studies focused primarily on composition and performance for large jazz ensemble. In the 90’s, she was a pianist with the Sonny Watson Quartet, The All Nation Women’s Band and the East West Quartet, the latter of which performed in the greater Boston area as well as in New York City and Tokyo. Then in 2015, after a somewhat extended hiatus, Eriko resumed writing and performing with the jazz trio “TRIchrO”. This trio has been performing original, contemporary and modern jazz throughout the greater Boston and New England area at venues such as Ryles Jazz Club, Lilypad, Longwood Towers Music Concert Series and the Baby Grand Jazz Concert Series in Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to writing for the trio, Eriko has also been composing classical pieces for flute ensemble and her piece “Lydian Waltz” for five flutes has been performed by the flute ensemble “Kanade” in Tokyo as well as by faculty members of “Fuefukuzu~ra”’ in Shimizu Shizuoka. Also Eriko’s newest composition “Sonorite” and arrangement “Someday my prince will come” for flute quartet was performed by “Kanade” November 2016 at Studio Do in Tokyo.
Mark Fairweather has been drumming from an early age, learning from his drumming father. At 18, Mark was playing five nights a week with the bluesy Deadline band at the seedy Downtown Lounge in Decatur Illinois, home of Boots Randolph. He soon became part of the fertile, dynamic 80’s music scene centered around Mabel’s on Green Street in Champaign, playing with George Faber, the Uptown Rulers, and Don’t Talk Back. In Boston, John LaPorta described Mark’s playing as “beautiful”. Mark has performed with Beni Sharoni, Paul Ahlstrand, Jon Damian, Tom Pendergast, and Ken Clark.
“Drums are the most dynamic instrument on the planet. They can really create a warm, groovy canvas on which to build a tune, or can add the right spice or commentary, or can come in and just slam people. With Dave and Eriko, we have this kind of symbiotic, sixth-sense about each other’s playing that lets us really spontaneously venture into many different musical areas and approaches.”
David Mercure is a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music and performs regularly with the East West Trio, Tom Nutile Big Band, Nathan Aronow Nextet and numerous artists throughout the Boston area. He is also an active pit bassist with a number of theatre groups and provides bass instruction in private one-on-one settings.
David studied bass with Cecil MsBee, Bruce Gertz, Ed Friedland and the late John Neves.