We began with a look at a bouquet of female instrumentalists, with recordings stretching back to the New Thing of the late '60s and ending in the present day. Then we closed with some music from the group Kneebody, who are playing tonight and tomorrow at Littlefield in Brooklyn (concerts at 8:30pm).
The first part of a survey of Scriabin's ten Piano Sonatas, works that microcosmically reflect the composer's overall compositional approach and growth from the Romantic warmth of his early language to the later, more atonal, and uniquely "Scriabinesque" voice, which, according to author Henry Miller, "sounds like... a bath of ice, cocaine, and rainbows." Here we heard Ruth Laredo's interpretation of the Sonatas.
Readings: Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex"; Dostoyevsky's "The Grand Inquisitor"; Freud's "The Interpretation of Dreams" and "Dostoyevsky and Parricide"; Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49"; Murakami's "Kafka on the Shore"' Caro's "The Power Broker"; Kael's "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" Kafka's "The Metamorphosis".
Music: Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex"; Parliament "Dr. Funkenstein", "P Funk", et al; Archie Shepp "Prelude to a Kiss"