Paleface 3 Minute Trailer


Artwork by Jerry Kearns
Music by Russell Steinberg
Video by Carlton Bright


Provoking laughter and contemplation, Paleface takes audiences on a psychological journey through the mythology and masks of the American hero through a fusion of live music and video, both equal partners.

WHAT IS Paleface?

Trio for violin, cello, and piano (plus kazoos!) fused with video projection in three movements:
I. Wild West
II. Action Hero
III. Into Night

Paleface is a 24 minute multimedia performance with a live piano trio (for violin, cello, and piano) by award-winning LA composer Russell Steinberg fused with artwork by acclaimed NYC “psychological pop” artist Jerry Kearns with dynamic video by D. Carlton Bright. Both paintings and music explore the mythology underlining the American narrative. Kearns’ tragi-comic imagery is mirrored in an American folksong mash-up of galloping rhythms inside the metal bars of the piano, followed by a fanfare of kazoos. Paleface traces American male icons, gunslingers, film noir detectives, action heroes, and Jesus through three movements titled Wild West, Action Hero, and Into Night.

The premiere performance of Paleface was given by the Neave Trio in New York January 5, 2018 at the Dimenna Center, followed by a Los Angeles premiere by Trio Accento on March 7, 2018 at Mimoda Studio.

Discover the Powerful Art of Jerry Kearns


Book a live performance of Paleface with one of our trios or your own local ensemble that includes discussions with Artist Jerry Kearns and Composer Russell Steinberg.  For more info, email Russell Steinberg at


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Artist Jerry Kearns has exhibited internationally across the Americas, Europe, and Asia since the 1980s. He has been featured many times in The New York Times, Art and Auction, ARTnews, and Artforum, among others. His paintings and prints are included in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), National Galerie (Berlin), Brooklyn Museum (New York), the Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Norton Family Collection (Los Angeles), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Queensland Art Gallery (Queensland, Australia). 


Composer Russell Steinberg writes music that reviewers call “freshly lyrical, pulsating, edgy, infectious” and “shimmering with great beauty and energy.” His orchestral tone poem Cosmic Dust was featured in Science News to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. His Daniel Pearl Foundation commission Stories From My Favorite Planet has been performed numerous times on the West Coast.Steinberg’s awards include ASCAP PLUS, ASCAP Young Composers Grant, Composers Inc. and NACUSA prizes, New World String Quartet competition, and fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Aspen Composers Institute, and Avaloch Farm.


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Videographer D. Carlton Bright Videographer D. Carlton Bright is an experimental visual artist who is currently exploring the  art-form of Stereoptical  Imagery and Video in the Digital Age.  His work has been presented  at the Holography Center in  Queens, the Splice Performance Space in  Lower Manhattan, and has had a one-person show at  the VENTANA Gallery in Williamsburg, where he lives in NYC.  Bright says; “Stereoptically, the real world is just be a point-of-departure into the new and unexplored territory of artistic expression  that the Digital Age has opened up.” He is also working on a way to notate and portray the “language” of 3D in a way that can be shared and read by future Stereographic “composers."



Neave Trio

Neave Trio

Trio Accento

Trio Accento

Montage Music Society

Montage Music Society

Paleface Below: full concert video of the premiere performance by the Neave Trio January 5, 2018, DiMenna Center, New York