Saturday, September 21, 2013

ANOTHER FOOD ENVIRONMENT: Kitchens and Tables/ Oranges and Meatballs


The Table: A Concert Suited for the Kitchen

 Karbido means “free choice” in Polish, according to the musicians performing in “The Table,”  part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. And it’s an appropriate name for this group from Wroclaw, Poland, which at first glance seems to use rudimentary tools — knives, coins, wineglasses, a metal bowl — to create percussive sounds. For visual flavor, a candle appears.
But this from 

    And be sure to investigate the video on a kitchen synthesizer on  [

BELOW: Jeff Koons with Balloon Venus and Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003              

    And be sure to investigate the video on a kitchen synthesizer on  [

Okay, so this is a stretch, but is devoted to any food-related environment and performance. And there are websites galore to cover the idea.  For example,‎, which features food pictures and recipes, as well.  And here is some good poetry:

Poet, Neal Whitman, Pacific Grove, CA
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                                      Neal Whitman

"Simple Tastes: A Quintet"
       by Neal Whitman

awake? if so, joy
cinnamon toast and coffee
morning in bed

hot tomato chutney
on sourdough grilled cheese
lunch on the porch

there's something to be said
for buttered cracker and tea
late afternoon pick-me-up

birds atwitter
at the slap of a screen door
Brunswick stew simmering

smoky whiskey in Waterford
bagpipes now sounding good
sharp night wind
         Neal Whitman, who lives in Pacific Grove, California, reads and writes poetry every day—it is not just a vitamin pill, but part of a healthy diet. Over 50 poems have been published in 27 journals.

      Also, see my post for July 29, 2010; The ‘Soul Sisters’ in the Kitchen by Rebecca Sharpless. Published: July 29, 2013 (Drawing 255 comments, by the 

An opera, perhaps? 

Prokofieff, Serge

The Love for Three Oranges   (1919)
Duration: 110 minutes
Opera in four acts and a prologue

Following a debate on theatre, the Eccentrics win and present 'The Love for Three Oranges'. In the royal palace, the prince is ill with hypochondria, and the only cure is to make him laugh. Down in hell, the wicked witch Fata Morgana beats the magician Chelio at a game of cards. Leander, the prime minister, is under Fata Morgana’s protection and plots with Princess Clarissa and the evil Smeraldina to stop the prince from laughing. The jester Truffaldino's ploys to amuse the prince fail, but when he catches sight of Fata Morgana’s knickers, he bursts out laughing. She curses him to fall in love with three oranges and he sets off with Truffaldino to find them. In the desert Chelio tells them that the sorceror Kreonta’s oranges are in his kitchen guarded by a terrifying cook, and gives them a magic ribbon. Truffaldino charms Kreonta’s cook with the ribbon and he and the prince escape with the oranges. Thirsty, Truffaldino opens two of them and discovers two princesses but, as there is no water, both die. Truffaldino flees in remorse. The prince opens the third orange and finds Princess Ninetta, who is provided with water by the Eccentrics. While the prince is away, Fata Morgana captures Ninetta, turns her into a rat and puts Smeraldina in her place. The prince, returning with the King, is horrified at the change in his bride, but is forced to take Smeraldina to the palace. The Eccentrics capture Fata Morgana and send Chelio to save the situation. When the wedding procession arrives, a rat is found sitting on the throne. Chelio turns her back into Ninetta. Fata Morgana and her accomplices flee and the court celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, OP 60, 1911/12, revised 1918


“One Jourdain, a bourgeois of unusually common origin, after making a fortune in trade, has installed himself in a sumptuous home and is surrounded by a host of servants and all the external evidences of wealth. The boorish but good-hearted simpleton longs for the polished manners and the allures of the aristocracy. He takes lessons in dancing, singing, fencing and philosophy. Jourdain is in love with the Marquise Dorimene, a charming widow, and he gives a dinner in her honor. For the entertainment of his guests, after the dinner, Jourdain has engaged a troupe of singers who are to present the opera Ariadne auf Naxos.”

The finale, The Dinner (Table Music and Dance of the Kitchen Boy), is one of Strauss’ most ingenious programmatic essays. In addition to the pompous entrance of the assembled company (to a distorted version of the Coronation March from Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète) and the various antics of the waiters, each of the food courses is represented with a different serving of music, some of which are quotations from familiar pieces: the “Salmon from the Rhine” is offered with a snippet of the wave music from Das Rheingold, the “Leg of Mutton à l’italien” is accompanied by the bleating-sheep episode from his own Don Quixote, and the “little dish of thrushes and larks” by the avian warblings from Der Rosenkavalier.

The score calls for pairs of woodwinds plus two piccolos, two horns, trumpet, bass trombone, timpani, percussion, harp, piano, six violins, four violas, four cellos and two double basses.

Heard in Charlotte, NC Oct 1, 2005

 “Senegal Fast-Food”  from Mamadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia (NY Times Aug 11, 2005), called the “Blind Couple from Mali.” But hot in New York.


Dimanche a Bamako
Aug 2, 2005
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And finally, an excerpt from my draft copy, Artists at the Table:

Popular and Blues:
 (Edison Recordings)

“I'm Tired of Eating in the Restaurants” Bert Williams 1906 and
Album: Bert Williams: The Early Years, 1901-1909
“I’m looking for something to eat” recorded by Ella Mayhew and Billie Taylor, 1909 on Edison foil covered wax cylinder : Edison Standard Recording issue no 1111110298
Comic Songs And a satire on dieting
Reviewed in N.Y. Times by Jody Rosen 3-19-06

Section 1, page 1
Also: Uncle Josh. See bookmark

One Meat Ball, Ry Cooder (L. Singer-H.Zaret)

Good Fish Chowder, Joe Hickerson

Canned Goods, Greg Brown

 Gonna Keep My Skillet Greasy (Last three verses from American Negro Songs and Spirituals, Work Songs. From Traditional American Folksongs, Warner and Warner, April 1997. Collected from Frank Proffit.

Pig Meat. Album: Paradise and Lunch, 1974

Everybody Eats When They Come to My House, Cab Calloway 1942

I Get the Neck of the Chicken, Loesser and McHugh

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