Steven Bernstein and The New School Studio Orchestra
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003
The College of Performing Arts newest large ensemble is the New School Studio Orchestra, performing music from a wide variety of genres including jazz, soul, pop, and improvised music. Each semester the 20-45 member group will be led by two special guest artists.
The ensemble's debut performance on October 12th will feature trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Steven Bernstein, whose restlessly creative approach to music perfectly embodies the eclectic spirit of the New School Studio Orchestra.
Says the trumpeter-composer-arranger of his modus operandi in all of his wide-ranging musical situations: “I’m trying to present this way of looking at music where you can do a Jelly Roll piece, then a Leonard Cohen piece, then an Ornette Coleman piece, then a Duke piece and then a piece by The Band. And it’s not even about it being eclectic, it’s just music. Let’s play it. Here’s a chart, let’s go!”.
An impactful presence on the New York scene over the past 30 years, Bernstein has immersed himself in such a wide array of music with his bands Sexmob, Millennial Territory Orchestra, Diaspora Soul, Universal Melody Brass Band, Spanish Fly, Blue Campfire and the Butler-Bernstein Hot 9 that he defies easy categorization. A former member of the Lounge Lizards and Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band, Bernstein has also composed works for film, theater and dance in addition to doing arrangements for a diverse list of artists ranging from Lou Reed to Lee “Scratch” Perry, Allen Toussaint, Marianne Faithfull, Linda Ronstadt, Rufus Wainwright, Darlene Love, Mario Pavone, Bill Frisell, John Lurie and the Kansas City All-Stars.
This event is part of The Nth Degree Series: Creative Minds Creating Change.
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