Current Projects: The Facts

lenore profileMaking a case for reality - looking for comfort using composed and improvised music and stories and epsiodes of discussion. The Facts is a video series broadcast Tuesdays 11:30 PM in New York City on cable TV: Manhattan Neighborhood Network (Time Warner) Channel 56, Verizon Channel 34, RCN Channel 83 and on the web e.g. www.mnn.org, YouTube

The Facts is a written, produced, and directed by lenore von stein

2009- 2014 THE FACTS Summary of 80 Episodes

The Facts is a weekly TV/web series that presents original fictional stories made of composed and improvised music and text.   These episodes feature 3-5 classical and jazz musicians. The music is original and expressive - the stories are about all sorts of things. The series also presents non-fiction episodes of discussion between 2-3 scholars and experts.

The name of the series “The Facts” refers to this quest for truth as in “what are the facts?”  In this series the facts include the abstract reality that is the stuff of music and art as well as the scholarly or occupational study of a subject.

There are 80 episodes as of December 2014 and there are three “types” of episodes.

Type of Episode
Percentage of series to date
Number of Episodes

Music-Story: Features the core ensemble; guest players are added for specific episodes.

70%

56 Episodes

Discussion: Conversations with experts in a given field

27.5 %

22 Episodes

Collage of Music-Stories & Discussions

2.5%

2 Episodes

Themes Often Bleed Into One Another

Episodes about making art, teaching it, and art business as well as attitudes toward fine art and artists.

28.75%

23 Episodes

Episodes about jobs, bosses, making money, ambition, education

45%

36 Episodes

Episodes about politics, economics, war

52.5%

42 Episodes

Episodes about romantic love

30%

24 Episodes

Episodes are about psychology, addictions

31.25%

25 Episodes

Broadcast 2009 through 2014 (* = Not available on the web)

Type of Episode

Title and Content Summary

Number Of Episodes

Discussion

Art & its Establishments conversation about teaching and creating art

2 Episodes

Music-Story

Building a Character–Developing a realistic portrait for an artwork

2 Episodes

Music-Story

Building a Man –Barriers to creating a realistic portrait of a male character

4 Episodes

Music-Story

Carolyn as a Scapegoat – Navigating hostile circumstances e.g. racism, sexism

2 Episodes

Discussion

Creating Inequality –– conversation about racism, taxes, wealth, and wages

2 Episodes

Discussion

Crew Episodes 2014 – Making The Facts

2 Episodes

Music - Story

Cultural Disappointments - Making commercial and fine art *

1 Episode

Discussion

Democracy –conversation about the origins of the idea and varieties of realization of that idea

2 Episode

Music - Story

Disentangling the Surface –pts.1&2: Social postures and political pressures

2 Episodes

Discussion

Drugs and the War Against Them –a definition of drugs, how particular drugs work on the brain, history of legality, and the reasons, supporters and effects of the war on drugs

2 Episodes

Collage - combining pieces of earlier music story and discussion episodes

#1: Drugs, Justice & The Possible Future

1 Episode

Music - Story

Drugs and the War Against Them –Effect of the war on drugs, incarceration, surrealism, Luis Bunuel, stylistic boundaries in music, early church music, nuanced expressions, poverty, freedom.

1 Episode

Discussion

Effects and Goals of Torture: Purposes and results

2 Episodes

Discussion

Effects of Rape – Short an long term consequences and treatments

2 Episodes

Collage  - combining pieces of earlier music story and discussion episodes

#2: Fair Play & Education

1 Episode

Music - Story

Finding my Motivations –actions and reasons for them

2 Episodes

Music - Story

Getting Weaker Finding Strength - Ambition and the class system

2 Episodes

Music - Story

Gretel’s Love - Grown Up Gretel from Hansel & Gretel.  She has PTSD and looking for insight, love, and relief.

2 Episodes

Music - Story

Hidden Trails: Gaining access to one’s own insights and ideas*

1 Episode

Music - Story

How I Became a Coward –Stress and conformity

2 Episodes

Discussion

How People Learn and the American Educational System - process of learning, IQ tests, education and opportunity

2 Episodes

Discussion

Making The Facts: Facts crew

1 Episode

Music - Story

Me & the Upper Classes –Decency and under-capitalization

2 Episodes

Discussion

Music and the Situation of Artists pts. 1,2,3,4 Making something, attitudes toward artists and art

4 Episodes

Music - Story

Palau from The Future –Economics, and intimacy a thousand years from now

8 Episodes

Music - Story

Raising Money –Benefits of transparency

2 Episodes

Music - Story

Redefining Rape –Situation of women including sexual freedom

2 Episodes

Music - Story

Static Memories – Analyzing neurotic patterns

2 Episodes

Discussion

Teachers and Tests - Teaching, attitudes toward teachers and students, school curriculum and goals, school as prep for the job market

2 Episodes

Discussion

The Achievement Gap -Ambition and the class system

2 Episodes

Music - Story

The Importance of Reality –Identity, loneliness, and daydreaming

2 Episodes

Music - Story

The Right Thing To Seem -The postures that may be needed to get and keep a job

1 Episode

Music - Story

The Strength of Me- Going to average schools and working at mediocre jobs*

1 Episode

Music - Story

The Weaker–Ambition and the class system.

