Behind the Beat: Steven Bernstein

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Behind the Beat

Behind the Beat is a series featuring composers and performers in the time of isolation. While the twin pillars of performing arts—global travel and gathering together for a shared experience—are impossible, artists are reflecting on their work, both past and future. Of particular interest are those artists with direct connections to the Cleveland Museum of Art. This series celebrates the legacy of music at the museum and uniquely illuminates aspects of the museum’s collection.

Steven Bernstein

On the occasion of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s exhibition in fall 2017, the Cleveland Museum of Art welcomed Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein, and the Hot 9—artists devoted to keeping music of the 1920s alive. In May 2019, bandleader Steven Bernstein took time out of his schedule to have a conversation about the roots of jazz in American popular culture. (With a slight detour through Cleveland.)

Cenk Ergün with John Richards and Chris Otto of the JACK Quartet

Composer Cenk Ergün joins John Richards and Chris Otto of the JACK Quartet to discuss Ergün’s music and performing in venues apart from the conventional concert hall.

Aleksandra Vrebalov with David Harrington of Kronos Quartet

Composer Aleksandra Vrebalov and David Harrington of Kronos Quartet discuss their collaboration on Vrebalov’s recent commission by the Cleveland Museum of Art, Antennae.