Details about "An Evening With Tori Amos: Women and Music", which took place on February 24, 2005 at the 92nd St Y in New York City
Updated Fri, Feb 25, 2005 - 6:44am ET
I have some early reports from the event called "An Evening With Tori Amos: Women and Music", which took place on Thursday, February 24, 2005 at the 92nd St Y in New York, NY at 8:00PM. Tori was there for about 90 minutes to chat and have a Q&A with Ann Powers and the audience. Click to read some accounts from people who were there. If you were there and have more to add, please email me!
Accounts from people at the event
From david kobayashi:
i just got back from the tori/ann powers chat at the 92nd st. y. pretty neat stuff. ann came out first and introduced tori. she described her music as both "truly popular" and "truly art."
From Lisa Helton:
Well the evening with Tori Amos was amazing. It lasted from 8 until 9:30. Tori seemed kinda shy and a little intimidated. She remarked that she was worried she wouldn't sound smart around Ann Powers. On several questions, she asked Ann to put them in "Tori-Speak."
I thought I'd pass along some thoughts of the evening. Kaffman hall is a great little venue appears to seat maybe 1500 (maybe less). Tori wore a grey skirt, and strappie sandles and black top (I'm blanking on that for the moment), they were seated on two chairs sorta angled oprah style. Ann and Tori spoke for an hour about various sections of the book and in part about the emotional impact of writting a book/album at the same time. It was a fascinating conversation that delved into subjects concerning family history,feminism, religion, music and the creative process and way too much stuff to paraphrase in the slightest. Tori answered in true Tori fashion and to say the least it was a fascinating conversation. She also took some questions the varous members of the audience wrote down on a card before the show.
So I was at the Conversation with Tori and Ann and both had very interesting and intelligent things to say but of course Tori did most of the talking and alot of talking too--she really delved into the questions and conversation, she wasn't being evasive at all. She even would take a moment or two to gather her thoughts b/c she had so much to explain and she had to do it right she felt. Simply put Tori was amazing! Very intelligent and articulate as always with her usual sprinkle of humor. Questions ranged from her writing experiences, what she does to prepare for all the intricacies of the show and just how detailed she is in her productions of her shows, her lineage with her family and how she didn't realize at 1st just what kind of task she was going to have to take on considering this was to stay in "the record books", censorship, and of course littleTash, the artist for her artwork on Piece by Piece and his relationship to the Late Kevyn Aucoin. Tori talked about surviving the music business considering she is a real musician. She explained the albums theme and its relation to The Garden, and of course the Magdalene. She discussed how she is able to apply any of her work to the present moment and location she is in. Also, about ppl's belief system and how she is respectful of anyones beliefs so long as they don't impose them on her or anyone else fo that matter--she did go on to say tho "I don't think that I could sleep with a man whose beliefs I didn't agree with--well at least not now anyway" and the audience went wild!! we all laughed so hard! Tori got a little emotional at one point and almost started to cry when she spoke about how she felt that God's mother, Sophia, had to suffer the loss of her Son, but not in the physical sense but worse she lost him because of the race for power and this moment was really deep and emotional and it was in relation to once again women being the blame for the sin in the world, and how it became about a mans power trip. Tori was unbelievably striking and so on point She was dressed soooo beautifully, and she was just perfection.
I was reading the articles submitted on the show at Kaufmann Hall last night, and especially the one about the empty seats.
From Charlene M.:
I flew in from San Francisco for the show. And though it snowed and we had seats near the back, it was amazing. Both women were so well spoken I thought. Funny too. I laughed so hard sometimes... I loved that they did touch on many aspects of the book. I would have loved to heard more from Tori about the spirituality aspect of hers with regard to her rituals. I loved the chocolate cake reference. That there are many ingredients that go into making up what we know as chocolate cake~just like what makes up "Tori Amos". I loved that they did talk about religion quite a bit and coming from a background of not ever going to church or reading the bible, I was intrigued by Tori's views. Tori at one point talked about how the religious right is related to her. "I am related to those people" she said. Too cute. Thanks Ann and Tori for making this cross country journey well worth it. See you out west.