2 Episodes

Music - Story

Thinking and Making Art –intellectual and emotional aspects of making art

2 Episodes

Music - Story

TV & Me - Learning from TV while growing up and as an adult*

1 Episode

Music - Story

Vincenzo– about love, age, alienation, responsibility, grief, and sex

6 Episodes

 

 

 

 


Projects In Development:

Provoked by the Clown: The value of art to its audience

Provoked by the Clown analyzes some of the functions of self-expression. The work uses improvised and composed music and stories and chronicles Lenore Von Stein's reactions to Heinrich Boll's 1963 novel "The Clown"

The form, techniques, and core group of players employed have been developed creating art for performance on a variety of subjects. Because these works communicate with audiences in a new language that borrows ideas from several art forms and styles the works have been characterized as theater, performance art, art/jazz music, even stand-up – Von Stein calls them "living paintings," each performance being a one-of-a-kind tableau.

Development Stage: Provoked by the Clown is an edited and mastered audio recording ready for manufacture and distribution.

The Festival of Secrets for The Victims of Violence:

Conceived as a compilation of opened secrets - whys, wherefores, etc. examining relationships between physical and emotional violence and repression - including economic, state and sexual violence; bullying
Personnel: Artists, using a variety of mediums, scholars, and thinkers
Presented: Planned Live and Recorded for TV and the web

Development Stage: Preliminary - 1687 produced several such festivals in the late 1990's, the last one was in 2001


Archive 1993 ~ 2008

2008

Provoked By The Clown: Part Two

The Clown is a 1963 novel by Heinrich Boll set in Germany, before, during and after World War II.  The central character is a serious clown who is the son of a wealthy industrialist.  The novel includes an examination of some of the rewards, motivations, and obstacles to self-expression. 

Provoked by the Clown is a collage of composed and improvised music and stories about ideas, sensations, realizations, etc. I connect with reading The Clown. 

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

composed music:

The Sorting System by lenore von stein 2007
Joan by lenore von stein 2008
Reconciled by lenore von stein 2007
Unknown but Possible by lenore von stein 2007
Back and Front by lenore von stein 2006
Trial and error by lenore von stein 2007

Todd by lenore von stein 2007
Turning in Bed by lenore von stein 2007
Reconciled by lenore von stein 2007
What It Takes to Fall in Love by lenore von stein 2007
Rat College by lenore von stein 2007
Mr. and Mrs. Literal Boxing lenore von stein 2006

Sunday May 4th at 8:30 PM
Roulette's Location One, 20 Greene Street Christopher Street between Canal and Grand Streets
New York, New York 10013
Information: 212-219-8242 or www.roulette.org
A,C, E, N, Q, R, or W train to Canal Street

Admission is $15.00, $10.00 for Harvestworks, DTW members, seniors and students. and free for Roulette and Location One members

Provoked By The Clown: The Premiere

The Clown is a 1963 novel by Heinrich Boll set in Germany, before, during and after World War II.  The central character is a serious clown who is the son of a wealthy industrialist.  The novel includes an examination of some of the rewards, motivations, and obstacles to self-expression. 

Provoked by the Clown is a collage of composed and improvised music and stories about ideas, sensations, realizations, etc. I connect with reading The Clown. 

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

composed music:

The Sorting System by lenore von stein 2007
Joan by lenore von stein 2008
Reconciled by lenore von stein 2007
Unknown but Possible by lenore von stein 2007
Back and Front by lenore von stein 2006
Trial and error by lenore von stein 2007

Todd by lenore von stein 2007
Turning in Bed by lenore von stein 2007
Reconciled by lenore von stein 2007
What It Takes to Fall in Love by lenore von stein 2007
Rat College by lenore von stein 2007
Mr. and Mrs. Literal Boxing lenore von stein 2006

Wednesday March 12th at 8 PM
Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, 2nd Floor
New York, New York 10012
Information: 212-219-0736 or 212-252-3499 or www.dixonplace.org
#6 train to Bleeker Street

Admission is $10.00-$15.00 TDF accepted

Provoked By The Clown: Overview

The Clown is a 1963 novel by Heinrich Boll set in Germany, before, during and after World War II.  The central character is a serious clown who is the son of a wealthy industrialist.  The novel includes an examination of some of the rewards, motivations, and obstacles to self-expression. 

Provoked by the Clown is a collage of composed and improvised music and stories about ideas, sensations, realizations, etc. I connect with reading The Clown. 

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

composed music:

The Sorting System by lenore von stein 2007
Turning in Bed by lenore von stein 2007
Reconciled by lenore von stein 2007
What It Takes to Fall in Love by lenore von stein 2007
Rat College by lenore von stein 2007
Trial and error by lenore von stein 2007

Saturday September 8th at 3:15 PM
St. Veronica’s, 155 Christopher Street between Hudson and Greenwich Streets
New York, New York 10014
Information: 212-252-3499 or www.1687.org
#1 train to Christopher Street, #2, 3, A, C, or E train to 14th Street

Admission is $3.00

2006

There Is Racism But There Is No Such Thing As Race

This collage, performed using improvised and composed music and words, examines our notion of identity, looking at some of the reasoning used to explain who we are.

