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Our mission is to support the work
of Lenore Von Stein and Company in their efforts to create music and art
that stretches the possibilities of expression and encourages creative
1687, Inc. was organized by a group of artists and business people in 1994 to access resources for live and recorded performances by Lenore Von Stein and Company. The changes in our work, for example our current concentration on mass media in conjunction with refining our exploration of ideas/themes and expanding our palette, e.g. use of multiple disciplines and media demonstrate 1687’s ability to evolve to meet artistic and logistical needs.
In our first two years of operations, 1994-1996 we presented a core free jazz trio. From 1996 - 2003 we added group shows tied together by a theme, often with a political perspective. These group shows also expanded our pool of musicians and composers, and included those working primarily in modern art music, western opera, classical, electronic, and blue grass music. We also used chance elements, visual artists and more detailed themes. Starting with a post 9/11 series of concerts, The Festival of Secrets for the Victims of Violence 2001, we added conversations between scholars.
From 2003 - 2008 we focused on developing new performance pieces and techniques using a core ensemble of players from a range of musical disciplines. Improvised elements were used as bridges between composed elements and to increase the immediacy, vibrancy of the music. Composed music was used to feed the ears of the improvisers and to anchor the entire evening. Stories were used to help the audience accept the modern music – to endow it with relevance in terms of every day reference points. During this period 1687 became a creative laboratory independent of a performance schedule.
In 2009 we began development of a series of art music and discussion programs for cable TV and web The Facts. Since late 2010 half-hour episodes of The Facts have been broadcast Thursday evenings in New York City on three cable networks and also distributed on the web. The music is both composed and improvised and played by an ensemble of classical and jazz musicians. This expressive music is interlaced with stories.
Music performance episodes alternate with rehearsal episodes and episodes of discussion with scholars about ideas we are investigating in the music
The purpose of the 1687 Board of Directors is to provide the support the staff needs to achieve the organization’s goals, for example fostering/maintaining financial transparency, and democratic staff grievance processes. This support also includes relieving the artists of marketing and fundraising concerns in order to remove these as barriers to creative thinking, challenging insights, and the creation of new expressive forms.
Lenore Von Stein – Artistic/Executive Director, Composer, Musician, 1687 core group
Lenore Von Stein has worked with be-bop, free jazz, classical, and electronic musicians and composers and uses techniques from these musical disciplines as well as methods and approaches developed in classical and modern theatre. Von Stein’s works are made of improvised and composed music and stories. They have also included visual art, dance, and scholarly discourse.
Von Stein began her artistic work as an actor/playwright doing non-musical scripted and improvised live performances and films before shifting her focus to the performance and composition of music. Von Stein’s non-musical theater credits include originating the role in Samuel Beckett's one-person piece The Expelled. Her work in music has followed a similar pattern of developing from performer to composer/performer.
Von Stein’s works examine the structure of reality and ideas and are presented in live and/or recorded performances. Each performance is unique in terms of its particular slant and/or story, and some or all of the music. Lenore calls them “living paintings” because each performance is a complete drawing that is, in part, created in performance. In 2009, 1687’s core group of musicians and a TV crew began taping a series of half-hour TV programs “The Facts” for Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), NYC. The Facts presents these “living painting” once a month on MNN.
Andrew Bolotowsky – Musician, 1687 core group
Max Clark - TV Crew
Pedro Florentin - TV Crew
Daniel Garriga - TV Crew
Beth Griffith - Musician, 1687 core group
Daniela Muhling - TV Crew
Bern Nix - Musician, 1687 core group
Birgit Pellenkoft - TV Crew
Jacqueline Sotomayor - TV Crew
Jacqueline is a student of ICP and freelance cinematographer in independent films.
Jonathan Walker - TV Crew
Alan Feigenberg - Discussion Participant
Alan Feigenberg has been a practicing architect for over 40 years and a teacher-facilitator for over 35 years. Alan, as a colleague of Mario Salvadori helped initiate work and programs in New York City public schools through the Salvadori Center using the urban environment a source for integrated learning. Through their work they have reached thousands of teachers and students brining an excitement about our urban environments and all that it holds for us to explore and learn from.
Alan is a professor of architecture at the City College of New York having taught design studio, construction technology, freshmen introductory seminars on “the Architecture of New York City,” and an award winning elective “Teaching Architecture.” Alan is also an affiliate professor of environmental psychology at the City University of New York graduate center having developed and co-taught electives in “Food and Architecture; the Relationship Between Ethnicity, Class and Restaurant Design,” and “the City as Museum,” brining together students in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and doctoral students in education, environmental psychology, urban sociology and food management.
Ways You Can Get Involved
There are a number of ways to contribute: from donating money, to equipment, to your skills and time.
1687, Inc. is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization funded entirely through individual donations and grants from foundations. We receive no corporate underwriting. Without your support, we couldn’t grow.
Our 2011 fundraising goal is $25,000 – our current budget is a little over $13,000.
Increased funding will allow us to cover some of our overhead costs, pay stipends to our staff (core band, TV crew and office staff), distribute our work, and manufacture and distribute “Provoked by the Clown,” an audio work about the value of art to the audience, in this case Heinrich Boll’s novel “The Clown.” This process is chronicled on our Arts and Business Log.
1687, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. You can make a tax-deductible donation online using PayPal through a secure server.
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WEB BASED MARKETING TEAM:
Project Description: 1687 produces a TV and web art music series, “The Facts” broadcast weekly on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and archived on the web.Our core ensemble playing improvised, and composed music and text. We will be exploring reality, e.g. sensations, emotions, and reasoning, etc. Each performance is an analysis of a theme – many of them with political implications. The productions, are an unusual opportunity to make expressively complex TV shows and reach an international audience. www.1687.org has information about our work and music samples (on press page)
Project Description: We are developing a marketing team for a web-based distribution and marketing of The Facts. This distribution/marketing project provides an unusual opportunity to help market an expressively complex TV shows that reach as well as provide information about making TV shows that may be useful to other people interested in utilizing public access TV.
Description of Positions:
Contact: Send a letter about your interest and your resume to Lenore Von Stein Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1687,Inc. P.O. Box 1000 New York, New York 10014 USA
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