Steven Schoenberg

Steven Schoenberg

BandJazzChildren's Music

Why this guy isn't a household name is beyond me. Steven Schoenberg gives you everything you ask for in a solo, improvisational jazz piano album - music with passion, fury, creativity, imagination, and heart... Steven Schoenberg has a lush, wonderful musical vision that's hard to walk away from. He creates a multilayered, mind-bending sound. He closes out with his take on two Great American Songbook classics, "A Time for Peace" and "An American Encore."
- Tom Henry, toledoblade.com

Biography

Steven Schoenberg is a dynamic, award-winning composer/pianist whose talents cross into musical theater, classical compositions, film scoring, children’s music, and solo improvisational piano performances. His acclaimed recordings, Pianoworks and Three Days in May, and the newly released Steven Schoenberg Live: An Improvisational Journey, are available on CD. He regularly performs improvisational piano concerts and has appeared at concert halls throughout the United States.

He dodges. He weaves. He’s playful. He’s dissonant. He evokes a range of American piano music and pianists, from Fess to Fats. He plays stride. He plays blues. He never allows his ideas to trap him in corners that he can’t think and/or play his way out of. Refined, graceful, charming–all describe what Massachusetts-based composer-pianist Steven Schoenberg evokes on this impressive live set.
~ Robert Baird, Stereophile, October 2010

Pianist Steven Schoenberg is actually listed as a “classical” pianist, but his solo recording work is definitely in the jazz vein. This recording of a concert from 2006 finds him giving spontaneous improvisations, but where he differs from other pianists (who shall remain nameless, but whose name rhymes with ferret) who have gone down this road is that Schoenberg gives off a feeling that he’s trying to communicate with the audience, making the music a two way street. “Notes,” for example has Schoenberg creating a tune from the notes shouted out from the audience, while “In The Darkness” is performed with all of the lights of the theatre turned off. All of this would be gimmickry if the music weren’t any good, but Schoenberg has a melodious touch on the piano, but isn’t afraid to go from ethereal sounds to boogie woogie on a dime. All of the tunes keep there interest after repeated hearings (another difference from the other artist), and show a guilelessness on songs like “Day and Night” and “Purple Sky” that is refreshing.
~ George W. Harris Jazzweekly

Steven Schoenberg, a pianist with a staunch commitment to pure improvisation, performs heartfelt solo pieces that range from the bluesy to the rhapsodic. ~ Time Out New York

Lyrics

Be Cool, Carpool

Written By: Jane Schoenberg, Steven Schoenberg

BE COOL, CARPOOL

We’re in the backseat schmoozing,
The mini van is cruising,
We’re off to soccer practice after school.
And dude, we’re really moving,
All six of us are grooving
Cause when you’re in the carpool lane you rule!

We’re pooling it together, we’re chilling side-by-side
So pile on in and click it, cause we’re the happenin’ ride.
Our guzzling days are over, we're saving fossil fuel
So give it up for carpools, the trip that’s really cool.

It takes some preparation,
A mutual location,
But carpools work for families on the run.
Try driving expeditions,
You’ll cut down fuel emissions
And sharing all your car snacks can be fun.

We’re pooling it together, we’re chilling side-by-side.
So pile on in and click it, cause we’re the happenin’ ride.
Our guzzling days are over, we're saving fossil fuel.
So give it up for carpools, the trip that’s really cool,
The trip that’s really cool.

Put out an invitation
For your next destination
So make the carpool your routine
Driving solo isn’t green
Lets keep it green

We’re pooling it together, we’re chilling side-by-side.
So pile on in and click it, cause we’re the happenin’ ride.
Our guzzling days are over, we're saving fossil fuel.
So give it up for carpools, the trip that’s really cool,
The trip that’s really cool.

Keeping it Green

Written By: Jane Schoenberg, Steven Schoenberg

KEEPING IT GREEN

Hey there, planet Earth, spinning out in space,
We’re all a part of you,
We are the human race.
It’s time to mend our world
We’ve got to keep it clean.
And so it’s up to each of us to make it green.

Keeping it green, keeping it green,
Got to correct the greenhouse effect
By changing our routine.
Keeping it green, keeping it green,
We must reduce our energy use,
And start living green.

Hey, there, we all know, the ozone needs repair
Polar Bear’s endangered,
The Arctic needs our care.
Stop global warming now
Our climate needs to cool
So plant a tree, use CFL’s and save on fuel.

Keeping it green, keeping it green,
Got to correct the greenhouse effect,
By changing our routine.
Keeping it green, keeping it green,
We must reduce our energy use,
And start living green.

Hey, there, we all know, the planet needs our care
Help protect our water,
Our wildlife and our air.
We’re out of balance now,
But we can set it straight
Saving our environment is not too late.

