Russell Steinberg: Paleface
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Russell Steinberg presents Paleface, a piano trio with video projection of paintings by New York artist Jerry Kearns. Audience Participation with Kazoos! Kazoo included with concert ticket. The audience will be given kazoos with instruction how to blow them in one section of the piece. The concert also marks the release of Trio Accento’s debut CD, Extant Blues, that features a recording of Paleface. While America struggles with identity, _Paleface_ takes audiences on a psychological journey through the mythology and masks of the American hero that are at the root of this crisis. Provoking some laughter and contemplation, _Paleface_ presents a new fusion of live music with video to explore these vital issues of our time. Inspired by the acclaimed paintings of New York “psychological pop” artist Jerry Kearns, Paleface explores the persistence of the American hero myth, even as it breaks down on every level in our contemporary society. It begins with the Western cowboy mythos — horses, cowboys, folk songs and church hymns (Jesus plays a lurking role in the piece), even a gun fight. Then it jumps to the varied 20th century heroes who struggle and triumph over dark forces — detectives from pulp comics and film noir, the secret agent and the muscled action hero. Paleface concludes with all these icons now as phantoms, struggling in the night to cohere and make sense of a world they no longer can possibly describe. They ultimately all go to church and fade away to a ghost gospel choir.
Starwheels, Russell Steinberg, PianoLights of Amethyst, (World premiere)Hila Plitmann, Soprano; Russell Steinberg, Piano Paleface, Inspired by artwork by Jerry Kearns – video of paintings (Short Discussion with artist Jerry Kearns plus Kazoo instruction)Trio Accento: Limor Toren-Immerman, violin; Garik Terzian, cello; Nora Chiang-Wrobel,Piano; Video by Amanda Tiller Russell Steinberg presents a multi-media performance with piano trio Trio Accento, Soprano Hila Plitmann, and video projection of Paleface paintings by acclaimed New York artist Jerry Kearns on Thursday, December 12, at 7:30pm at Colburn’s Zipper Concert Hall.
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