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar


composed music:

Maryann's Clothes by lenore von stein 2004
Tell me While I Stay Stiff by lenore von stein 2006
The Number of Barriers by lenore von stein 2006
Racing After Race by lenore von stein 2004
Queens and Queenly by lenore von stein 2006

Mr. and Mrs. Literal Boxing by lenore von stein 2006
Back and Front by lenore von stein 2006
Les is More by bern nix
Empty by lenore von stein 2006
repetition = silence by lenore von stein 2004

Tuesday Nov 14, 2006, 7:30 PM
Evelyn Danzig Haas, '39 Visiting Artists
Kresge Experimental Theatre
Watson Fine Arts
Wheaton College, Norton MA.

Admission complimentary but needs reservation

Pieces from a 2004 collage on the topic
There is Racism but there is No Such Thing as Race - Introduction
There is Racism but there is No Such Thing as Race - Finale

2005

Pleasing the Boss: Baroque and New Music
Power / Politics in the Office, Home and Castle

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar


composed music:
How Sweet Is Coffee by Johann Sebastian Bach
Rompe Sprezza by Alessandro Scarlatti
A Big Tug revised 2005 by lenore von stein based on music by Louis Marchand
I'm Crushed Up by lenore von stein 2004
It Isn't Acknowledged by lenore von stein 2004
Cluster Carpet by lenore von stein 2005

Production Assistant: gela kline

Sunday February 6, 2005 7 PM
Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street

Admission: $10

The Murder of Maryann Measles and the Murderers
Based on a true story
Using police records and newspaper accounts to recount these events from the perspective of the victim and the victimizers as well as the authorities and the society as a whole.
Newspaper accounts mostly from The Hartford Courant courtesy staff reporter David Owens

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

Production Assistant: gela kline

Part III Sunday February. 27, 2005 7 PM

composed music:
Humiliation, First Variation by lenore von stein 2004
A. J. Walter by lenore von stein 2005
Maggie Mae Bennett by lenore von stein 2005
Aunt Luck by lenore von stein 2005 based on music by louis marchand
Maryann's Clothes by lenore von stein 2004
Jealousy by lenore von stein 2004

Part IV Sunday April 17, 2005 7 PM

composed music:
Pulling Out YOUR Hair by lenore von stein 2004
A. J. Walter by lenore von stein 2005
Maggie Mae Bennett by lenore von stein 2005
Dorothy Hallas by lenore von stein 2005
Maryann's Clothes by lenore von stein 2004
Jealousy by lenore von stein 2004
Afternoon by lenore von stein 2004
Dean Depas by lenore von stein 2004
Ron Rajock by lenore von stein 2004

Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street

Admission: $10

Part V Wednesday May 25, 2005 8PM

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano

with the downtown ensemble
joseph kubera, piano
daniel goode, clarinet
peter zummo, trombone
matt goeke, cello

composed music:
Pulling Out YOUR Hair by lenore von stein 2004
A. J. Walter by lenore von stein 2005
Maggie Mae Bennett by lenore von stein 2005
Dorothy Hallas by lenore von stein 2005
Maryann's Clothes by lenore von stein 2004
Jealousy by lenore von stein 2004
Dean Depas by lenore von stein 2004

Bowery Poetry Club, New York City

Admission: $15


Silence from Repetition

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

composed music:
Rompe Sprezza by Alessandro Scarlatti
Cluster Carpet by lenore von stein 2005
Greek Folk Song unknown author
it isn't acknowledged by lenore von stein 2004
Aunt Luck by lenore von stein 2005 based on music by louis marchand
Walk for Pizza by lenore von stein 2005
repetition equals silence by lenore von stein 2005

Production Assistant: gela kline

Sunday June 12, 2005 7 PM
Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street

Admission: $10


 ART AND MONEY: Heartfelt expressions and Business as I know it

part one: first impressions

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

composed music:

Les is more by bern nix
Moore by lenore von stein 2005
Cluster Carpet by lenore von stein 2004
MONEY by lenore von stein 2005
it isn't acknowledged by lenore von stein 2004
Jeff with knowledge of Christine by lenore von stein 2005
Walk for Pizza by lenore von stein 2005
repetition equals silence by lenore von stein 2005

Production Assistant: gela kline

Sunday September 18, 2005 7 PM
Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street

Admission: $1

Journalism and Racism

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

composed music:
Walk for Pizza by lenore von stein 2005
repetition equals silence by lenore von stein 2005

Benefit for WBAI-FM, Pacifica radio station in New York City, November 17, 2005,
New York City Ethical Culture Society, CPW and 64th Street

Admission: $20

ART AND MONEY: Heartfelt expressions and Business as I know it

part two: more perspectives

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

composed music:
Moore by lenore von stein 2005
Cluster Carpet by lenore von stein 2004
MONEY by lenore von stein 2005
it isn't acknowledged by lenore von stein 2004
Jeff with knowledge of Christine by lenore von stein 2005
Walk for Pizza by lenore von stein 2005
repetition equals silence by lenore von stein 2005

Production Assistant: gela kline

Sunday December 11, 2005 7 PM
Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street

Admission: $10

The Murder of Maryann Measles and the Murderers
Based on a true story
Using police records and newspaper accounts to recount these events from the perspective of the victim and the victimizers as well as the authorities and the society as a whole.
Newspaper accounts mostly from The Hartford Courant courtesy staff reporter David Owens

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

Production Assistant: gela kline

Part III Sunday February. 27, 2005 7 PM

composed music:
Humiliation, First Variation by lenore von stein 2004
A. J. Walter by lenore von stein 2005
Maggie Mae Bennett by lenore von stein 2005
Aunt Luck by lenore von stein 2005 based on music by louis marchand
Maryann's Clothes by lenore von stein 2004
Jealousy by lenore von stein 2004

