February 08, 2006

Variations on the Theme of Food

I wanted to let you all know about an exhibit that I am participating in which is currently on display at the GASP Gallery in Brookline, MA called the Thread Counts Project.

I am collaborating with the very talented and always creative artist Leah Gauthier on a project we are calling 'Variations on the Theme of Food'. We interviewed 24 people about their food likes and dislikes, traditions, memories, stories etc., and used these recordings as inspiration for the piece. I wrote music using the voices and Leah developed recipes inspired by each person which she will be cooking at the gallery in a series of performances from now until March 9th. We also created a space within the gallery for the music to be heard and the food to be cooked and consumed.
We hope to highlight - through these varied opinions - the huge variety that exists even among the common experience of eating that all human beings share. There is more about our thoughts as well as photos of the exhibition and much much more on the website we created for this project.

Variations on the Theme of Food website

You can check out what will be cooked each day and sign up to attend whichever of the performances sound yummy. Most of them will be; trust me.
You can hear the music I wrote here:

The Musical Variations

and here's a taste of Variation F:

It's over half an hour of music in total, but is broken down into six variations which are a bit more easily digested. So give them a listen and let me know what you think.

This is my first foray into doing more of an 'art' piece rather than purely music and it has been lots of fun. I will say that it was also quite challenging and left me questioning many things that I had not normally questioned, so that's a really good thing. I hope to do more collaboration in the future as well.

Posted by halsey at February 8, 2006 02:16 PM