Summary of Eighty Episodes of THE FACTS – 2009 through 2014
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
The Facts: Artists of December 2014
Lenore Von Stein, Core Ensemble –Writer – (music and text) Singer, Narrator Ms. 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 developed in classical and modern theatre. Von Stein’s non-musical theater credits include originating the role in Samuel Beckett’s one-person piece The Expelled. Her CD releases on the 1687 label are “Love is Dead, Blind Love=Porno? “I Haven’t Been Able to Lie and Tell the Truth” and “Art and Money.”
Andrew Bolotowsky, Core Ensemble – Flute Mr. Bolotowsky 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, Core Ensemble – Singer Ms. Griffith 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, Core Ensemble – Guitar Mr. 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.
Jim Theobald, Guest Musician – Trombone Composer, Instrumentalist and Producer, Morning Music, WBAI, New York City 1973‑85. Weekly program of 20th Century music (avant garde classical and jazz) including interviews with composers and performers, live performances and listener calls. I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, have lived in New York City for the past 35 years and have written about 300 pieces of music, most of which have not been played. Of the ones that have been played, they range from a symphony to a suite for 12 trombones, to songs, string quartets, and all kinds of odd-ball music. Performances have taken place in Maine, Iowa, New York, Massachusetts, California and New Jersey, as well as in Russia. Composers who have influenced me the most are Charles Ives, John Cage and Alan Hovhannes, as well as Medieval motets. Yes, a motley crew. I love my publishers (Wehr’s Music House, Viola World and SeeSaw Music) but believe me, they ain’t getting rich off me.
Rachel Evans, Guest Musician – Viola Ms. Evans has performed with the Santa Fe Opera; the jazz group String Fever; the contemporary music ensemble Continuum, Eliot Sharp and The Soldier String Quartet and the Meridian Quartet. She has appeared at the Boston, Berkeley, and Utrecht Early Music Festivals, and the Victoria Festival in Australia. Rachel can be heard on more than 20 recordings that span music from the middle ages to the present day.
Dom Minasi, Guest Musician – Guitar Dom is a 50-year veteran of the music scene, with a history and scope of activities as varied and jam-packed as his native New York City.
Backing up top singing groups at rock ‘n’ roll shows, church dances and the like while still in his early teens, Dom has maintained a jazz trio with bass and drums since he was 15 years old. But education has also played a major role in his overall musical activities. “By the time I was 20, I had more than 100 students, but I cut it down to 95 so I could play six nights a week.”
After recording two albums for Blue Note, When Joanna Loved Me and I Have The Feeling I’ve Been Here Before. Dom has written six books on jazz theory and performance and composed over 300 vocal and instrumental compositions during those years, as well as creating Literacy Through Songwriting Workshops for grades one through six for the New York City Board of Ed.
Over his long career, Dom has worked with countless heavyweights, crossing all styles of Jazz. He’s performed in venues ranging from top jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall, The Montreal Jazz Festival to the White House for President Bill Clinton, but it’s musical expansion and personal growth that are his principal motivations.
Richard Gross- Guest Musician – Banjo Richard Gross hails from Buffalo, NY. He has been active as a musician in New York City for the last 23 years, playing a variety of instruments and music. He has studied recorder with Ken Wollitz and banjo with Tony Trischka. Richard is a member of the band Fist of Kindness. He has recently turned to theatrical performance, appearing in productions by the Medicine Show Theatre and the Van Reipen Collective.
Mary Hurlbut, Guest Musician – Singer Mary Hurlbut’s most recent performances include the NY premieres of Elodie Lauten’s The Death of Don Juan and Two Cents Opera and Judith St. Croix’ opera The Vine of the Soul. Ms. Hurlbut has appeared at Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, LaMama La Galleria, The Knitting Factory, The Stone, Roulette and Weill Hall, featured on Fortay, Frog Peak and Tarmac recordings and premiered works by John Cage, Elodie Lauten, Jim Theobald, Jackson Mac Low, Anne Tardos, Franz Kamin, Casey Mullen, Harold Seletsky and Dan Levitan. Ms. Hurlbut currently teaches at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Greenwich House Music School, The Dwight Englewood School and The Vaughn College of Aeronautics. She received a MM, The Mannes College of Music, BA, William Paterson University and AA Cottey College.
Lana Land – Guest Photographer
Steve Maio – Guest Video Editor
Sara Ranucci – Guest Video Editor
Manuel Messerli, Guest Graphic Artist
The Facts: Discussion Participants as of December, 2014
Art & its Establishments
Teaching art and creating art
• Kristina Arnold, Visual Artist and Professor, Western Kentucky University
• Jessica Feldman, Multi–media Artist and Professor The New School, NY
• Charlotte Meehan, Playwright in Residence, and Professor, Wheaton College, MA. Effects and Goals of Torture:
History of US torture policies and practices
• James Cullen, Lawyer, Retired Brigadier General, US Army
• Karen Huskey, Director, the Anti-Torture Project, Physicians for Human Rights
• Taylor Pendergrass. Senior Attorney, New York Civil Liberties Union
Drugs & the War Against Them
Drug and brain interactions & effects of the drug war
• George Brandon, Professor Community Health, Sophie Davis School, City University of NY
• Tony Newman, Director of Media Relations, The Drug Policy Alliance Creating Inequality
Taxes, wealth, wages, and racism
• David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times Reporter, Author and Teacher
How People Learn & the American Educational System Learning process & US education
The Achievement Gap –Ambition and the class system
• Bill Crain, Professor of Psychology & Child Development, City College, CUNY
• Alan Feigenberg, Professor of Architecture & Education, City College, CUNY Music and the Situation of Artists Making art, attitudes toward artists and art
• Bunita Marcus- Composer, Teacher
• John McGuire – Composer, Teacher
Teachers and Tests
Attitudes toward teachers and students, school as prep for the job market
• Bill Crain, Alan Feigenberg, City College, CUNY
• Lois Weiner, Professor of Education, New Jersey City University, NJ Democracy: Origins of the idea and manifestations of democracy
• Michael Parenti, Political Scientist, Author, Lecturer, Teacher
The Effects of Rape: discussion about some of the consequences of sexual assault.
• Meredith Weber, Clinical Assistant Professor of School Psychology, Temple University School Psychology program internship coordinator
• Esther Deblinger, Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Director, Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute Rowan University, School of Osteopathic Medicine
• Erin Gallagher, Investigator, Physicians for Human Rights: Working with adult victims in conflict zones
Reasons for Racism
The Medical and Technological Future: TBD
The Facts – Behind he camera
Born and raised in Italy, Sara Ranucci is a filmmaker who first attended a National Film School in Italy and then the One Year Filmmaking Program in the New York Film Academy, in New York. During all these years of studying she wrote, produced, directed and edited a lot of short movies. In the” Facts” family she is the editor.