Part IV Sunday April 17, 2005 7 PM

composed music:
Pulling Out YOUR Hair by lenore von stein 2004
A. J. Walter by lenore von stein 2005
Maggie Mae Bennett by lenore von stein 2005
Dorothy Hallas by lenore von stein 2005
Maryann's Clothes by lenore von stein 2004
Jealousy by lenore von stein 2004
Afternoon by lenore von stein 2004
Dean Depas by lenore von stein 2004
Ron Rajock by lenore von stein 2004

Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street

Admission: $10

Part V Wednesday May 25, 2005 8PM

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano

with the downtown ensemble
joseph kubera, piano
daniel goode, clarinet
peter zummo, trombone
matt goeke, cello

composed music:
Pulling Out YOUR Hair by lenore von stein 2004
A. J. Walter by lenore von stein 2005
Maggie Mae Bennett by lenore von stein 2005
Dorothy Hallas by lenore von stein 2005
Maryann's Clothes by lenore von stein 2004
Jealousy by lenore von stein 2004
Dean Depas by lenore von stein 2004

Bowery Poetry Club, New York City

Admission: $15


 Silence from Repetition

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

composed music:
Rompe Sprezza by Alessandro Scarlatti
Cluster Carpet by lenore von stein 2005
Greek Folk Song unknown author
it isn't acknowledged by lenore von stein 2004
Aunt Luck by lenore von stein 2005 based on music by louis marchand
Walk for Pizza by lenore von stein 2005
repetition equals silence by lenore von stein 2005

Production Assistant: gela kline

Sunday June 12, 2005 7 PM
Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street

Admission: $10


 ART AND MONEY: Heartfelt expressions and Business as I know it

part one: first impressions

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

composed music:

Les is more by bern nix
Moore by lenore von stein 2005
Cluster Carpet by lenore von stein 2004
MONEY by lenore von stein 2005
it isn't acknowledged by lenore von stein 2004
Jeff with knowledge of Christine by lenore von stein 2005
Walk for Pizza by lenore von stein 2005
repetition equals silence by lenore von stein 2005

Production Assistant: gela kline

Sunday September 18, 2005 7 PM
Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street

Admission: $1

Journalism and Racism

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

composed music:
Walk for Pizza by lenore von stein 2005
repetition equals silence by lenore von stein 2005

Benefit for WBAI-FM, Pacifica radio station in New York City, November 17, 2005 , New York City Ethical Culture Society, CPW and 64th Street

Admission: $20

ART AND MONEY: Heartfelt expressions and Business as I know it

part two: more perspectivesArt & Money

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

composed music:
Moore by lenore von stein 2005
Cluster Carpet by lenore von stein 2004
MONEY by lenore von stein 2005
it isn't acknowledged by lenore von stein 2004
Jeff with knowledge of Christine by lenore von stein 2005
Walk for Pizza by lenore von stein 2005
repetition equals silence by lenore von stein 2005

Production Assistant: gela kline

Sunday December 11, 2005 7 PM
Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street

Admission: $10

2004

The Murder of Maryann Measles and the Murderers 2004
The Murder of Maryann Measles and the Murderers - Dean Depas
Based on a true story
Using police records and newspaper accounts to recount these events from the perspective of the victim and the victimizers as well as the authorities and the society as a whole.
Newspaper accounts mostly from The Hartford Courant courtesy staff reporter David Owens

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar

composed music:
Humiliation by lenore von stein 2004
Dean Depas by lenore von stein 2004
Pulling Out YOUR Hair by lenore von stein 2004
Afternoon by lenore von stein 2004
Maryann's Clothes by lenore von stein 2004
My House in the Middle by lenore von stein 2004
Ron Rajock by lenore von stein 2004
Jealousy by lenore von stein 2004

Production Assistant for all four parts:
gela kline

Sunday Oct. 17, 2004 7 PM
Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street

Admission: $10


There Is Racism But There Is No Such Thing As Race

There is Racism but there is No Such Thing as Race - Introduction
There is Racism but there is No Such Thing as Race - Finale
This collage, performed using improvised and composed music and words, examines our notion of identity, looking at some of the reasoning used to explain what and who we are.

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar
composed music:
Humiliation by lenore von stein 2004
It isn't acknowledged by lenore von stein 2004
Racing after Race by lenore von stein 2004
Afternoon by lenore von stein 2004
Maryann's Clothes by lenore von stein 2004
My House in the Middle by lenore von stein 2004
Jealousy by lenore von stein 2004

Production Assistant for all four parts:
gela kline

Sunday Nov 14, 2004 7 PM
Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street

Admission: $10


The Adjunct's Report

The Adjunct's Report - Introductions - School
The Adjunct's Report - Adjunct Child
The Adjunct's Report - Closing

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar
composed music:
It isn't acknowledged by lenore von stein 2004
I'm Crushed Up by lenore von stein 2004
Racing after Race by lenore von stein 2004
Afternoon Extended by lenore von stein 2004
Jealousy by lenore von stein 2004

Production Assistant for all four parts:
gela kline

Sunday Dec. 12, 2004 7 PM
Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street

