Lenore Von Stein
Lenore Von Stein
Artistic director of 1687, Inc.
born May 11, 1946
Surreal and uninhibited, Von Stein is a wild postmodern songstress. Youíve heard that phrase applied to lots of people probably, but there are other subtler levels to her work, thoughtful, emotive, and highly compositional. If youíre titillated by weirdness, go elsewhere; Von Stein is the thinking personís torch singer. - Kyle Gann - Re-printed from the June 3, 1998 New York Village Voice -
Lenore Von Stein worked as an actor for over 15 years. She originated the role in Samuel Beckett's monologue The Expelled. Her own play, The Adventures of Mae Witt was produced in New York City in 1987. In 1983 Von Stein began an on-going, intense re-training in be-bop and classical music that included a BA and MM in composition and many private lessons. In 1992 Love is Dead was released featuring Gerry Hemingway, Fred Hopkins, and David Lopato. In 1997 she released the CD, Blind Love = PoRno? with Michael Jeffrey Stevens and Michael Rabinowitz as well as producing the first CD by The Electro-Acoustic Ensemble at Brooklyn College. Her chamber opera, The Faith of Whores premiered in Massachusetts in 1997. Recent projects use collage techniques to create audio-video paintings, examples are: Tolerating Ambition, I Haven't been Able to Lie and Tell the Truth, The Festival of Secrets For the Victims of Violence, What my style is made of: searching for scraps in an almost uninhabitable world. Von Stein collaborates with musicians and artists from a variety of stylistic backgrounds and layers improvised, notated and electronic music and words with chance effects and visual art. Some of the players are: Jose Davila, Beth Griffith, Sorrel Hays, Gerry Hemingway, Leroy Jenkins, Michael Kinney, Michelle Kinney, Richard Kostelanetz, Kenny Kosek, Barry Mitterhoff, Michael Rabinowitz and Tony Trischka.
 

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