Keeping it green, keeping it green,
Got to correct the greenhouse effect
By changing our routine.
Keeping it green, keeping it green,
We must reduce our energy use,
And start living green.
Keeping it green, keeping it green…

Heroes of the Garden

Written By: Jane Schoenberg, Steven Schoenberg

HEROES OF THE GARDEN

They’re digging dirt and throwing garden parties through the night.
Just check em out, no need to freak, cause these guys never bite.
They’re heroes of the garden and they’re way too cool for school,
They’re garbage busters day and night and these guys really rule.

They’re chowing down on veggie peels and dried up sauerkraut
On pizza crust and apple cores oh man, can they pig out!
So if you make a bin for worms and you toss in green old food,
You’ll be a garden hero too, just like that wormy dude.

A million mobs of muddy messy earthworms on the move,
Gazillion gobs of grungy, grimy, earthworms in their groove.
Snooping, scooping, always pooping castings as they eat,
A decomposing, ever nosing, fertilizing feat!

They’re making tunnels all the time, aeration’s what it’s called.
Then air and water mix with dirt, where all those worms just crawled.
Their poop’s a fertilizer that helps all plants grow strong
They’re making soil dark and rich, they’re digging all day long.

A million mobs of muddy messy earthworms on the move,
Gazillion gobs of grungy, grimy, earthworms in their groove.
Snooping, scooping, always pooping castings as they eat
A decomposing, ever nosing, fertilizing feat!

So give it up for humble worms, their work is never done
And if you dig one up, don’t leave it in the sun.
They’re heroes of the garden and they’re way too cool for school,
They’re garbage busters day and night and these dudes really rule.

WE'VE GOT THE POWER

Written By: Jane Schoenberg, Steven Schoenberg

WE’VE GOT THE POWER,
IT’S IN OUR HANDS,
WE’VE GOT THE POWER
AND WE’RE HERE TO MAKE YOU UNDERSTAND.

WE’VE GOT THE POWER,
TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT.
WE’VE GOT THE POWER
TO BRING PEACE ALONG, WITHOUT A FIGHT.

EVERYTIME WE LOOK AND SEE WHAT’S GOING ON
ROUND YOU AND ME AND IN OUR MINDS
WE’VE GOT TO FIND A PLACE THAT SHOWS
THAT THERE IS LOVE IN EVERYONE AND EVERY HEART, IT’S TIME TO START
NO TIME TO MESS AROUND CAUSE TIME ITSELF IS RUNNING OUT ON US.
SO FIND THE LOVE IN EVERYONE AND EVERY HEART IT’S TIME TO START
TO FIND THE LOVE IN EVERYONE AND EVERY HEART.

WE’LL MAKE A DIFFERENCE,
JUST YOU AND ME,
BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT THIS WORLD
AND ALL HUMANITY.

WE’VE GOT THE POWER…

WE ARE TOMORROW,
WE ARE TODAY,
AND WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER
WE WILL ABSOLUTELY FIND THE WAY.

WE ARE THE FUTURE,
WAIT AND SEE,
MANY CHANGES IN OUR WORLD
WILL COME FROM YOU AND ME.

EACH ONE OF US MIGHT FEEL LIKE WE ARE JUST TOO SMALL
TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, HEY YOU ALL,
IF WE BELIEVE, THAN YES WE CAN
WE CAN AND WILL, NO TIME TO CHILL, WE CAN’T BE MESSING ‘ROUND AT ALL
WE CAN’T BE MESSING ’ROUND CAUSE TIME ITSELF IS RUNNING OUT ON US.
WE’VE GOT TO HELP TO HEAL THE WORLD, WE CAN, WE WILL, NO TIME TO CHILL
WE CAN, WE WILL, IF WE BELIEVE THAN YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL.

WE’LL MAKE A DIFFERENCE,
JUST YOU AND ME,
BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT THIS WORLD
AND ALL HUMANITY.

WE’VE GOT THE POWER! TO END ALL HATE
WE’VE GOT THE POWER! IT’S NOT TOO LATE
WE’VE GOT THE POWER! TO STOP A WAR
WE’VE GOT THE POWER! TO FEED THE POOR
WE’VE GOT THE POWER! TO CLEAN OUR AIR
WE’VE GOT THE POWER! TO BE AWARE
WE’VE GOT THE POWER! TO UNDERSTAND
WE’VE GOT THE POWER! TO TAKE A STAND
WE’VE GOT THE POWER! TO MAKE YOU HEAR
WE’VE GOT THE POWER! TO LOSE OUR FEAR
WE’VE GOT THE POWER! TO END ALL GREED
WE’VE GOT THE POWER! TO TAKE THE LEAD

WE’VE GOT THE POWER
WE’VE GOT THE POWER
THE POWER!

Discography

Pianoworks 1982
Three Days in May 1984
Live, An Improvisational Journey 2009