punctus contra punctum
point against point
a dinner inspired by the work of Philip Glass
I recently read the phrase “aural tapestry” in an article describing the compositions of Philip Glass. I like the implications of the word tapestry, as it simultaneously references the object and a process of construction. I am reminded of the way that, when writing a menu, the elements of a meal announce themselves to me over time; every aspect of the menu seeming to weave itself from a tiny invitation into the whole.
As the ear and the mouth live so close to one another, it has been a compelling process to translate the abstract narratives that I sensed in the music to the plate. Fragments of my listening notes appear with each course below.
Niki Ford, Montalvo Arts Center Culinary Fellow
18 April 2012
asparagus spears with hazelnuts, shallots and the little leaves and flowers of Spring
the resonant energy of repetition, simultaneous births and deaths
roast pork loin with green garlic spoon bread, wild nettles and baby turnips
mystery, the psychic fertility of the imagination, illusions, desire
buttermilk ice cream with strawberries and candied rose petals
structure, perception, harmony