Steven Bernstein is a trumpeter/slide trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer who lives outside of musical convention. His band Sex Mob has been together 10 years touring the world, won numerous awards, and has had their music featured on MTV, Saturday Night Live and NPR. Sexotica, recorded for Thirsty Ear's Blue series, and produced by Good and Evil, was released in August 2007. Their previous recording, Dime Grind Palace (Ropeadope), featured legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd.
Bernstein's 9 piece ensemble, The Millennial Territory Orchestra, recently completed a year and half long residency at the Jazz Standard in NYC, and followed that stint with their first recording. MTO Vol. 1 (Sunnyside Records), produced and arranged by Mr. Bernstein.
Bernstein was the musical director for I'm Your Man, a documentary on Leonard Cohen that focuses on a tribute concert held at the Sydney Opera house. He recently filmed an hour long segment for "Solos", a Canadian Television program featuring solo performances by musicians including Andrew Hill, Joe Lovano, and John Scofield. Bernstein was also the subject of a recent feature entitled "Creative Spaces" on NPR's "All Things Considered", and was interviewed by Terry Gross in 2002. Since November 2004 Bernstein has been a member of the Levon Helm band, playing at the Midnight Rambles in Levon's home in Woodstock. Bernstein wrote the horn arrangments for Bill Frissel's Grammy winning 2004 recording Unspeakable, as well as for artists including Lou Reed, Jessie Harris, Shivaree, Elton John, the Kronos Quartet and the Bang On a Can All Stars.
In 1992, musical iconoclast Hal Willner produced the debut CD by Spanish Fly, a cooperative trio with Bernstein, slide guitarist Dave Tronzo and tubaist Marcus Rojas, and they have been collaborating ever since. Bernstein has musical directed many Hal Willner projects, including tributes to Leonard Cohen, Doc Pomus, and Harold Arlen, and created the music for Robert Altman's film Kansas City. He was also the musical director for the touring version of the Kansas City band, which included David "Fathead" Newman, Don Byron, James Carter, Christian McBride, and Nicholas Payton.
During his 10 years as a member of John Lurie's Lounge Lizards he arranged the music for Get Shorty, Clay Pigeons, Fishing With John and many more film, television and commercial projects with Mr. Lurie. For composer/Foetus mastermind Jim Thirwell, Bernstein arranged Steroid Maximus to be performed live by a 19 piece ensemble.
As a composer he has scored the documentaries Keep the River On Your Right and Balloonhat, dance pieces for Alvin Ailey, Body Vox, the Donald Byrd Dance Company, the Flying Karamazov Brothers and the San Francisco Ballet, and commercial jingles. Bernstein has played trumpet with a diverse group of artists including Marianne Faithfull, Linda Ronstadt, David Murray, David Berger, Digable Planets, Sting, Medeski Martin and Wood, Courtney Love, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Don Byron and Marvin Pontiac.
Official website: stevenbernstein.net
With Music Unites, Founder and Executive Director Michelle Edgar aims to foster a lasting and profound love of all musical expression with people from all walks of life.
A lifelong musician herself, Edgar began formal training in classical piano at age five and attended high school at the Manhattan School of Music. After graduating from Northwestern University, where she received training as a concert pianist, she moved back to New York where she was disappointed to find such an electrifying city still segregated by genre, style, and idiom. As a fan of all music — from jazz to rock, classical to hip-hop — she dreamed of an organization that might provide audiences with a unique, inclusive way to experience music in all its hues and flavors. Projects including Blue October, Tamarama, Chester French, Universal Motown records, among other A-list acts planned for the very near future, ranging in diversity. Michelle created Music Unites to support talented artists who are struggling to get their music heard and, in turn, to support communities in need of musical rejuvenation.
The Music Unites team is a talented group of professionals from diverse industries who share a passion for music and a desire to engage, inspire, and connect people. Whether funding a Lincoln Center initiative, partnering with a musician's charity or launching a music-related school program that gives back to the community, Music Unites aspires to become that trusted, reliable friend and patron of the music community.