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Bios of band members:
Presently performing with Bernardo in BPG are...
Marilyn Lerner (piano/accordion) - marilynlerner.com
In the past she has performed with Jane Bunnett, Paquito D’Rivera, Jean Derome, Michel Donato, Christian Escoudé, Jon Faddis, Vinny Golia, Gerry Hemingway, Ig Henneman, Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Lacy, Thomas Lehn, Joelle Leandre, David Mott, Torsten Muller, Tito Puente, Claude Ranger, Danielle Roger, Arturo Sandoval, Don Thompson, Dave Young, Bill Watrous.
Some recording highlights: Luminance-(solo piano), Special Angel (duo with Sonny Greenwich C.B.C), Sweet Return (Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band), Struck (Peggy Lee, Marilyn Lerner), Close (duos and trios), Queen Mab (Marilyn Lerner/Lori Freedman), Birds Are Returning (Marilyn Lerner in Cuba), Broken Bowl (with poet Patrick Friesen C.B.C.), Quarter To Three (Roy/Lerner Group), among many others.
Andrew Downing (acoustic bass) - andrewdowning.com
As a freelance bassist he has performed with jazz greats such as Don Byron, Ed Bickert, P.J. Perry, Marty Morrel, Ingrid Jensen, Phil Dwyer, Mike Murley, Bernie Senensky, Bob Moses, Leon Parker, Louie Bellson, Craig Handey, Pat Labarbara, Moe Koffman’s, Mernie!, Patricia O’Callaghan, Jenny Whiteley, Kelly Jo Phelps, Bruce Cockburn, Stephen Fearing, John Reishman, Emory Lester, Eugene Chadbourne, Debashish Battacharya, Jane Bunnett and classical trio Amici.
Justin Haynes (guitar)
As a leader he has recorded Not Drowning... Waving, and Show, both on Unity/Page. Tug with Rebecca Campbell and as a side man has participated on recordings by Jean Martin, Andrew Downing, Oliver Schroer, Nick Fraser, Snailhouse, Jordan O'Connor, among many others.
Mark Duggan (marimba/congas/percussion) - markduggan.com
Mark has performed in a wide spectrum of chamber music contexts appearing with the Philip Glass Ensemble, the percussion group Nexus, singer Maryem Tollar, Lee Pui Ming, Kevin Barrett, cajun group Swamperella, singers John Millard and Andy Stochansky, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Tootie Heath.As a session player Mark has appeared on dozens of film and commercial recordings. He leads the group Vuja dé which specializes in Brazilian styles.
In the classical world Mark has appeared with Toronto New Music Concerts, Esprit Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the National Ballet Orchestra and the Ensemble Intercontemporain de Paris directed by Pierre Boulez. He is also a founding member of the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan (since 1983) which has over the years performed throughout Canada and internationally in Europe, Asia and the US.
Some Recording highlights: Book of Life (Maryem Tollar) Citizens Awake! ( John Millard), Mistura and Mudanças (as leader of Vuja dé), A Time to Remember (John Mcdermott), River Road and other Stories (Sylvia Tyson), Feast (Caliban Quartet) among many others…
Alan Hetherington (drums/maracas/percussion) - www.sambatoronto.ca