Admission: $10


Humiliation and Safety

Humiliation and Safety - Introductions - Definition
Humiliation and Safety - Rio Boys
Humiliation and Safety - Humiliation, 1st Variation
Humiliation and Safety - Understand
A collage by Lenore Von Stein that juxtaposes true stories and sensations of being humiliated, causing others to be humiliated and feeling safe.

lenore von stein, composer, soprano
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
bern nix, guitar
composed music:
Humiliation by lenore von stein 2004
Humiliation First Variation by lenore von stein 2004
Pulling Out Your Hair by lenore von stein 2004
Afternoon by lenore von stein 2004
Maryann's Clothes by lenore von stein 2004
My House in the Middle by lenore von stein 2004

Production Assistant for all four parts:
gela kline

Sunday July 25, 2004 7 PM
Spring Studio, New York City 64 Spring Street


2003

THE HIDDEN AGENDA AND THE NEED TO KNOW:
A four part collage looking at the priorities and goals of a group in
relationship to the goals of individuals within the group.

NEW YORK CITY PERFORMANCES IN THE FALL OF 2003

Part One: Comments on the war and the business of art 
The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and American militarism in relation to American cultural "products."

andrew bolotowsky, flutes
rob brown, saxophone
daniel carter, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, flute
beth griffith, soprano
lenore von stein, soprano
composed music:
The "R" Restaurant by lenore von stein 2003

Part Two: Sentimental Thinking: the drive for closure

andrew bolotowsky, flutes and ocarina
rob brown, saxophone
daniel carter, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, flute
beth griffith, soprano
lenore von stein, soprano
composed music:
Preparation for the Dominant (Outrunning the Inevitable) by Beth anderson
"Tring" by braam de toit 2003
Tonight I've Watched by rodney waschka 2001
Post with Variations by lenore von stein 2003
The"R" Restaurant by lenore von stein 2003

Part Three: What is it Like to be in Power?
The class system

stanley aronowitz, commentary
rob brown, saxophone
daniel carter, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, flute
julianne klopotic, violin
lenore von stein, soprano
Selections from "How Class Works: Power and Social Movement" by Stanley Aronowitz
composed music:
Packaging Jackson's Personality by lenore von stein 2003

Part Four: The Murder of Maryann Measles and the Murderers
Based on a true story
Using police records and newspaper accounts to recount these events from the perspective of the victim and the victimizers as well as the authorities and the society as a whole.

andrew bolotowsky, flutes
rob brown, saxophone
daniel carter, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, flute
beth griffith, soprano
reuben radding, bass
lenore von stein, soprano
Newspaper accounts mostly from The Hartford Courant courtesy staff reporter David Owens
Composed music:
The Creature with One Sad Eye by franz kamin

Production Assistant for all four parts:
gela kline

2002

Recent scientific evidence clarifies our common heritage - there seems to be only one race on this planet
……there is no such thing as race…
(2002)
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
A four part collage
there is no such thing as race examines:
1) Individual personalities confined within racist frames.
2) The artificiality and naturalness of cultural connections
3) Manifestations of racism

The collages are made of layers of improvisations made by free jazz and blue grass players interspersed with electronic music and classical musicians playing notated chamber music and modern opera. A panel of lawyers, film, and chance elements are integrated into the music.

Part I Racism and Sex: intimacy and dominance
This collage of music, chance auditory and visual elements is about the
notion of race parallel to and in the service of sexual hierarchies.
Sections of a recorded conversation about racism were used as an
aleatory element controlled by Shiben Banerji. The conversation
participants were:
Shiben Banerji, Noah Creshevsky, Michael Kinney, Tania Leon, and Lenore
Von Stein

lenore von stein, composer/soprano
sorrel hays, composer/pianist
noah creshevsky, composer, electronic music
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
kenny kosek, violin
danielle guideri, cello

Composed / semi-composed works:
Recorded Conversation michael kinney, lenore von stein
Drummer by noah creshevsky
I'm Crushed by lenore von stein
Vocalbeez by sorrel hays
You Stand Out to Me by lenore von stein
On the Wind by sorrel hays
Free Improvisations by lenore von stein and co
Novella by noah creshevsky

Part II We're Not Your Monkeys
Analyzes the struggle of the Dalits in India. The Dalits were among
those people confined to the untouchable castes of India. The music is
entwined with two short movies about the Dalits by filmmaker Anand
Patwardhan. Sections of a recorded conversation about racism were used
as an aleatory element controlled by Shiben Banerji. The conversation
participants were: Shiben Banerji, Noah Creshevsky, Michael Kinney,
Tania Leon, and Lenore Von Stein

lenore von stein, composer/soprano
rob brown, saxophone
kenny kosek, violin

Composed / semi-composed works:
We're Not Your Monkeys, Film by anand patwardhan
We're Not Your Monkeys by daya pawar
Recorded Conversation by michael kinney, lenore von stein
Various Degrees Of by michael kinney
Belittling Me by lenore von stein
Why It Doesn't Matter by lenore von stein
Free Improvisations by lenore von stein and co

Part III The Half-Breed Syndrome: the business of identity
A free-form discussion about the origins of the human race and the
psychology of the "mixed race" myth. The music is juxtaposed with
painter, Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut, drawing pictures. Sections of a
recorded conversation about racism were used as an aleatory element
controlled by Shiben Banerji. The conversation participants were: Shiben
Banerji, Noah Creshevsky, Michael Kinney, Tania Leon, and Lenore Von
Stein

lenore von stein, composer/soprano
daniel carter, saxophone
tom hanway, banjo
jeffrey hayden shurdut, drawing
shiben banerji, moderator

