The musicians from the Sonic Arts Union, a collective of artists active in the 1960s and 70s, including Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley. Gordon Mumma, and David Behrman. We listen to the works of these four artists throughout their respective careers.
A comparison of the parallel journeys of Beethoven and Scriabin, as explored through the lens of the Piano Sonata. Starting with their first sonatas--Beethoven's f minor from 1795 and Scriabin's f minor from 1892--and moving through middle-period works--Beethoven's F-sharp Major from 1809 and Scriabin's F-Sharp Major from 1903--and finally reaching Beethoven's last sonata, the c minor from 1822, and Scriabin's last, the keyless Op. 70 from 1913--we explored questions of inspiration, transformation, and spiritual transcendence.
Transcriptions of some of Bach's shorter works for the "archguitar," an extra-bassy, lute-timbered instrument created for Peter Blanchette, whose main inspiration was Julian Bream. Bream's playing ended the show.