Press: Gretel’s Love

THE FACTS TV/Web series
Produced in NYC
For Immediate Release – New York, New York
Contact: Brian Matta or Info@1687.org

Two new episodes, Gretel’s Love, will be released
October 30, 2013 and November 6, 2013 respectively

Gretel’s Love
Music and words by Lenore Von Stein
A music-story – the central character is Gretel from Hansel and Gretel – she’s grown, lonely and sharp. She has PTSD from the Gingerbread experience.

Gretel’s Love looks into
• Effects of childhood on adult actions
• Long term effects of trauma, e.g. on sense of self, safety, on relationships
• Isolation

Lenore Von Stein, voice, narrator

Andrew Bolotowsky, flute
Beth Griffith, voice

Dom Minasi, guitar
Bern Nix, guitar

The Facts is broadcast Wednesdays, 5:30 in Manhattan & the Bronx on MNN Channels 67/68, Verizon 36, & RCN 85. Streamed/archived on the web. Links include:
www.1687.org blip.tv You Tube

The Facts is an artwork made in a TV series format. We’ve been on air for five years. The series uses composed and improvised music and words (played by classical and jazz musicians) and incorporates episodes of discussion.

Artists
Andrew Bolotowsky (flute) co-directed the Criterion Series at the Guggenheim Museum and has recorded for Orion Recordings, Golden Age Records, Opus I, and Station Hill Records. He has performed with the Pan American, Westchester Philharmonic, and Brooklyn Philharmonic orchestras and has worked with Downtown Music Productions, Music Downtown, the American Festival of Microtonal Music, Muse (Colonial American Music), the Delbarton Baroque Ensemble, and New Amsterdam Baroque.

Beth Griffith (soprano) has appeared with Sequentia, Musikfabrik, Ensemble13, L’Art pour L’Art, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Paris Nouvel Orchestra Philharmonique and has worked with composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, Mauricio Kagel and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Her one-hour, solo recording of Feldman’s “Three Voices” was awarded the German Record Critics Prize.

Bern Nix held one of the two guitar seats (from 1975 to 1987) in the original edition(s) of Ornette Coleman’s band Prime Time. Nix’s album as leader “Alarms and Excursions” on New World Records features Fred Hopkins and Newman Baker.

Guitarist Dom Minasi is a primarily self-taught, natural musician, in his youth he backed singers and played his share of rock & roll, church dances, and small jazz combo gigs starting at age 15. As an educator, Minasi took many private students at a young age, while launching a professional career with two albums for the Blue Note label in the mid-’70s. Minasi has written several books on music disciplines, including improvisation, theory, and chord substitutions. Some of his collaborators have included Michael Jefry Stevens, Blaise Siwula, Ken Filiano, Joe McPhee, Tomas Ulrich, Steve Swell, Borah Bergman, Perry Robinson, Bryan Olson, Matthew Shipp, Jackson Krall, Jon Hemmersam, and John Bollinger.

Lenore Von Stein (composer/writer/singer/video producer) uses music and text composition and performance skills to examine reality. “I’ve been making what I call, “living paintings” using improvised and composed music and words. I am from York City – my childhood included: art/artists, politics, poverty, racism, violence, a variety of authentic music and lots of stupid stuff. Since toddler-hood I’ve been interested in being myself, real reality.”
Von Stein, the artistic/executive director of non-profit 1687, Inc., started her career as an actor/playwright and also studied music receiving a BA and MM in music composition. Her credits include her play The Adventures of Mae Witt and originating the role in Samuel Beckett’s one-person piece The Expelled (with Beckett’s sanction). Her work in music has followed a similar pattern of developing from performer (singer) to composer-performer.
Von Stein has worked with bebop, free jazz, classical, modern art and electronic musicians and composers and uses techniques from these disciplines as well as methods developed in theatre and film. Her CD recordings include: Love Is Dead, I Haven’t Been Able to Lie & Tell The Truth, Blind Love = Porno? and Art & Money. In 2009 Von Stein began working on The Facts a large artwork in TV series format. It is broadcast weekly on cable TV in NYC and distributed on the web.

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