Composed / semi-composed works:
Recorded Conversation by michael kinney, lenore von stein
Free Improvisations by lenore von stein and co

Part IV What is it Like to be in Power?
The music was intertwined with a discussion about the evolution of
American law and racism led by CUNY professor Stanley Aronowitz.
Sections of a recorded conversation about racism were used as an
aleatory element controlled by Shiben Banerji. The conversation
participants were: Shiben Banerji, Noah Creshevsky, Michael Kinney,
Tania Leon, and Lenore Von Stein

lenore von stein, composer/soprano
stanley aronowitz, speaker/scholar
beth griffith, soprano
andrew bolotowsky, flutes
daniel carter, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet
rob brown, saxophone

Composed/ semi-composed works:
The Evolution of American Law and Racism by stanley aronowitz
3rd movement Lieder Ohne Worte by dieter schnebel
On The Wind by sorrel hays
Recorded Conversation by michael kinney, lenore von stein
Free Improvisations by lenore von stein and co

Production Assistant for all four parts:
gela kline

2001

FESTIVAL OF SECRETS FOR THE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE 2001
Three live paintings by lenore von stein
a collage of new music: improvised, notated & electronic
with panel discussions and refreshments

Part One Defining Violence/Justifying Torture: Testimony from the South
African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Conversation with Alan Feldman, Shiben Banerji, Lenore Von Stein
alan feldman, scholar
lenore von stein, composer/ soprano
beth griffith, soprano
mary myers, soprano
kenny kosek, fiddle
bern nix, guitar
andrew bolotowsky, flutes

Composed / semi-composed works:
Madonna and Child by alvin curran
A Flower by john Cage
I'm Crushed #1by lenore von stein and co.
The Last Largo by ilhan Mimaroglu
Prelude No.10 by ilhan Mimaroglu
Mailing People by lenore von stein and co.
Free Improvisations by lenore von stein and co.
Melody Lost and Found by ilhan Mimaroglu

Part Two The Mass Media's Agenda: Ethical Dilemmas and Probable Outcomes
World Trade Center Coverage
Conversation with Alan Feldman, Shiben Banerji, Lenore Von Stein
alan feldman, Scholar
lenore von stein, composer/ soprano
beth griffith, soprano
mary myers, soprano
judith berkson, soprano
kenny kosek, fiddle
bern nix, guitar
andrew bolotowsky, flutes

Composed / semi-composed works:
On The Fly by sorrel hays
Pas by caroline wilkins
I'm Crushed by lenore von stein
Free Improvisations by lenore von stein and co
God by lenore von stein and co
Prelude No.21 by ilhan mimaroglu
Prelude #22 by ilhan mimaroglu
Bleaker Streets by ilhan mimaroglu

Part Three Objectives of Racism: the business of identity
The Tuition Crisis at the City University of New York

Conversation with Bill Crain, Shiben Banerji, Lenore Von Stein
bill crain, scholar
lenore von stein, composer/ soprano
beth griffith, soprano
mary myers, soprano
kathy halvorson, oboe
bern nix, guitar
andrew bolotowsky, flutes

Composed / semi-composed works:
Theory Numbers by marc sabat
Only by morton feldman
I'm Crushed #3 by lenore von stein and co
La Belle et la Poubelle by ilhan mimaroglu
Prelude No.20 by ilhan mimaroglu
The Sopranos by lenore von stein and co
Free Improvisations by lenore von stein and co
Prelude #19 by ilhan mimaroglu
Litany for the Whales by john cage

Production Assistant for all four parts:
shiben banerji

WHAT MY STYLE IS MADE OF Searching for Scraps in an Almost Uninhabitable World
Looks into style vs.content
lenore von stein, soprano / composer
sorrel hays, piano / composer
michael kinney, piano / composer
michelle kinney, cello
Beth griffith, soprano
peter coffey, film collage
audrey chibbaro, sets and costumes
woody batzer, sound
production assistants:
unsoon terri park
composed works:
Restaurant Sounds by Michael kinney
Film Clips by peter coffey
Das Wetter / Berlin by sorrel hays
I'm Getting You Stupider, put together by lenore von stein
Exploration by sorrel hays
Temporal Meltings by Michael kinney
Creature of Habit by Michael kinney
Everybody Is by sorrel hays, text by gertrude stein
The Main Event: Style vs. Content put together by lenore von stein  

2000

I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO LIE AND TELL THE TRUTH
Told in 4 parts
Fools around with the whole truth and nothing but the truth

Part I
kenny kosek, fiddle
barry mitteroff, mandolin
Michael rabinowitz, bassoon
lenore von stein, voice
composted work:
5 songs by lenore von stein:
Enduring Love / Tolerating Ambition
The Meeting
I Know All About Christmas
If You Kill Me
All the Gum in Tashima's Mouth (written by lenore von stein and tashima rivers )

Part II
lenore von stein, soprano / composer
Michael rabinowitz, bassoon
Barry mitterhoff, mandolin
Kenny kosek, fiddle
peter coffey, film composer
gal ziv, composer
Michael kinney, composer
giancarlo vulcano, composer
barbara lee, piano
michele smith, flute
jill sokol, flute
sarah houtz, soprano
composed work:
American Film Clips by peter coffey
Time Pieces by gal ziv
Path of Least Resistance by Michael kinney
Ask Me No More by Michael kinney
Experimentum Crucis by giancarlo vulcano

Part III
lenore von stein, soprano / composer
fontaine willson, composer
giancarlo vulcano, composer
william r. dickerson, oboe
Michele simth, flute
margherita carracchiolo, clarinet
Michael rabinowitz, bassoon
elizabeth player, bassoon
Kenny kosek, fiddle
Composed Work:
Garment Construction by fontaine wilson
Desde Lejos by giancarlo vulcano

Part IV
lenore von stein, soprano / composer
sorrel hays, composer / piano / singer
kristin norderval, composer / singer
Elizabeth player, bassoon
andew bolotowsky, flute
Beth griffith, singer
mary myers, singer
peter stewart, singer
composed work:
Moving Time by sorrel hays, text by gertrude stein and sorrel hays
Construction NY by Kristin norderval, video music by sorrel hays and marilyn ries
Das Wetter / Berlin by sorrel hays
Not Happy by lenore von stein

production assistants for all 4 parts: Lie Telling Truth
thuy tran
won kyung chang
jim graham
sonia reynoso

1999

TOLERATING AMBITION
Video about a teacher seducing his students and associates
with live commentary by
three musicians using
notated and improvised
music and words
and popular songs
cigdem borocu, chance effects
richard kostelanetz, video
Michael rabinowitz, bassoon
tony trischka, banjo
lenore von stein, voice
production assistants:
shiben banerji
Jim graham
joel mendez
composed work:
Videos: Seductions, Kinetic Writings by Richard kostelanetz
5 songs by lenore von stein: Oh, My God, Enduring Love/ Tolerating Ambition, Surrounded by Books, Bandit Queen, Save Me
Straight Street, music: john coltrane words: lenore von stein
 


THE FESTIVAL OF SECRETS FOR THE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE (1999)
Examined connections between repressed ideas/feelings and violence using layers of composed and improvised music
sorrel hays, composer/ piano
lenore von stein, soprano / composer
michael rabinowitz, bassoon
gerry hemingway, percussion
monique buzzarte, trombone
marc mommaas, saxophone
production assistant:
Jim graham
sound:
marilyn ries, al dennis
composed music:
The Weather, Berlin by sorrel hays, text by sorrel hays and rahel varnagen
Wake up and Dream by sorrel hays
Hard Roads by sorrel hays
Frustration, Incorportaion, The Holy Ghost by lenore von stein
Enduring Love, Tolerating Ambition by lenore von stein
Save Me by lenore von stein

1998

Live Karaoke & Electronic Music (1998)

noah creshevsky, composer
michael rabinowitz, bassoon
lenore von stein, soprano / composer
production assistants:
jim graham, michele smith, kodcia nouioua

composed music:
Ossi Di Morte (1997) by Noah creshevsky
Twice (1993) by Noah creshevsky
The Oliver Cromwell Story by lenore von stein


THE FESTIVAL OF SECRETS FOR THE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE
Examined connections between repressed ideas/feelings and violence using layers of composed and improvised music
tamar muskal, composer
dan panner, viola
lenore von stein, soprano, composer
michael rabinowitz, bassoon
lisa moore, piano
marka gustavssen, viola
meighan stoops, clarinet
production assistants:
michele smith, alan skeppenknoff, jim graham

composed music:
Mourning (1989) by tamar muskal
Countdown (1997) by tamar muskal
Frustration: Some Reasons for, Manifestations of With and Without Resolutions by lenore von stein

THE FAITH OF WHORES(1999) a chamber opera by lenore von stein at roulette
Notes on the story

The main character in The Faith of Whores is
one hundred and ninety-nine years old.
She's had plastic surgery.

She became a prostitute when she was fifteen.
Her mother was her pimp.
Somewhere in her forties,
while attending a party at a mansion.
(all the women at this party werer prostitutes)
a man, probably the host,
tried to kill her.
He attacked her with a cast iron pan,
breaking her legs and other bones.
Later,
thirteen women were found
buried
in the park
across from
the mansion.

After she recovered she embarked
on an intense round of schooling
and became a doctor and a lawyer.
Many years later, she met the
President of the United States
at a charity event.
She became a presidential advisor.
From then on her life flowed effortlessly.

lenore von stein, soprano/composer
michael rabinowitz, bassoon
leroy jenkins, violin
alan gordon smulen, baritone
marija ilic, piano
mayu kuroda, violin

THE FAITH OF WHORES(1998) by lenore von stein at brooklyn college
The New York premiere of a chamber opera using composed, improvised, and popular music.

lenore von stein, composer/librettist/soprano
michael rabinowitz, bassoon
perry robinson, clarinet
cristina valdes, piano
timothy hsu, violin
Alan gordon smulen, baritone

1997

THE FAITH OF WHORES(1997) in development at Bradford College, Massachusetts

lenore von stein, composer / soprano
yuko fujiyama, piano
michael rabinowitz, bassoon
mark mannheimer, lights and sets

" The Faith of Whores arose from, Von Stein notes, 'talking to a woman with two teenage children who told me that boys routinely cal girls 'whores' and that girls refer to themselves the same way.' Wondering whether that was a backlash of the sexual revolution or a result of the barrage of Hollywood movies filled with women with no personalities, Von Stein evolved a dramatic character to explore her questions. " ---- Laura Freudig, The Haverhill Gazette, February 20, 1997


Live and Electronic Music (1997)

noah creshevsky, composer
lenore von stein, soprano / composer
yuko fujiyama, piano
michael rabinowitz, bassoon
zae munn, composer
production assistants:
swati khurana, cigdem borocu, tashima rivers
composed music:
Highway (1978) by noah creshevsky
Who (1995) by noah creshevsky
Faster 91989) by zae munn
seven songs by lenore von stein:
When Somebody Else Gets Trhough with It
I Totally Miss You
The Faith of Whores Part I
The Faith of Whores Part II
Nobody Loves Me
Fuck Tradition
Bandit Queen
Monk and The Racist Tiger
We Have To


Just Before Presley And After Cage at Roulette (1997)
cigdem borocu, composer
lenore von stein, soprano/ composer
mchael rabinowitz, bassoon
tomas ulrich, cello
george (skip) brunner, composer
production assistants:
cindy connolly, jim graham
composed music:
Silver Moon (1997) by cigdem borocu
She Stood Weeping (1989) by george (skip) brunner
seven songs by lenore von stein:
When Somebody Else Gets Trhough with It
I Totally Miss You
Nobody Loves Me
The Faith of Whores Part II
I Want To Be Your Lover
Fuck Tradition
The Sucide Song
Monk and The Racist Tiger
We Have To

1996

FUNNY ANIMALS (1996) at Brooklyn college
Funny Animals was a precursor of the chamber opera -- The Faith of Whores.

Funny Animals explores defensive tactics, like hiding, passivity, going limp - like a seashores clinging to a vine and changing color to match the vine. Another is ignoring an unfriendly environment hoping it will go away or change color to match you.
One way advertising works is by promising something in the future if the consumer does something in the present, e.g.. find a mate by wearing Levi's 501 jeans. Inherent to faith is tomorrow.

lenore von stein, composer / soprano
micheal jefry stevens, piano
any laster, saxophone
skip brunner, sound

Composed Music by lenore von stein :
I Totally Miss You
Seducing You
I Got My Coke to Keep Me Warm
The Faith of Whores
Bandit Queen
When Somebody Else Gets Through WIth It.

THE FAITH OF WHORES AND OTHER VIEWPOINTS
AT ST. PETER'S IN CHELSEA
(1996 )
Improvised and notated music and words and popular songs

lenore von stein, soprano / composer
yuko fujiyama, piano
michael rabinowitz, bassoon
edward arezewski, trombone
joseph j. bartolozzi, conductor
raya davis, flute
enrique orengo,cello
svetlana ulyanitskaya, violin
jorge garcia, clarinet
david patterson, flute
marco oppedisano, electric guitar / composer
judith sainte croix, piano/composer
swati khurana, judith medilien, production assistants

composed music:
Contemplation by lyudmila german
The Bright Leaf Trios by judith sainte croix
Three Short Pieces by marco oppedisano
Ruby, My Dear by thelonius monk
I'm Old Fashioned by jerome kern
Remember Rockfeller at Attica by charles mingus
Eight songs: by lenore von stein
The Faith of Whores, Bandit Queen, I Hear That, I Totally Miss You, Seducing You, Nobody Loves Me, We Have To, When Somebody Else Gets Through With It.


CHILDREN, PARENTS AND TEACHERS (1996) New York Public Library
A show for children that explores childhood realities including the mass media culture using improvised music/words and popular songs/commercial jingles. The trio consits of Lenore Von Stein, signer, composer, and poet; Yuko Fujianma, piano; and Stephen Haynes, trumpet.

Recommended for children ages 7 and older.

lenore von stein, soprano / composer
yuko fujiyama, piano
stephen haynes, trumpet

1994 - 1996

les Trois Michels (1994-1996)

The michels are funny, dissonant and
easy to understand. Lenore’s lyrics are wily and willful; her music’s
graceful but unpredictable. Les trois michels are creating their own
style of expressive music.

lenore von stein, composer / vocals
michael jefry stevens, acoustic and eletronic piano
michael rabinowitz, bassoon

"In no way retro, she works for jazz’s return to its former stature as
an innovative, current music..Her vocal range and purposeful evasion of
clichés.." ROBERT HAMBRECHT, THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF RECORDS

"In America, tradition is in the eye of the beholder. Von Stein, uh,
revamps the chanteuse-of-love line, paying it homage while turning it
inside out." GENE SANTORO, PULSE

"She speaks in a pointed surrealism.."DAVID DUPONT, CADENCE "..putting
not only her own lyrics but an extremely '90's, late eighties sensibility and woman’s
point of view to this music. Her work is very emotional but its not confessional.."
MATTHEW FINCH , WBAI, N.Y.C.

"She is derivative of no one or nothing, a true original. And although sheBlind Love
upholds the jazz tradition its done through the present tense of the
1990's. As Billie Holliday broke new ground, Lenore Von Stein is also
finding new ground." WILLIAM HICKEY, ACTOR

1993

New Jazz in New York City: aLive at the knitting fACTory

video of a live performance in 1993

lenore von stein, composer / vocals
gerry hemingway, drums
brad jones, bass
michael jefry stevens, acoustic and eletronic piano
adele madelo, camera